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How do I get a message value saved with my current song?

Nov 11 2013 | 9:01 am

Hi there! I notice that if i set a MESSAGE’s contents while using my M4L device and save my song, close and reopen it in ableton live, that message’s contents are lost and i’m not sure how to fix that.. I thought maybe I had to route the messages to a COLL, but that COLL data gets lost with the song save/close/load as well.. I also heard that you might have to connect a PATTR’s middle outlet to the MESSAGE, but max won’t even allow that so that’s not it.

Thanks so much in advance!

Nov 11 2013 | 9:43 am

Hi ! did u have a look at [pattr] help ?
there is shown how to store a message , and bang it out .

you could also EMBED your [coll] into the device ( but it will not stay unique for every instance of your device ,if used more that one time ), as well using [Dict] as it is [pattr] friendly and stays unique .
but maybe there is another way ,it would be great to know actually .

Nov 11 2013 | 10:12 am

This works.

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Nov 11 2013 | 10:13 am

hrmm. i tried PATTR, but it appears that it doesn’t keep it’s current contents when you save/close/load the ableton live song. it reverts to it’s initial value instead.

embedding COLL doesn’t sound like it would work either because i need dozens of these devices loaded at once, all with their own contents..

Nov 11 2013 | 10:26 am

actually, JOHNISFASTER, i don’t think the message is retaining it’s changed contents…

for example, if i load that device, click the uzi bang button and look at the new values of the message, then save/close/load the song again, the message will not retain it’s values that were generated when i pressed the uzi button. it’ll have the values that were defined in the patch itself…

so in that case, it appears the multislider was retaining it’s values when i save/close/reload the song, but the message was not.

are you not seeing that on your machine?

Nov 11 2013 | 10:47 am

You could use [textedit] with [pattr] connected.

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Nov 11 2013 | 11:38 am

awesome!! i just tested the TEXTEDIT+PATTR and it does work. the textedit does retain it’s content with the save/close/load of a song. thanks so much!!!! :)

Nov 11 2013 | 12:43 pm

My mistake I misunderstood what you were after. Nice to learn messages themselves can be saved too :)

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