MaxForLive: Creating Your Own Audio Tools in Max For Live

Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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42 Videos (4h 53m)
    • 1 Intro

      5:47
    • 02 InANutshell

      5:21
    • 03 10kView

      3:11
    • 04 WhatWeCanDo

      5:39
    • 06 MaxVsM4L

      2:12
    • 07 HistoryOfMax

      7:44
    • 08 MaxForLiveDevicesV2

      3:35
    • 09 LoadingMaxDevicesV2

      3:36
    • 11 StartingFromScratch

      5:22
    • 10 FindingDevices

      4:38
    • 12 GettingHelp

      6:00
    • 13 EditingAndPresentationMode

      8:03
    • 14 TheMaxEditorAndPatching

      9:11
    • 15 ObjectsAndArguments

      10:45
    • 16 Messages

      7:32
    • 17 BangsAndButtons

      7:27
    • 18 HowToLearnMax

      2:24
    • 19 HowToApproachAPatch

      5:16
    • 20 DelayingMIDIMessages

      10:00
    • 21 AddingDryWet

      7:22
    • 22 WhyNotNotein

      4:44
    • 24 ArpeggiatorWalkThrough

      4:00
    • 25 DelayingNotes

      11:27
    • 26 transposingNotes

      5:11
    • 27 DeployingAndEncapsulating

      13:09
    • 29 TildeAndYelloPatchChords

      5:00
    • 30 AudioUI

      2:17
    • 31

      6:31
    • 32 DelDelayTapinTapout

      11:01
    • 33 VolumeControl

      3:30
    • 34 AudioToggle

      6:03
    • 35 MultiTaps

      9:43
    • 36 Presentation Setup

      7:48
    • 39 Abstractions

      9:33
    • 40 M4LListofAbstrations

      8:15
    • 41 M4LPatches

      13:28
    • 43 ControlAnyParameter

      10:03
    • 47 Filtergraph

      10:07
    • 48 FindingBeats

      13:36
    • 49 ControllingFiltersByTheBeat

      9:39
    • We Interrupt This Class...

      0:24
    • 51 ThanksBye

      6:08

About This Class

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.

Topics include:

  • 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
  • Messages
  • 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)
  • Presentation Setup
  • Controlling Live
  • Abstractions
  • 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!!!

Also included in this class is 6 of my own MaxForLive patches for you to download, dissect, use, and build on.

2 of 2 students recommendSee All

This course is a great and useful introduction to Max and specifically M4L. Jason not only covers a lot of the necessary basics, but more than that he 'teaches how to fish' - i.e., he shows you how to find your way around Max for Live help and reference which is a must even for the seasoned Max programmer. Jason also has a fun and down-to-earth teaching style that makes all of this seem feasible by normal human beings (unlike some of the normal Max tutorials). Thanks for this.

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PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of "glove" controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When ...

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