Audio reactive webcam free download

Just a quick blog post on a Max for Live patch I had been working on which I have provided a free download of, the video of the patch is below , music is by very talented Ilkae-(track titled “KK”)  be sure to check his music out.

https://ilkae.bandcamp.com/

This patch was inspired by Masato Tsutsui who would be one of my favourite programmers/digital artists. By following his two tutorials which are linked at the end of the post , I was able to use the feed from my webcam as a texture, which was then made audio reactive in Ableton Live 9.6.

I advise you to watch both of his tutorials because he explains on how to use a webcam feed as a texture better than I can even though his tutorials are in Japanese ! .

After completing his two tutorials , I decided to continue on and make the patch both audio reactive and to be able to work in Ableton live as a Max for Live patch.

I have covered how to create a basic audio reactive Max for Live patch here and here, this same method is used to make the relevant shape audio reactive.

I have included the Max for Live patch as a free download .

The patch will be in presentation mode , to view patching mode press the yellow button as displayed in the image below. By pressing cmd+E you will unlock the patch.

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I have commented the patch to try help explain some parts of it , if you have any questions feel free to ask , thank you for reading this post.

To install the patch

  • Open up Ableton Live
  • Select the Master Channel
  • Drag and drop the .amxd file into the effects
  • Drag in a track into any audio channel
  • Press the toggle to start the patch and select open to start the webcam
  • Play an audio file and view the screen (esc will put the screen into fullscreen mode)

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/software/maxmspjitter-masato-tsutsui-camera-part-1/

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/software/maxmspjitter-masato-tsutsui-camera-part-2/

https://vimeo.com/masato221

Max for Live Jitter Patch

Ive been working on a few Max for Live patches over the last month or so , Im still relevantly new to Max and Jitter and constantly learning more each week.

This patch was inspired by Masato Tsutsui who would be one of my favourite programmers/digital artists. By following his two tutorials which are linked at the end of the post , I was able to use the feed from my webcam as a texture, which was then made audio reactive in Ableton Live 9.6 .

The idea of the patch was to see movement of who ever is in front of the webcam while also being audio reactive to the music playing in Ableton Live , I still have more that I would like to do with the project.

The video of the patch is below , music is by very talented Ilkae-(track titled “KK”)  be sure to check his music out.

https://ilkae.bandcamp.com/

Max for Live allows Max MSP to be used to create MIDI effects (which processes MIDI data), audio effects (for processing audio) and for the development of instruments (takes MIDI performance data and transforms it into audio).

These devices can be created in Ableton Live for real time processing (ability to hear instruments as you develop them). With the series of specific Max for Live objects available (which all begin with live.), MIDI mapping parameters of a created device to a hardware MIDI controller is achievable

When creating an audio effect, signal (which is indicated by the green and white patch chords) from Ableton is routed through a created effect and then sent to the left and right outputs, for a Jitter patch, a copy of the audio signal is taken for audio analysis while leaving the plugin~ and plugout~ objects intact. These objects represent the audio coming from Ableton Live and the audio being sent to the audio output device, this means that the audio will play as normal while also being sent to the relevant Jitter object for audio analysis.

To analyse the audio the jit.catch~ object was used. The jit.catch~ object transforms signal data, which essentially is audio into matrices, this can be seen in the image below.

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For my next blog post , I intend to have a tutorial on creating a basic Max for Live Jitter patch. The links to the tutorials used and the vimeo link to Masato Tsutsui are below, thank you for reading. 

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/software/maxmspjitter-masato-tsutsui-camera-part-1/

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/software/maxmspjitter-masato-tsutsui-camera-part-2/

https://vimeo.com/masato221

Summary of my Level 7 and 8 degree Music Projects

Over the last two years my interest in digital art and creative coding has increased. Initially I started using VVVV and this was used in my Level 7 degree final year project, where an Ableton Live user could trigger both video and audio simultaneously using a MIDI device I developed on the iPad using Lemur. Assigning the same MIDI control change message to both Audio and Video both could be played at the same time using just the one laptop.

With VVVV just supporting Windows Direct X , upon purchasing a Macbook Pro , I began to learn Max MSP and Jitter , which was  used to develop my Level 8 degree final year college project in music production. Jitter was a steep learning curve for me and the attendance of a  4 day workshop on creative coding at the Digital Arts Studio in Belfast was extremely beneficial for me.  For my Final Year Project I created a max for live patch which would enable Ableton live users to have a simple visual element to their performances. Using audio analysis, the audio from Ableton Live was used to animated the selected gridshape in Max for Live. This patch was MIDI controllable using any recognised hardware MIDI controller.

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Level 8 Music Production Project Screenshot

Over the last month , I began to work on a several pieces , which can be seen in the collage above. Computer generated art I suppose you could call it.

Thanks for reading this post , the next one will be on Electronica music production.

An Introduction

Im an electronic musician who has recently graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology . Over the years I`ve developed an interest in digital art and in the relationship between electronic music and video.
An avid user of Ableton Live , Cubase 8 , Max MSP Jitter/ Max for Live and Processing. I Intend to post screenshots, videos and audio clips of my work and blog about Music Production , Mixing and Mastering Techniques, digital art and the odd tutorial.

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