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ONCE I HAD A CAT

Resources for learning Max/MSP

Resources for learning Max/MSP

Once I had a cat.. and now I have Cycling74’s Max. Which is nice. It’s a visual programming language which is mainly used for audio visual applications. It is wonderful for prototyping as well.

But where to start? Because Max is around for decades there are tons of resources. I try to list the ones I really like and don’t want to forget.

Courses / Books

If you want the whole package of information. This complete Video courses and books are a good starting point.

Programming Max: Structuring Interactive Software for Digital Arts

If you want a structured introductory course to Max/MSP/Jitter this one is for you. Mainly targeted to beginners, but provides all the information you need to start working with Max. Provided by Kadenze and completely free. And your tutor is the incredible Matthew Wright.

Electronic Music and Sound Design

Already in the 4th edition. It provides a really deep view into Max and also into sound design in general. Lots of theory.

Step by Step: Adventures in Sequencing with Max/MSP

Video Content

There are lots of people providing useful Max information. Here are some which I really like.

Max/MSP Livestreams with Tom Hall

Cycling’s terrific content producer Tom Hall just started a live stream with Max tutorials. Great! #1 was already a highlight.

Documentation / References

Max Cookbook

Official Max8 Documentation

Especially the tutorial section is very useful to start with.


I started April 1, 2020 to work on this great post and last updated it on January 15, 2023.