[PD] Approaches to "show control" platforms

Peter P. p8rpp at aol.com
Thu Nov 13 20:42:37 CET 2014

* João Martins <joaomartins at mac.com> [2014-11-13 05:11]:
> 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.

Jörn created something perhaps related a while ago. Not sure about its
current status as well:

best, P

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