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  • 11/11/2008

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 6

Using your iPhone to control Ableton and Max/MSP.

Guitarist and electronic musician Christopher Willits continues his monthly series from SoundArts studio. In this episode, Willits proves the future is now by showing you how your iPhone can control Ableton and Max/MSP.

Tune in once a month as Christopher shows us some of the ways he produces his own music, as well as the many cool things you can do with recording software. According to Christopher, "I simply want to excite people's imaginations and creative processes so they can more easily create the sounds and music and art they love."

16 comments What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 6

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 11/11/2008 - 11:07

WHOOOOOOA! you doin it willits man.

Harry Covert (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 11/15/2008 - 04:55

Nice presentation of something that really looks set to change the paradigm of DJs morbidly glaring into laptops.

A couple of questions:

Is this easy to setup on the PC?
Does this work with the iPod Touch?
Has the equivalent been developed hooking up a Wii to Ableton?

BTW, a short review of this here:


uma-ton (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 11/24/2008 - 10:57

willits rooooccccckz.

pjd (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 12/01/2008 - 13:19

interesting and creative use of new technology. i love that stuff. although it might not be the most practical. if you have enough money to buy an iphone you probably have enough money to buy a cheap 49 key midi controller or midi drum pad that would be a lot easier to set up and do the same job. just wired instead of wireless.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 12/06/2008 - 10:44

I have to say, this video is almost useless for anyone who doesn't have a fairly advanced grasp of MAX/MSP. The entire process of how that obviously very complicated patch was created is completely glossed over as if it were just another simple step in the process of getting Touch OSC to control Ableton. It's almost like those bad drum instruction videos where Dave Weckl (or whoever) solos for 5 minutes, offers no meaningful instruction on what EXACTLY he just did, and then says "Cool! Yeah, so that's pretty much how you do that."
If you're going to make instructional videos on using MAX/MSP as a port for Touch OSC to control Ableton (which is already about 1 degree of removal too many for pretty much anyone who wants to easily incorporate this into a real world performance setting), then be A LOT more illustrative of exactly how you do that. Otherwise this is just a big nerdfest designed to make you look extra smart and cool and mustachioed. Oh wait.....

Andreas (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 12/28/2008 - 16:38

fyi, for those routes you showed you can just as easily use [route] - without ever downloading the CNMAT objects... this is really important, so I'll reiterate here:
MaxMSP *understands* OSC, and works fine with just route and udpreceive udpsend

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 01/30/2009 - 18:04

This is an easy setup. Not complicated. if you've set up midi, you should have no problems with this.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 01/30/2009 - 18:05

This is an easy setup. Not complicated. if you've set up midi, you should have no problems with this.

Matthias (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 02/01/2009 - 15:41

@ Andreas

well, it's true that MaxMSP *understands* OSC and that you can work with the object [route], but it's much easier to work with the CNMAT objects. I created a very similar patch also for TouchOSC and there you have e.g. the problem that you can't route easily the multitoggle signals with [route], because some needed values are already integrated in the name: [/4/multitoggle/6/2 1.]
Well, there is a way to get to the values with [regexp], but then I prefer to do it from the very first with [OSC-route] from CNMAT, and then I don't have these problems.

@ Harry Covert
yes it also works with the ipod touch

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 02/13/2009 - 16:07

OSCulator - an easier way to tranlsate OSC into midi.

Matthias (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 02/28/2009 - 01:00

OSCulator - an expensive way to translate OSC into MIDI when you can have it for free. I know, that there is a share-version of OSCulator, but this version interrupts again and again to remind you to buy the full version

puke (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 09:37

i dont know if its your voice or your awful hairdo but you are not ment to be shown explaining things and making people want to vomit

Anonypuss (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/14/2009 - 17:58

so you are using max as your communicator instead of OSCulator then?

have you tried OSCulator...if so which do you prefere.

thanks in advance.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 10/02/2009 - 13:57

Thanks so much for your video.
I just purchased TouchOSC and your video really helped.

Please ignore Mr.PUKE. You are a wonderful musician & teacher. :)

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 12/30/2009 - 08:29

i hope that obama thing was fake.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 01/27/2010 - 18:12

@Anonypuss: OSCulator is for mac only

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