Books About Max

    Step by Step: Adventures in Sequencing with Max/MSP
    Gregory Taylor, published by Cycling '74

    This book provides the recipes for over a dozen step sequencers that range from basic to surprisingly deep.

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    Books in English

    David Creasey


    Designed for music technology students, enthusiasts, and professionals. It describes the practical design of audio processes, with a step-by-step approach from basic concepts all the way to sophisticated effects and synthesizers. Max users will be most interested in Parts II (Modification), III (Synthesis) and IV (Control), and may also find some interesting information in Part I (which concerns sound analysis).

    Eric Lyon


    Be guided step-by-step through the process of designing externals, from concept through implementation in English.

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri (Foreword by David Zicarelli)


    This book explains sound design, music and concepts through Max, and gives lots of examples throughout. Available in Italian and English. Volume 1 updated for Max 7.

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri


    This book provides the reader with skill and understanding in using Max/MSP for sound design and musical composition.

    Geoffrey Kidde


    Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale presents a comprehensive music theory curriculum based in the tools and resources of three software programs. Included are descriptions and recipes for Max patchers that demonstrate essential concepts, including rhythmic patterns, intervals, scales, triads, seventh chords, melody, and diatonic and chromatic chord progressions.

    Max for Live Ultimate Zen Guide

    Julien Bayle


    A guide explaining the Max integration inside Ableton Live, the LOM use and much more (Available in French and English).

    V. J. Manzo


    Use Max to write custom software for musical interaction. The book will discuss the concepts needed to complete your project, complete many projects in a step-by-step style guide, and look at numerous included software examples of working systems.

    Fransisco Colasanto


    Offers teaching techniques for different levels and a reference source on the Max programming language, written in English and Spanish.

    Gregory Taylor, published by Cycling '74


    This book provides the recipes for over a dozen step sequencers that range from basic to surprisingly deep.

    Peter Elsea


    Explore topics from the fundamentals of acoustics through the basics of recording, composition with the tools of music concreté, and music production with MIDI instruments, softsynths and digital audio Workstations. Later sections of the book cover synthesis in depth and introduce high powered computer composition languages including Csound, ChucK, and Max/MSP.

    Books in Japanese

    Masayuki Akamatsu


    Gregory Taylor, published by Cycling '74


    This book provides the recipes for over a dozen step sequencers that range from basic to surprisingly deep.

    Books in Spanish

    Fransisco Colasanto


    Offers teaching techniques for different levels and a reference source on the Max programming language, written in English and Spanish.

    Max/MSP: guía de programación para artistas

    Fransisco Colasanto


    Has music and sound focused academic text on how to program with MaxMSP, written in Spanish.

    Carlos D. Perales


    An introduction to the digital synthesis through Max MSP or vice versa. At the same time that the different types of synthesis and their theoretical principles are explained, the resources offered by this digital tool are explored through a detailed explanation of practical examples.

    Books in French

    Max for Live Ultimate Zen Guide

    Julien Bayle


    A guide explaining the Max integration inside Ableton Live, the LOM use and much more (Available in French and English).

    Digital Books

    David Creasey


    Designed for music technology students, enthusiasts, and professionals. It describes the practical design of audio processes, with a step-by-step approach from basic concepts all the way to sophisticated effects and synthesizers. Max users will be most interested in Parts II (Modification), III (Synthesis) and IV (Control), and may also find some interesting information in Part I (which concerns sound analysis).

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri (Foreword by David Zicarelli)


    This book explains sound design, music and concepts through Max, and gives lots of examples throughout. Available in Italian and English. Volume 1 updated for Max 7.

    Geoffrey Kidde


    Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale presents a comprehensive music theory curriculum based in the tools and resources of three software programs. Included are descriptions and recipes for Max patchers that demonstrate essential concepts, including rhythmic patterns, intervals, scales, triads, seventh chords, melody, and diatonic and chromatic chord progressions.

    Max for Live Ultimate Zen Guide

    Julien Bayle


    A guide explaining the Max integration inside Ableton Live, the LOM use and much more (Available in French and English).

    V. J. Manzo


    Use Max to write custom software for musical interaction. The book will discuss the concepts needed to complete your project, complete many projects in a step-by-step style guide, and look at numerous included software examples of working systems.

    Fransisco Colasanto


    Offers teaching techniques for different levels and a reference source on the Max programming language, written in English and Spanish.

    Gregory Taylor, published by Cycling '74


    This book provides the recipes for over a dozen step sequencers that range from basic to surprisingly deep.

    Printed Books

    Masayuki Akamatsu


    David Creasey


    Designed for music technology students, enthusiasts, and professionals. It describes the practical design of audio processes, with a step-by-step approach from basic concepts all the way to sophisticated effects and synthesizers. Max users will be most interested in Parts II (Modification), III (Synthesis) and IV (Control), and may also find some interesting information in Part I (which concerns sound analysis).

    Eric Lyon


    Be guided step-by-step through the process of designing externals, from concept through implementation in English.

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri


    This book provides the reader with skill and understanding in using Max/MSP for sound design and musical composition.

    Geoffrey Kidde


    Learning Music Theory with Logic, Max, and Finale presents a comprehensive music theory curriculum based in the tools and resources of three software programs. Included are descriptions and recipes for Max patchers that demonstrate essential concepts, including rhythmic patterns, intervals, scales, triads, seventh chords, melody, and diatonic and chromatic chord progressions.

    V. J. Manzo


    Use Max to write custom software for musical interaction. The book will discuss the concepts needed to complete your project, complete many projects in a step-by-step style guide, and look at numerous included software examples of working systems.

    Max/MSP: guía de programación para artistas

    Fransisco Colasanto


    Has music and sound focused academic text on how to program with MaxMSP, written in Spanish.

    Gregory Taylor, published by Cycling '74


    This book provides the recipes for over a dozen step sequencers that range from basic to surprisingly deep.

    Carlos D. Perales


    An introduction to the digital synthesis through Max MSP or vice versa. At the same time that the different types of synthesis and their theoretical principles are explained, the resources offered by this digital tool are explored through a detailed explanation of practical examples.

    Peter Elsea


    Explore topics from the fundamentals of acoustics through the basics of recording, composition with the tools of music concreté, and music production with MIDI instruments, softsynths and digital audio Workstations. Later sections of the book cover synthesis in depth and introduce high powered computer composition languages including Csound, ChucK, and Max/MSP.


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