populate live.menu

    Sep 14 2011 | 7:34 pm
    Hello I have a question that seemed simple to me but have turned out to be really difficult. How do i populate a live.menu dropdown object in runtime?
    really hope somebody can help me here :)

    • Sep 15 2011 | 7:17 am
      To my understanding non of the live objects allow dynamic updating or changing because of storing and recalling schemes. Once objects have been made they are expected to remain stable. Of course it is possible to use the regular menu object. When you dump for instance the content in a textedit object as well, with the pattr object (in blob mode) it is possible to store date.
    • Sep 15 2011 | 10:43 am
      Thanks for your reply. The thing is I want to have the values showing up on my midi controller and the only way to do that, as far as I know, is with the live.* objects. I did get the feeling that I should use the pattr object, but is it possible (and how) to get that object to populate the live.menu?
    • Sep 15 2011 | 3:56 pm
      It's not entirely clear to me what you want to achieve. This might address some of the issues you are dealing with:
    • Sep 15 2011 | 7:19 pm
      yeah that is what i would do, or similar. however, the problem is, one of the infuriating m4l things is that now this live.numbox is not midi-mappable because we cannot see it in midi map mode. i do the above post way for exposing things to the automation system, but no good for midi mapping. the workaround is convoluted. i posted on the maxforlive ableton forum about it for the op.
    • Jun 22 2012 | 2:42 am
      so far nobody found an "ideal" solution for that?
      why they don't simple implement the "append" function as the "umenu" does...
      its really big trouble having a menu and not being able to update the options /=
    • Jun 24 2012 | 3:40 pm
      This is my solution, as you can simply store anything into a pattr. If you store the menu content as a simple list, and just fire that list into a umenu, the pattr content will be stored in the session.... Set the rounded attribute of umenu to 0 to make its look closer to the live.menu...
    • Jul 12 2012 | 4:58 am
      I've been looking for something like this too! I'm very new to Max and am just working on my first project so forgive the following question if it's obvious:
      How would one populate the controller's message box with a dynamically generated list?
      I'll keep looking for a solution too!
    • Jul 12 2012 | 9:18 pm
      I hacked it out using pack and a metro:
    • May 08 2014 | 10:02 pm
      send a message that says _parameter_range one two three
      Try that (one two three being changed for what ever you want to populate it with,,,
    • Aug 06 2014 | 3:48 pm
      excellent - thanks 10guitars