MATRIXSYNTH: Cycling '74 Introduces Max 8

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cycling '74 Introduces Max 8

Cycling '74: Welcome to Max 8 Published on Sep 25, 2018 Cycling '74

"Max 8 was released on September 25, 2018."

What's New in Max 8?

1 Tap into sonic complexity with MC

2 Noticeably improved performance

3 Simplified MIDI and keyboard control with Mappings

4 Vizzie 2, completely rebuilt with OpenGL

5 Open your patches to the world with Node for Max

6 Experience a streamlined patching workflow

7 Uncover the secrets to Max mastery with search


37 more features including VST3 and Gen for events:

Workflow Improvements

1 Javascript, coll, and other text-based objects can open files in an external text editor

2 The Max console toolbar icon shows when new messages or errors have arrived

3 Post messages to the Max console from any patch cord in one step with new Print Watchpoints.

4 Max 8 includes a completely new UI for editing object colors including algorithmic color tweaking, palette saving and loading, and much more.

5 Use the mouse or trackpad to zoom and scroll around in large patchers

6 The patcher style system features numerous refinements including the ability to delete styles

7 There are new options for pasting objects including Paste and Match Style

8 The audio signal probe includes new history and scope modes

9 Updated interfaces for Reference, Package Manager, File Browser, and Authorization Window features

10 The feature that transforms changed attributes into arguments has been improved, particularly for Jitter objects

New Objects

11 The new chooser UI object displays a scrolling list, useful for file browsing interfaces and more

12 The new multirange object is a graphical editor for functions that contain ranges of values

13 The new console object outputs and filters the contents of the Max console inside your patch

14 New MIDI objects for 14-bit continuous controller, registered and non-registered parameter messages

15 Gen now has an event domain version called gen with the same interactive code generation and DSP features as its older sibling gen~

16 New frame~ and framesnap~ objects simplify working with spectral data

Compatibility Improvements

17 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.

18 Max 8 is compatible with modern Mac OS full screen windowing features including tabbed windows

19 Max 8 on Windows includes support for multitouch and HiDPI monitors

20 Improved support for multi-channel audio file formats

21 Duplicate file name warnings list the locations of all duplicate files, not just the one Max will be using.

Jitter Improvements

22 Improvements to the WebGL export process

23 OpenGL supports drawing to multiple contexts, simplifying render variations from a single geometry source.

24 can now draw instances, allowing for complex geometry hierarchies to be multiplied

25 now loads FBX, glTF and OpenGEX files

26 Improvements to the way Jitter GL objects automatically find and join a render context without specifying a rendering context name

27 and can output a description of the entire 3D scene as a dictionary

28 and without arguments will open a default shader file when double clicked as a starting point for developing new shaders

Major Object Enhancements

29 The vst~ object now supports VST3 plug-ins

30 The line object works with multi-segment ramps and is compatible with the function object

31 The dial object includes four new modes: Live, Classic, Needle and Pan and the live.dial object has a new large mode

32 The cellblock object can monitor audio signals

33 The poly~ object can host a different patcher in each of its voices and includes a bypass mode

34 poly~ automatically adds an outlet identifying the voice that sent the last event

35 Gen includes an @expr mode for high-performance expression evaluation in a single object box

36 The message box allows changing the value of its arguments without triggering output

37 The gestalt object that reports system environment information has been substantially modernized and includes a dictionary output mode

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