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Documentation for Max/MSP/Jitter 5

Nov 25 2008 | 1:54 am

Hi All,

I’m a beginner in the world of Max/MSP. I had version 4.6 but never went far with it. Version 5 does seem to be a huge improvement for those just learning. However i’m a little confused by the new documentation format.

Previously there was a manual call "Max Fundamentals" and "Max Topics" along with the Tutorials and Reference manual. I understand the new format for Tutorials and Reference…pretty self explanatory. However, have the "Fundamental" and "Topics" guides vanished? Have they been replaced by the new Vignettes? If so, is there an order by which to go through the vignettes, or simply read them and learn as you need to?

As i said, previously there were manuals to take you through an overview of Max and understand the theory behind it. Has the documentation changed it’s method for learning Max? I’ve been reading the info provided by PQE and the the older Max manuals. But some of the info doesn’t apply directly to version 5. I’m already wondering "where is the timeline feature i just read about in the version 4.6 manual"?

Thanks so much. Looking forward to a long relationship with this software.

Nov 25 2008 | 3:21 am

…i also thought i should mention i’m still in Demo mode (will be paying for the upgrade shortly). perhaps some features are missing in demo mode.

so after going through the info and tutorials provided by Cycling ’74, which will keep me busy for quite some time, what are some other good resources for learning? I’ve heard of the info and tutorials provided by PQE, but what are some other personal favorites? thanks.

Nov 25 2008 | 4:58 am

The tutorials are built into Max 5 now.
Simply go to the help menu and select whichever tutorials you fancy, or go to the documentation menu and then have a browse.

The Max 5 tutorials are the best resource for learning Max properly, although the PQE ones are great.

One thing is that you can look at other documentation with Math and Music, here is a link for you, it is free to download the PDF version

Math is not something that you NEED to know, but knowing some does help.
Other good sources are the ‘Musimathics’ volumes.

If you are going into the Jitter World as well, then look up learning on Matrices and the such. The Jitter tutorials give you a Bibliography of sources you can try.

Other than those, the Max tutorials are the best source, just stick at them.
Either that, or sign up for a workshop

Hope this helped…

Nov 25 2008 | 5:01 am

Jesus, i think ‘source’ is my word of the week, this week…

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