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Anniversary at a West Coast Safari

Cycling '74 began developing and selling software officially in late 1997, and it was in 1998 that the company incorporated and hired its first few employees. To celebrate ten years of our continued existence, we decided to have an anniversary party. Here's how it went...

Cycling ’74′s Office Relocation, Part 2

For those of you who know San Francisco, there are two things you are well aware of. One, if you ask a pair of friends walking down the street where to get the best burrito, it could result in a fistfight. Two, it rarely gets hot here. Warm, yes. Hot, about 1 week each year. Monday, May 7th was hot and it was painting day.

Cycling ’74′s Office Relocation, Part 1

Growing out of and growing tired of our 379A Clementina Street location, Cycling '74 is moving its headquarters into a great new space a few blocks away at 730 Clementina Street.

C74 Tries Marketing to Kids (and Soccer Moms)

Cycling '74 has received its share of athletic sponsorship requests during its nine year history. Typically these have been bicycle tours or related events, and after careful consideration, we have rejected all of them. However, when I received an urgent call from the coach of my son Bruno's soccer team saying that they were flirting with disqualification for lack of a sponsor, our corporate policy of exhaustive review (involving multiple levels of committee meetings) was carelessly discarded in...

Those Invalid Objects are Back

The great news is that Fällt is back with a nicely redesigned website. The whole site is well worth a visit and a listen, but you can now once again find the MP3s for the entire Invalid Objects series here for your downloading pleasure.

We Missed You In New Orleans

This last week saw several Cycling '74 folks leaving behind their solitary monastic cells and journeying to the great city of N'awlins [New Orleans, to the rest of you] for the 2006 ICMC computer music conference and festival. Although no words will suffice to describe what remains after Katrina's passing, the dignity and pride of the inhabitants or the Big Easy, or the warm welcome from Tae Hong Park and the fine folks at Tulane, here's a modest report on what we saw and heard (and ate).

Life of Schwag

Just so you know we care about giving away free stuff to promote our company, here is a list of things that have been given away over our 8-year history.

Heard from My Desk on a Sunny Afternoon

I was sitting at my desk today and overheard a tiny piece of a story from a co-worker. I'm sharing it because, well, we all need to laugh.

Most Embarrassing Celebrity Crush

For this installment of the c74office journal, you can learn who matches this description for the people at Cycling '74. Be sure to click on the heart to see the celebrity photo.

Food, food, food

As many of you know, the c74 headquarters is in San Francisco and we are, like many around here, utterly food-obsessed. It is a constant source of entertainment as well as an obvious source of fuel. Everyone has their opinions on the best places to go -- whether it's a hole-in-the-wall or the ueber-pricey. We tend toward the former and dream of the latter. Our dreams are likely better than the actual experience anyway. So we have put together a list in case you're ever in the neighborhood.

Cycling ’74 = cat people

We've always been a bit fanatic about our feline life partners (see Jitter box), but this morning we stepped over the line and entered a whole new realm of creepy cat owner behavior. George wanted to play "what actor represents your cat" and here are the results.

Big Box

When a new shipment of Lemurs arrive from France, the excitement begins to grow at c74 headquarters. But it's not what you think. Yes, we are happy to receive a new shipment because it means people like the Lemur and are buying it. And, yes, it's always good to see that the big box of expensive hardware you just purchased arrived safely. Despite these good reasons, which occasionally lead to hugging the delivery driver, the best part is the BIG BOX.

Plug-In Confidential, Redux

Since we've changed the way that plug-ins are built, I realized that perhaps it'd be a good idea to find my humble little article and update it for use in the Current Dispensation.

The Moon Smells like…

On my last night in San Francisco, I decided to check out the newly refurbished iMax theatre in the Metreon down the street from Cycling '74 world HQ and catch Roving Mars.

A Workshopping Spree

My colleagues Andrew and Meg and I headed over to the new Recombinant Media Labs facility last week for a fun-filled week of Max workshoppery.

Om NAMMa Shiva (Part N where N=3)

The nature of the booth traffic is visible not only in a relative dearth of exciting action demo photos on my part (I am giving them aforementioned demos, and thus otherwise occupied), but also in my relative lack of trade show mobility. There are a few exceptions.

Om NAMMa Shiva (Part N where N=2)

We’re behind the Apple booth. This is a good thing in that we are beside and right in the demo audio line of fire of the Sony booth; two such circumstances would probably make anyone mad as a hatter.

Om NAMMa Shiva (part N where N=1)

Greetings from the Los Angeles equivalent of a serious cold snap (which equates to an exceptionally nice respite from a Midwestern winter). Yes, it’s NAMM time again….

InVeSTigations (part 4)

In this tutorial, we'll add some interesting new bells and whistles to VST hosting and take a look at how you can begin to visually simplify your Max patches, even as they become more complex.

InVeSTigations (part 3)

In this tutorial, we'll look at a new message to the vst object that lets us load plug-ins without interrupting our audio, and take a look at a novel way to mix the outputs of several VST plug-ins.

InVeSTigations (part 2)

One quick way to start having fun with Max is to use the vst~ object to host audio plug-ins or VST instruments; you can load plug-ins you already have (or find some free plug-ins) and get a little experience with using Max to send messages to them while you gather the courage to write your own audio processing patches or virtual synths.

InVeSTigations (part 1)

One quick way to start having fun with Max is to use the vst~ object to host audio plug-ins or VST instruments; you can load plug-ins you already have (or find some free plug-ins) and get a little experience with using Max to send messages to them while you gather the courage to write your own audio processing patches or virtual synths.

How do I turn that text stuff into a patch?

How do I turn that text stuff into a patch?

The Poly Papers (part 1)

One of the more difficult things for many beginning Max/MSP users is dealing with polyphony. So I thought I'd write up a few articles about the poly~ object, and help take some of the heat off of a new user's head.