Getting confident with Max – On demand

Level: Beginner

Cycling 74’s Max / MSP offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own sound design and multimedia applications. In this workshop you will build a patch using items from the Max tool bar such as Beap and Vizzie as well using media from your own collection, plus explore ways to open up, reverse engineer and modify existing resources within the Max.

Series Learning Outcomes

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

  • Confidently navigate the Max environment to quickly gain access to content and learning resources.

  • Deploy resources into a patch.

  • Connect and explore these resources to develop ideas for sound and media design, composition and performance.

  • Navigate the help file system and reverse engineer existing content in the Max application.

Session Study Topics

  • The Tools available in a Max such as Beap and Vizzie modules.

  • Playlists and drag and drop media.

  • Bpatches, prototypes and snippets.

  • The helpfile system.


  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader

Duncan Wilson (aka Ned Rush) is a musician, producer and content creator based in the UK. Whilst perhaps largely known for his Youtube channel, he has also released music independently as well developing content for Isotonik Studios.

Racks, Variations and Creative Processing in Live 11 – On demand

Level: Intermediate Ableton Live users

Live 11 offers a wide range of creative effects and updates that can help create unique sounds.

In this intermediate level workshop you will learn how to build your own unique Drum Rack using random foley sounds, apply processing, get creative with Macro Variations and also explore some of Live 11’s new creative effects. This workshop aims to provide you with creative strategies to take your ideas to the next level.

Session Learning Outcomes

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

  • Build at least one custom Rack

  • Layer sounds and use Racks inside Racks

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the key and updated features of Racks

  • Utilize creative FX processing

Session Study Topics

  • Building a Drum Rack out of random Foley sounds

  • Racks inside Racks, layering foley sounds with Max for Live Drum Synths

  • Macro Variations and other key features of Racks

  • FX Processing techniques and an overview of some of the new devices in Live11, such as Spectral Resonator and Hybrid Reverb


  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Ableton Live 11 Suite – if not, participants should be advised to download the trial version

About the workshop leader

Anna is a London based producer, engineer, vocalist and educator.

Anna is currently working as a university lecturer in London, teaching music production, creating educational content and working on her next releases as ANNA DISCLAIM.