Cycling ’74 Max v8.6.0 macOS
TEAM HCiSO | 30 January 2024 | 817.60 MB
Cycling ‘74 has released version 8 of Max and the company is calling it “the closest thing to a mind-expanding drug Max has ever had”.
The visual programming language has taken on a raft of new improvements in the latest iteration, most notably the introduction of the new MC. objects.
MC, we’re presuming, stands for multi-channel and Cycling ‘74 is sure it will “transform how you imagine sound design”. It makes patches with 100 channels of audio look as simple as those with a single channel.
It seems MC will give you the ability to manipulate multiple audio channels and operations with fewer objects.
Much of the development in version 8 has been focussing on performance. Cycling ’74 now claim that Max will launch 20 times faster on Windows than before and load patches up to four times as quick. Performance as a whole is improved, with complex UI operations being significantly more responsive.
Another big update is the ability to control your patches with hardware, without the need to patch. In the new Mappings Mode, you can assign physical controls to your patch in just three steps; simply enter Mappings Mode, select a slider and then move your controller – done.
Other improvements include a new Search Sidebar which allows you access to thousands of Max examples and tutorials that ship with Max, along with results from web forums and in-depth articles.
Summary of what’s New in Max 8:
Tap into sonic complexity with MC.
Noticeably improved performance.
Simplified MIDI and keyboard control with Mappings.
Vizzie 2, completely rebuilt with OpenGL.
Open your patches to the world with Node for Max.
Experience a streamlined patching workflow.
Uncover the secrets to Max mastery with search.
Max 8.1.6 Release Notes
Event Probing: reset / clear
Event Probing: transform last event to a message
Examples: Quad Spatializer update
function: autosustain & clicksustain Cmd/Ctrl Click / Double-Click options
function: pointsize attribute
jit.gl.shader / jit.gl.slab / jit.gl.pass: filewatcher support for externally referenced shader files
JS: ‘patchcords’ property for maxobj
js: getvalueof/setvalueof dictionary support
jspainter: autowatch for automatic update to UI
jspainter: can be used for object box, message, and comment
jspainter: mgraphics.textfieldvisible property to show text over jspainter background
jspainter: the Max jsobject is available
live.* UI objects: accepts comma for typing decimal numbers
live.scope~: new Max for Live UI object for visualizing signals
Max for Live: minimum_live_version, miniumum_max_version, platform_compatibility device patcher attributes
MIDI: ‘matchport’ attribute
midiselect: @hires attribute for pitchbend
mtr: many new features
multislider: ‘scrollclear’ message
Parameter Window: added annotation and annotation_name (Info and Info View Title)
Patching: toggle z-order of patch cords and boxes (u key or toolbar button)
peakamp~: signed attribute
train~: attributified, added resetmode, fixed initial delay issues
Vizzie 2.1.3: included as default factory package. For more info see the Vizzie 2.1 release announcement