A word of advice for newbies from a newbie

    Jan 26 2006 | 5:51 pm
    R E A D T H E M A N U A L !!!!...ALL OF IT, EVERYTHING AND NOTHING LESS, 94 pages sounds like a lot but it's worth it.
    once you have read ALL of the manual when you alt and double click on an object to get the help file you understand so much more about what the capabilities are of each component which then allows you to unlock the components in the help file and use them or tailor them for your self.
    and try the tutorials and once youve completed a tutorial add something to it, improvise and it will help the learning process because you wont be repeating things you will be creating instead. for example i followed a simple sample play back tutorial but added a delay object but instead of a fader i had a dial, little things like that help you explore what you can and can't do, it's as much about what you can't do as it is what you can do but read the stuff you get with it. you wouldn't take drugs without reading the label first would you?

    • Jan 26 2006 | 6:22 pm
      --- Alex wrote:
      you wouldn't take > drugs without reading the label first would you? >
      You get yours with labels on ?! God, we're so backward over here....;-)
      Seriously though, good advice re: reading the manual. Max/MSP is about the only software I know that has docs & tutorials good enough to allow you to learn the thing in a vaccuum. Doing the tutorials from start to finish, combined with a sense of curiosity and some time to spare is all you need, cheers Roger
    • Jan 27 2006 | 9:20 pm
      that would depend on which drugs you were talking about ;) (Prescription, of course).
      You are totally right about the manual and the Help patches...every time I get help on one object I wind up learning about 10 more and the universe of possibilities keeps growing......
      Also there's nothing like sweating through hours of fiddling when if you'd only read a little more you would discover it's already been done and turned into an object.... ;)