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[fiddle~] "unknown external object type"

February 24, 2011 | 8:55 pm

Trying to use [fiddle~] again for some tutorials I’m going through and I’m experiencing the message "unknown external object type" when I attempt to instantiate the object. any ideas what this? Thanks.

fiddle~ 1.2 | Max 5.1.7 | OS 10.6.6

February 25, 2011 | 12:29 am


I think you have to put the external in the same folder as your patch, then click on options then preferences file from the path to the folder containing the patch and abstraction, closes and opens the max, open the patch, and it should work.

February 25, 2011 | 3:44 am

From memory, fiddle~ 1.2x does not work on Intel (and/or Max5). Find Tristan Jehan’s analyzer~ which is virtually a drop in replacement for fiddle~.

February 25, 2011 | 9:21 am

pitch~ from cnmat is the real drop in replacement for fiddle~. for a better solution use sigmund~, but you will have to repatch and rethink a bit. i have forced fiddle~ to work on intel in the past actually, but cannot remember how i did it sorry. i seem to remember it was dsp settings and ignoring the errors! good luck.

February 25, 2011 | 8:07 pm

Just in case anyone’s interested, I submitted a windows port of fiddle~ 1.2 and bonk~ 1.3 by Ted Apel. I used MaxSDK 5.1.6
It works fine under windows. Make sure you open the help to see how to properly use fiddle~.

warm regards

February 25, 2011 | 8:42 pm

Ok what mortimer said worked. For some reason having a copy of the external in the same directory as the patch you’re using it in will let it work.

And I have pitch~ and sigmund~ installed, I was just trying to follow this tutorial precisely. Its Barry Moon’s "patch a day" tutorials I’m doing and I did wonder about this because in an earlier tutorial he used sigmund~ and then I get to this later one and he uses fiddle~, but I assumed there was something different about the two objects. I need to compare all three and actually learn their functions better.

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