Software Training

Max Initiation (session 1) / Max certification level 1

Learn the basics of programming in Max
November 15 through Sat 20 November 2021,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





1500 €

Practical information



MorningGeneral presentation of the Max environment;
Types of objects, types of data.
AfternoonImportance of the order of execution: the object trigger;
Simple interactions with a MIDI keyboard.


MorningIntroduction to MIDI data and managing sequences;
Creation of a random MIDI machine.
AfternoonIntroduction to audio in Max;
Creation of a small sampler of sound files played from a keyboard.


MorningControl synthesis using envelopes.
AfternoonReceive data from an external controller (iPad, iPhone);
Play a video, understand Jitter matrixes.


MorningAnalyze audio streams and extract pertinent information using simple modules.
AfternoonRecord and manipulate reading sounds from a buffer.


MorningModular organization of a patch.
AfternoonSimple audio processing techniques.


MorningManage data external to Max: external libraries.
AfternoonCertification exam for Max, level 1

Exam for Max certification level 1

Certification listed on the specific France Competences inventory(fiche available in French).
3 hours // Saturday, November 20, 2021, 2:30pm-5:30pm
6 students maximum

The certification test is made up of two parts (90 minutes each):

  • A test of the applicant’s knowledge with open questions and comments and screen captures;
  • Following a break, a series of exercises is given to the applicant with several concrete cases, with increasing difficulty. The applicant must find solutions, as if she were in a professional situation (test on a Mac computer with Max).

This exam evaluates users in a real-life professional situation.

The jury, made up of two teachers (IRCAM Computer Music Designers/ Specialized Instructors) and a specialist in Max, will evaluate 3 major criteria:
  • Theory: restitute basic knowledge on Max and its environment (vocabulary for the MIDI and audio system, programming conventions);
  • Analysis: analyze and interpret the Max programs’ functioning, offer “debugging” solutions;
  • Application: apply this knowledge and skills to the conception and realization of interactive Max interfaces with precise specifications.

A certificate with the results will be sent to the participants 3 weeks following the exam.