Generative Audio Looping in Max & Max For Live – LIVE Session

Level: Beginner +

Brian Eno used arranged tape loops for composition in the 1970 Discreet Music and Music For Airports. This M4L device takes those ideas and uses them for a simple but effective loop playback device. In this workshop you’ll learn how to work with audio file playback objects like buffer~ & groove~ along with send & receive concepts and sub-patches.

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

  • Build a basic audio file playback device.

  • Explore signal routings using send & return objects.

  • Use sub-patch encapsulations in M4L.

  • Describe the signal flow in a M4L device.

Session Study Topics

  • Max objects for audio playback.

  • Audio signal flow.

  • Encapsulations in Max.


  • 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 leader

Johan Englund is a music producer based in St Leonards East Sussex and an educator for Tileyard Education (London) and Bimm (London). He has been engaged as a professional in the music industry since the early 1990s and as a lecturer since 2005.