Cy­cling ’74 Max 8

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It’s a big year for the Max au­dio and video in­ter­ac­tive pro­gram­ming en­vi­ron­ment, as it cel­e­brates not only its own 30th birth­day, but also the 20th birth­day of its long-term cus­to­di­ans, Cy­cling ’74.

The just-re­leased lat­est ver­sion, Max 8, boasts a num­ber of wor­thy im­prove­ments over v7. These in­clude, amongst other things, the abil­ity to send mul­ti­ple sig­nals down a sin­gle patch ca­ble; the new Map­pings sys­tem, which makes light work of as­sign­ing hard­ware MIDI con­trollers to pa­ram­e­ters; In­te­grated Search; the Open GL-pow­ered Vizzie 2 mod­ule col­lec­tion for build­ing in­ter­ac­tive vi­su­als; and Node for Max, con­nect­ing Max to the Node.js JavaScript run-time en­vi­ron­ment.

The ex­pected ‘gen­eral per­for­mance im­prove­ments’ have also been im­ple­mented, and nat­u­rally, given that Cy­cling ’74 are owned by Able­ton, Max 8 will also serve as the ba­sis of the next ver­sion of Max for Live.

Max 8 can be yours now for $399 on Mac and PC, with the up­grade from el­i­gi­ble ear­lier ver­sions priced $149.

2018 is a land­mark year for the Max pro­gram­ming en­vi­ron­ment

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