Software Training

Max Intermediate

Max Certification Level 2. Advanced Audio Processing Techniques, Interaction, and Synthesis for your Max Patches
March 6 through Sat 11 March 2017,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





1500 €

Max Certification
IRCAM has implemented two specific Max certifications. Taken at the end of the classes Max: Musical Programming and Max Intermediate, these certifications enable students to evaluate their level by testing their capacity to design, implement, and use applications created with the software. Results enable students to situate their level on a standardized scale.


Participants must have advanced knowledge of Max programming or have successfully completed the Max: Musical Programming course. Knowledge of the Max tutorials (Basic tutorials 1-11, Max MIDI and MSP tutorials "Topics & Basics) is required.

To access the tutorials listed above, download the demo version Max 7 on the Cycling74 website. Then, select choose File> Browse Files in the menu. Choose Cycling74>Tutorials in the displayed window. Choose : Max Tutorials (open "Table of contents"): Max Basics de 1 à 11 and Max MIDI. For MSP Tutorials (open "Table of contents"): Topics and Basics


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to create complex patches for audio processing using basic elements such as filtering, windows, and delay lines processing and analyzing audio flows as well as sound synthesis algorithms, choosing the best-adapted tools for your needs. They will also understand the basic principles of time-frequency analysis/synthesis and spectral elaborations of sound.


  • Monday: Processing and analysis: filters, reverberation, envelope follower, attack detection
  • Tuesday: Advanced studio analyses: pitch, range, noise, and timbre detection, timber characteristics
  • Wednesday: Sound synthesis: major oscillators, additive and subtractive synthesis, synthesis via frequency modulation
  • Thursday: Advanced synthesis: synthesis via physical models, granular synthesis, formant synthesis; Management of polyphony via the object poly~
  • Friday: Introduction to advanced techniques for interaction: motion capture and score following; Sound spatialization using multi-channel control and diffusion
  • Saturday: reviews; end of class assessments