"Step by Step: Adventures in Sequencing with Max/MSP" book has been released


    Dec 04 2018 | 5:12 pm
    Using the Max visual programming language, author Gregory Taylor starts with a tour of a simple step sequencer patch and then builds upon the original patch piece by piece, providing the recipes for over a dozen variations that range from the simple tweak to the profoundly deep whose parts can be recombined to produce even more variations.

    • Dec 06 2018 | 5:58 am
      Will there be any other way to get this book or will i be forced to deal with amazon?
    • Dec 06 2018 | 3:11 pm
      @Mr Banshee - From what I understand, we actually began this project with a different company that was later bought out by Amazon. I don't know if they would have been more flexible than Amazon. We understand there is interest in other platforms and will keep that in mind.
    • Dec 06 2018 | 6:09 pm
      I have just purchased the kindle version, the book is excellent but it appears the link to the tutorial max patches is broken, anyone else having the same problem?
    • Dec 06 2018 | 7:42 pm
      I cannot reproduce the problem here. Are you not getting the download when you type the URL from the book into a browser?
      If so, what are you using for a browser and what machine are you one?
      thanks in advance, Max
    • Dec 07 2018 | 12:57 am
      Gregory sent me a link which works just fine, I have sent him the error message, I am on Mac osx 10.14.1 using chrome. I didn't try typing in the URL manually , the error was received when clicking the link in the kindle app.
    • Dec 07 2018 | 3:34 am
      That's the crucial piece of information we didn't know.
      Were you reading the kindle on via a browser? What kind of device?
      The link he sent you was created by typing in the link listed on the page, I imagine.
    • Dec 07 2018 | 8:53 am
      for clarification I am using the standalone amazon kindle app on a 2018 macbook pro mac osx 10.14.1 to read the book the error was received after clicking the link in the book within the app which then opened an amazon error message within chrome (my default browser)
    • Dec 07 2018 | 10:38 pm
      Just ordered this and really excited to check it out. Thanks Greg!
    • Dec 08 2018 | 2:53 pm
      FWIW, I had the same issue with the Amazon app on a (souped up) 2009 MacBookPro running El Capitan, although I don't think the OS is the culprit - basically, when one clicks the link, only the first line of the link appears in a browser, thus generating an error. I had to type the rest in manually. Really enjoying the book, bought both hard and soft copies. Thanks indeed, Mr. Taylor :)
    • Dec 08 2018 | 3:13 pm
      Just bought the Kindle version. Can't get the Kindle App to run on my PC. Just wasted half an hour in a useless Amazon help chat.
    • Dec 08 2018 | 3:47 pm
      Windows 10. Kindle does not accept the secure code I receive on my mobile phone.
    • Dec 08 2018 | 6:56 pm
      Got it sorted. Link does not work but typing the link works. Thanks a lot for the great book!
    • Dec 08 2018 | 10:21 pm
      It looks like the Kindle conversion inserted a line break. We're looking into it. In the meanwhile, type in the URL. https://s3.amazonaws.com/cycling74-books/StepbyStep_Patches.zip
    • Dec 26 2018 | 11:13 am
      @Lilli Wessling Hart : I'm also interested in having other means to buy a hard copy through a platform which is not Amazon. I absolutly boycott them for obvious ethical and fiscal reasons.
    • Dec 26 2018 | 11:47 am
      Going over the Max tutorials for a second time. Once I'm done, it'll be time to start reading this. Excellent printed version. :thumbsup
    • Feb 21 2019 | 3:04 pm
      A lot of good ideas here. The chapter on swing unlocked some solutions for me.
    • Feb 21 2019 | 3:30 pm
      I'm delighted to hear it, Jesse. And that big about digging into Darwin Grosse's amazing work on the swing module for BEAP at the very end? Run, don't walk....
    • Feb 21 2019 | 5:37 pm
      I haven't checked that out yet. Will do. Thanks Gregory.
    • Feb 22 2019 | 5:59 am
      I'm really enjoying the book, lots for great tips and patterns in there that one doesn't easily find just reading the docs and help. Thanks for writing it Gregory!
    • Mar 24 2019 | 9:48 pm
      I welcome any new Max text and very much look forward to reading/studying the work. Do you think it will be available on Apples iBooks. Most of the books I have purchased in iBook are a bit more interactive.
    • Mar 25 2019 | 12:38 am
      Hello, Frank.
      There are no plans to make Step by Step available as an Apple iBook at this time. gregory
    • Mar 27 2019 | 7:19 am
      @Frank Irvin and @Gregory Taylor Hi What's a pity !!! Can we still hope? And a French translation?
      Thanks for writing it Gregory! Have a good day...
    • Mar 27 2019 | 12:05 pm
      I not able to change the tempo with the message 'tempo 80' in the first example. but I'm glad to read/have this book...
    • Mar 28 2019 | 8:26 pm
      Any chance this will be released for eReaders other than amazon/kindle?
    • Mar 29 2019 | 4:42 pm
      At this point in time, there are no active plans to release the book apart from the Kindle version, although we're keeping an eye on the question.
    • Apr 02 2019 | 6:49 am
      @Stephane Morisse +1 @Lilli Wessling Hart" I bought the "e-book" but I really hate to be forced to install a kindle reader and to register at A. this way .
    • Apr 02 2019 | 6:59 am
      Some users have felt that ordering a physical copy of the book requires less engagement on their part with Amazon (you're not installing software, etc.). As we've said, there are no current plans to make the book available in another format or through another channel. I hope you find something useful in the text nonetheless.
    • Apr 02 2019 | 7:11 am
      @Gregory Taylor I'm sorry I missunderstood your words when you were writing "although we're keeping an eye on the question." Nevertheless I want to make the statement that amazon is one of the most unlikeable companies I know and cycling74 is one of the most likeable companies I know, so it hurts to see this kind of connection - at least it hurts me.
    • Apr 02 2019 | 2:24 pm
      Hey, Johannes. We're certainly aware that there are persons with strong feelings about Amazon. As my colleague Lilli points out above, we began this project with a different company that was later acquired and closed down by Amazon along the way - specifically because said other firm gave us easier access to independent bookstores and that sort of situation. I regret that things have worked out as they have, and we understand that there is interest in other platforms. We keep that in mind and try to balance those matters with an eye from our point of view on such matters as global availability (being able to choose digital or Print on Demand copies and not having to pay international postage rates on book in Germany, for example) and the like. My own advice for persons in your situation is that - if you really would like a copy of the text - the physical copy minimizes your contact with Amazon.
    • Apr 02 2019 | 6:05 pm
      Dear Gregory, thank you very much for your curative words! I've already bought a digital copy but if there would be a Print on Demand option I would likely buy it also and uninstall the kindle reader (:
    • Apr 02 2019 | 7:07 pm
      Now I'm irritated - what do you mean with "Like this?" - if you're asking if I bought the amazon kindle edition already, the answer is yes - in february this year...
    • Apr 02 2019 | 9:29 pm
      We had no wish to offend you. I was merely pointing out that - if you purchased the book through Amazon.de, the hardcopy version was an option for you. I would not counsel buying two copies, of course. But the point was that (at least in markets such as Germany) we were able to offer hardcopy and digital versions of the book - this is not the case in some other international markets.