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Getting started with Max - August Series

Get started learning interactive music and video with Max in this series of 4 FREE workshops.

Course Instructor: Melody Loveless

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Get started with interactive audio and MIDI, and discover the possibilities of the Max environment. In this series of workshops, you will learn how to manipulate audio, MIDI, virtual instruments and program your own interactive canvas.

Connect together Max’s building blocks to create unexpected results, and use them in your music productions. Through a series of guided exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options.

Session 1

Session 1: Understand the Max environment

Session 2

Session 2: Connect building blocks together and work with data

Session 3

Session 3: Master the user interface

Session 4

Session 4: Work with your MIDI instruments

What you'll learn

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection
  • A good working knowledge of computer systems
  • Access to a copy of Max 8
  • A Zoom account

Course content

  • ---- Week 1 max patches to download
  • ---- Week 1 activities sheet
  • ---- Part 1 - Introduction
  • ---- Part 2 - What is Max
  • ---- Part 3 - Opening up Max
  • ---- Part 4 - What is a patcher-patch
  • ---- Part 5 - Checking that our patch is unlocked
  • ---- Part 6 - Adding an object via the top menu
  • ---- Part 7 - What is an object
  • ---- Part 8 - What is an object (con)
  • ---- Part 9 - Exploring and using the top menu
  • ---- Part 10 - Exploring the menu on the left
  • ---- Part 11 - Exploring the objects tab from the left side bar
  • ---- Part 12 - Exploring the audio tab from the left side bar
  • ---- Part 13 - Getting started with Activity #1
  • ---- Part 14 - Creating a playlist~
  • ---- Part 15 - Using the console.log to check for errors
  • ---- Part 16 - Checking our Audio Status
  • ---- Part 17 - Opening up the playlist~ help file
  • ---- Part 18 - Checking the audio meter-levels
  • ---- Part 19 - Turning on your audio
  • ---- Part 20 - Introduction to Activity #1
  • ---- Part 21 - Section #2 - Creating a patch from scratch
  • ---- Part 22 - Adding an audio file from Max's built-in documentation
  • ---- Part 23 - Adding ezdac~
  • ---- Part 24 - Adding live.gain~
  • ---- Part 25 - Connecting the objects together
  • ---- Part 26 - Introduction to Activity #2 - Create a playlist~ patch
  • ---- Part 27 - Section #3 More about playlist~
  • ---- Part 28 - Adding a number
  • ---- Part 29 - Using a number to playback audio
  • ---- Part 30 - Adding a message
  • ---- Part 31 - Adding a float
  • ---- Part 32 - Controlling the playback speed with a message
  • ---- Part 33 - Introduction to Activity #3 - Using messages to control the playlist~
  • ---- Part 34 - How to create segmented patch cords
  • ---- Part 35 - Controlling two playlists~ with one number
  • ---- Part 36 - Section #4 Effects
  • ---- Part 37 - How to add an effect (plug-in) to your patch
  • ---- Part 38 - Finding the parameters for an effect
  • ---- Part 39 - How to manipulate a parameter for an effect
  • ---- Part 40 - Introduction to Activity #4 - Add an effect to your system
  • ---- Part 41 - Section #5 - Wrapping up the Lesson
  • ---- Part 42 - Exploring the built-in Max documentation
  • ---- Part 43 - Recommended objects to explore (play~, buffer~, groove~)
  • ---- Bonus tip and end of Session 1
  • ---- Week 2 max patches to download
  • ---- Week 2 activities sheet
  • ---- Videos to be added
  • ---- Week 3 max patches to download
  • ---- Week 3 activity sheet
  • ---- Videos to be added
  • ---- Getting Started with Max - Session 4
  • ---- Open the course in Zoom to access all the features
  • ---- Week 4 activities sheet
  • ---- Week 4 max patches to download

Who is this course for

  • This series of online workshops aims to enable you to work with Max confidently on your own.

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