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how to run 2 copies of max5 application simultaneously?

March 23, 2010 | 4:30 pm

as the titles says, I am trying to split processes into a quad core cpu. I found some tips like running the runtime with the max application. I also read something like using to copies of a max application. How is that possible on windows and Mac?

March 23, 2010 | 5:12 pm

on mac osx you can use the terminal to run :



but the second one will print a lot of sql errors. i don’t know if it’s a problem…


March 23, 2010 | 8:47 pm

thanx Evrard. I made some tests and it worked well
I am looking also for a similar solution on windows (win 7). any clues?

March 24, 2010 | 5:37 pm

On a Mac you only need to duplicate Max and open the copy… I’d try to do the same in Windows…
But if its about using the multiple cores, poly~ is also able to spread load to multiple cores…


March 24, 2010 | 8:53 pm

Won’t work on Windows to simply copy Max. You need to save your patch as two different standalone applications, then run them both at once.

March 24, 2010 | 10:31 pm

I tried it with windows XP in Parallels and it would open two times, the two copies resided in the same directory and had different names…
I can’t try in Windows 7 or Vista, maybe Microschuft is blocking it now…
But if it works in two standalones, it should also work with two copies of Max, two standalones is nothing else than two copies of the runtime…


March 24, 2010 | 11:39 pm

What about poly~?

March 25, 2010 | 1:23 pm

Yes, poly~ supports multiple processors. What is it you are trying to
do that you needs to be processed faster?

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