Hello. I am delighted to be apart of this community. I've been lurking for a while before I decided to post tonight. I just want to discuss with experienced users of Max, two points existing in my mind at present:
1) Max/Msp for my benefit.
I'm primarily interested in sound, but slowly moving into video also. My work can be described as minimalism (electronic tones, field recordings, just intonation tuning). I want to be able to be able to take external sources of audio and process them in Max. Although I am not too interested in building devices for hardware purposes, I am interested in creating patches to process audio i.e. little delay devices, generative patches etc... I want to be able to use Max for composition, also, as well as designing sound and building sound devices.
I am wondering is the software catered for my interests? I am aware of software like Reaktor, Pure Data, Supercollider , but I like the possibilities, the interface, the resources and the existing community within Max. I would just like to hear a second opinion.
2) Learning Max
I am well aware of the learning curve associated with the software, and I am prepared to give it the time it needs. I am just just wondering where to start with my education? I take it the tutorials is the first port of call? I was also considering Peter Elsea's tutorials for afterwords. There are books I want to order; Electronic Music Sound Design, V.J. Manzo's book, Todd Winkler's book, Designing Sound.
I was wondering does anyone have opinions regarding learning, any advice for new users, any tips on using the tutorials, just general advice for a fresh face :) ?
I really appreciate anyone words of advice.