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1. Get­ting started

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / Max For Live Masterclass -

1 “We’re go­ing to build this from scratch, so you can learn how to get into the ba­sic func­tion­al­ity of us­ing Max For Live. At the mo­ment, we’re look­ing at a blank, empty MIDI track. The browser on the left hand side fea­tures our Max For Live cat­e­gories: Max Au­dio Ef­fect, Max In­stru­ment and Max MIDI Ef­fect. We’ll be build­ing an au­dio ef­fect.” 2 “The de­fault, empty Max Au­dio Ef­fect ob­ject pre­set is what we want to start with in or­der to build our de­vice. It’s def­i­nitely rec­om­mended to al­ways start with the empty de­fault pre­set. It’s a bit men­tal to try and go into an ex­ist­ing de­vice and try and build some­thing inside it. You’ll re­ally just want to start with a blank can­vas.” 3 “This de­vice doesn’t do very much. We’ve got the pre­set but­ton for sav­ing our pre­set inside the Live User Li­brary, and we have a Hotswap but­ton to nav­i­gate some of the in­built pre­sets in our li­brary. But there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween a Max For Live de­vice and a builtin Able­ton in­stru­ment or third-party VST/ AU: the Edit but­ton.” (See TheEditBut­ton.) 4 “Let’s look at the Max For Live GUI. What we’re see­ing here is the Patch­ing win­dow. In a nut­shell, the Patch­ing win­dow con­tains quite a lot of im­por­tant func­tions and fea­tures that we’re go­ing to use through­out the de­vel­op­ment of this par­tic­u­lar de­vice.” 5 “Also, you’ve got some typ­i­cal ob­jects up here – for ex­am­ple, sav­ing your Max For Live de­vice in the File menu. There are a few other op­tions here to al­low you to ar­range some of your ob­jects. There’s a great fea­ture to zoom in and out of your Patch­ing win­dow.” 6 “One thing we’ll do quite a bit is jump be­tween Live and Max. If you’re run­ning MacOS, you can get to the Ap­pli­ca­tion switcher with the Cmd+Tab key com­mand, which lets you nav­i­gate apps – sim­i­larly to Win­dows+Tab – and we can move be­tween Live and Max quickly.”

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