Du Cristal

Check the up-to-date version of this page at www.saariaho.org/DuCristal-electronics.html

For general technical notes go to www.saariaho.org/Electronics-general-notes.html

For solutions to common problems go to www.saariaho.org/Electronics-common-solutions.html

General information

The electronics for this piece consist of a synthesizer part that has not yet been ported in Max.

For the time being, a Max patch is provided to load the piece data into the synthesizer.


IMPORTANT: in recent MacOS versions, there is a known issue when downloading

Max standalones through browsers (such as Safari, etc.)

Before to download, one needs first to go to ‘System Preferences/Security & Confidentiality/General’

and check ‘Authorize the applications downloaded from: anywhere’.

If you do not do it, the system will display a misleading message saying that the ‘file is damaged’.

You just need to change the security parameters as described above, then restart the standalone.

For MacOS Sierra and later: the ‘anywhere’ option is by default disabled.

To enable it again: start the application Terminal and type the following:

« sudo spctl --master-disable »

Latest patch version

Technical requirements for the current version

  1. -Macintosh or PC to load the data into the synthesizer

  2. -Yamaha SY77 or SY99 synthesizer

  3. -MIDI interface to connect the synthesizer to the computer

  4. -Mixer & stereo diffusion (plus a return monitor for the keyboardist)

Performance notes

The amount of amplification required naturally depends on the performance space, but it should never cover the acoustic sound of the orchestra.
The general level should be rather loud, but not painfully so.