Software Training

Max Intermediate (session 1) / Max certification level 2

Improve your knowledge and mastery of Max
September 21 through Sat 26 September 2020,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





1500 €

Practical information

Max is a graphical programming language that lets users process, generate, interact with Midi data in audio and video contents as well as all other types of data, for example from sensors.


Upon completion of this course, participants will have acquired the knowledge necessary in advanced programming techniques in Max. They will be able to create complex patches and select the tools (software and hardware) adapted to their project with Max
The training will be followed by an exam for the Max certification level 2.


Any creative person who wants to work on a project requiring Max: composers, developers, performers, sound technicians, choreographers, sound creators, video artists, live coders, music or art teachers, makers, etc.


Participants must be able to attest to sufficient knowledge and skills in Max and its environment or have successfully completed the course Max Initiation;
Mastery of a sequencer software program such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, or another digital audio editing program (WaveLab, SoundStudio, Adobe Audition);
Good understanding of the English vocabulary used in the software;
Mastery of the basic functions of a Macintosh computer (use of a keyboard and mouse, create and manage files and folders, use menus, launch an application).

Prior to the training, it is suggested that participants complete all the tutorials available in the software.

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. A class guide will be given at the beginning of each training session and all complementary files will be given as needed.

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;
Certification exam for Max, level 2 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

Trainin period : 33 hours of training, Monday, September 21 – Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10am-1pm & 2:30pm-5:30pm (Saturday 10am -1pm)
Max Certification 2 : 3 hours, Saturday, September 26, 2020, 2:30pm-5:30pm
11 students maximum



MorningUnderstand and be able to use certain sound synthesis techniques: additive synthesis.
AfternoonMultiply the instantiation of processes using polyphonic patches with poly~


MorningUnderstand and be able to use certain sound synthesis techniques: subtractive synthesis, synthesis through frequency modulation.
AfternoonExcerpt motion data from a smartphone using OSC, filter and realize a mapping of these data to control a module of sound synthesis.


MorningUnderstand the principles and basic applications of analysis and FFT re-synthesis in Max with pfft~.
AfternoonUnderstand the principles of signal analysis: extract pertinent data, filter and realize a mapping of these data to read media or control the quality of the sound transformations.


MorningMaster the construction of modular architecture of patches using matrixes for sending and receiving data.
AfternoonUnderstand and know how to put in place certain sound transformation techniques in a modular architecture: delay lines, transposition, etc.


MorningUnderstand and know how to put in place certain sound transformation techniques in a modular architecture: ring modulation, reverberation, etc.
AfternoonKnow how to optimize graphical control interfaces.


MorningCreate a project, manage your resources.

Exam for Max certification level 2.

Exam for Max certification level 2

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 Òhe were in a professional situation (test on a Mac computer with Max).

The jury consists of two teachers (IRCAM Computer Music Designers/ Specialized Instructors) and a specialist in Max.
A certificate with the results will be sent to the participants 3 weeks following the exam.