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Creating and abstraction: basic question

March 30, 2009 | 8:26 pm

I am trying to save the attached patch, which I found on this forum, as an abstraction. I saved it in a folder under Cycling 74. As I understand it if I type the name of the patch in a new object box, it should recognise it, but it does not. It does show up in the MAX browser. I read in the abstraction vignette that auto-completion should be enabled, which it is. Can anyone let me know where I am going wrong?


– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –

March 30, 2009 | 9:20 pm

When I paste what you posted in a max patcher window, it creates a single object called caplock (the sound of a breaking violin string?) which anyhow doesn’t exist in my search path.

An abstraction, as I understand it, is a number of objects together performing a specific task. In my case, I have a third party folder somewhere outside the max folder, where I keep everything that is not part of the standard package.


March 31, 2009 | 1:18 am

An abstraction needs to be instantiated once before showing up in the autocompletion (and being in the search path of course).


March 31, 2009 | 6:31 pm

Many thanks for your help. Yes, ej I needed to instantiate the abstraction to get it to behave the way I expected. I’d seen the word "instantiate" around this forum but never knew what it meant until now!

And thanks for your help, johan. The abstraction is for a qwerty keyboard, not a broken violin string. Although many would prefer to listen to a broken violin string than to my qwerty efforts.

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