Umenu behaves strangely

Jan 1, 2013 at 11:26pm

Umenu behaves strangely


I'm using umenu to select audio files I added in a folder in the Max Msp app folder (like the examples/sounds/ folder that is used in a number of help patches. I have set the umenu on autopopulate mode. It worked fine until I reopen my patch : the umenu object has disappeared and there is just a striped box with (menu) written on it. Does anyone know why ?



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Jan 1, 2013 at 11:43pm

I would just open up the inspector for the [umenu] object you’re using and set the folder with the audio you want there. Easier than using loadmess. Not sure why you’re getting the strange striped box, though…

Jan 2, 2013 at 12:06am

Thanks ! I tried it. The result is similar. I use 3 umenu objects because I have 3 categories of audiofiles, and 1 umenu would be really too long. Do you think it’s because I’m using several objects? I read that the stripes are due to juibogus objects but I have no clue of the reason why they appear. It’s appearently a programming error… I could perfectly insert the names of the audio files in the menu with an insert message, but I have quite a lot of files, and also, I would really like to be able to store those files in a specific folder, as my patches are quite numerous, it’s for a big project, and at least I’d like to be able to have the files apart…. Do you know if there is a means to indicate a path to a subfolder to sfplay~?

Jan 2, 2013 at 12:15am

As far as I know, the umenu object does not support subfolders… but you can try something like this:

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Jan 2, 2013 at 12:26am

Perfect! Thank you so much!!

Jan 2, 2013 at 8:00am

MMM Actually I still have the same problem using a subfolder…I have tried without using any subfolder, and it still didn’t work. I wonder if the depth argument doesn’t have anything to do with that problem. There is nothing clear about that in the help files or documentation. I have the feeling my patch is creating the problem, but I don’t know why. I’ll post it if it maybe of any use….

Jan 2, 2013 at 8:41am

Here is the file…. There is a number of abstractions in it that I won’t upload, but I guess it won’t change anything to the problem. If anyone has a clue…. I’m getting desperate. You must open it in normal mode, not in presentation mode to see the umenu objects.

  1. EqualAndPan.maxpat
Jan 2, 2013 at 9:15am

Hey there,

This is what it looks like when I open your patch up. Everything seems to be working fine and there is no striped box.

I have no clue what's going on. Hopefully somebody here with more knowledge than me can help you out.

Hope your problem will be resolved.


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Jan 2, 2013 at 3:47pm


Well, that’s really weird. I have used another solution meanwhile, with a preload message…. and it works fine. But thanks for your help anyway!


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