[PD] dynamic patching woes...

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Fri Jun 22 19:48:31 CEST 2012

hi *!

i've played around with dynamic patching to create readanyfs~-based 
players with variable number of channels, and i must say i'm not too 
happy with what i saw...
in your experience, is dynamic patching a suitable approach outside of 
crash'n'burn live coding?

it's almost manageable when working on a fresh canvas, but in order to 
add outlets depending on a creation parameter, i found it necessary to 
dynpatch a quite large abstraction (my object count offset is close to 
200...). not fun. is there a less invasive way to get a dynamic number 
of outlets and separate the dynpatching from the main patch?

also, i find that when i use my dynamically patched abstraction with 
those shine variable output ports, pd is unable to recreate the 
connections from those outlets to the dac~ object - i guess it's a race 
condition where it tries to connect before the objects have completed 
their startup. is there a workaround or alternative approach for this?

last thing i was wondering: is it possible to use dynpatching to create 
a patch and then save that for later use? i think i saw someone mention 
this (frank b.?), but i can't seem to find the thread just now... 
pointers to examples would be most welcome.



Jörn Nettingsmeier
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