Pure Data: Light Dependent Resistor

There is a variety of different approaches for receiving (and sending) data via a serial port in PD. The solution in this example relies OSC via serial and needs additional libraries for both the Arduino sender and the PD receiver. In return it offers a flexible approach for handling multiple sensors.

Breadboard Circuit

The breadboard circuit is the same as in the first Arduino sensor example:


Arduino Code

For the following Arduino program, the additional OSC Library by Adrian Freed needs to be installed. It can be cloned from the repository or simply installed with the builtin package manager in the Arduino IDE (Tools->Manage Libraries). OSCMessage.h is included in the code. In addition, the type of serial connection is retrieved. The OSCMessage class is used in the main loop to pack the data and send it.

#include <OSCMessage.h>

#include <SLIPEncodedUSBSerial.h>
SLIPEncodedUSBSerial SLIPSerial( thisBoardsSerialUSB );
#include <SLIPEncodedSerial.h>
 SLIPEncodedSerial SLIPSerial(Serial);

void setup() {


void loop() {

  int sensorValue = analogRead(A0);

  float voltage = sensorValue;

  // Serial.println(voltage);

  OSCMessage msg1("/brightness");


Pure Data Patch

The Pure Data receiver patch relies on the mrpeach externals: mrpeach GitHub Repository Like many externals, they can be installed by cloning the repository to one of PD'2 search paths - or by using Deken. The external is named mrpeach: Instructions for using Deken

Serial data is received with the comport object. All available devices can be printed to PD's console. The proper interface can be opened with an extra message or as first argument of the object. On Linux systems, this is usually /dev/ttyACM0. The slipdec object decodes the SLIP-encoded OSC message, which is then unpacked and routed.