New to MaxMSP! A few questions


    Feb 04 2011 | 8:43 pm
    Hi everyone,
    I have a class at university where I have to give a live performance. The performance is in around five weeks and I need to make a Max Patch for then. I've never used Max before; I've had a couple of lessons but it was just adding sfplay and sfrecord objects to the example Classic Vocoder. The more my lecturer said about Max the more confused I got. The long and short of it is, I have no idea what anything in Max does or how to do anything at all. I've had a look at a few help patches for sfplay, and I can only grasp about half of what's in there.
    For my performance, I just want to be able to loop a guitar, and have a few effects (delay, distortion, chorus). I found this https://cycling74.com/tutorials/max-5-guitar-processor-part-1/ yesterday. Can I dive straight in and follow that? Or do I need to do the tutorials first?
    Thanks!
    Phil.

    • Feb 04 2011 | 9:34 pm
      Do the tutorials, they will explain everything you need to know, they really do a much better job than anything we could jot down in this thread. After you've done a few of them dive in! If you dive in without getting the fundamentals down you will probably get confused and overwhelmed.
    • Feb 04 2011 | 11:05 pm
      Apart from brokenman's reaction I can't help wonder why you don't pick up a DAW for this task ? Although Max is perfectly capable here, don't get me wrong, I think a DAW maybe more suitable.
      Unless of course the patch should be used as part of your study. I wasn't too sure about that so figured I'd mention the DAW anyway.
    • Feb 05 2011 | 1:16 pm
      Well, that's what I was thinking, but we're being encouraged to use Max. I've got the test tone tutorial done, but the articles seem confusing. I'm assuming all the following ones will work if I just copy the diagrams? Most of the text in the articles is above me!
    • Feb 05 2011 | 1:30 pm
      Hi, Well, if your tutor confused you, here's a better one! http://www.peterbatchelor.com/maxTuts.html
      Hope it helps!
    • Feb 05 2011 | 6:06 pm
      The MSP tutorials are built on the basic foundation of the Max tutorials. If you don't start with Max, the assumed knowledge in the MSP tutorials will swamp you.