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[Dial] resolution

Jun 11 2010 | 2:30 pm

hey guys. I made a patch to control the tracking generator and modulation matrix on one of my synths. it uses the NRPN externals that theo made (thanks theo!). i have one issue with it though. I’m using a [dial] object to control one of the parameters that has a range of 2000. when i use the mouse to set the dial it’s not very accurate unless i resize the dial to be really big. is there a version of [dial] or some untold argument for [dial] that will let me have a small dial in my UI and still be able to step through the entire range of it’s values one at a time with the mouse?

Jun 11 2010 | 3:10 pm

One common fix to this well known UI issue (not just with Max/Msp!!) is to provide two knobs: one sets the ‘rough’ setting, the other provides the fine adjustment.
Another approach might be to provide a up and down increment button that taps the result only one step at a time…the knob again is used for rough adjustment.
I prefer dual dials…
there was even a js example given here (somewhere) that had the knobs concentric, and returned the final amount, all in js…somewhere here in this forum, as i recall. maybe in ableton max4live forum? nah, here somewhere just after release of Max5…look for it! (i’m at my real work, & this is not property insurance related…go for it: it’s out there…)
Good luck with your search/ coding effort…

Jun 11 2010 | 4:01 pm

If you press the shift key you’ll have a more precise resolution.

Jun 11 2010 | 4:01 pm
^ found a js solution
thanks charlie

Jun 26 2010 | 9:03 am

Hi Liam, please can you share your patch, I’ve the same problem with my synth…it would be much appreciated!

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