Getting Started with RNBO in Max

Membership plan: Going Deeper | Topics: Creative Coding, Sound Design

Course overview


- 2 Lessons

- 22 Topics

- Course Certificate



RNBO is an add-on for Max that allows you to take Max-like patches and export them as portable code. It can directly compile that code to targets like an Audio Plugin (i.e. VST/AU), a Max External, Javascript (i.e for a web page) or a Raspberry Pi.

RNBO's goal is to give you the best of Max - rapid iteration, creative exploration - with the freedom to take the resulting work and use it outside of Max. This course will get your started using RNBO to create a plugin, a webpage or an external object.

What you'll learn

  • Lesson 1: Explore the key differences between RNBO and Max
  • Lesson 1: Begin to build and compile RNBO patches
  • Lesson 1: Configure and deploy parameters, ports and utilize messages in RNBO patches
  • Lesson 1: Export a RNBO patch as a Max External
  • Lesson 2: Build a sampler in RNBO that can be controlled with MIDI
  • Lesson 2: Build a real-time audio recorder that can record and playback audio
  • Lesson 2: Export to Audio Plugins

Who is this course for?

  • Max users looking to get started with RNBO in Max
  • Music producers & sound designers interested in building and exporting RNBO patches

Course content

  • Course Patches & Documents
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: How to install RNBO
  • Part 3: RNBO object setup helpfiles
  • Part 4: RNBO output
  • Part 5: How to use messages and set objects
  • Part 6: How to use events into RNBO with parameters
  • Part 7: Switching buffers with groove
  • Part 8: RNBO export to external Max object target
  • Part 9: Testing our external object
  • Part 10: Conclusion
  • Course Patches & Documents
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Audio Recorder project overview
  • Part 3: How to set up record~ for playback
  • Part 4: How to control groove~ with parameters (review)
  • Part 5: Clear buffer~ to prevent recording glitches
  • Part 6: Using kslider to transpose pitch with groove~
  • Part 7: What's the difference between param input and MIDI input in RNBO?
  • Part 8: How to export a MIDI compatible external object
  • Part 9: How to export a VST3 Audio Effect from RNBO
  • Part 10: How to control a VST3 export with MIDI in Max


  • A computer and internet connection
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)
  • Access to a copy of RNBO (i.e. trial or full license)

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Kyle Duffield is a Toronto based Interactive and Experience Design Professional who creates immersive interactive installations and brand activations. He is also known for his affiliation with the studio and former gallery, Electric Perfume. As an educator, and technical consultant, he has facilitated interactive media workshops and projects with institutions across Canada, Shanghai, and online. Currently, Kyle is participating in Cycling 74’s Max Certified Trainer Program, and is focusing on creating unforgettable technological experiences.

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