[PD] initialization arguments and defaults

IOhannes m zmoelnig zmoelnig at iem.at
Fri Feb 20 20:51:22 CET 2004

matthew shanley wrote:
> hi all,
> i'm trying to make a patch that includes as a creation argument, a file 
> to be loaded into playsf~ (but my question is valid for a symbol 
> argument for anything i think). in addition, i also want a default file 
> loaded if no creation argument is supplied. i've included a patch that 
> accomplishes everything i need. what i'm wondering is if there is a more 
> elegand solution. as i'm getting more fluent with pd, i'm trying to 
> learn the best practices i can.
the problem with your patch is, that it is dependent on the execution 
order of the 2 [init] objects.
you shouldn't have 2 competing [loadbang]s ([init] is just a special 
case of [loadbang]) in one patch. it breaks your patch if you 
re-instantiate the [ii stevie.aif] - you will load stevie.aif no matter 
what you type into your object.

rather use [trigger] to schedule it.
the attached derivation of your patch fixes this (and is only about half 
of the size)

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