Synthesizer Jam [SYNC]

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Feb 24 2019

Jeden ersten Mittwoch im Monat treffen wir uns in der Raststätte in der Lothringer Straße in Aachen zur Synthesizer jam SYNC. Weitere Details zum Programm der Raststätte mit Konzerten Lesungen Ausstellungen und mehr findet ihr hier. Im Video ein kurzer Mitschnitt aus dem vergangenen Jahr.

4balls – Multiball sending ranged Control Change

1 Comment | This entry was posted on Feb 25 2012

I´ve completely reworked the 4-balls module for iPad resolution:

It was one of my first modules at all and had no update till years. The colors were broken since Lemur 2.0 (!) and the surface needed an update too (although Liine had streched the original to iPad size). And while starting programming I felt the fever again and added some usefull functions….

The main idea is sending control change on each axis and for each of the 4 balls, but not 0-127 cause each ball/axis got its own range. This enables a slighter, more controlled variation. I normally use the horizontal axis for sending pan and the vertical axis for sending FX-amount on 4 tracks. So you do not only “play with the balls” (haha) you play also with the ranges on the module. Therefore they have to be big and grabable.

You can see the original module in this video, explaining the main idea (min 4:40) :

Each axis also got a mute switch. If pressed it stops sending the ball variation and sends instead the minimum range (vertical axis) or middle position (horizontal axis). If muted you can use the ranges like faders. I added also a “drag” switch, so each range can be locked.

The old module was sending “hard wired” controllernumber and midichannel. Thats a bit unpractical, cause you have to fit your setup to the module. Now you can programm controllernumber and channel for each axis.

press “setup” and a popup container appears:

  • activate the axis you want to change,
  • a red LED will mark those axis
  • set channel and/or controller with up and down pads….

After I had made that dynamic mapping I thought it will be cool to save those mappings, so I insert a preset container. The point why I mention this is, only after that I had the idea to save the ranges too…. But it in the end I found out that saving the range is even more a deal maker!! It is nice to jump with different ranges, setting all 8 CCs to a special pattern…very effectfull!

For completeness I also added save to the mute and drag switches on each axis.

Now you got 15 presets to save and load:

  • switch between save/load with the mode button
  • background of patterns show mode: red=save green=load
  • press pattern slot to execute
  • saved slots are highlighted
  • to reset highlight, press parallel pattern slot 0 and 14
  • 3 groups of values: midisettings, ranges, switches
  • groups can be deactivated (e.g. if you only want the ranges to variate…)
  • or save/load all together
  • Saving Lemur project on iPad will also save presets.
  • To save presets to the module (so they are default next time you enter it in a project) keep Jazzeditor in sync while editing presets and save the modul (”Fourball”container) with a different name.

Some common info:

  • This module can be added to any project as a new interface.
  • You can also use it more than once within one project (if you prefer 8 balls).
  • It sends all Midi to Miditarget 0 of your Lemur.
  • For routing the Output to your DAW/hardware use the ranges! (…as a ball will always send on 2 axis…)

and let me know what you think of the new features…

Ipad running Sequencomat V3 lite + full version

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jan 01 2012

Here is a video showing Sequencomat V3 lite + full version
running parallel on an Ipad via WiFi connection.
Finally, it works ;)
Before I had lag in feedback and even dropouts (only visual feedback, triggering was not effected)
But changing the channel of my router helped a lot to get better feedback (as to be seen in the video).

Using an ad hoc network instead of WiFi can make communication even more fluent and save.
Well, I tested with Wifi and I am really impressed that it works :) great job, people at line!

At the moment I am still testing SequencomatV3 for Ipad, have found some beta testers in the forum.
In common all looks fine. seems that the knob object (used for BPM control and position) is somehow broken in Lemur 3.0.
Unfortunately the Endless Knobs always fall back to value 0 if touched, which is no good idea for bpm. ;) So for the moment you have to set the tempo in once at the beginning. You can make small changes by using the BPMfine knob later…. If Liine can not fix that, I will enter another control typ for bpm and position.
- The bidirectional OSC communication between Lemur and maxpatch was designed for ethernet connection on its original hardware Lemur. The full version of SequencomatV3 sends about 4000 values forth and back in realtime. On original Lemur that was never a problem (while internal 4MB memory sure was!), on Ipad it clearly depends on your network settings. Ad hoc works fine. But even wifi can work as shown in the video…. However: If lite version works, full versions works also and you can even run both.
“Offical” release of full version will be early 2012 :)
Read manual of SequencomatV3.

Lemur goes Ipad

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Dec 16 2011

During the last week I did some tests with the new Lemur for Ipad App from Liine. Great!
Nearly everything works out of the box and colors and shapes on lemur look so bright…. :)
Here is a first video:

The app is out for about a week now and I ve already started to resize my modules to Ipad resolution. I will upload them soon to the new Liine user Library.
Sequencomat is also working, here I show version 3lite. Well, visual feedback is less fluent as on original lemur as you can see in some parts of the video, but at all it works. Next I will try the full version 3.3….
Nice to see Lemur living further on Ipad :)
I attached a zip with all modules in the video and Sequencomat in the thread in the forum:
Any feedback is highley welcome!

