Transmission
Software Training

Modalys

3 days to understand and master IRCAM’s physical modeling software
April 1 through Sat 3 April 2021,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Ircam
salle Nono
Language

French

Level

Beginner

Prices

750 €

Reserve

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. Max and OpenMusic communicate directly with the Modalys synthesis engine via intuitive graphical interfaces

Objectives

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.

Public

Composers, musicians, sound designer, teachers

Prerequisites

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

18 hours of training. Thursday-Saturday, April 1-3, 2021. 10am-1pm/2:30pm-5:30pm
11 students maximum


Program

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

Thursday

MorningIntroduction to synthesis through physical modeling
Introduction to Lips language
Introduction to the basic functions in Modalys 
  • Make-object
  • 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)

Friday

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

Saturday

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