Max Celebrated its 30th Birthday!

Publish date
May 15, 2019

In celebration of this anniversary, we met two users of Max software. One is well known—David Zicarelli, founder and CEO of Cycling ’74 takes a look back at the history of Max that began in IRCAM’s studios in 1989. The other user, Benjamin Lévy, is a computer music designer at IRCAM who uses OMax, a program that combines Max and OpenMusic.

Max, the world standard for real-time sound interaction

Max (formerly Max/MSP) is a visual programming environment for building real-time musical and interactive applications. It is currently the world’s leading software program for interactive sound installations. Max is a
bundling of Max (IRCAM/Cycling ‘74) for real-time control of interactive musical and multimedia applications through MIDI, of MSP, a large set of objects for real- time analysis, synthesis, and processing of audio signals, and of Jitter, a set of video, matrix, and 3D graphical objects for the environment. Max was developed for musicians, sound designers, and researchers who want to develop interactive real-time programs. Cycling ‘74 (United States) develops Max under an exclusive license from IRCAM.

30 years of Max software

  • Max History by David Zicarelli
  • Benjamin Lévy & OMax
  • 30 years of Max software: David Zicarelli