[PD] Approaches to "show control" platforms

Antoine Villeret antoine.villeret at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 11:39:37 CET 2014


on my side, I'm using Pd in almost each show or installation I made.
I use it as a media server (audio and video player and synthesizer,
light and actuator control).
The cue control is still a big point. But I think I have now with
I-score [1] something really efficient.
This is an intermedia sequencer working with MIDI, Minuit and OSC.
It's a great tool to do show control.
It doesn't play media itself but send command to other programs (like pd).
You can easily write automation by hand, or record them with controller.
It implement a lots of very nice feature like global speed control and
cue triggering condition.
It's still in beta but the dev' crew is very reactive to fix bug and
implement new features.
It's open source and run on Mac OS, Linux and Windows (binaries are available).

This is the most powerful software I knew to do show control. (but Ok,
I know the team, and I'm quite involve in its development :-) )
Feel free to try it and reach the team if you have any question.



[1] ; http://i-score.org/
do it yourself

2014-11-13 11:10 GMT+01:00 João Martins <joaomartins at mac.com>:
> Hi there, list!
> Besides using PD for sound design and programming/composition tools, I've
> always thought it could be a great platform for "show control", replacing
> commercial apps like Qlab and others. For those of you who are not familiar
> with this sort of tools, they are built to streamline the process of
> "cueing" a performance (theater is my main focus).
> Cues can be playing, pausing, fading in or out given audio files (and
> panning, filtering, etc), sending out DMX or MIDI signal for light consoles,
> as well as playing, pausing, fading in or out given video files. Live video
> and audio are also possibilities.
> Each function is apparently simple to implement and I've used some
> experimental patches in shows of my own, but I've met some resistance from
> "conventional" technicians. Some testing with Qlab, has led me to the
> conclusion that a Pd solution could be built and useful, but it would need a
> simpler GUI for the final control aspects, to resemble as close as possible
> existing paradigms (some sort of hybrid between an audio mixing board and
> the normal controls on a CD/audio player, the cueing principles of lighting
> systems and existing video mixing consoles).
> A modular system would be perfect for this, and I'm trying to figure out how
> to start.
> With such a broad community of users, I'm sure some attempts at this have
> already been made and I'm not interested in reinventing the wheel.
> So, if any of you can point me to existing projects with similar features
> and objectives I'd appreciate it and try to contribute as best as I can.
> Thank you all,
> João Martins
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