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Cycling '74 Released Max 4 and MSP 2

Major Upgrades to Graphical Programming Environment (October 17, 2001)
Cycling '74 recently released Max 4 and MSP 2 - the first major upgrades to this Mac-OS interactive graphical programming environment in over five years. Enhancements to Max include extensive new user-interface building tools and advanced features such as scripting and high-precision scheduling. MSP 2 adds numerous capabilities and objects including polyphony management, waveform display, and graphical filter design. Together, these programs are the building blocks of incredible audio applications.

Max, a graphical programming environment for music and media applications, allows its users to schedule events with millisecond accuracy, create complex mappings for incoming data, and run a large number of operations in parallel. In essence, it is a graphic tool to create programs by wiring together objects. MSP extends Max's capabilities by incorporating audio objects that are connected to create audio patches where signals flow from one object to the next - not unlike the fundamental concept of the modular synthesizer.

Improvements to Max 4 focus on enhancements to the editing interface of the patcher window and the addition of new capabilities for creating great-looking interfaces. These features include Inspectors, Max user interfaces for editing details about user interfaces; floating point scheduling precise to two samples; scripting commands that can create, connect, move, hide, and delete objects in a patcher and an Extras menu for storing and quick access to useful tools. Other improvements include color-coded patch cords and contextual menus as well as numerous new objects.

MSP 2.0 adds support for sample-accurate scheduling, improved MIDI timing, and over 40 new signal processing and user interface objects. The new release also enhances MSP's polyphony management, makes spectral processing applications easier to build, adds audio-rate sequencing control, and optimizes signal processing objects for use with the G4 Velocity Engine (Altivec). There are also numerous inprovements to audio I/O, including support for all major 8- to 32-bit audio file formats, 512 I/O channels, and inter-application audio connections using Propellerheads' ReWire, Steinberg's VST, and Digidesign's DirectConnect.

"This release, the first in over five years, brings Max into the new century. It's a major update, but our customers will still feel at home; more precisely, as if someone moved a lot of nice new furniture into their houses. Together, Max and MSP are far more than an obscure programming environment - we are constantly amazed at the variety of our customers and their innovative use of our products," said David Zicarelli, Cycling '74 President.

Max4/MSP 2 is available now from Cycling '74 for $495; current users of Max and MSP may purchase upgrades. Demo versions, purchases and upgrades are available online at

Cycling '74, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, develops, distributes and supports innovative music software for composers, artists, and producers who dream of life above and beyond traditional sequencing and media applications. Cycling '74 products include the Max graphical programming environment, MSP, the Pluggo collection of MAX/MSP-based audio plug-ins, and the interactive algorithmic composition program M.

Cycling '74
1186 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Phone: 415-621-5743
Fax: 415-621-6563

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