I recently bought Native Instruments Komplete package. I was quite dissapointed to find that a lot of standard stuff seemed to be missing from the package. For example, there was no such thing as a standalone High Pass VST effect. After some research I found that all the bits and pieces I was looking for are contained in Reaktor. My first is impression of Reaktor was: what the hell is this clunky piece of crap? This is nothing like my other vsts! But, being a programmer I began investigating and came across the vast array of various synths and effects that people had created using Reaktor. I'm now completely turned around on the idea and can see that a platform like Reaktor is what I need to go forward and build sounds that were previously impossible to build. Let me just preface this by saying: these kind of platforms are the way of the future! I've already come across some of my favourite synths and effects in Reaktor. But, before I get carried away and start programming and building in Reaktor, I need to make sure that I am investing my time on the right platform. Could someone please enlighten me about the differences between Max and Reaktor? Particularly I'm interested in: Programming Model (Language, object oriented?, easy to learn? overly verbose syntax?) Built in algorithms (e.g. Reaktor has built in high pass/low pass, reverb etc) Cross platform compatibility (works on Mac and Windows) Limitations (Am I going to hit a wall at some point with Reaktor? Are there just more people creating better quality Max synths?) Strengths (is there something that one of the platforms does particularly well) Also, I use Ableton Live, so is Max for Live the complete Max product? Max For Live is cheaper than straight up Max. If there are other platforms out there that rival Reaktor and MAX for quality and flexibility, I would like to hear it but please focus on the comparison between the two. I'd love to hear some educated opinions on this.