When I tried to make a Max patcher for a show which had a large text element to it - creating sentences on the fly with dynamic content, I really struggled. These kind of procedural problems are much more easily and powerfully solved in text based languages. Cue the JS object.
UK-based sound designer and educator Mark Durham’s blog Sound Design with Max is a great resource for learning more about using Max for designing rich and complex sounds for use in film scores, video games, or just scaring your neighbors.
Two remarkable new books featuring Max have just been published that should be a part of any serious student’s collection. First, volume 2 of Electronic Music and Sound Design by Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri continues the first volume’s exploration of audio applications of Max/MSP through hundreds of interactive examples.
Francisco Colasanto, who works as assistant director at Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) in Morelia, Mexico, has released the first two modules of a new ebook about Max/MSP on the center's web site CMMAS.org.