MPE Exploration in Max & Max For Live

Membership plan: Getting Started | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

- Overview of MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) and its impact on musical and sound expressivity

- Exploration of hardware and software options for MPE

- Custom-made GranuRise and seqMPEror MPE Max For Live devices

- Creation of custom Max | Max for Live device that interacts with MPE parameters

- Strategies for using different hardware MPE devices with custom-made patch/synth

- Options for transforming regular MIDI keyboard into an MPE-like device for those without hardware MPE device.

What you'll learn

  • Lots of Max MPE objects and how to use them
  • Build synthesis MPE patch and how to use it in the context of MPE
  • How to use your regular MIDI keyboard to simulate MPE behaviour by using Max
  • How to apply the Max MPE patch into the Max for Live environment

Who is this course for?

  • Max MSP users who would like to learn more about MPE integration in Max
  • Ableton and Max for Live users who would like to implement some new devices in to Live 11 workflow
  • Electronic Musicians who would like to dive into the world of MPE
  • Sound Designer who would like to extend their sonic options with MPE

Course content

  • Course Material
  • Workshop recording
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. What is MPE
  • 3. MPE as Polyphonic
  • 4. Building something from the object
  • 5. Imortance of note locator
  • 6. Why this process
  • 7. Building a pitch band
  • 8. Media format
  • 9. Will it work
  • 10. Morphing them together
  • 11. Preset
  • 12. Things to consider while using a preset
  • 13. Changing the note you play
  • 14. Equator
  • 15. Make the pitch velocity work
  • 16. Chagning the paramaters
  • 17. Other patches
  • 18. Last patch
  • 19. Closing remarks
  • seqMPEror, GranuRise and Embodme ERAE TOUCH


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

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Andrej Kobal is active in various fields of contemporary music as an author of various compositions, improviser and sound designer. He has created two advanced MPE Max and Max For Live devices that offer a unique gestural approach to music making. GranuRise and seqMPEror have gained a wide response from the electronic music Community.


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