cycling 74 Max/MSP/Jitter 5

This is the big one… our artists have been using max and its signal processing friend msp to create with and well, things just became a little more interesting.

This version represents a new era of Max programming, with a completely redesigned multi-processing kernel and a streamlined development environment built on a platform-independent foundation. With a new patcher interface, searchable database of objects and examples, integrated documentation and new tutorials, the new Max user will find a smoother learning curve while experienced users will see improved productivity.

After two years of intense development, max 5 is finally here with a slick new look, hundreds of new features and improvements to aid in idea creation.

Presentation mode avoids the spaghetti junction of patch cords on a new panel, hiding what you don’t want and creating a front end for your software. Presentation mode works hand in hand with being able to edit the same patch in multiple windows plus new multiple undos.

Debugging probes have the ability to examine data flow at any point by simple mouse hovering. they work on signals and matrices as well. Monitor watchpoints allow viewing several predetermined probes to be viewed at once in a neat table.

In line documentation does away with the need for printed or pdf manuals. Query or view the reference on any object in the palette. The integrated file browser and an advance search function databases everything you’ve used.

The new timing features allow you to program in bars and beats as well as milliseconds. Many timing objects such as metro line phasor and their msp counterparts can all be synced to the new transport object. While time points can be used to trigger events at a point in the timeline. I’ve spent many an hour manually programming systems like these to interact with rewire devices and have never been perfectly happy with the results. This is far more elegant. They can even send vst host timing messages for plugin syncing.

There are many more reasons to upgrade, one of my favourites being attributisation of nearly every object. I don’t have to remember what the 7th inlet does any more, I just send it into the first with an attribute and call the job done aiding in the creation of reusable code.

If you’re wondering what exactly Max is about, perhaps this new video introduction will clarify a few things. Or, download the 30 day demo and find out what the hype is all about for yourself.

In use for over twenty years by performers, composers, artists, scientists, teachers, and students, Max is the way to make your computer do things that reflect your individual ideas and dreams. Version 5 is a dramatic transformation of Max that begins a new chapter in the program’s history.

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