“Claviamat” Midi Keyboard for Touchscreens

1 Comment | This entry was posted on Dec 01 2011

Claviamat is a 5 octave 12 tone chromatic keyboard.

You can download Claviamat in the Jazzmutant User area.

Sure – I still prefer a normal hardware midikeyboard…. but sometimes midikeys on the lemur are nice.
And this module got 2 functions a hardware keyboard can not provide:

Switch mode let you turn notes on and off.

Sustain adds some notelength after you leave the pad. you see it in the glowing pad lights.

You can combine both modes. Add a layer in switch mode, then deactivate and play a melody at the top with sustain on or off. The notes “switched on” during switch mode will stay on until you press them again (and switch them off)

Zip contains 3 modules (9% Lemur memory each)
- fullscreen 5 octaves
- halfscreen 3 octaves
- halfscreen 5 octaves
You can add them to any of your Projects….

Keyvelocity controlled by green horizontal slider at the top

Sustainlength (0-10 seconds) controlled by blue horizontal fader.

Midichannelchange with drop down menu. (Changes during noteplay can cause midihung!)

Programmchange with up-down-buttons (on halfscreen) or rotary (on fullscreen; has to be executed by little button above)

KeyOctaveChoice (-2 – +4) (Changes during noteplay can cause midihung!)

When inserting Claviamat into a project it sends some Midinotes on chosen channel…. don´t know why….sorry

Claviamat (Claviature + mat) is based on Scalomat (a 7 tone masterkeyboard with adjustable scales).



lemur-interface-running-on-ipad ?

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 11 2011

hmmm…. just bought an Ipad ;)

Sequencomat V3 lite

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 23 2011

is the little brother of the full version 3.3.
It has less functions, but still a mighty stepsequencer and it runs paralle with the full version! (so full users got  now 14 tracks of stepsequencing)

Setup of the new “lite” version is the same as on full version, but sets (and patterns) of lite version and the version are not compatible.  To run both sequencers at once, make one a midi clock master and the other a slave….. or slave both to another clock source.

SequencomatV3_lite got:
- 6 tracks with 16 steps each
- 3 clock options (Midimaster, Midislave, Rewireslave)
- independent trackvalues for timing, play direction, Midichannel, steprange, startpoint
- stepvalues for octave, note, velocity, length
- a global swing function
- rollpad
- 50 patterns to save and jump in realtime
- set and patterns saved via max

SequencomatV3_lite is available in the Jazzmutant user section…. for free!

However there is still a noticable gap between free lite and paid full version.

To mention some aspects:
- 6 tracks vs 8 tracks on full version
- no random step values at all
- no step propability
- a global swing instead a detailed swing independent on each track
- no pattern chains
- no exclude function
- no autosave
- only 50 patterns instead 100 patterns
- only chromatic scale instead of free definable scales
- no split of midiport

…and much more
To illustrate: While full version is 5.8 MB, the lite version is only 2.3 MB.

Complete manual of full version and setup here.

Sequencomat V3.3

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 10 2011

Here is a new video about my Sequencomat – that Midi stepsequencer I made in MaxMSP for the Jazzmutant Lemur…. was about time – the last video is 9 month ago and introduced V3.2, while I release V3.3 in March…

Here I demonstrate some new functions in V3.3:

  • free definable scales, using a pentatonic based on D#
  • random on note
  • transpose (scale dependent)
  • color scripts, changing all control colors
  • autosave
  • and more…

For details see the manual of Sequencomat V3.3:

binarylab structure01

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Jun 27 2011

…another great piece of art – as I like both the visuals and the music.
From my long term buddy: Alfred (Huber) Gregl.
Love your style! It is really deligthfull to be creative with you for so many years :)
What kind of creatures are they?
And is it microcosm or macrocosm?
great work!

Florian von Ameln – imperfect objects for perfect moments

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Jun 23 2011

a friend of mine has made an awesome album:

I met Forian in Aachen some years ago. Together with Daniel he had a local radio show called Beatboxer and we did some jams. During last year, Florian always answered the typical question”new tracks?” with “yeah wait….i am planning to do an album.” So now here it is and……wow!

Florian, deep respect!  – it really was worth waiting.

lovin it

SequencomatV3 colors

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Jun 06 2011

During the last year I was so busy in adding new functions to the sequencer, that I forgot an important thing:
How beautyfull the colors of the Lemur are!

So I made a new Lemurmodule, where you can change the color of the controls with one click on a dropdownmenu. You got 6 predefined colors and you can even build your own color shade by only changing the color of some special controls in the Jazzeditor, then press a button and the colors are routed to all other controls (with same meaning) via some scripts.

You can learn more about Sequencomat colors here:

The new Lemurmodule “SequencomatV3_3colors” works with the same maxpatch as normal V3.3.
You can use either the old standard Lemurmodule or the new one, but not both at once.
“SequencomatV3_3colors” claims 42% Lemur memory (1% more than normal module).