Getting started with Max

Level: beginners with notions of programming

In this series of online workshops you will explore the most important programming techniques and concepts when working with Max, empowering you to begin to build your own patches and devices that you can deploy in your own music and multimedia projects. Through a series of guided exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options. This series of workshops aims to provide beginner’s with suitable skills to begin exploring the Max environment.

This online workshop is interactive and you will have opportunities to work with peers and ask questions to an experienced teacher. 

Timetable and outcomes

Session 1, 19th September 2020, 4pm UK / 11am EST / 8am PT

  • Identify key elements of the Max Interface
  • Create objects and route patch cables
  • Configure Object properties via the Inspector
  • Locate and utilise the Max help system

Session 2, 20th September 2020, 4pm UK / 11am EST / 8am PT

  • Utilise Max messages
  • Build lists and work with numerical data
  • Construct data flow and configure message ordering
  • Build logic circuits and apply math transformations

Session 3, 26th September 2020, 4pm UK / 11am EST / 8am PT

  • Configure and apply user interface objects
  • Build graphical user interfaces via Presentation Mode
  • Encapsulate patchers and sub patchers
  • Successfully apply data management techniques

Session 4, 27th September 2020, 4pm UK / 11am EST / 8am PT

  • Construct MIDI messages in Max
  • Utilise virtual instruments to play musical ideas
  • Manipulate data to create musical pieces
  • Explore further possibilities within Max
Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands. His specialism is sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio processing and plug-in development. His credits include collaborations with Placebo, Radiohead, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, Moby, Snow Patrol, Mute, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Bros. He holds an MA in Audio Technology from the London College of Music, University of West London, an MSc in Sound & Music Computing at the Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London and in 2008 became one of the world’s first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers. He is a member of the UK’s Music Producers Guild, holds a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching, is an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and until recently was Chairman of the London Committee for the British Section of the Audio Engineering Society. He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function, which specialize in Max for Live devices releasing the M4L synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.