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  • C74 Tries Marketing to Kids (and Soccer Moms)

    Cycling '74 has received its share of athletic sponsorship requests during its nine year history. Typically these have been bicycle tours or related events, and after careful consideration, we have rejected all of them. However, when I received an urgent call from the coach of my son Bruno's soccer team saying that they were flirting with disqualification for lack of a sponsor, our corporate policy of exhaustive review (involving multiple levels of committee meetings) was carelessly discarded in order to seize the opportunity to market advanced audio and video software products to sports-minded 11-year-old boys and what we hoped would be their easily influenced parents.


  • Those Invalid Objects are Back

    The great news is that Fällt is back with a nicely redesigned website. The whole site is well worth a visit and a listen, but you can now once again find the MP3s for the entire Invalid Objects series here for your downloading pleasure.


  • An Interview With Tim Place

    In this interview, Tim Place speaks about his work as a developer and artist, charting the numerous development projects which pooled together to create Hipno.


  • In this second installment of the ReWire Essentials series, we are going to look at hosting ReWire client applications. Clients route their information to the host (or mixer) application through the ReWire mechanism, and using Max/MSP as a host gives us options to have some fun with both the playback and output of the connected application.


  • We Missed You In New Orleans

    This last week saw several Cycling '74 folks leaving behind their solitary monastic cells and journeying to the great city of N'awlins [New Orleans, to the rest of you] for the 2006 ICMC computer music conference and festival. Although no words will suffice to describe what remains after Katrina's passing, the dignity and pride of the inhabitants or the Big Easy, or the warm welcome from Tae Hong Park and the fine folks at Tulane, here's a modest report on what we saw and heard (and ate).


  • Life of Schwag

    Just so you know we care about giving away free stuff to promote our company, here is a list of things that have been given away over our 8-year history.


  • The Phase Vocoder – Part I

    The phase vocoder is a tool used to perform time-stretching and pitch-shifting on recorded sounds. Its name derives from the early "vocoders" (contraction from "voice encoders"), which used a set of bandpass filters in parallel over many frequency bands, to crudely analyze and reconstruct speech. In this article, Richard Dudas and Cort Lippe explain the workings of a phase-vocoder as well as how to construct and modify one in Max/MSP.


  • Networking: Max talking to Max

    Networking is a sometimes confusing world. There are many networking options built into Max, and this article will endeavour to make clear which option is best for your application.


  • Cycling '74 today demonstrated the recently released version 1.5 software for JazzMutant Lemur control surface. The update is available via download to all current Lemur customers. New software features in version 1.5 allow the Lemur to control many popular DAWs including Logic, Digital Performer, Live and Cubase.


  • Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released Pluggo v. 3.6, Hipno v. 1.1, Mode v. 1.3 and UpMix 1.1 which add Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs. The plug-in collections are for RTAS, VST and AU host environments.


  • ReWire Essentials 1: From Max/MSP to Your Host

    While there are many methods to move MIDI and audio data between programs on a computer, ReWire (developed by Propellerheads) has become the most popular system. It allows a fairly seamless integration of client and host applications, and is also well supported by most major DAW applications. In our tutorial, we will show connections to two major software packages: Ableton Live and Digital Performer.


  • Heard from My Desk on a Sunny Afternoon

    I was sitting at my desk today and overheard a tiny piece of a story from a co-worker. I'm sharing it because, well, we all need to laugh.


  • Cycling ’74 Updates Max/MSP/Jitter for Mac Intel

    Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released Max/MSP v. 4.6 and Jitter v. 1.6 which add Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs running OS 10.4 or later.


  • North Pitney: Making the virtual space real.


  • Matthew Lewis: Education through synesthetic study and play.


  • Jamie Lidell: Rocking the "one man human tornado".


  • Kevin Blechdom: Mind expansion through Max/MSP.


  • A Video Interview with AGF, Musician

    AGF: Falling in love with patches.


  • A Noisy Matrix

    Many people already know that Jitter can be a fantastic tool for video processing, but what about audio? Used with a bit of cleverness, a matrix can be just the thing for that patching impasse. Following is a set of simple examples to get you started thinking about a matrix when you've run thin on patching ideas or need a more elegant way to manage your numbers.


  • 5.1 Overview

    With the proliferation of inexpensive home theater sound systems and the easy access to surround sound authoring tools, theater-style mixing has become a viable option for the home studio musician. In this article, Les Stuck explains a little about how 5.1 surround-sound works and offers some sage advice about mixing within a 5.1 context.


  • Welcome to the second installment of Stupid JS Tricks. If you missed the previous installment, you can take trip back in time to see us resize our patcher's interface. In this trick we will rise to a brave new challenge: to drag a window around on our screen without using the standard drag-able region provided on that window by the operating system.


  • Stupid JS Tricks

    This hopefully periodic new column will attempt to get Max's JavaScript object, JS, to jump through a few hoops and garner our applause.


  • Plug-In Confidential, Redux

    Since we've changed the way that plug-ins are built, I realized that perhaps it'd be a good idea to find my humble little article and update it for use in the Current Dispensation.


  • 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.


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