I am a lay man when it comes to max. I just downloaded the 30 day trial to try it out and see if its worth buying. So far it seems like there is tons of potential and I'm very excited about delving into the world of m4l.
However, I've been having a lot of trouble with many of the patches i've been downloading. Some of the plugins are unresponsive and difficult to make sense of and others use 97% cpu power when I simply try to automate a paremeter. Things of this nature... I am using Live 8.2.1 I believe. Is there a reason why I am experience such difficulties?
One major concern I'm having is that I can't seem to map many max devices. IF they contain the drop down box lists than I can do it. I can always find the parameters that I want to assign, it recognizes them and its fine. But many plugins like mapulator don't have the drop down boxes and just have a "learn" or "map" function. What i read about them just tells me to select the paremeter I want to assign in ableton and then click learn or map. But when I do that nothing happens for me. Am I missing something here?