Intro to Max for Live: Making a Simple Arpeggiator

Max for Live is quite a confusing piece of work for the average human being like me and you. But Max doesn’t lack for documentation. It is actually very well documented, but I’ve alsways found that the documentation seems to be written for people who are already a Live ninjas/gurus/yogis, whatevs.

So, I (along with some help with my homie Nate) decided to embark on this tutorial series to show you how to get down the very basics of Max 4 Live. And I’ve decided to do it by focusing on a number of small projects, after the completion of which we’ll have a pretty good handle on the necessary components of Max 4 Live. But what that means is that we’re going to skip the preliminaries and jump right in by starting to build a simple MIDI arpeggiator!

In this video, we’ll cover: How to get MIDI in and out of an M4L device, How to monitor what’s happening in M4L, Simple math in M4L, Using sliders and the unpack objects.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

3 Responses to “Intro to Max for Live: Making a Simple Arpeggiator”

  1. Walter June 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you for your excellent work! Your generative music tutorials were wonderful! I am having trouble with making the Max arpeggiator though. I believe that I have everything set up correctly, but the change in tone or delay of the Bells – electric sound don’t change when I move the sliders. Also, when I added the Prints 1 and 2, no new activity was captured at all in the Max Window. I wonder if I am using the correct instrument to begin with, or if the one I am using can’t be modified through Max.

    • Anthony June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

      Hey Walter. Any instrument that accepts MIDI should be good to go with this, so I don’t think that it’s that. I’ll look over your comment again when I get home and try to get you some suggestions!

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