> But aren’t many of us (I am, certainly) already over-supplied with > programs, gear, options, plans, etc... ? Yes, many are, and I certainly was. Max is now THE plan for me. (I don't mean to sound like a proselytizing Scientologist or something). Finally, everything is in one place, and I'm not hauling around tons of hardware, and certainly not drooling over hardware at all. When a new box comes out I could care less. > > I’m thinking of the difference between needing a little something very > specific right now to improve an already pretty cool setup and getting > it easily, as opposed to deciding to take on yet another vast tool and > making it your “new project” for the next year or so, to the further > detriment of all that gear you’re already not fully exploring... Can > anyone relate? It took me a fairly short period of time to get up and running, and the musical rewards have been great. It is certainly NOT for everyone, but if you are interested in laptop, I believe Max/MSP is the way to go....my humble opinion. Regarding all that other gear: eBay has been very good to me. Much more room in my storage unit and bedroom than there was. >> I found it fairly quick to get up and running with max on a basic >> level, and then I've added more as I've learned more. > Sounds cool... Got anything to share or sell to those who only want to > do Max as a runtime thing? Nothing to sell. Eventually I will post stuff (for free) but not yet, BUT I will share with anybody who wants to get together.