Cycling '74 is the maker of MAX, a full kit of creative tools. "Patching" is how you make things work in MAX. Simply, connect boxes together to make interactive sounds, graphics, custom effects, and rich user experiences. Patching is like programming, but more organic and immediate in its representation. Arduino, synthesizers, projectors, live inputs - no matter what you have at hand, chances are you'll be able to use it in MAX. Explore your own creativity and feel free to change your mind with this incredibly versatile program.
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.