Getting started with MSP

Membership plan: Getting Started | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

In this series of 23 videos you will explore fundamental sound generation and synthesis techniques and concepts when working with Max, empowering you to begin to build your own synthesis patches and devices that you can deploy in your own music and multimedia projects.

What you'll learn

  • Synthesize and Modify Sounds: Develop the ability to create, modify, and manipulate sounds using MSP objects, oscillators, and filters within the Max environment.
  • Design and Implement GUI: Construct and implement user-friendly graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for synthesizers and sound devices, ensuring usability and practicality in sound manipulation.
  • Construct and Utilize LFOs: Develop multi-functional low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) and effectively apply them for modulation within sound synthesis devices.
  • Manage and Apply Data Techniques: Demonstrate competence in managing and applying various data management techniques within Max, ensuring efficient control and manipulation of data streams.
  • Convert Patches to Devices: Acquire the skill to transform MSP patches into M4L devices or standalone applications, facilitating further use in various musical projects and platforms.

Who is this course for?

  • Through a series of guided exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic synthesis device that features a wealth of sound manipulation options. This series of workshops aims to provide intermediate Max users with suitable skills to deploy audio DSP and synthesis skills within the Max environment.

Course content

  • Course overview
  • Tune.maxpatch download link
  • Session 01 Getting Start with MSP
  • Part 1 Introduction & Identify key elements of the MSP domain
  • Part 2 Create MSP objects and route patch cables
  • Part 3 Compare and contrast possibilities offered by objects within the MSP environment
  • Part 4 Locate and utilise the Max help & Reference system 1
  • Part 5 Locate and utilise the Max help & Reference system 2
  • Part 6 Locate and utilise the Max help & Reference system 3
  • Session 02 Getting Started with MSP
  • Part 1 Introduction & Construct MIDI signal routing
  • Part 2 Deploy MSP oscillators & filter objects 1
  • Part 3 Deploy MSP oscillators & filter objects 2
  • Part 4 Route and sum signal flow
  • Part 5 Build envelope generators for synthesis devices
  • Session 03 Getting Started with MSP
  • Session 3 Start download link
  • Session 3 End
  • Session 3 End download link
  • Part 1 Introduction & Build multi-function LFOs 1
  • Part 2 Build multi-function LFOs 2 & Utilise BPatchers within patches
  • Part 3 Successfully apply data management techniques
  • Part 4 Configure modulation routing within synthesis devices 1
  • Part 5 Configure modulation routing within synthesis devices 2
  • Session 04 Getting Started with MSP
  • Getting Started with MSP Session 4 Download Link
  • Part 1 Construct and deploy GUI designs 1
  • Part 2 Construct and deploy GUI designs 2
  • Part 3 Add cutoff frequency modulation 1
  • Part 4 Add cutoff frequency modulation 2
  • Part 5 Add cutoff frequency modulation 3
  • Part 6 Transform MSP patches into M4L devices
  • Part 7 Explore further possibilities within MSP
  • Session 4 Max Patches


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A good working knowledge of computer systems
  • Intermediate skills working with Max (i.e. ability to construct basic patches, familiarity with Max workflows, understanding of signal flow, use of messages and lists, creation of objects and adaptation of their properties etc)
  • Some familiarity with music creation applications such as a DAW
  • 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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