News Archive

August 22, 2012

MaxScore 0.4 released

January 6, 2012

Implementation of Just Intonation with the Helmholtz-Ellis notation is currently in alpha stage. Thanks to Marc Sabat for his help by providing his Helmholtz-Ellis calculator. This is an example of the 43-tone Partch scale:

January 5, 2012

Happy New Year everybody!

Composer Arne Eigenfeldt, Associate Professor of Music and Technology at Simon Fraser University is sending us these lines. Thanks, Arne!

MaxScore has changed the way I work with Max (which I’ve been using since 1991). Since I’m trained as a composer, I feel most comfortable when I can see my music represented symbolically, and MaxScore allows for that seamlessly. My research into generative systems incorporating genetic algorithms, multiagent systems, and ALife approaches now find their “voice” in notated music. In December 2011, my research group presented a concert of Musical Metacreation (computationally creative systems that produce music that should be indistinguishable from human-composed), in which MaxScore was indispensable. My software generated compositions (using a multi-stage genetic algorithm) that were sent to MaxScore, and the data saved as MusicXML files, which were imported into Finale and performed by musicians. (I’ve included an example finished score for solo percussionist) Our next project (May 2012) will involve live score generation for an ensemble. Naturally, none of this was possible without MaxScore – thanks, guys! 

December 29, 2011

I hope you all had wonderful holidays. Depending on your user profile, we will soon offer two license types for MaxScore. In the meantime, I was alerted by one of our beta testers, that, in Max 6 on Mac OS X, there is an offset issue with our default font (Aloisen New). Use this fix if you prefer to work in Max 6 on Mac OS X. The installer will only install 2 files despite its size and appearance!!

BTW, Nick just tells me that “JMSL’s Lilypond exporter will now attach text to intervals in chords. Thanks to David Kant for doing the Lilypond research and sending me the appropriate macro defs.  He uses it to display cent offsets next to noteheads in chords.” This feature will available in a future release.

Happy New Year 2012!

December 10, 2011

Most kinks have been straightened out and MaxScore 0.3 is pretty much complete now.

The new features are:

  • New music editor for Max and Max for Live with a large set of features
  • Microtonal notation up to 72TET with variable sets of accidentals
  • Microtonal, polyphonic and multi-timbral playback with sampler and soundfont player for Max and Max for Live.
  • Graphics editor for the design of an unlimited number of symbols and graphics

November 29, 2011

MaxScore 0.3 is nearing completion and the first betas have been posted. See Downloads page.

This version will be particularly interesting to microtonal composers as it provides microtonal notation (with up to 72TET resolution) and playback with unlimited precision. It also includes a microtonal, polyphonic and polytimbral sampler for microtonal playback, freeing the users from the outdated and cumbersome MIDI pitch bend specification. There is already a grand piano sound bank available for download. Further sound banks will be posted as development continues.

There are also some changes what the naming the Max for Live components is concerned: MaxScore for Live is now called LiveScore (much more catchy, don’t you think so?). Hence, MaxScore for Live  – MasterScore is now LiveScore Editor while MaxScore for Live  –  ClipView has been renamed to LiveScore Viewer.

November 05, 2011

The new MaxScore version is taking us a bit longer than expected. In the meantime Max 6 was just released and people are wondering how to copy their MaxScore files to Max 6.

Just follow these instructions:

Copy items:

  • /Applications/Max5/Cycling ’74/MaxScore Lib and
    /Applications/Max5/Cycling ’74/Docs into /Applications/Max6/Cycling ’74/
  • maxscore.jar, jscore.jar jmsl.jar, punosmusic.jar and NN.jar from /Applications/Max5/Cycling ’74/java/lib/ into /Applications/Max6/Cycling ’74/java/lib/
  • /Applications/Max5/Cycling ’74/java/classes/nnlists.class into /Applications/Max6/Cycling ’74/java/classes/
  • /Applications/Max5/Cycling ’74/init/maxscore-objectlist.txt into /Applications/Max6/Cycling ’74/init
  • /Applications/Max5/patches/extras/MaxScore into /Applications/Max6/patches/extras/
  • /Applications/Max5/patches/templates/maxscore.maxpat into /Applications/Max6/patches/templates
  • /Applications/Max5/patches/object-prototypes/bpatcher/bcanvas.maxproto and /Applications/Max5/patches/object-prototypes/bpatcher/btoggle.maxproto into /Applications/Max6/patches/object-prototypes/bpatcher/

The expected release date (the wait is worthwhile!!) is sometime in December.

July 28, 2011

This is a preview of the upcoming graphics editor for MaxScore for Live. The editor will enable users to create extra articulations and expressions and store them in a library. They can be attached to notes, staves and/or measures and edited as groups. There are 14 basic shapes/elements to choose from which all can be colored and made transparent. Pictures can be resized and cropped. Graphics can also be exported as svg files.

We are expecting to be done by mid-August.


May 20, 2011

Version 0.2 is ready to ship. We have added an open plugin system called Scorepions which will allow users to use standard Max patches to greatly extend the functionality of MaxScore for Live. In addition, MaxScore now supports a number of music fonts (Aloisen New, Jazz, Maestro, Opus) and the text fonts installed on your machine.

On the Downloads page you will already find links to the  installers. Give us feedback whether everything works as expected.

Starting with version 0.2 we will also switch to a cross-platform installer which will greatly speed up the deployment of new builds.

Version 0.3 is already on the horizon. It will feature a full-blown graphics editor permitting the creation of custom elements and graphics, either attached to notes, measure/staves or measures, or saved as global library elements ready to be reused at any time.

Leave a Reply