The Ultimate List of Learning Resources for Max for Live

I keep getting messages if I know or could make a video course on programming with Max for Live. There are quite a lot of resources out there, but some can be hard to find. So here's a collection of great learning resources that I have come across over the last few years. Hours of hours of tutorial videos and some useful reading materials to top it off.

Programming in Max for Live

Continuous series with 18 videos by Cycling '74


M4L: building a virtual analog synth, one minute at a time

Series of 13 videos by Eric Ameres aka EraserMice


M4L, Learning Max for Live concepts

Also by Eric Ameres, but a loose collection of 15 videos


Delicious Max Tutorials

Ongoing tutorial series by dude837


Max 7 Tutorials

Continuous series of 52 videos by dearjohnreed. Not specifically for Max for Live, but most things from Max 7 still apply


Max Tutorials by Peter Batchelor

Videos and worksheets originally produced for undergraduates on the Music, Technology and Innovation programme at De Montfort University, Leicester. Very extensive resource on its own.

Max for Live Documentation (Max 7) by Cycling '74

Topics & Guides

Max for Live Tutorials on Ableton Live Expert

Plenty of detailed tutorials written by Lee Huddleston

Max Objects DataBase

Objects, patches, applications and more for Max & Co.

Max Tutorials by Peter Elsea

Loads of great tutorials as PDFs. Not just for beginners, but also advanced users of Max and Max for Live.

Max for Live Tutorials by Michael Chenetz

Great tutorial series for Max for Live with Max 5


42 Max Tutorials

MaxMSP-based Teaching and Learning Resources by Mark Phillips

Lots of downloadable Max patches (you need a proper Max license, not just Max for Live).

So this big list should keep you busy learning and programming for at least a few months. If there is anything I missed in this collection, please let me know in the comments. It would be great to keep growing this collection and continuously adding links.

I'll be adding links for tutorials in English and German in the article itself. Please feel free to add links to tutorials in different languages in the comments.

By |2017-02-02T20:09:55+00:00January 29th, 2016|Max for Live|7 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. julien January 29, 2016 at 17:12 - Reply

    Hi Madeleine,
    You should definitely add Michael Chintz’s fantastic video tutorials in your list:


    • Madeleine Bloom January 29, 2016 at 18:48 - Reply

      Thanks very much. A little older already, but certainly worth adding. Done. :)

  2. nate January 30, 2016 at 03:43 - Reply

    thank you Madeleine. i only knew of about half of these.

  3. IvnOs February 1, 2016 at 11:36 - Reply

    Some tuts from Russia with love ;)

  4. wolfframe February 2, 2016 at 23:36 - Reply

    Superb! Thank you, Madeleine =)

  5. David February 4, 2016 at 22:22 - Reply

    What a great initiative Madeleine! Thanx for these great goldy ressources :D

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