Now we need some sounds, so we'll use Max to create some. Go into the Applications folder and find the Max6 folder. Inside of the Max6 folder are two applications, Max
and Max Runtime
. For this tutorial, we're going to use Max Runtime
, which allows you to open up existing Max files without having to purchase a Max license. The only difference is that the Max application allows you to open up the patches and edit the internal workings.
We're just going to focus on using some cool patches so we don't need to actually build or edit anything. After opening Max Runtime, go to File>Open, and open the FM_SOUND patch included with this article
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This patch is a FM synthesizer with feedback and echo. In other words it's a really fun synth with a lot of range, and capabilities to make wild noise or vintage sci-fi soundtrack melodies. To turn on the audio click the speaker icon and turn up the striped volume slider. Try out some of the presets and fiddle with the different knobs. Once you find a good sound you want to record, you're ready to switch into Soundflower mode and start recording.