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Scheduler Preferences

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 advanced users.

Displaying Scheduler Preferences

  • Choose Preferences from the Max menu (Macintosh) or the Options menu (Windows) to show the Preferences Window. Scroll to the Scheduler category of the preferences listings.


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.

Enabling/disabling Overdrive

  • Choose Overdrive from the Options menu to toggle the current setting.

Advanced Scheduler Settings

Click here to read about the more advanced scheduler and performance settings.

See Also

Name Description
The Max Environment The Max Environment