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Max 6

October 6, 2011 | 5:21 pm

We gave an electronic music concert (based on Max) at the week end.
I was told that Max 6 supports multiple processors. That is very much worth the upgrade since I have ideas for Max which go up to 88% CPU load!

When is it coming out?

October 6, 2011 | 5:40 pm

Max 5 already supports multiple processors. Look at the parallel and threadcount messages to poly~.

October 6, 2011 | 6:13 pm

and if you want very efficient multithreading (on Mac) check Alex Harker’s externals (

October 7, 2011 | 7:11 pm

usually you can save a lot of CPU by better programming or by lowering your quality demands.

October 13, 2011 | 1:40 pm

Is the DSP status window going to be updated to show two four or eight processors?

October 13, 2011 | 8:34 pm

The way Max 6 expands on multithreading is that each top level patcher can be run on its own thread and thus you can balance the load across processors. This is dramatically different that using poly~, and offers a lot more flexibility.

The DSP status window hasn’t changed, but you can see the difference using something like Apple’s Activity Monitor.

There’s also a new sneak peak video regarding audio quality in Max 6 that we just put up on the site today:

A bunch of cool things got left out of the video, but it gives a taste…


October 13, 2011 | 8:47 pm

The more I see the more I want Max 6 to arrive!

One question: is windowed-fft~ a replacement for pfft~ ?

October 13, 2011 | 9:00 pm

windowed-fft~ is just an abstraction. It’s a useful abstraction though, and an abstraction that is included. Good eyes to notice that :-)

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