Hello - I am totally new to Pure Data and to this topic.
My daughter is a final year arts student, and she wants to make a sound installation in which different sounds should be heard from 8-10 different speakers positioned around a room.
A colleague of hers has suggested investigating Pure Data, and I've just been playing around with it for the last hour. While I've barely scratched the surface, I love it!
However, I was wondering what approach I could take to drive 8-10 speakers independently. Someone else has suggested a device like this
which seems to have eight independent outputs. It comes with a driver disc, so I presume that will allow Windows somehow to access the different channels.
How would I go about mapping the [dac] objects in Pd onto such an external device?
Secondly, my daughter would like some aspects of the sound to be modified by external events - she's thinking of pressure pads (to sense the presence of people in the room and indeed the *number* of people in the room) or a microphone (to sense the sound people make when entering the room).
I can imagine using a microphone as an input and using its sound level to do something with it; but is there a simple way in which a pressure pad or a proximity sensor could be interfaced with the PC (and then on with Pd)?
Many thanks in anticipation!