The main focus of this issue is the review of the Max Conference held in Brooklyn in October, 2011. As opposed to many conferences that I have attended (SEAMUS, for instance), this was a more technical event. The main focus was on programing, gear, and a variety of extensions to the Max environment. Surprisingly, there was little music played!
Of course, the main focus was on the imminent release of Max 6. We were able to download a preview demo of the latest upgrade, and it certainly looks exciting. There are many new features, including a newly designed editor with a tool that allows you to select objects from a list within Max. The new Gen object appears to have a multitude of functions that enhance speed and portability of Max patches. Thanks to Lief Ellis, who wrote the proverbial lion’s share of the concert review.
Many of us have used CSound in the past – back in the days when a ‘text-driven’ program was the only option. The program has continued to evolve, and the latest incarnation comes to us in the form of a plug-in for Ableton Live. The plug-in is reviewed in this issue, thanks to Mark Zaki.
As usual, there is the Member News, which includes announcements of recent performances, recordings, and other news items.
You can get it here: www.seamusonline.org/newsletter/2011-4.pdf