Device Details


Name | Version: Drone FX 1.1
Author: johnmfisk
Device Type: MIDI Effect
Description: ** DESCRIPTION **
Drone FX - simple Max4Live MIDI Effect device that provides two methods of creating simple drones:

- Latch Mode: note(s) are held until new note(s) are played or the Flush button is pressed

- Sustain Mode: all note(s) are held until the Flush button is pressed

Code for latch mode comes from the wonderful 'simplelatch' device by benniii

Code for sustain mode comes from Cycling '74 Documentation - "MIDI Tutorial 2: MIDI Note Management"

** USAGE **
Easy peasy.. just drop this device in front of an instrument, select 'latch' or 'sustain' mode, and start playing. Click the 'FLUSH' button to clear the notes.

The primary intent for this device is to help with creation of drones and/or provide a sustain pedal-like effect without having to use a physical pedal.

Play around with the two modes - 'latch' allows you to play new notes without having them stacked up on the previous notes, while 'sustain' lets you slowly build up fairly huge sounds - at the risk of sounding muddy. A little experimentation will let you hear the differences.

The simple controls in this device are all mappable in Live:
- Device Activator Button - map to a "Toggle" type MIDI control
- Flush Button - map to a "Momentary" type MIDI control
- Mode Selector - can be mapped to a dial or slider type MIDI control

The 'FLUSH' button sends a Note Off message, which stops all notes immediately - this can be quite abrupt. If you need to smoothly fade notes out, consider adding your favorite reverb device after the instrument and dial in the effect that you want.


v. 1.1
- added code to catch a 'device off' event so that the MIDI note buffer can be gracefully cleared (sending all pending Note Off messages) if the user specifically clicks on the Device Activator button to turn this off
- tidied up the code a bit and added a couple comments
- Watched the Max For Live video on Best Practices and realized that I had forgotten to Freeze and Lock the device before uploading it :-0

v. 1.0
- initial release into the wild

Good luck & enjoy making music!


Live Version Used: 10.1.9
Max Version Used: 8.1.3
Date Added: Apr 19 2020 00:56:40
Date Last Updated: Apr 21 2020 17:44:03
Downloads: 968
License: AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike
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Device File: Drone FX.amxd


Awesome device! I've been looking for something like this. Thank you so much.
Great, however, device prevents VST synth from receiving CC and PC commands when activated. Can't adjust macros or change patch unless device is deactivated. Hopefully next version addresses this.
@SpacetimeLive - Thanks for the heads up! My free time is pretty limited at the moment, but I'll see what I can do. I'm guessing that the device simply fails to pass through the MIDI messages that it is not interested in. I'll try to get out an updated version as soon as I can. JMF

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