May 16 through Sat 21 May 2022,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





1500 €

Practical information


Software Training

Max for Live

Learn to use Max via Ableton Live

Max for Live is an optional module integrated in Ableton Live. Max includes object that mimic the graphical interfaces of effects or devices in Live. These objects let users include their own devices or instruments in a Live session taking into account the parameters of the effects in the application’s automation.


Upon completion of this course participants will have the skills necessary to create new effects and devices in Live with Max for Live: creation of a synthesizer, creation of audio effects. Participants will be able to control Live’s graphical interface using Max for Live.


Composers, musicians, theater managers, etc.


Basic knowledge of Ableton Live on MacOS or Windows: notions of track, scene, manipulation of MIDI and audio clips, manipulation of automation in clips, etc.

Educational Resources and Techniques

Classroom equipped with computers with all the necessary software installed, headphones, and MIDI keyboards;
Class Format: Training alternates between presentations, explanations on theory, studying examples to analyze, and hands-on exercises;
Didactic Materials: Video-projected presentations.

Supervision and Assessment

Welcome the first day of training beginning at 9:45am;
Attendance controlled; signature of an attendance sheet required every morning and afternoon;
Assessment of acquired knowledge using a multiple-choice test (1 hour) taken at the end of training;
A certificate at the end of the program is given to each participant with the results of the exam.

Training Period and Organization

36 hours of training, Monday-Saturday,May 16-21, 2022. 10am-1pm/2:30pm-5:30pm
6 students maximum

This training program will be held at IRCAM on-site in accordance with local sanitary guidelines and measures in place at the current time. These guidelines and measures may change. In the event that IRCAM cannot physically welcome students for a program that requires face-to-face instruction, the program and the certification test will be cancelled. For further information, please contact: info-pedagogie[at]



MorningInstallation and set-up of Live for Max for Live;
Study of different types of devices for Max for Live: MIDI, audio, instrument;
Introduction to basic principles of programming in Max;
Order of execution of a patch;
Introduction of a “trigger” object to define the order of execution;
Using good habits with live.gui objects.
AfternoonCreation of MIDI effects: transposing notes;
The ddg.mono object;
The flush object;
Use of the "parameter" window.


MorningThe <ZL> objects;
The <patcher> object;
Creation of a MIDI effect: random note generator.
AfternoonSynchronization of a device with Live, creation of a sequencer step by step;
The <live.grid> object.


MorningAudio in Max;
Basics of subtractive synthesis: oscillator, filter, ADSR envelope;
Creation of a monophonic synthesizer with the aforementioned elements.
AfternoonThe <poly~> object;
Automatic management of polyphony with <thispoly~>;
Creation of a polyphonic synthesizer with the aforementioned instrument.


MorningDelay in Max : <tapin~> and <tapout~>;
Creating of audio effects: delay lines.
AfternoonAdding frequency shift and feedback;
Envelope and synthesis follower.


MorningControl of Live’s graphical interface: live.path, live.object,, live.remote~;
Realization of simple tasks with a combination of the aforementioned objects;
Use of abstractions provided with Max for Live.
AfternoonReception of OSC data generated by TouchOSC to control a Live session
Use of the name of a Live clip to modify the function of an effect


MorningReview of the notions seen during the week
Question and answer session on students’ ideas/project that can make use of Max for Live
AfternoonFree work on computers
Assessment of acquired knowledge using a multiple-choice test (1 hour)