I’ve been working on a randomizer in max for the machinedrum. Seems to be in working order at this point. None of the patches/software I tried had the features I was looking for so I rigged this up.
The idea here is to quickly get some new sounds to work with. My workflow with this is to play a loop on the machinedrum, randomize the machines, then randomize the params. Usually hit the strip SRR button. If there isn’t much volume I’ll hit the strip volume button. When something is interesting I’ll spend some time randomizing the lfo to see if anything exciting happens. Then I go pad by pad and start tweaking the sounds. If there are a few pads with boring/unhelpful sounds I’ll randomize them directly and tweak the result.
This patch will allow you to randomize machines to all pads, or randomize a smaller pool as a template. You are able to randomize the 24 params for each machine, the lfo’s, and the fx. Other utilities allow you to remove volume, pan, srr, and fx values. There are 2 overlay templates that can be used to change only a few pads at a time. One example is overlay2template replacing the last 4 pads with ram machines. You are able to operate on all 16 pads at once, or directly on specific pads. There is a more extensive help in the patch. Most of the subpatches are commented and (hopefuly) easy to understand. I left lots of buttons in the subpatchers so that you can trigger specific things by hand if you need to.
If you have any questions my email address is in the patch.
I started this as an m4l patch but because of the way live handles midi channels it was sloppy and unreliable. This patch will not work in live, you must run it in standalone max. The presentation mode cleans up the UI a bit. It should run fine without a license so you should be able to use this with the max 8 demo.
Note: If you have the autechre dump on your md you will want to go to global and pick another slot so it sets all the midi stuff back to default. This patch wont work with other hardware, but it should work for all versions of the machinedrum.
Thanks Acid1 https://soundcloud.com/acid1 for ideas and testing.