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MaxMSP book: PDF demo available for download

November 8, 2010 | 10:43 pm


a PDF "demo" of our book "Electronic Music and Sound Design: Theory and Practice with Max/MSP – Vol. I" can be downloaded at

the book is an overview of the theory and practice of Max/MSP, with a glossary of terms and suggested tests that allow students to evaluate their progress. Comprehensive online support, running parallel to the explanations in the book, includes hundreds of sample patches, analyses, interactive sound-building exercises, and reverse engineering exercises.

the book will be available on December 1st


November 9, 2010 | 1:25 pm

Hello Pizza, :)
this is strange, it is a plain PDF file.
However there was a little error in the download code, now it is fixed, try to download it again.
If it still doesn’t work, the demo is on also:


November 9, 2010 | 3:38 pm

Hey Maurizio,
Just like to say a big thank you to you and your team for assembling a book on such a topic. I have waited a long while for such a book to exist covering all different synthesis techniques on Max Msp. I will definitely be purchasing all of the other volumes when they come out. Also how does one go about with pre ordering the first volume? Thank you once again.

November 9, 2010 | 6:57 pm

i am really tempted in buying this, i was when it was the italian version, but i dont speak or read italian, so that was out of the window. though i do have close friends who are.
but have been interested more so in the fact it is a book on max/msp. i would love to do a course, but dont have the means at this moment in time, so hopefully these books could replace that.

i think the one question that a few are thinking is, how much will it be? i cant find a price as such on the site.

another question i will ask is. will these series of books also concentrate on things like ‘making patches faster’, or ‘how to optimise patches’. not keeping those as the titles, but more as a question if these would come into practice in the books.
looking forward to it though.


lewis edwards

November 9, 2010 | 7:32 pm

Thanks so much. Can’t wait to start reading :)

November 9, 2010 | 8:52 pm


November 9, 2010 | 9:45 pm

Very good! Can’t wait for the full book!

November 9, 2010 | 10:34 pm

Thank you all for your appreciation!

@dthomas86 to preorder the book just send a form to (the link is at the end of the page).

@lewis edward, I don’t know yet how much the book will be. I’ll ask the publisher to post the price asap.

re: "patches optimization" there are a couple of chapters (called "interludes") in every volume covering Max/MSP programming topics not directly related to a particular sound synthesis technique. Those chapters should help make better patches.


November 10, 2010 | 5:31 am

I’m halfway through the PDF sample chapters, well done! I look forward to purchasing my copy!!!

November 10, 2010 | 8:26 am

Yes, available on December 1st!
This will be on top of my christmaspresentwishlist!

November 10, 2010 | 9:01 am

great, thanks for that. either hich way i am sure i would still purchase myself a copy, just more-or-less checking.

many thanks


November 14, 2010 | 11:43 am

Shall we can buy it in PDF format? I prefer it to read it in my iPhone, laptop, etc.

Thank you and best regards.

November 14, 2010 | 1:07 pm

Congratulations guys! This is a great book for people like me who don’t have a programming background and who’ve learnt max by ploughing through the tutorials, and who haven’t perhaps kept totally up to date with the changes to max over the years :-). Just going through the demo PDF has filled in a few holes for me, and reminded me of things I’ve forgotten. I wish there’d been a book like this when I first learnt max all those years ago.

Verdict? An essential read for every maxer!

Now, how about a similar project for jitter and js?

November 14, 2010 | 1:59 pm

I feel that there is definitely a space for this book. There are not nearly enough texts of this nature around.

Will it be available in the ePub format?


November 14, 2010 | 2:09 pm

definitely not enough documentation for max, but i guess quite hard to write a book for it, as it does change frequently with updates.
this though, will go nice with all my other books on my shelf

November 14, 2010 | 5:51 pm

Really looking forward to this. Is it going to be available as an iBook? Really intresting if I could read through on my iPad/iPhone?

November 15, 2010 | 5:16 pm

hi all,

re: ePub format and similar, we are thinking about it, but it won’t happen too soon because we have the other 2 volumes to finish (both in Italian and in English): I think maybe in 2012…

re: a book on jitter. It is on my "to do" list, but, again, after the three volumes are finished.

Thank you again!

November 16, 2010 | 12:50 am

My doubt would not be about ePub, PDF, etc. My doubt would be about paper ;-) Seriously, I think that most of users today prefer read it in their laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc., and coypaste and mark the texts that they need, etc. I think that the best version for this book is digital, not paper.

Best regards.

November 16, 2010 | 11:12 am

MBM funny you say that I am the complete opposite. I can’t stand reading text in digital form I much rather have a hardcopy because I find it much easier to have the relevant page open in front of me and then have just the program open on my laptop so I can easily correlate between the two.
I am just happy that there is going to be a book produced covering Msp/Max in enough detail, apart from just relying on the inbuilt documentation (as good as they are). Whatever the final copy of the book is released on I will still buy it digital form or non.
Come 1st December I will be purchasing this book and all series when they are finished. Just a bit sad that granular synthesis in Msp is not until edition three, as my major project consists of an aspect of granular synthesis I would like to see how it is described and produced in the book, I’ll just have to wait and see :). Thank you again Maurizio and your team for all the hard work that is going into this series.

