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 (Foreword by Richard Boulanger)


    Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume II, Second Edition updated to 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.

    Francisco Colasanto


    Offers teaching techniques for different levels and a reference source on the Max programming language.

    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

    Francisco Colasanto


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

    Francisco Colasanto


    Este es un libro destinado a todos aquellos que deseen involucrarse con la programación en Max/MSP.

    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 Italian

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri (Prefazione di David Zicarelli)


    Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume II, Second Edition updated to Max 7.

    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).

    Books in Chinese

    MA Shihua


    Published by People's Music Publishing House in China and currently only available in China.

    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.

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri (Foreword by Richard Boulanger)


    Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume II, Second Edition updated to 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.

    Francisco Colasanto


    Offers teaching techniques for different levels and a reference source on the Max programming language.

    Francisco Colasanto


    Este es un libro destinado a todos aquellos que deseen involucrarse con la programación en Max/MSP.

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri (Prefazione di David Zicarelli)


    Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume II, Second Edition updated to Max 7.

    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 (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 (Foreword by Richard Boulanger)


    Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume II, Second Edition updated to 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.

    MA Shihua


    Published by People's Music Publishing House in China and currently only available in China.

    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.

    Francisco Colasanto


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

    Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri (Prefazione di David Zicarelli)


    Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume II, Second Edition updated to Max 7.

    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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