[Ardour-Dev] PD for Ardour

kevin vacillates at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 12:22:31 PST 2009

Hi John,

I articulated the same thoughts on the monome forum a few days ago,

The tl;dr summary is that basically, a framework for PD and other similar
open source tools (SuperCollider, ChucK, Processing, etc) to interface to
Ardour is probably the most flexible design choice, and it would really 1-up
Ableton in that it wouldn't just be limited to PD (like ableton is to max).
Pd interfacing would probably entail writing a few externals to interface
with the framework.

And now that I think about it, it probably wouldn't be too hard to port
those externals to Max/MSP for the OS X Ardour users, creating an unofficial
Max for Ardour... Hmmm..

BTW, I'm also very interested in getting involved developing this.

- Kevin

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM, John Delaney <a.pet.rock at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello, I am new to this list and I'm sure that this topic has been
> addressed, but I thought I might bring up the idea, and in my free
> time work to implement it.
> I know that people are working for midi control for ardour... but what
> if it went a step further, what if PD was embedded in Ardour to
> control all midi events... or an OSC and Jack bridge (which could be
> inititiated by a button in Jack) was established between the two
> programs to do the same thing...
> A midi score window could be developed in PD that would serve as
> Ardour's midi score, BPM and sound information could be passed between
> the two programs.  A patch could be added to channels that would send
> the data to the PD patch instantiated for the project which could
> receive the audio feed at that point in the program.  Jack is being
> implemented in PD as well as embedded open sound control.  I like the
> idea of being able to put bangs on a midi score sheet that would
> trigger PD patches running in the background.
> This may be a ridiculous idea, but I think compelling, especially in
> light of Max for Ableton.
> I am new to programming, but excited about the possibilities of adding
> cool things to make cool things that already exist even cooler.
> -JD
> http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/delaneyj/
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