Monome – Another Video

Here’s another video of the Monome I built.

Monome MK 256 from Bangsplat on Vimeo.

There is a ton of software available on the Monome site, for a variety of platforms: Max/MSP, Pure Data, ChucK, etc. I like the idea of using Pure Data (Pd), which is as open source as the Monome itself. Max/MSP has some very convenient tools for working with the Monome, but it’s an expensive program, though I have an educational version, thanks to a class at CRASHspace for the next several months.

Patching languages like Pd can turn into spaghetti doodles pretty quickly. Kevin Nelson, who’s a big fan of Max/MSP, helped me figure things out.

I’ve built a Pd patch that lets me load sixteen samples (say, the sixteen notes of a hexadecimal scale) into a simple sixteen note step sequencer. I added a morph feature that randomly changes the sequencer pattern over time. I even made it so the timing of the changes randomly varies by about 10%, to make it more random.

The patch is still rough and needs some improvement. After I clean it up, I will be making it available to others who want to use it.


  1. Tyler Reynolds
    Posted 9 June 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I know this has been up for a while, but I am thinking of making one. The enclosure and top wouldn’t be a problem, but what circuit board did you use? Because it is all running out of a single USB, correct? If you could get back to me and help me out, that would be awesome.

  2. Posted 4 July 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    It’s built from the Monome MK kit. There’s four button boards, and one logic board.

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