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How to best construct a tutorial/toolbox type of thing? Projects?

July 21, 2013 | 4:04 am

So I’m planning on doing a little walkthrough of variable delay buffer methods, and I’m wondering what the best way of packaging it all would be?

Presumably I’d end up with 5-6 different patches, and i’d include an abstraction or two as well.

July 21, 2013 | 8:51 am

Here’s a really simple approach: a .zip archive of a folder (Wetterberg’s Wonderland of Wariable[sic] Delays") containing your main patchers and your abstractions and whatever explanatory materials you want to include (videos, HTML docs, etc.). Examples can have filenames like "1. Doppler.maxpat", "2. Flanging.maxpat", etc. and other files could be "1. Doppler.mp4" and/or "1. Doppler.htm", with a "index.htm" file for a title page and table of contents.

July 21, 2013 | 9:13 am

yeah, that’s pretty solid, actually. Any experience using tabs in "normal" non-helpfile patches? I think a zipfile with a single large tabbed patcher would be really slick.

July 21, 2013 | 9:15 am

- and then the associated stuff organized like you suggested, I mean.

July 21, 2013 | 9:53 am

Tabs are easy to create. You just make a [patcher] object with an argument that’s the same as the name you want in the tab (e.g. [patcher "Example 1"]), and then you select the "Show on Parent Patcher Tab" option in the patcher inspector of that subpatcher window.

Of course, if you plan to have all your examples as subpatches of the same main patch, you’ll need to take some care to make sure that only the patcher you want to hear is audible, and that the other patchers have their audio disabled.

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