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Cycling '74 Max 8

Max is a visual programming language for the specialized needs of artists, educators, and researchers working with audio, visual media, and physical computing. Packed with powerful new features, Cycling 74 Max 8 is a veritable playground for musicians, sound designers, and multimedia wizards who want unlimited creativity. Boasting numerous performance improvements, a streamlined interface designed for speed, and a collection of new, robust tools to realize your ideas faster than ever, Max 8 lets you easily create your own sound generators, effects processors, video manipulators, and sequencers. If you can imagine it, you can probably create it within Max 8. With its integrated tutorials and documentation, plus a searchable database of objects and examples, Max 8 is easy to get started with.

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
  • 37 more features including VST3 and Gen for events

Discover a new landscape of sonic possibilities
With MC, objects and patch cords contain multiple audio channels. MC will transform how you imagine sound design, effects processing, and mixing. It might be the closest thing to a mind-expanding drug Max has ever had.

MC builds on how you already work with Max.
With MC, patches with 100 channels of audio look as simple as those with a single channel. The ability to manipulate so many audio channels and operations with so few objects will open up a previously hidden world of ideas.

Explore controlling complex soundscapes with MC
With MC, you can easily apply controls across a space of audio channels.

Experience noticeably faster performance
For Max 8, we profiled real-world, messy patches to discover what we could optimize. You'll notice the difference the moment you launch the application.

  • Max 8 launches between 2x (Mac) and 20x faster (Windows)
  • Large patches will load up to 4x faster
  • Complex UI operations are significantly more responsive

In addition to these overall improvements, we've significantly enhanced specific real-time use cases including the coll object (up to 60x faster), Jitter texture to matrix copying, matrix output, and an updated physics engine.

Workflow Improvements:

  • Javascript, coll, and other text-based objects can open files in an external text editor
  • The Max console toolbar icon shows when new messages or errors have arrived
  • Post messages to the Max console from any patch cord in one step with new Print Watchpoints.
  • Max 8 includes a completely new UI for editing object colors including algorithmic color tweaking, palette saving and loading, and much more.
  • Use the mouse or trackpad to zoom and scroll around in large patchers
  • The patcher style system features numerous refinements including the ability to delete styles
  • There are new options for pasting objects including Paste and Match Style
  • The audio signal probe includes new history and scope modes
  • Updated interfaces for Reference, Package Manager, File Browser, and Authorization Window features
  • The feature that transforms changed attributes into arguments has been improved, particularly for Jitter objects

New Objects:

  • The new chooser UI object displays a scrolling list, useful for file browsing interfaces and more
  • The new multirange object is a graphical editor for functions that contain ranges of values
  • The new console object outputs and filters the contents of the Max console inside your patch
  • New MIDI objects for 14-bit continuous controller, registered and non-registered parameter messages
  • Gen now has an event domain version called gen with the same interactive code generation and DSP features as its older sibling gen~
  • New frame~ and framesnap~ objects simplify working with spectral data

Compatibility Improvements:

  • Max scans your audio plug-ins, simplifying the use of "shell" plug-ins (such as from Waves and Expert Sleepers). It also will also detect plug-ins with compatibility issues and disable them.
  • Max 8 is compatible with modern Mac OS full screen windowing features including tabbed windows
  • Max 8 on Windows includes support for multitouch and HiDPI monitors
  • Improved support for multi-channel audio file formats
  • Duplicate file name warnings list the locations of all duplicate files, not just the one Max will be using.

Jitter Improvements:

  • Improvements to the WebGL export process
  • OpenGL supports drawing to multiple contexts, simplifying render variations from a single geometry source.
  • can now draw instances, allowing for complex geometry hierarchies to be multiplied
  • now loads FBX, glTF and OpenGEX files
  • Improvements to the way Jitter GL objects automatically find and join a render context without specifying a rendering context name
  • and can output a description of the entire 3D scene as a dictionary
  • and without arguments will open a default shader file when double clicked as a starting point for developing new shaders

Major Object Enhancements:

  • The vst~ object now supports VST3 plug-ins
  • The line object works with multi-segment ramps and is compatible with the function object
  • The dial object includes four new modes: Live, Classic, Needle and Pan and the live.dial object has a new large mode
  • The jit.cellblock object can monitor audio signals
  • The poly~ object can host a different patcher in each of its voices and includes a bypass mode
  • poly~ automatically adds an outlet identifying the voice that sent the last event
  • Gen includes an @expr mode for high-performance expression evaluation in a single object box
  • The message box allows changing the value of its arguments without triggering output
  • The gestalt object that reports system environment information has been substantially modernized and includes a dictionary output mode

For Students and Teachers:

Student / Teacher License

Part# 183515000540



Upgrade to Max 8 from previous versions for Students and Teachers

Part# 183515000557



For Academic Institutions:

Academic Institution License

Part# 183515000564



Five-pack for Educational institutions

Part# 183515000588



Ten-pack for Educational institutions

Part# 183515000595



Upgrade to Max 8 from previous versions

(For Academic Institutions Only)

Part# 183515000571



Retail Pricing:

Retail License

Part# 183515000083



Retail Upgrade to Max 8 from previous versions

Part# 183515000090



System Requirements for Max 8 (includes MSP, Jitter, Gen and support for Max for Live):

Mac: OS X 10.11.6 or later, Intel® Core™2 Duo processor. Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended, 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended).

Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, 64-bit Intel® or AMD multi-core processor. Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended, and GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended). (Note: For 32-bit systems, use Max 7.3.5 or older.)


Compatible with iPad and iPad Mini. Requires iOS 5.0 (or later), and Mac OS 10.6 (or later), and Max version 6.1.3 (or later). Requires the Bonjour library which is installed by default on Mac.

Windows: Compatible with iPad and iPad Mini, Windows 7 or 8, and Max version 6.1.4 (or later). Requires the Bonjour library which is not installed by default.

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