Learning max/msp/jitter

    Apr 27 2008 | 12:04 pm
    I realize that this applies to Max 4 but still...
    A while ago I posted a summary of learning resources that I prepared for a residency at Willamette University. I attached it to an email but it did not reach the list. I when to the forum site and posted the message there with the attachment but it still didn't arrive on the list. Many people have downloaded it from the forum and it is still there. You can see my message at
    https://cycling74.com/forums/index.php? t=msg&goto=122344&rid=0&srch=basic +learning+resources#msg_122344
    download the attachment directly from...
    https://cycling74.com/forums/index.php? t=getfile&id=1007&rid=0&S=55ddb071 cf3cabebed6f971a7549ebe3
    There seems to be a sudden increase (yeah!) in new users with lots of questions that can be answered by going through the things on my list.
    Cheers Gary Lee Nelson TIMARA Department Oberlin College www.timara.oberlin.edu/GaryLeeNelson

    • Apr 27 2008 | 12:26 pm
      I'm retired from Oberlin but the teacher in me still kicks in now and then. Reading manuals is not a waste of time. There have been several recent posts that are almost immediately answered by referring the questioner to a basic object. I love newbies but this makes learning max a very long and frustrating process.
      Here what I did/do...
      First, read the Max/MSP manuals from cover to cover without trying to get every detail. This gives a general understanding of what is there.
      Then, periodically, skim the manual reading only the headers. On the right is the name of the object and on the left is a brief description of the object. If the object has a graphic representation it is in the middle of the header. I do this about once a week and it takes 10-15 minutes - less each time I skim. I also skim the bookmarks in the PDF files stopping to read about objects that I don't recognize or remember. What this does is remind me of what is in the toolkit. When a need arises for a particular function I can usually answer by telling myself that that function does exist. Saves me the time in trying to write it myself.
      I do the same thing - less perfectly (right, ej, st?) - with the third party packages that I use regularly.
      Another approach is to use maxobjects.com as a thesaurus. Try searching "increment decrement." I got seven items including IncDec with some descriptions running to more than 10 lines. It also included gak, a genetic algorithm kit that I did not know about. So (sorry to use my professor voice) but I learned something useful while looking for something else. Now THAT saves time!
      Cheers Gary Lee Nelson TIMARA Department Oberlin College www.timara.oberlin.edu/GaryLeeNelson