Forums > MaxMSP

Use of Max/Msp Screenshots

Jul 10 2011 | 11:19 am

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if I could call on your advice. I am currently a postgraduate student looking to create a tutorials book of simple to create max projects. I started using max 2 years ago as part of my masters course. I researched in our University library and realised there was no literature. Realising it is all on the net this provided a great utility and resource for my development. I would like to produce a tutorial guide for University and schools that use this software as an aid and guide in creating simple projects, and learning how to use the software. I would be using many screenshots of my patches and the software. Is this permissible at all? I know they do it on Youtube through video tutorials. I have researched other websites with mixed results.

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
Thanks, Nick

Jul 10 2011 | 12:16 pm

Your institute isn’t giving you value for money if they can’t get you access to the following core texts:

Maurizio Giri

Eduardo Miranda

Curtis Roads

Have you encountered Peter Bachelor’s excellent course:

A very good syllabus ‘template’, with excellent resources and materials.

As for the use of screenshots in a commercial text, I guess it’s public domain stuff, at least until you publish; but I could be wrong.


Jul 10 2011 | 12:22 pm

Hi Brendan,

Many thanks for your quick reply. All of these texts seem very useful, especially the last one with the youtube videos. Will look into this further.

Thanks again,

Jul 10 2011 | 3:53 pm

I like the two by Perry R Cook

LoadBang is an online PD book that I find really great. It’s very straight forward and there are lots of example patches. Also I like how basic techniques are developed. So there isn’t for example just one complex granular patch and then a lot of words theorizing about granular synthesis but rather a lot of granular patches each one another small step in complexity. So in the end all of granular synthesis is covered in a practical way.

I like this book as well:

It’s more basic but more focused on hardware synths and the techniques they use. It is simple and easy to read and a good introduction to block diagrams.

Jul 11 2011 | 3:35 pm

I would add Miller Puckette’s "Theory & Technique of Electronic Music", which is available online as a PDF from
Written by the father of PD himself (hence the grandaddy of Max), it produced quite a few ‘ah!’ moments for me.
+1 for Music, Cognition & Computerised Sound, btw,

Jul 11 2011 | 3:54 pm

The fact that Puckette’s book also features a lovely foreword from Max Mathews pretty much tells you that it’s a quality read for computer musicians. +1

Jul 12 2011 | 6:37 pm

Cheers everyone! Many thanks for your responses. There are some fantastic resources posted here, these will help greatly.

Thanks again,
Nick :)

Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total)

Forums > MaxMSP