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scale vs zmap (the history?)

January 24, 2010 | 2:58 am

Hello All,

So as I’m spending some time learning MaxMSP I came across something that I thought would be interesting to know the history of…scale vs zmap…

Scale includes the ability to reverse and/or make the mapping exponential over zmap. My question is – which came first – zmap or scale – and why wasn’t one just retrofitted to support the other, etc. Seems these two could be the same object with default values for the extra functions in scale.

So – can anyone shed some light on the history of these objects and why they are like they are? Thanks! :-)


January 24, 2010 | 6:32 am

scale came first, but it was a third-party object. You missed another difference, though – and a fairly crucial one: zmap clips the output range, where scale does not.


January 24, 2010 | 7:38 am

And if I remember correctly, the advent of zmap coincided with jitter. In the jitter examples zmap occurs quite often. Was it that the during the development of jitter the need for a straightforward, float only, mapping device came up…

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johan


January 24, 2010 | 2:26 pm

Good info, thanks!


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