It’s easy to get hung up thinking about advanced ways to make sounds and effects, but often it’s the gesture and the way that sounds change over time that creates the most interesting effect.
This week, Cycling '74 walks you through advanced filter design, reviews a history book and two standalone apps.
In this 12-minute video, I give you a tour of some advanced Max filtering tools and filter design options that go above and beyond the biquad~ object.
This week, Cycling '74 releases Max 7.2, shares a tip on framerates, and talks about plug-ins.
This week, Cycling '74 helps you create smooth lines and make generative melodies, and talks to a long-time Max supporter.
This week, Cycling '74 points to a unique looper package, plays with sensors, and revisits a Jitter video.
I think we all tend to focus on novelty - it attracts the eye and diverts the mind.
The ‘custom looper’ is one of those classic Max projects that is a rite of passage for most audio-curious Max enthusiasts.
This week I’d like to highlight a new product that came to me late last year: Mogees.
This week, Cycling '74 suggests a math resource, takes the Extras menu for a spin, and highlights a step sequencer.
Robert Henke (or Monolake, as he’s often known) needs no introduction to Max users.
There is one area that is often overlooked by Max users: the Extras Menu.
This week, Cycling '74 covers polyphony, suggests performance hardware, and discusses content submissions.
The world is full of things which are obvious in retrospect, but less so before the epiphany.
Now that we’ve introduced the Package Manager system as part of the Max 7.1 release, some of you may wonder whether or not to submit your own work for inclusion in the Package Manager system or to make use of the MaxObjects website, which has recently been updated.
This week, Cycling '74 points you to a highly technical Jitter package, shares a fun patch, and talks to a visualist.
Recently, in the Jitter (C74) Facebook Group, a question was asked “How might I recreate this glassy texture?” with this neat gif being cited as an example. As always with these incredibly active Facebook groups, Estevan Carlos Benson -- the person who posted the question -- had several answers to go off and investigate in Jitter in less than half an hour.
Wesley Smith is a really smart guy.
This week, Cycling '74 testdrives a Roli Seaboard Rise, talks about filters in BEAP, and revisits an advanced tutorial.
The origins of the Roli Seaboard Rise can be traced back literally thousands of years, each new variation having the previous history written into it – virginals, clavichords, and harpsichords descending from the hammered dulcimer in the Middle ages, crossbreeding with the portative organ.
This week, Cycling '74 discusses a must-have resource, highlights another Max 7 feature, and finds inspiration in user projects.
Among the icon-buttons available from the toolbars surrounding your Max patch, there are several that won’t necessarily ring a bell even for experienced Max programmers.
This week, Cycling '74 points to an important blog, talks about hardware interfaces, and gives you a helpful patch.
Written from 2008 through 2009, UC-Irvine Professor Chris Dobrian’s Algorithmic Composition blog is a treasure trove of interesting perspectives and compositional hints, all bolstered by Max patch concepts and helpful illustrations.