Csound and Related Articles by Arthur B. Hunkins

Dr. Arthur B. Hunkins
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The articles listed below mostly pertain to real-time performance of my Csound compositions. Many points discussed will apply either to live-performance of Csound in general, or to the use of MIDI control surfaces in software synthesis generally. The .zip files contain both text file and one or more performance utilities. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. (The list is chronological; the most recent articles are at the top.)


A BETTER LIVE-PERFORMANCE CSOUND PRESET FOR CME UFx SERIES CONTROLLERS
  Text file, and sysex, for the CME UFx series of keyboard controllers (UF5/6/7/8). The sysex implements a significantly improved 17-controller preset for live-performance Csound. (The single factory preset is otherwise of limited use.)
  .txt - General description and implementation / .zip - .txt and sysex

THE M-AUDIO ICONTROL: ITS MIDI IMPLEMENTATION AND A SAMPLE EMULATION
  Text file, and sample MIDIOx VBscript demonstrating emulation of the iControl by an Edirol PCR-30/50/80. Gives full MIDI implementation for iControl, and discusses emulation issues and solutions. Script is fully commented, and intended for use as a template/guide for Mac scripting.
  .txt - MIDI Implementation & Discussion / .zip - .txt and sample script

GAMEPADS AND JOYSTICKS AS CSOUND CONTROLLERS VIA SENSEKEY
  Text file, and sample gamepad configuration files for the free Windows JoyToKey utility. These permit several models of gamepad (including MS Sidewinder and Sidewinder Pro, and Logitech Precision) as well as a Maestro joystick to perform three recent realtime Csound compositions of mine: ASCII keyboard versions of "Beata Visione," "Et Iterum Venturus Est" and "What's in a Name?".
  .txt - General Description & Instructions / .zip - .txt and utilities

EXPANDED CONTROL CAPABILITY FOR THE YAMAHA MCS2 MIDI CONTROL STATION
  Text file, and MIDIOx VBscript that enables the MCS2's basic program change (and other) buttons to issue continuous controller and note messages. More flexible momentary/toggle switching options are also implemented. Windows (95 and up) only. (This script allows performance of my compositions, "Et Iterum Venturus Est" and "What's in a Name?", on the MCS2.)
  .txt - General Description & Instructions / .zip - .txt and script

MACKIE CONTROL UNIVERSAL EMULATION VIA BEHRINGER CONTROL SURFACE PRESETS
  Text file, and set of user presets (sysex) for the Behringer BCF2000, BCR2000 and Nano control surfaces. Enables these controllers to emulate partially, yet directly, the MCU (Mackie Control Universal), and to act as control surfaces for popular DAW's. For all platforms; no added CPU overhead. Complete installation instructions included.
  .txt - General Description & Instructions / .zip - .txt and presets

CONTROL SURFACE EMULATION OF THE MACKIE CONTROL UNIVERSAL
  Text file, and MIDIOx VBscripts that enable various MIDI control surfaces to emulate the MCU (Mackie Control Universal) protocol, to act as controllers for popular DAW's. Windows (95 and up) only. Both generic scripts and scripts dedicated to individual control surfaces are included. Most scripts are signficantly customizable, and each contains its complete description as well as instructions for modification. 16-channel scripts, emulating both MCU and the MCU eXTender, are also included.
  .txt - General Description & Instructions / .zip - .txt and scripts

NOTE: Those interested in the above two Mackie Control Universal emulation utilities should also check out Kip Chatterson's free GenMce (Generic Mackie Control emulator). Advantages/ features: works with all controllers and DAW's, completely customizable, user-friendly GUI, little to no CPU overhead, extensive documentation. PC only.

DEALING WITH ENDLESS ROTARY ENCODERS IN CSOUND - WITH ADDENDA FOR THE NICHE AUTOMATION STATION, DIGIDESIGN R1 REMOTE CONTROLLER AND NATIVE INSTRUMENTS 4CONTROL
 
Text file, and MIDIOx VBscript and .oxm materials, enabling control surfaces with rotary encoders to perform the realtime Csound(AV) compositions on this list, as well as other live-performance Csound compositions and software that respond to standard MIDI controller messages. Deals especially with pot "travel" and the problems and opportunities of relative mode data. Also approaches the highly unusual Digidesign R1 implementation as a tutorial/model for fashioning your own converter script. See articles below for the special case of StudioMix. Windows only.
  .txt - Description & Instructions / .zip - .txt and MIDIOx files

CONVERTING STUDIOMIX ENDLESS ROTARY ENCODER DATA FOR USE IN CSOUND
 
Text file, and MIDIOx VBscript, enabling the Studiomix to perform the realtime Csound(AV) compositions on this list, as well as other live-performance Csound compositions and software that respond to standard MIDI controller messages. Deals with the multiple issues around rotary encoders, including NRPN and relative data. Windows only.
  .txt - Description & Instructions / .zip - 2 .txt, and MIDIOx files

THE PEAVEY STUDIOMIX AS STANDARD MIDI CONTROLLER FOR CSOUND
 
Text file, and MIDIOx .oxm/.txm files, enabling the Studiomix to perform the realtime Csound(AV) compositions on this list, as well as other live-performance Csound compositions and software that respond to standard MIDI controller and note on/note off messages. Deals with sliders and buttons, and proprietary NRPN. Windows only.
  .txt - Description & Instructions / .zip - 2 .txt, and MIDIOx files (same as above)

PERFORMING MY CSOUNDAV COMPOSITIONS WITH OTHER VERSIONS OF CSOUND
 
Text file, to be updated periodically, describing what other currently available Csounds are capable of performing the real-time CsoundAV compositions on this list. Includes all platforms.
  .txt

REAL-TIME AUDIO OUTPUT HINTS FOR WINDOWS VERSIONS OF CSOUND
 
Text file explaining how to maximize real-time performance in versions of Csound other than CsoundAV. Windows only.
  .txt

REAL-TIME AUDIO OUTPUT HINTS FOR CSOUNDAV
 
Text file explaining how to maximize real-time performance in CsoundAV. Windows only.
  .txt

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