Generative Music Tools: LFOs and Pitch Quantization - On demand

Membership plan: Getting Started | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

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

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.

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


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