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Max/MSP Tasks

Max for Live/communicating with Logic Task

Task 9 Name: Max for Live (revision) Set: w9i Due: w13i Weighting: assessable (15%) Courses: cmc2a
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This task involves integrating Max patches with Ableton Live environments, as well as investigating other ways of controlling one application from another, for instance controlling a Logic synth or device with Max or Supercollider. There are some provisional examples of this here: http://rhoadley.net/courses/tech_resources/max-msp/tutorials/communicating_with_logic.zip

A few examples

The Task

  • The key to this task is using Max and Live and/or controlling Logic (etc.) with SuperCollider and/or Max.

  • Use one of your own patches, or develop a new one, and integrated it into a Live environment. Use your own practice if you can.

  • OR develop a patch or patches in which Logic (or another application) is to an extent controlled by Max and/or SuperCollider, or vice versa.

  • provide a demo and full documentation of your patches.

  • Make a demo recording of your patch working. Please keep the size down to a minimum (maximum duration approximately 10 seconds). Use adoutput~ for the easiest way of doing this:

    record a demo

  • Please ensure that, in as far as you are able, your patches work immediately they are opened. If your patch or patches use audio files, include short samples that are 'preloaded', (but also include methods for loading user samples, too). Include functioning presets.

  • Added value
    By completing the details of the task you will achieve at least a pass mark. By imaginatively and creatively considering how you might implement the task originally you can add value to your submission, and this added value may increase your mark significantly. Even when making videos of short demonstration tasks try to consider musical and performance criteria.


  • Compress (zip) your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"breakbeat" (e.g. 0504335_breakbeat.zip), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch.
  • Submit a copy of the files to the i-Centre on 2pm Tuesday December 19th 2017

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The Projects

The projects and tasks are designed to help you through the various courses and materials that you'll have to deal with, and also to provide an active and practical element to what could otherwise become a rather dry and technical exercise. Tasks are small exercises - you may be asked to complete one or two per week. Projects are larger and carry a higher percentage of the mark. We will undertake two, three, four or more projects and tasks. The final project is usually an individual choice project, and will be worth significantly more than the others in terms of percentages in your portfolio. We will usually try to set aside a time to perform the projects in a public setting.