Software Training

Modalys initiation - Class online

3 days to understand and master IRCAM’s physical modeling software
April 22 through Fri 24 April 2020,
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.





Tarif réduit (au lieu de 750€) : 400 €

Practical information

Modalys is an environment that lets the user create completely novel virtual instruments based on “simple” physical objects such as strings, plate, tubes, membranes, plectrum, bows, or hammers, and making them interact. It is also possible to build objects with complex forms using a 3D mesh or resulting from measurements. Modalys brings these objects to life by calculating their sonic vibrations. By combining different physical, resonating objects and by specifying the type of interaction (striking, rubbing, using a mouthpiece or a bow, etc.), the user creates a virtual instrument and then decides how it will be played and controlled.

During this class, participants will explore all the Modalys interfaces. Participants take their first steps using the ModaLisp interface and then in Max to play virtual instruments in real-time. They also learn how to build instruments and calculate sounds using OpenMusic.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to construct a simple virtual instrument and interact with it in the ModaLisp environment and in real-time with Max.


Composers, musicians, sound designer, teachers, etc.


Mastery of the Macintosh environment (OS X), a sequencer software program such as Pro Tools, LogicAudio, and a sound editor like Audacity.

Educational Resources and Techniques

Classroom equipped with computers with all the necessary software installed, headphones, and MIDI keyboards;
Class Format: Training alternates between presentations, explanations on theory and hands-on exercises;
Didactic Materials: Video-projected presentations.

Supervision and Assessment

Welcome the first day of training beginning at 9:45am;
Attendance controlled; signature of an attendance sheet required every morning and afternoon;
Assessment of acquired knowledge using a multiple-choice test (30 minutes) taken at the end of training.

A certificate at the end of the program is given to each participant with the results of the exam.

Training Period and Organization

12 hours of training, 10am-noon & 3:00pm-5:00pm // Wednesday, April 22 – Friday, April 24, 2020
11 students maximum



MorningIntroduction to synthesis through physical modeling;
Introduction to Lips language;
Introduction to the basic functions in Modalys:
- Make-obejct
- Make-connexion
- Make-access
AfternoonStudy a string instrument;
Use a sound file to activate an instrument;
Construct a reed instrument;
Use Modalys in real-time with Max (object Mlys).


MorningConstruct a plucked string model;
Change the pitch of a string in real-time using Max.
AfternoonConstruct a plaque;
Use of hybrid objects.


MorningConstruct 3D objects;
Tibetan bowl;
Balinese gong;
Use 3D objects in Max.
AfternoonUse OpenMusic to calculate Modalys sounds;
Calculate chords;
Calculate melodies using MIDI files.