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Newbie help needed!

October 25, 2010 | 2:56 pm

Hi all,

I’m very very new to Max MSP (in fact I’ve NEVER used it before!) and need some guidance on where to get started. Could you recommend a source for good tutorials (starting at a very basic level), and recommend a good starting point?

Thank you in advance :)


October 25, 2010 | 3:01 pm

Max has some great in built tutorials, that’s where I started.


October 25, 2010 | 3:06 pm

Are they actually in Max? (I’m about to sound very stupid…) I can’t seem to get past the object/message box. That’s all that appears when I click on either of the desktop icons (‘Max’, and ‘Max Runtime’) that appeared after I installed the demo.


October 25, 2010 | 3:07 pm

Scrap that – I’ve found them! Thank you


October 25, 2010 | 3:08 pm

Open Max (not runtime), and then go to the Help menu and start off with the Max Tutorials (leave the MSP and Jitter ones for later) :)


October 25, 2010 | 3:08 pm

oops too late


October 25, 2010 | 4:10 pm

I’d also like to mention the "Tips and Shortcuts" option under the help menu, this gives you some very useful information on making your live with Max easier.

Pay special attention to the "alt-click" (Windows) or "Option-click" (Mac) option, it can be a live safer. In other words; if you wish to know more about a certain object then simply alt/option -click on it in an unlocked patcher and before you know a helppatch displays which gives you explanation and some hands on examples on how to use the object.

The beauty here is that these are help patches. So you can use them, but also copy them entirely (or merely the parts you want) to use or experiment with in your own stuff.

Have fun, hope this helps!


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