A Max/MSP Approach for Incorporating Digital Music via Laptops in Live Performances of Music Bands

Amo, Yehiel and Zissu, Gil and Eloul, Shaltiel and Shlomi, Eran and Schukin, Dima and Kalifa, Almog

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

We use Max/MSP framework to create a reliable but flexible approach for managing live performances of music bands who rely on live playing with digital music. This approach utilizes Max/MSP to allow any player an easy and low cost way to apply and experiment innovative music interfaces for live performance, without losing the professionalism required on stage. In that approach, every 1-3 players is plugged to a unit consisting of a standard sound-card and laptop. This unit is controlled by an interface that schedules and manages all the digital sounds made by each player (VST effects, VST instruments and ’home-made’ interactive interfaces). All the player’s units are then remotely controlled by a conductor patch which is in charge of the synchronization of all the players and background samples in real time, as well as providing sensitive metronome and scheduling visual enhancement. Moreover, and not less important, we can take the advantage of using virtual instruments and virtual effects in Max environment to manage the mix, and routing the audio. This providing monitors and metronome to the players ears, and virtual mixing via Max/MSP patch. This privilege almost eliminates the dependency in the venue’s equipment, and in that way, the sound quality and music ideas can be taken out directly from the studio to the stage.