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Max/MSP Tasks

Controllers Task

Task 3 Name: Controllers - Fiddle/Bonk/Gate Task Set: w3i Due: w13i Weighting: assessable (15%), EACH! Courses: cmc2a
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Task Summary All CMC2a tasks VLE

This task involves introducing some objects involving controllers.

A few examples

Here is a basic patch with an FM Synth being controlled by a games controller (there's plenty of room for improvements!)...

The Task

  • Design a creative scenario using features of controllers and other human interface devices.

  • Demonstrate and document your patch.

  • Make a demo recording of your patch working. Please keep the size down to a minimum (maximum duration approximately 10 seconds). Use adoutput~ for the easiest way of doing this:

    record a demo

  • Additionally or alternatively, mke a screencast of you demonstrating and, if appropriate, performing with your patch. It's easy to do this using Quicktime Player on Mac computers. Choose File/New Screen Recording.

  • Added value
    By completing the details of the task you will achieve at least a pass mark. By imaginatively and creatively considering how you might implement the task originally you can add value to your submission, and this added value may increase your mark significantly. Even when making videos of short demonstration tasks try to consider musical and performance criteria.


  • Compress (zip) your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"controllers" (e.g. 0504335_controllers.zip), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch.
  • Submit a copy of the files to the i-Centre on 2pm Tuesday December 19th 2017

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The Projects

The projects and tasks are designed to help you through the various courses and materials that you'll have to deal with, and also to provide an active and practical element to what could otherwise become a rather dry and technical exercise. Tasks are small exercises - you may be asked to complete one or two per week. Projects are larger and carry a higher percentage of the mark. We will undertake two, three, four or more projects and tasks. The final project is usually an individual choice project, and will be worth significantly more than the others in terms of percentages in your portfolio. We will usually try to set aside a time to perform the projects in a public setting.