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Max 5 Help and Documentation
What is Max/MSP/Jitter?
Max is the environment you use to create visual programs, called patches, plus a set of building blocks (called objects) used in those programs. MSP is a set of Max objects for audio and signal processing. Jitter is a set of Max objects for video, graphics, and matrix data processing.

Finding out about objects, features, and techniques

Writing Patches
Configuration and Setup
Organizing, Sharing, and Documenting Your Work