For years I’ve been teaching Ableton Live and Max in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn’t be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. MaxForLive is a powerful tool that lets users design their own instruments, effects, and devices. It isn’t without its drawbacks: MaxForLive is notoriously difficult to learn. I’ve developed an approach for teaching MaxForLive that focuses on teaching it like a language: You will learn small blocks and patches, understanding the how and the why along the way. As we grow our vocabulary, we “learn how to learn” more and more.
•The unique and quirky history and development of Max
•What we can do with MaxForLive
•Max vs. MaxForLive
•The MaxForLive Devices
•Finding and Sharing MaxForLive Devices
•Getting Help: Help Windows in MaxForLive
•Presentation Mode & Patching Modes
•The Max Editor
•Bangs & Buttons
•Project 1: Building a MIDI Delay
•Project 2: Building an Arpeggiator
•Working with Audio Signals
•Project 3: An Audio Delay
•Objects (tilde objects)
•Controlling anything in Live
•Project 4: A Beat-Quantized Randomized Filter
•Finding the Beat from Live
•Project 5: Artificial Intelligence (sort of)
•… And much more!!!
– Included here are 8 max patches for the 6 different projects we walk through in this class.
– In this class we will walk through 6 projects that I want you to do with me. Please follow along with the lessons and do them as I do. If you get stuck, use the attached patches, which are the ones I make in the videos.
Do them on your own, but use these patches for reference. Have fun!