Assignment 5: Max: Simple Max Objects

What we’re trying to do

What to turn in

How to do it

  1. Download Max Quickstart. Unzip it by double-clicking its icon (if it hasn’t already been unzipped by your browser). Go through the Max Quickstart tutorials 1-8 in order.

    Each tutorial is a working Max patch. To get the most out of these, you should respond to the suggestions in the tutorials for editing the patch or creating a new one. (You don’t have to turn in any of your modifications of these patches.)

  2. If you’re working in the studio, the first time you launch Max, you may need to change the audio preferences so that it uses the MOTU Traveler instead of built-in audio. To do this, choose Options > Audio Status, and set the Driver pop-up menu to CoreAudio, and then MOTU Traveler from both the Input and Output menus. Then close the Audio Status window.
  3. Patch A

    Design a patch that harmonizes notes played on a MIDI controller. The sound will be rendered by the Mac’s internal synthesizer, which is handy for testing patches, but not much else.

    Send each note played on the keyboard to this synthesizer. Add to it three transposed pitches, creating a tetrachord of some kind. Delay one or more of these transposed notes. Split the keyboard into two parts at any key. Use one kind of chord for the lower half of the keboard, and a contrasting chord for the upper half. See below for implementation hints.

  4. Patch B

    Design a patch that plays notes automatically, using random values for pitch, velocity, duration, and timbre (i.e., synthesizer patch). This patch should not accept input from a MIDI controller. You turn it on, and it plays for a while without any human intervention. Then you turn it off. See below for hints.

Hints for Patch A

Hints for Patch B

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