Highlights of Max 8 include:
- MC, a brand-new system of multichannel audio programming that unlocks “immense sonic complexity” with simple patching
- Node for Max, bringing together the worlds of Max real-time visual programming and Node.js web programming
- Vizzie 2, a collection of high-level modules for creating interactive visuals now powered by OpenGL
- Performance speedups
- A DAW-inspired Mappings (MIDI learn) workflow for attaching hardware control to any
user interface element
Cycling ’74 CEO David Zicarelli explains: “Max turned 30 this year, and Cycling ’74 turned 20. With every new version of the software, we seek to respect this long and unique trajectory while exploring new ways to amplify your imagination through patching.”
In the coming months, Max 8 will become the basis of Max for Live, placing the vast creative potential of the latest Max environment directly inside Ableton Live. This integration is a product of the decade-long cooperative partnership between Ableton and Cycling ‘74.
Pricing and Availability
Max 8 is available for download now from cycling74.com. There is a fully functional, free 30-day trial version for new users. The retail price is $399 US, and the upgrade price for existing users is $149. Academic discounts are available, as well as retail subscriptions for limited-time use. Purchases can be made inside the Max 8 application, on the cycling74.com webshop, or from selected resellers.
More information is available on the Cycling ’74 website.