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Level: Beginners with an understanding of the fundamentals of music technology and Max

Note: the same workshop will happen twice the same day to cover a wider range of time zones. Tickets are not for both workshops

Max and Max For Live offers virtually unlimited sound synthesis possibilities. Every copy of Max and Max For Live includes BEAP, a library of modules that emulate the function and signalling of hardware modular synthesizers, developed as a pedagogical tool for the Electronic Production and Design students at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

BEAP provides a set of higher-level building blocks that can be used to develop a myriad of sound synthesis techniques. Think of it like a modular synthesizer in Max and Max For Live. Within the landscape of sound synthesis many architectures exist, such as Subtractive, Wavetable, FM and Physical Modelling. BEAP provides modules for the majority of these architectures in an easy to implement series of high-level building blocks.

Via a series of simple signal flow style patching activities, participants will develop meta cognitive knowledge of each synthesis architecture, its sonic timbre and the techniques needed to deploy them within the wider landscape of music production.

Topics include:

  • Architectures
  • Signal path routing
  • Oscillators
  • Filters
  • Modulation Sources
  • Scopes
  • Sequencers


  • A computer and internet connection
  • Max 8 (Max 7 is ok but you might not have access to all the features used in this workshop)
  • A good knowledge of music technology
  • A basic knowledge of Max/MSP

About the workshop leader:

Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands. His specialism is sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio processing and plug-in development. His credits include collaborations with Placebo, Radiohead, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, Moby, Snow Patrol, Mute, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Bros. He holds an MA in Audio Technology from the London College of Music, University of West London, an MSc in Sound & Music Computing at the Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London and in 2008 became one of the world’s first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers. He is a member of the UK’s Music Producers Guild, holds a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching, is an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and until recently was Chairman of the London Committee for the British Section of the Audio Engineering Society. He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function, which specialize in Max for Live devices releasing the M4L synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.

See Phelan’s Ableton Certified Trainer profile

Note: the same workshop will happen twice the same day to cover a wider range of time zones. Tickets are not for both workshops

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