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An Introduction to Synthesis with Max

Learn to program synthesis devices in Max

Course Instructor: Phelan Kane

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What you'll learn

  • Cycling 74’s Max / MSP offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own synthesis devices. In this workshop you will begin to build your own synthesis devices. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to begin exploring synthesis devices in the Max MSP environment.

Requirements

  • 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)

Course content

  • ---- An Introduction to Synthesis with Max
  • ---- Part 1 - Introduction
  • ---- Part 2 - Define the basic building blocks of synthesis Part 1
  • ---- Part 3 - Build oscillators via MSP oscillator objects Part 1
  • ---- Part 4 - Build oscillators via MSP oscillator objects Part 2
  • ---- Part 5 - Build oscillators via MSP oscillator objects Part 3
  • ---- Part 6 - Begin to build modulation sources for synthesis devices Part 1
  • ---- Part 7 - Build oscillators via MSP oscillator objects Part 4
  • ---- Part 8 - Define the basic building blocks of synthesis Part 2 / Explore various filter responses via MSP filter objects Part 1
  • ---- Part 9 - Begin to build modulation sources for synthesis devices Part 2
  • ---- Part 10 - Explore various filter responses via MSP filter objects Part 2
  • ---- Part 11 - Define the basic building blocks of synthesis Part 3
  • ---- Part 12 - Begin to build modulation sources for synthesis devices Part 3
  • ---- An Introduction to Synthesis with Max.maxpat

Who is this course for

  • This course is for people with a programming background who are interested in creating synthesis devices.

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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/