Building Audio FX with Max

Membership plan: Going Deeper | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

Max offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own audio FX devices. In this series of workshops you will build delay line, filter, chorus and flanger audio FX devices, empowering you to utilise them in your own patches. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to begin to explore building audio FX devices in the Max MSP environment.

What you'll learn

  • Identify key MSP objects for audio FX devices
  • Build delay line audio FX devices with feedback networks
  • Build filter networks for use in audio FX devices
  • Add LFO networks for use in Flanger and Chorus audio FX devices

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for users with a previous knowledge on Max or Pure Data and some rudiments of digital audio and an interest in the creation of audio FX devices.

Course content

  • What you will learn in this workshop
  • Building Audio FX with Max Part 1
  • Building Audio FX with Max Part 2
  • Building Audio FX in Max Patches


  • 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)

Meet your instructor

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.

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