[PD] joypad as controller

Ricardo Climent R.Climent at Queens-Belfast.AC.UK
Tue Aug 27 21:49:49 CEST 2002

> For PD this Joystick->Midi converter wouldn't be necessary: There
> already
> are two joystick externals, one in GGEE and one by J. Sarlo. BTW:
> Which one is better? I only used the one in GGEE yet. It's strange,
> that Reaktor seems to miss a Joystick interface, if I understand this
> correctly. 

I use Joseph A. Sarlo's joystick external on a USB joystick and XP to do real-
time manipulation of the sample rate and r-t filtering; saving experiments onto 
hardisk. It works very well. The external recognises all the joystick buttons 
(4+1) when loaded and the x/y movement also works at the resolution mentioned 
below. I hope to try this soon on RedHatLinux 7.3 + planet ccrma which I just 
got installed.
Have you ever tried a serial joystick? I could not make mine to work. I also 
have experienced the USB joystick on CPS software but I found the shareware 
license uncomfortable (although it is a good piece of software) 


> Directly reading the joypad's data has the advantage of higher
> resolution. Joystick sticks go from +32767 to -32767 here on linux,
> uncalibrated.
> While we're at it, I recently said on pd-ot that I would like to try a
> Beatmania PSX controller in PD, and now I did, because my PSX->USB
> converter arrived. While it did indeed work in PD (with GGEEs joystick
> object) it wasn't quite what I expected. Because the nice looking
> scratch pad on my Beatmania controller in fact is just a one-axis
> button with two directions but no scaling value that tells, how far
> you have scratched. 
> Now I'll go and buy a dance mat ;)
> ciao
> -- 
>  Frank Barknecht                               _ ______footils.org__
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Ricardo Climent

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