Make things happen with a full kit of creative tools for sound, graphics, music and interactivity in a visual environment.

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You could be patching

Patching is how you make things work in Max. Connect boxes together to make interactive sounds, graphics, custom effects, and rich experiences. Patching is like programming, but more organic and immediate.

Connect it to Max

No matter what you have on your table, you can probably make it talk to Max.

  • Connect electronic sensors, motors, and other components with this programmable board. Uses Serial communication to talk to Max.

  • Use any MIDI controller with knobs, sliders, buttons, or keyboards with Max using built-in MIDI handling tools.

  • Combine hardware synths with Max to create custom editors or drive a multi-hardware performance. Max supports the full MIDI spec, so you can talk to any MIDI device. Use Beap modules with a CV-enabled audio interface to connect a modular synth.

  • Add audio-responsive and interactive elements to your show system with Max.

  • With interactive support for multiple screens, OpenGL hardware graphics, and video playback, Max lets you take control of your visuals.

  • Connect live instruments and sound sources to Max and experiment. Audio interfaces, USB Microphones, and built-in hardware all work seamlessly with Max.

Modular by Design

Max is built on the idea of connecting things together to make something new. Connect plugins, media players, and custom DIY effects, or build something completely from scratch. Embed Javascript, Java, GLSL shaders, or compile your own C objects if you like programming too. Max provides everything from the most basic nuts and bolts to advanced effects modules that are ready to use. Mix, match, and tinker without limits.


We thrive in the unexpected and improbable. Quickly patch together an idea, make a working prototype, or develop a complex interactive system. Patching in Max encourages exploration and invites you to change your mind.

Max is the language of Electronic Art and Music

Since we began, Cycling ‘74 has been dedicated to removing limits with Max. Today Max is used all over the world in museums, music studios, galleries, universities, art schools, stages, research labs, and anywhere the limits of technology and creativity are being tested.

Get started patching today

We constantly hear that learning Max is an empowering, even life-changing experience. That’s why we believe in making Max accessible to everyone. Download Max to begin a 30-day free demo. Our new interactive lessons will get you patching immediately. From there, explore tutorials on everything from sound-responsive graphics to creative vocal sampling and retuning. Everyone does something unique with Max, and we know you will too. We can't wait to see what you make.

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