Max provides you with several options that allow you to fine-tune the Max application’s
scheduler parameters to reflect your needs. You can adjust the rates at which the Max
application updates the interface, choose to prioritize the handling of audio processing,
and optimize the servicing of Max’s high and low-priority queues.
With the exception of enabling or disabling Overdrive, most Max users will find that the
default scheduler settings are sufficient for their use; these settings are provided for
Scheduler parameter settings may be viewed and set using the
Move the mouse over the Setting column of any row in the Preferences window. A brief description of
the setting will be shown in the
When Overdrive is enabled, Max gives priority to timing and MIDI processing
over screen drawing and user interface tasks such as responding to mouse clicks.
As a general rule: if you are primarily going to be using Max for MIDI or audio processing, Overdrive
should be enabled. If you are primarily going to be using Jitter, Overdrive should be disabled. In addition, the debugging features of Max only work if overdrive is disabled.
Choose Overdrive from the Options menu to toggle the current setting.
to read about the more advanced scheduler and performance settings.