A year ago, Wannes Deneer asked me to help him build some experimental instruments.
The result of this project is a production called “Ruis!”.
Most of the instruments were build with cardboard, plywood and metal wire. It took me a while to understand the aesthetics Wannes was looking for, but I’m really pleased with the final result.
Our light designer Sander Saldien convinced me to use Jands Vista for the production. I like how easy Byron, the Jands software on the laptop, works and how easy it was to connect a midi controller for pressing GO and launching Cuelist.
I missed one feature however: faders. We had all this faders, but no way to make them work. This is because Jands wants you to buy the hardware which is rather reasonably priced.
Nevertheless I felt challenged to make the faders work. Jands supports Midi Show Control for firing cues, so this makes it difficult to use a fader.
But what if you make a cuelist with 100 (101 to be precise)cues with a fixture with 100 ascending percentages and fire each cue with a corresponding value of the fader? Took me a while to figure out and I failed with both Qlab and midipipe (it’s realy easy to fire ques with Qlab, but I did not manage to read a fader in Qlab to send MSC / my applescript knowledge was not sufficient to get the really lightweight and free midiPipe solution working, think I’m close however)
So I turned to Max/Msp, the result is a HUGE application, but looks and work beautifull. My programming friends are not going to love it because the coding is rather ugly, but it works!
How to use the application:
– the application uses the IAC midi port on your mac, make sure it is activated (it’s somewhere in the audio midi setup) and select it in the application
– midi on should be on (activated) by default
– activate the midi learn toggle
– select one of the faders in the application
– wiggle a fader on your controller
– deactivate the midi learn toggle
– open the Byron show with four cuelist with 101 cues
– click in the menu > user preferences > midi tab
– set Device ID to 1 / Channel ID to 1 / Midi Note Channel to Any Channel / External MIDI Ports to IAC Driver IAC Bus 1
– press Apply / OK
– be amazed!
Its a clumsy, but rather fun, prove of concept.
code can be downloaded here