Build A Drum Machine in Max

Learn to program your own drum machine in Max.

Course Instructor: Ned Rush

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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


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

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

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.

Useful links

Max download - Download Max | Cycling '74 (

About the workshop leader

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.