I need some advice. I'm about to plunge into the world of MAX, Ableton, and Arduinos. From scratch, but with a very old background in MIDI & audio engineering (end user stuff, broadcast).
I'm a doctoral student in music, looking to incorporate self-made sensors, via Arduinos, into MIDI to control live processing.
I have no experience in programming or soldering, but I'm not horribly unable to think logically, and I'm committed to the challenge.
Do you guys recommend getting a full MAX/MSP license, or just Max for Live (M4L)? Will I miss anything in the full version? Are there any issues you know of, in regards to working with external hardware such as the Arduino, in M4L?
This is a question to those who have pushed the relative envelopes of the program -- not something I could necessarily deduce right from the specifications. I realize patches created in M4L cannot be used by normal MAX users. But besides that, it's it really the "same"?
Thank you for reading!