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Beam for Max manual


Beam for Max is a fully integrated lighting control solution for Cycling ‘74’s Max. Create audiovisual works with synchronized interaction between light, sound and visuals.

Working with lighting hardware requires knowledge about fixtures and data protocols. This manual, as well as our Handbook lowers the entry barrier by providing some background information.


This manual assumes that you have basic knowledge of Max. You can always visit the Learn section on Cycling '74's website for more information on using Max.

The first steps to install the Beam for Max package can be found here. Once the package has been installed, launch the package by going to the Extras menu, and then click Beam for Max - Overview. There you can find everything you may need, with extensive help patches for each of Beam's objects.


Connect with other users

Connect with other Beam users and sync live show enthusiasts, find inspiration, share knowledge and ask questions in our Discord Community Server. For official support, visit our forum or contact us directly.

System requirements

  • macOS 10.15 or later (64-bit Intel, 64-bit ARM)
  • Windows 10 or later (64-bit Intel)
  • Max 8.0 or later