Generative Music Tools: LFOs and Pitch Quantization - On demand

Learn to build a LFOs and Pitch Quantization devices in Max.

Course Instructor: Samuel Pearce Davies

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There are a broad array of techniques musicians can use to generate music in Max. One fundamental component of traditional analogue synthesiser use is the LFO, or low-frequency oscillator. Additionally, pitch quantization can be an extremely powerful tool, especially when used alongside the values generated by an LFO.

What you'll learn

  • Learn the basics of LFOs and pitch quantizers
  • Build a standalone LFO patch with variable waveforms and a functional UI
  • Build a quantizer which will map incoming pitch values to user-defined scales/modes
  • Use both devices to control parameters of sound synthesis and assist in generative music composition


  • A computer and Internet connection
  • Access to a copy of Max 7 or 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

Course content

  • ---- Session Materials
  • ---- Part 1 - Introduction & Variable Waveform Setup
  • ---- Part 2 - Formatting the LFO Output
  • ---- Part 3 - Sync Setup
  • ---- Part 4 - Building the UI
  • ---- Part 5 - LFO Demonstration – Tremolo & Vibrato
  • ---- Part 6 - Quantiser List Manipulation
  • ---- Part 7 - Implementing the Quantiser Algorithm
  • ---- Part 8 - Including Pre-Set Scales & Modes
  • ---- Part 9 - Building the UI and Demonstration
  • ---- Part 10 - Further Demonstration

Who is this course for

  • This workshop will provide you with the information to construct both devices in Max, giving you a broader palette of compositional tools.

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