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Need Help with Max/MSP

August 11, 2009 | 8:05 pm


I am new to Max and i am currently using it at college. I was wondering if anybody will be able to help me with max. I don’t really understand it. I need to use it for my first assignment. any sort of assistance will be highly appreciated


August 11, 2009 | 8:42 pm

Take a look at the tutorials- they are extremely well-constructed and will get you started from the ground up, whether you have experience programming/using computers, or not. You may also want to take a look at the help files for objects that you are having difficulty wrapping your head around. But first describe what type of project you are trying to accomplish and someone can help point you in the right direction!


August 19, 2009 | 7:15 am


I was thinking of building a drum machine.
I am not sure how or where to begin.
Also i would like to make a "unique" machine any ideas?

Thanks!!!!!!! Smile

August 19, 2009 | 8:45 am

well, i have built my fair share of sequencers, both with FM signal and samples. and obviously effects Smile

but the few main things that do always pop up in use for a sequencer is [counter], [metro], and [transport]

the [counter] would be for the amount of steps to ‘count’ in the sequence. the [metro] with say an argument of 4n/16n, will keep it synced with that speed, so if you decide to link it. and the [transport], well thats pretty self explanatory Smile

i know i may not be saying exactly what kind of patch you should start with. but there are plenty of things on this forum, which i am most likely the person starting them some many months ago, in sequencing and even linking to daw systems.
but really, if you do a search in the forums, you will more than most likely find what your looking for.

also as well, the ‘help’ patches for each objects are also a great way to really get into the objects properly, rather than just cutting and pasting, and not knowing what it really does. i know you may have been told this a million times Smile

but do also check and search round the forum. you will easily find something.

and what about this "unique" machine. i am interested. does it make tea Smile

hope this helped…

August 19, 2009 | 7:21 pm

Thanks for the help. I will be sure to check around the forum for help.

And maybe not that "unique" that it makes tea, although that would be really interesting. I actually don’t know what interesting means to me but, I would like for it to interest people haha, ya, any ideas?


September 19, 2009 | 11:25 pm


Does anyone know how I can connect a patcher/ sub patch to a button, so that when the button is clicke, the sub patch opens up…

Please help! I have been trying to figure this out for days, and nothing seems to work

September 20, 2009 | 12:24 am

Have a look at the [pcontrol] object.


September 20, 2009 | 10:18 am

OMW, THANK YOU so much I think you just saved me and my project, ah u cud be god?

yay thnx!!!!!! Smile

September 21, 2009 | 12:18 pm


I was thinking of building a vocoder for an assignment. But I don’t know where to begin, any tips or advice will be appreciated…

Thanks Smile

September 21, 2009 | 12:28 pm

1) Make sure you understand and can explain to someone else what a vocoder is , and what components it would have to contain.
2) Make sure you can find a way to implement each smaller component. Research what is available to you in Max…and what
needs to be put together by you.
3) hmmm…used to be an example vocoder in the earlier MSP examples…it might have been pulled as being a prototype of a commercial product…i can’t remember: been a while since I went though the tutorials. How well have you looked through them?

just some thoughts.

September 21, 2009 | 12:58 pm

Nope haven’t looked around much. Was wondering where to check for information

September 21, 2009 | 6:54 pm

Hey ya’ll,

Sorry to throw a wet towel on this discussion, but this is the wrong forum for this topic. Unless you are discussing the C/C++ API, please take it to another forum.


October 16, 2009 | 8:27 am


I really need some help With building a vocoder. I am not sure how on earth to do it! Please can anyone help me. My assignment is due in a couple days time.I don’t want to look too much at the example because i dont want mine to look the same as that. All i Know is that i need to use a reson~ object for filters but how do i connect it please help. i am stressing out!!!

Also i need to build it as a stand alone application. so that i can use it on any computer with a mic and an amp. I have no clue how to do this.

Thank you

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