Microcontroller + Cycling '74 Max

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This entry outlines the necessary ingredients for getting a Teensy (our choice of arduino compatible micro-controller) communicating with Cycling '74's Max programming environment.


  1. Our micro-controller: Teensy/Teensy++ 2.0 (important reference page here)
  2. Programing for our microcontroller:  Arduino IDE (install, including "FTDI drivers")
  3. Teensy/Arduino IDE link: Teensyduino (install Teensyduino and Teensy Loader, use latest BETA!)
  4. Programming environment for our computer: Cycling '74's Max
  5. Max patch for communicating with an arduino/teensy: Maxuino 0.7 (install)


1.  In order to use Maxuino, you must load the "StandardFirmata" sketch onto the teensy/arduino.  It's under File>Examples>Firmata...
2.  Input/Output pin numberings are on the Teensy Reference Pages

Important on-line reference/help:

1.  Arduino forum (search for anything arduino related)
2.  Max Forum (search for type-of-sensor and/or arduino)
3.  Instructables (search for anything + arduino)
4.  Make Blog (search for anything + arduino)
5.  SparkFun (a vendor, but good reference for what sensors there are)
6.  YouTube (search for anything + arduino)

latest with firmata:
use THIS firmata sketch.
Firmata.zip: this folder should replace:


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