Build A Drum Machine in Max

Membership plan: Getting Started | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

Cycling 74’s Max / MSP offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own musical instruments. In the course you will build a custom drum machine that features drum synthesis techniques and a step sequencer. The course aims to provide you with suitable skills to deploy drum synthesis and step sequencing in the Max MSP environment.


What you'll learn

  • Deploy various drum synthesis techniques
  • Apply various synthesis processing and manipulation techniques
  • Construct a step sequencer for rhythmic programming
  • Design a suitable UI

Who is this course for?

  • Students wanting to explore common techniques for drum synthesis using MSP objects.
  • Learn how to create a custom sequencer.
  • Build their final drum machine concept with bpatchers.

Course content

  • Lesson 1: Drum Machine Intro
  • Lesson 2: Drum Voice
  • Lesson 3: Drum Voice with Sequencer Part 1
  • Lesson 4: Drum Voice with Sequencer Part 2
  • Lesson 5: Cleaning up the patch and playing our drum machine
  • Lesson 6: One Last Thing


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

Meet your instructor

Duncan Wilson (aka Ned Rush) is a musician, producer and content creator based in the UK. Whilst perhaps largely known for his Youtube channel, he has also released music independently as well developing content for Isotonik Studios.

Useful links

Max download - Download Max | Cycling '74 (

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