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Max/MSP is described as *'Interactive visual programming environment for music, audio, and media

In use for over twenty years by performers, composers, artists, scientists, teachers, and students, Max is the way to make your computer do things that reflect your individual ideas and dreams.

Max gives yo'* and is an app in the audio & music category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Max/MSP for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Pure Data, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Max/MSP are VCV Rack, SuperCollider, TouchDesigner and Reaktor.

Max/MSP alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Projection Mapping Apps or Theater Show Control Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Max/MSP.
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    Pure Data

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    38 alternatives to Pure Data 

    Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.

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    Almost everyone thinks Pure Data is a great alternative to Max/MSP.
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    The original one I used and it's open source.

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    VCV Rack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Linux
    24 alternatives to VCV Rack 

    VCV Rack is a modular synthesizer inspired by Eurorack systems. It acts a host for virtual modules which perform various audio processes. E.G. oscillators, filters, envelope generators, sequencers and more that can be connected freely in almost limitless combinations.

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    SuperCollider

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    30 alternatives to SuperCollider 

    A real time audio synthesis engine, and an object-oriented programming language specialised for music.

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    TouchDesigner

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    29 alternatives to TouchDesigner 

    TouchDesigner is a complete authoring tool for building interactive 3D art, visualizations, prototypes and UIs. Derivative makes and supports TouchDesigner and offers their services to do custom production using TouchDesigner.

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    1.  Node BasedTouchDesigner supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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      Reaktor

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      19 alternatives to Reaktor 

      Native Instruments Reaktor is a virtual, modular synthesis platform. REAKTOR also provides a platform for modular synthesis in the form of Blocks – a range of sound generating and sound shaping modules.

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      OpenFrameworks

      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Linux
      15 alternatives to OpenFrameworks 

      openFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation. The toolkit is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries, including:

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      Vuo

      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Mac
      25 alternatives to Vuo 

      Vuo lets media creators make interactive animations, exhibits, performances, and professional-grade media projects by connecting up simple building blocks. Media creators can use these blocks to manipulate audio input, images, layers, videos, and 2D + 3D graphics, as well as...

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      A 3D object filter in Vuo.
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      Isadora

      • Mac
      • Windows
      20 alternatives to Isadora 

      Isadora is the award winning, interactive media presentation tool that allows you to follow your artistic impulse. Whether you are an artist, designer, performer, or VJ, you can quickly and easily harness the limitless potential of digital media and real-time interactivity with...

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      1.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Isadora.
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      miRack

      • iPhone
      • iPad
      23 alternatives to miRack 

      miRack is a Eurorack-style modular synthesizer, playground, and fx. It aims to provide user experience and audio quality close to those of the real Eurorack hardware.

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      ORCA

      • FreeOpen Source
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      34 alternatives to ORCA 

      Orca is an Esoteric Programming Language and live-coding environment for musical experimentation. In Orca, each letter of the alphabet is an operation, lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.

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