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Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby midierror » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:55 am

Hello
I've just released a huge update to my ratcheteer. It shoots out MIDI notes at different velocities and speeds - and can be automated for a live feel.

https://youtu.be/kZWarI3AsLg

It's ideal for making trap hi hat patterns, but can send any MIDI note so it can be used for snares, kicks and used on multiple tracks to build a whole drum section.

Hope you like it!

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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:34 pm

Well done midierror!

If I owned Ableton Live 10 Suite I'd be all over this ;)


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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby midierror » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:12 pm

Ah thanks Martin! I was actually going to try and get in touch with you about it. I'm not sure SOS review Max4Live devices , but I'd be happy to send it to the team to play with.
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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:49 pm

Well it's worth contacting one of the team to see what they think.

All the relevant links are here: https://www.soundonsound.com/contact

Personally I suspect Matt Houghton might be the one to talk to, if only to confirm or deny mag interest in Max4Live devices.

He might even spot this very post and tell you himself! ;)


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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby midierror » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:15 am

Excellent, thanks Martin! I'd be happy to do the update to NoteWang you mentioned.

I've programmed similar things for this so I'm on a roll!
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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:01 pm

:thumbup:

I can see I'm going to have to explore Max at some stage - can't justify the full version though. Is there any other cut-down version or player available other than the one built into Ableton?


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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:41 pm

Ive been putting off Max too, but I saw a video of a guy playing Cantor Digitalis with his roli keyboard through Max. I can only play CDigitalis with a writing tablet, the roli would be more awesome. But the creators of CDIgitalis seem to have moved on to other things and there is no response to emails. Not having a programmers mind means a steep learning curve for me with Max but seems I have time on my hands until projects get back into production.

Martin do you think the Ableton version of Max would make learning Max more manageable? I didn’t know it was included.
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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:29 am

ManFromGlass wrote:Martin do you think the Ableton version of Max would make learning Max more manageable? I didn’t know it was included.

I don't have Ableton myself, so I can't answer that with any personal knowledge. However, what I can do is point you to the SOS review of Max for Live. It was published in 2010 when it first came out, but should nevertheless provide you with all the basic info you need.

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/max-live

Here's the official Ableton page for more up to date info:

https://www.ableton.com/en/live/max-for-live/


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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:44 am

Max is great fun (though it can end up consuming your life for a while) :-)

https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/view ... 21&t=69075
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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby midierror » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:37 pm

I got into Max at uni. I studied Music tech which was largely pointless, but the monday evening optional MaxMSP classes have, in the last few years made up for that!

It has a steep learning curve. As much as youtube videos can help, having someone there to answer your early questions is very important

The best advice I can give is ALT click everything - it gives you a handy help file which shows the object in context.

Max converts to puredata too, which is free. So maybe try that and see if you like the object oriented style.
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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby midierror » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:37 pm

I made a little overview and setup video to talk through what this can do

https://youtu.be/ykYLnLL23n0
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Re: Ratcheteer - Semi-Automatic MIDI Pattern Generator

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:30 am

Thanks for that video midierror - most intriguing, although it's left me frustrated that I haven't got Ableton Live :headbang:

However, the thought has occurred to me that Reaper invariably includes bundled features just when I find I need them, so I'm going to have a peep at possible MIDI randomisation features...

...OK - just done that, and sure enough I've found the JS: MIDI Velocity and Timing Humaniser plug-in, and while it's not as elegant or as flexible as your Ratcheteer, it will indulge my experimentation, so thanks for nudging me in this derection 8-)

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