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Additive Synthesis with Max - LIVE Session

Learn to program Additive synthesis devices in Max

Course Instructor: Phelan Kane

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Cycling 74’s Max / MSP offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own synthesis devices.

What you'll learn

  • Build  Additive oscillators via MSP oscillator objects
  • Explore Additive’s spectral sonic properties
  • Construct modulation sources for  Additive synthesis devices
  • Define the sonic timbre and strengths and weakness of Additive synthesis


  • A computer and Internet connection
  • A good working knowledge of computer systems
  • A basic awareness of audio processing
  • Good familiarity with MSP
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license) or Live Suite (M4L)

Course content

  • ---- Additive Synthesis with Max - LIVE Session
  • ---- Synthesis with Max Additive
  • ---- Synthesis with Max Additive Patch

Who is this course for

  • In this workshop you will build your own synthesis device that utilizes an Additive architecture. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to begin exploring Additive synthesis devices in the Max MSP environment.

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About the workshop leader

Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function. He has released the Max for Live device synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate. http://metafunction.co.uk/ http://phelankane.com/bio/

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