November 16, 2010 | 11:29 am

same here, paper for me is best. i cant stand digital books. i just find it hard to concentrate. plus prefer having something to hold and kick back with, makes it hard with a laptop, i think anyhow.
a few years ago i printed off the whole peter elsea tutorials [from my old work] mainly because i find it easier on the eyes. still have it in a file neatly put together.
either way, the same as dthomas, i will still buy it though, but would prefer paper. would give me reading when out and about.

November 16, 2010 | 2:02 pm

i hate reading digital too. bring back fat books that are hard to carry round, that’s what i say. one advantage of this in an ebook or so form though? — cheaper. i presume, as this is specialist academia publication, the hardcopy price is going to be extortionate. i am assuming i will not be able to afford it! my ballpark guess would be $100 or so? not sure…

November 16, 2010 | 2:24 pm

Me too! Whenever I really need to concentrate on some PDF document, I print it, I read it on paper and I mark the most important passages with a pencil, etc.

Our book was conceived as a "paper book", a guide that you keep on the table while working at the computer.
That’s why we think that, when we will convert the book into a digital format, we have to rethink it a bit. We would like to add multimedia elements (video, audio, and so on), hyperlinks, web links, etc. But it is not in our priority list: as I said we have to finish the paper books first.


PS. @pid: I don’t know the price yet, but it will be cheaper that 100$! The Italian version is 45 Eu, and at you get a 5 Eu discount (not sure the English version will be the same, though)

November 16, 2010 | 4:33 pm

paper is good food!
nice pricing, maurizio, bring it on!

November 16, 2010 | 11:15 pm

Hi Maurizio, finally a book written in sensible sentences about max lol.

Can we download the actual example patches covered in the demo pdf?

Especially looking forward to the Jitter Book in the future, been looking for ways to manage translating jitter data into sound for some time.

November 17, 2010 | 12:00 am

Ok, so it´s possible that I´m the only guy that prefers read the book in his laptop/iPad/iPhone ;-)

Actually I think it would be very useful: you can read it in any place without problems and copy texts, mark, etc. But of course, if it is released in paper, I´ll buy it anyway, I´m very interested in it.

Best regards.

November 17, 2010 | 10:38 am

these books look interesting, thanks,
fwiw i also prefer pdf version,
i don’t really like paper books at all,

November 17, 2010 | 11:18 am

Hi Maurizio,

can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Thanks to you and your team for taking the time and effort for making this book. I’ll definitely buy it.

Best regards.

November 17, 2010 | 3:33 pm

@ Maurizio I requested to pre order a copy from the website you provided (I know its early as of yet) but I haven’t received a confirmation email just to say that they will pre order a copy when it is closer to the date/or if they received my email. Cheers

November 17, 2010 | 3:37 pm

I haven´t received a confirmation neither.

Best regards.

November 17, 2010 | 4:43 pm

I sent an email too. I would like confirmation as well.

November 17, 2010 | 11:38 pm

Sorry for the problem! I asked the publisher and they told me they are a little late with the replies but will eventually send confirmation emails to everyone.


November 28, 2010 | 10:37 pm

hurray, allmost available!!

this that is linked to on your website is in the United american states.
will there allso be a european supplier?

November 28, 2010 | 11:19 pm

Yeah not long until it’s released. I hope it’s available in the uk I’ve been waiting so long for this ha. Been counting down the days until it becomes available.

November 29, 2010 | 6:29 pm

Hi, the book will be available at and can be ordered from any country in the world, and in a few days (I hope) you will find it at also.
After some time i think it will be available also at amazon.
And eventually you will be able to find the book also in actual bookstores (real ones, not virtual), but this won’t happen soon.


November 30, 2010 | 5:40 pm

Does the Interactive Examples Application come with the book?

November 30, 2010 | 5:50 pm

@Maurizio Giri does the first book that is being released tomorrow happen to cover any material on envelope following in msp?

Thanks again

November 30, 2010 | 9:53 pm

@Anthony – The interactive examples application and the support material are in a dedicated support page at
The instructions to access the support page are in the first pages of the book.

@dthomas86 envelope following will be covered in volume two.


December 1, 2010 | 5:06 pm

@ Maurizio Giri sorry for messaging you again but just wondering what European time will the book be released?

December 1, 2010 | 6:37 pm

Not available jet??? Is the book delayed?

December 1, 2010 | 7:11 pm

December 1st is not over yet… :)


December 1, 2010 | 8:58 pm

@Maurizio You’re so right! Can’t wait to order the book, that’s why.

December 1, 2010 | 9:19 pm


I keep refreshing the site ha

December 3, 2010 | 8:38 pm

This is very useful when it comes to sound desinging.
Thanks for the share!

June 26, 2011 | 7:23 pm

I would buy this in an instant if it was an ebook! I have the demo, looks great but Ive stopped buying paper books now.

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