how to make variable msp outlets

    Jun 16 2008 | 12:05 am
    Dear all,
    I am trying to build an MSP external where the object takes an argument that defines the number of signal outlets. I have managed to create the specified amount of outlets by placing the outlet_new function in a for loop. But when I come to the dsp function of my object (where I have to call the dsp_add function), I have to specify signals as sp[0]->s_vec. How can I tell the dsp_add function to add as many signals as defined by the objects argument?

    • Jun 16 2008 | 3:49 am
      there's an alternate version of the dsp_add function (named something else), that takes a variable length list of values, similar to the way printf works
    • Jun 16 2008 | 6:38 am
      Thanks a lot. :)
    • Jun 16 2008 | 8:16 pm
      I think it much less error prone to keep the dsp_add() call the same where there can be many variations and just pass it a pointer to your object and the buffer size.
      e.g., something like:
      void mymsp_dsp(t_mymsp *x, t_signal **sp, short *count)
      // i/o buffer info in x
      dsp_add(mymsp_perform, 2, x, sp[0]->s_n);
      t_int *mymsp_perform(t_int *w)
      t_mymsp *x = (t_mymsp *)(w[1]);
      int numSamples = (int)(w[2]);
      //...process stuff by getting at the i/o buffers
      // stored in x in dsp_add()
      return (w+3);
      If you need efficiency gained by passing the buffers on directly via dsp_add() you can do this later.