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This "toolbox" is a collection of Max abstractions that we have found useful in creating gesture processing patches for digital musical instruments. Each patch is accompanied by a help patch to demonstrate its use.
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DOT - Digital Orchestra Toolbox

The Digital Orchestra Toolbox (DOT) started its life back in 2006 as a repository of useful MaxMSP functions for the CIRMMT/McGill Digital Orchestra Project. Over the years it has grown and evolved as it was used in subsequent projects at McGill and elsewhere, including the development and performance of a number of new digital musical instruments such as the T-Stick and the Spine.

Currently, the DOT includes more than 120 tools, and unlike many packages available for extending Max, it consists only of abstractions rather than compiled external objects. This ensures easy cross-platform functionality, and makes the internal structure and function of the tools viewable, understandable, editable and appropriable by users within Max itself.


Joseph Malloch, Stephen Sinclair, and Marlon Schumacher.


To cite the Digital Orchestra Toolbox, please use the following:

Joseph Malloch, Marlon Schumacher, Stephen Sinclair, and Marcelo M. Wanderley (2018). The Digital Orchestra Toolbox for Max. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Blacksburg, VA, USA.


Thanks to the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) at McGill University, Montreal for supporting development of this toolbox. Parts of the toobox were developed as part of the CIRMMT/McGill Digital Orchestra Project, funded by the Fonds de Recherche Société et culture of the Quebec government, and the project Compositional Applications of Auditory Scene Synthesis in Concert Spaces via Gestural Control funded by the NSERC/Canada Council for the Arts New Media Initiative.

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