Auzzie is an add-on package for Max that makes it easier to generate and process audio than it would be using native Max objects. It contains some polyphonic synthesizers and effects processors that would take a significant amount of work to implement directly in Max. Auzzie is no substitute for patching with native Max objects, but it’s helpful for people who are new to Max (and even some who aren’t). You can control Auzzie modules using Max messages, and you can connect these modules to native Max audio objects for more flexibility.

Installation

To make Auzzie available to your copy of Max, take these steps.

  1. Download Auzzie.
  2. Locate the downloaded file, called “Auzzie.zip” in your Downloads folder. Your browser may already have unpacked this zip file into an “Auzzie” folder. If not, double-click “Auzzie.zip” to unpack it.

    On Windows, note that you may have an “Auzzie” folder inside of another “Auzzie” folder. We want the former (the inside folder), not the latter, when dragging the folder in step 4.

  3. Quit Max if it’s running.
  4. Drag the “Auzzie” folder into the appropriate package folder (‘~’ means your home folder):

    macOS:
    ~/Documents/Max 8/Packages/

    Windows:
    ~\Documents\Max 8\Packages\

    NOTE: You will see the Packages folder only if you have already launched Max at least once.

  5. Launch Max. You should see an Auzzie Overview item in the Extras menu.

If you are on macOS and receive errors after launching Max (visible in the Windows > Max Console window), you need to counteract a Mac security measure. The solution is normally to run type this command in Terminal:

xattr -cr

being sure to leave a space after '-c'. Then drag the “Auzzie” folder, which you just put in your Max Packages folder, into the Terminal. This enters the path to that folder for xattr to work on. This command clears the quarantine (and other) metadata flags from all the Auzzie files.

Learning Auzzie

More coming, but for now, have a look at this page, which gives short descriptions of each of the Auzzie modules.

Auzzie v1 Compatibility

The version of Auzzie linked above is version 2, which is not compatible with version 1. If you have patches created with version 1, they will not work with version 2. Moreover, you cannot install and use the two versions together.

However, there is a special version of Auzzie v1 that can be installed alongside of version 2.

To make your old patches work with this version, you must run them through a converter application. All this does is subsitute “az1.” for “az.” in the .maxpat files.

Drag and drop your old .maxpat files that use Auzzie v1 onto this app. It will create new versions of the files with “-converted” in the name. You can drag and drop more than one file at a time.

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