We’ve created a collection of applications and tools that can be downloaded directly via Max’s package manager (in version 7 and above).
First, you’ll need Max. There are subscriptions, education discounts, and full licenses available – to run applications, though, you just need the free runtime.
Once downloaded, open Max and go to the Package Manager via the dropdown menu:
File → Show Package Manager
Use the seach bar at the top: “monome” and the click Install.
Once the monome package is installed, click “Show in Filebrowser” to open the package’s contents. From here, sort by Description and find the group of Patchers.
To begin, double-click “meadowphysics.maxpat” to open the application.
Your grid will be auto-detected and selected when plugged in. (Provided you’ve already installed serialosc).
Meadowphysics generates notes. To get sound you’ll need to click the plugin dropdown to select an internal synth plugin. You can likewise change the output to MIDI and change the midi dropdown to either an external or internal MIDI device (for example, on Mac the AU DLS Synth will make piano sounds.)
If you’re looking for other quick ways to make sounds, load any of the other patchers:
- corners: physics curve cradle machine, creates MIDI notes when a “puck” hits a side of the grid and sends MIDI cc for position and acceleration
- flin: falling polyrhythm machine, 16 columns of notes which travel the grid at varying speeds and with adjustable length
- grid-midi: a simple grid-to-MIDI-note translator
- returns: use arc to control MIDI cc and generate MIDI cc LFO’s with variable shapes + speeds
- step: a basic grid-based live step sequencer with note, velocity and duration per step