Midi Fighter with Max/MSP
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    Anybody here using a Midi Fighter with Max/MSP? I had a chance to hold one at a shop the other day(not even plugged in), and the device really spoke to me. However, I don't use Traktor---I'm strictly a Max/MSP/Jitter and Logic guy---my first intent would be to use it just with Max. Curious how easy (or not) it would be to map it to my Max/MSP patches. I don't even DJ, I just create generative music performance Max patches, and am looking for a very portable, fun, controller to use with it. I know there are probably more versatile choices out there--also looking at things like Livid Code, but it's pricey, bigger footprint than what I want, and as I say above, the Midi Fighter just felt inspiring when I picked it up. My idea is to use it for controlling buttons, toggles, etc. in Max, and then use TouchOSC on my iPhone for sliders--a very portable setup I'm thinking. . . . Any thoughts appreciated!

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    It's just midi, so mapping the midifighter is no different from mapping any other controller. I've never used Max/MSP but mapping a controller in ableton is pretty simple; if you're looking into controllers, you probably already have an idea of what to do to map them?

    Also you should look into the MF Pro (or add a korg nanokontrol) if you want pots + sliders too; I don't think using your iphone will be that great an experience over time. It's a cool gimmick but it's too small and the lack of tactile feedback might be frustrating over time. Plus what happens if that hottie from last night's gig makes a booty call while you're trying to adjust the LFO....
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    Thanks for the reply---yeah, I just started looking into this, so not much experience mapping a controller yet, but I figure it can't be that difficult.
    Good points about the iPhone too. Maybe if I had an iPad it would be more feasible, but as you say, ultimately I DO prefer real tactile controls over a touch screen any day of the week.
    The MF Pro looks great, but getting a bit pricey for me (and something about the aesthetics of the classic MF just grabs me!). MF and NanoKontrol could be a win (more sliders than with MF Pro too . . .)

    Cheers!

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    In this case, you could maybe use the nanokontrol2... It seems slightly better finished and fits more on live/max kontrol. furthermore, when you plug the nankontrol2 while holding a combination of button, it switch in "ableton" mode, and you have nothing to map at all, everything is ready
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    If you're willing to spend the extra money, you could open up a nanokontrol, replace the buttons with arcade buttons (there's enough for a mf layout) and you could even replace those crappy knobs and faders. I wouldn't be surprised if you did it for under 300 USD.

    str8updrew did one a while back its on this blog:
    http://fakemoneynyc.blogspot.com/201...-blown-at.html
    Edit: The reason his mod has so many buttons is because he also added part of a usb keyboard brain, but you could still have enough buttons for a mf layout with just a nanokontrol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhao View Post
    str8updrew did one a while back its on this blog:
    http://fakemoneynyc.blogspot.com/201...-blown-at.html
    Wow--that's cool!

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