The company Cycling74 announced Max/Msp 6 which will arrive fall 2011. Prices have been lowered, starting from $59 for a student 12-month license. Upgrade prices for existing Max5 users will be $199, if there will be a "max for live" upgrade fee is not known at the moment.
Main news are:
- Quality: "output gaps" should not be audible anymore when working on running patches, as well as "an advanced toolset for high quality rendering 3-D objects" has been announced. Jitter comes with a new physics engine and better support for 3D model and animation files. Better support for cameras and lighting, as well as a new "materials" systems have also been introduced.
- Workflow: a new attribute monitoring and editing workflow, as well as a "new project feature, where you can see all the patchers, code, and media files you’re using" has been announced.
Ableton Live was recently updated to version 8.2.2. The update is a huge step forward for the "Max for Live" API, which gets added support for Rack-Devices (Devices inside Racks can now be accessed via the Max for Live API) and Return Tracks (Return tracks can now be observed via the Max for Live API). This is a recommended update for every Ableton user, especially when using max4live. The latest max/msp (Max 5.1.8) requires Ableton Live 8.2.2 to work.
The release notes according to Ableton:
This is a review of „max for live“ using Ableton Live 8.1 FINAL and max/msp 5.1 on a Mac OSX 10.5.8 Core2Duo Intel MacBook Pro. As I am a frequent user of all kinds of visual DSP systems for quite a while now: pure data (PD), max/msp, vvvv, nord modular OS, etc. - so I am quite dazzled what max for live has to offer. (Read the full Entry to see the Review)
Instruments, Audio Effects, Midi Effects - but of course, this is not all of the cake. Imagine you can create user-interface elements however you please and also assign MIDI to that interface parts. This brings Ableton Live huge steps forward: the possibility to extend ableton to include a full featured audiovisual prototyping environment and to interface with the world: be it sensors, webservices or other Ableton Live installations.
How cool is that? registered users of Ableton Live and Max/Msp can sign up for the beta program of Max for Live (it's actually only a click, much different from Google Wave ;)
The only problem is: you need to own Ableton Live and Cycling74's Max/Msp 5 (which i actually do).
For now you can watch the Video from the Ableton Site, until i can post some hands-on-pictures and a full review (to be available in the next days).
Since there are lots of ALP Packages that could be installed on older Ableton versions, i compiled a list of Packages in the Web that will work as well with Ableton Live 8 (although sometimes it is stated they would only work with older versions) - sometimes a bit tweaking is required, but nothing more than moving some files around in the file browser of Ableton. Besides the obvious ressource, ableton.com, i compiled a list of free 3rd party package ressources, that will keep your sequencer experience interesting. For importing and recovering old Ableton Sets i wrote a specific article, though some of the compatibility Packages are also listed here. The steps described and the package recommendations are for Mac OSX as well as for Microsoft Windows. If you know of some more ressources not listed here, please drop a comment!