has released Mac OS X versions of Max, the interactive graphical programming environment, MSP, the collection of audio signal processing objects, and Jitter, a set of video, matrix, and 3D graphics objects for Max.
Max lets you build programs (called “patches”) by connecting graphical objects together. Some objects perform calculations and others make up the user interface of your program. MSP adds a set of objects that you connect together to make audio patches where signals flow from one object to the next. According to Cycling’74, Max and MSP take advantage of Mac OS X’s Core Audio and Core MIDI, which makes the use of multiple I/O audio interfaces straightforward and renders OMS and ASIO unnecessary.
The Jitter objects extend the functionality of Max4/MSP2 with means to generate and manipulate matrix data. That’s any data that can be expressed in rows and columns, such as video, still images, 3D geometry, text, spreadsheet data, particle systems, voxels, and audio.
Max has a suggested retail price of US$250, while Max/MSP is $495. (Max/MSP combines the Max graphical programming environment with MSP audio extensions.) The Mac OS X version of MSP is a free update for registered owners of MAX 4 and MSP 2.
If you’re a current owner of Max4/MSP2, Jitter is $395. If you’re not, you can buy a bundle that includes Max4/MSP2 and Jitter for $850. Educational pricing is also available.