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Max/MSP 4.5.7 released!

Whew! It was a ton of work, and took a lot of long hours, but we’ve released Max/MSP version 4.5.7 – a free update to all Max/MSP 4.5 users. The update contains a litany of various bug fixes, some new pattr features, and support for our upcoming Pluggo 3.5.4 update. This version also is the first [...]

Jitter Recipes: Book 2, Recipes 14-25

The majority of these recipes are specific implementations of a more general patching concept. As with any collection of recipes, you will want to take these basic techniques and personalize them for your own uses.

A Video Interview with Daito Manabe, Performer

Turntablism takes on the visual dimension.

Jitter Recipes: Book 1, Recipes 0-12

Book 1 contains some clever solutions, advanced trans-coding techniques, groovy audio/visual toys, and basic building blocks for more complex processing.

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.

Cycling ’74 Debuts Website Update

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today announced the launch of a revamped web presence, available at In addition to providing product information and downloadable product updates, the new website will offer feature articles, improved application support, product tutorials and a web-based interface to its user forum.

Cycling ’74 Previews New Software For The Lemur Multi-Touch Control Surface

NAMM • Anaheim, CA • January 19, 2006 - Cycling '74 today announced revision software 1.3 for the JazzMutant Lemur Multi-touch control surface. The forthcoming update will be available via download for all current Lemur customers. New software features in version 1.3 allow the Lemur to be reconfigured in powerful ways from a host computer via the OSC (Open Sound Control) protocol.

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.

Tap.Tools 2.1 Released

Version 2.1 of Tap.Tools has been released by Electrotap. This version of Tap.Tools offers a variety of enhancements and bug fixes to users. The update is free to registered users of Tap.Tools 2.0

Xray.jit objects released

Xray.jit objects have been released. These are divided into several broad categories pertaining to Geometry, Data, Video, and Simulation. The Geometry objects deal more with OpenGL situations. The Data objects operate on jitter matrices without consideration for what that data necessarily represents and are more geared toward the general matrix format. The Video objects on the other hand mostly deal with data that is in one of the common video formats such as 1 plane char or 4 plane char. Finall...

Cycling ’74 Releases Hipno Plug-ins

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today announced the release of Hipno 1.0, a new suite of over forty effects and instrument VST plug-ins for VST, AU and RTAS host applications. This package features an irresistible mix of granular, spectral, and filter/delay-based plug-ins featuring the unique Hipnoscope user interface. Also included in the package is an amazing set of processors that utilize live video input as a control source, and a new set of modulator plug-ins sure...

Writing Externals with Xcode 2.2

In this article we will take a step-by-step approach on how to write externals from scratch using Apple's latest developer tools. We will not discuss the source code itself very much, as that information is well covered in the MaxMSP Software Development Kits. We will also approach this topic in a tutorial-like style. That means that we will let a few things slip in order to see what some common errors look like and how we can go about solving them.

A Video Interview with Matt Wright, Musical Systems Designer

"Drawing" on Ornette Coleman: synthesis control using a graphics tablet.Watch Matt's video.

A Video Interview with Ali Momeni, Composer & Researcher

Controller workshop: From do-it-yourself tablas (with sponges!) to the Lemur. Watch Ali's video.

A Video Interview with David Tinapple, Video Artist

On visual programming for visual media. Watch David's video.

A Video Interview with John deKron, Media & Video Artist

Controlling a Media Facade: The Bix Simulator and VJ software ES-X. Watch John's video.

A Video Interview with Angela Lorenz, Graphic Designer

Angela Lorenz, a graphic designer and Max user, creates automated design and visuals.

A Video Interview with Barney Haynes, Media Artist & Educator

Installation and Performance Fabricating the interfaced machine. Watch Barney's video.

The Development of Jamoma

The Jamoma Project recently released version 0.2 of its modular framework for Max, MSP, and Jitter. Despite the low version number this software is actually quite mature, which years of development and experience forming the basis of the framework. Given that this is a significant release in Jamoma's roadmap, I thought I would talk about both Jamoma and it's development.

An Interview With Bob Ostertag

Bob Ostertag is a music school dropout who has since performed all over the world and has collaborated with the likes of John Zorn, Fred Frith, drag diva Justin Bond, and the Kronos Quartet. In this interview he describes his creative process and what inspires him to design his technological instruments.

An Interview With Kim Cascone

Kim Cascone has worked as a synth tech, edited music for David Lynch films, founded San Francisco's first ambient electronic music label, and helped design new systems of audio for video games. In this conversation with Ben Nevile, Cascone discusses his electronic history, his interest in genetic algorithms, and a fresh compositional direction that he calls "New Density".

Cycling ’74 Releases Major Update To Jitter

Cycling '74 today announced the release of Jitter version 1.5, a major upgrade to its video, matrix and 3D graphics objects for the Max/MSP graphical programming environment.

Cycling ’74 Presents Product Workshop At San Francisco Apple Store

Cycling '74 today announced a special workshop on Cycling '74 products at the San Francisco Apple Store. As part of a series Apple hosts, this workshop will feature Product Specialist Gregory Taylor at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25th at the San Francisco Apple Store located at One Stockton Street in downtown San Francisco.

Things OTHERS wish people had told THEM

When I started this series of short "advice" pieces to Max/MSP/Jitter beginners, I also decided to ask a number of my friends and colleagues about what their ideas of what good advice might be so that you won't be left with just my admittedly biased advice set...