I've been asked to write a little Max program that receives an
audiostream via rewire and uses some sort of surround panner to pan
music/sfx around 4 and 8 speaker arrays.
There are plenty of surround externals floating around (ambipan~,
vbapan~ etc.) that I can use for this purpose.
This has to be used in a messy theatre production with lots of
travelling, tight deadlines, stress, and non-Max trained engineers.
My main concern is the absence of weird crashes, hiccups etc.
Reliability is key. Really exact location of the panned sounds is not
so important. I tried ambipan~ and crashed within minutes.
What are other people's favorite objects/ways of reliable surround
panning? Is rewire~ bombproof at all? Should I stick with max 4.6.3
or is 5 OK?