Using Collab-Hub with Max for Collaborative Network Performance / LIVE Session – September 19th

Date and Time: Sunday 19th September 2021 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC

Length: approx. 2- hours

Level: Intermediate

Collab-Hub offers the ability to connect multiple Max patches together over the internet, allowing performers across the world to share control data with one another during collaborative performances. In this workshop you will learn how to add Collab-Hub’s user-friendly modules to any Max patch, how to send and receive data between multiple connected users, and how to map that data to the parameters of your instrument or effect. You will also learn techniques for sharing data between Max and web pages, opening the door for building multi-platform networked experiences between mobile devices and your favourite patches.

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Build a Max patch that connects to the Collab-Hub web server
  • Retrofit Collab-Hub modules and mapping strategies into an existing Max/Jitter patch
  • Send and receive data in both Control and Event formats between their Max patch and other connected clients
  • Explore methods for building advanced messaging networks with the Push and Publish transmission methods

Session Study Topics

  • Introduction to Collab-Hub and the Collab-Hub Max client modules
  • Sending and Receiving Control and Event data (from within Max patches and/or a web interface)
  • Mapping Data to Synthesis Parameters
  • Understanding Push/Publish distribution types and Room organization


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leaders 

Nick Hwang is a composer and sonic artist interested in interactivity, collaborative systems, and gameful performance. He is an Assistant Professor in the Media Arts and Game Development program at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Eric Sheffield is a musician and maker currently interested in physics-based modeling, networked performance, and popular music. He currently teaches as Visiting Assistant Professor in both the Music and Emerging Technology in Business + Design departments at Miami University.

Anthony T. Marasco is an Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. As a composer and sound artist, his works feature custom-made software and electronic instruments, hacked consumer hardware, and networked systems for designing audience/performer collaborative experiences.