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Polyphony problems

May 26 2009 | 3:21 pm

Have started making a patch that I want to make polyphonic. In monophonic mode it works great and I am getting some nice FM’ish sounds out of it, unfortunately my attempts to make it polyphonic are getting nowhere.
I have redesigned the synth so that the main sound engine is now a seperate subpatch (3opfm – a 3 operator fm synth) with all the external faders now connecting to it as a poly patch. unfortunately when I do this the inputs to the freq mod part of the subpatch do not work anymore and I cannot seem to make it ployphonic no matter what I try (completely stumped on this) I would really appreciate any help/advice anyone can offer on this. I have attached the two neccessary files so that hopefully somebody can help.

May 26 2009 | 3:55 pm


It seems you’re a bit confused with poly’s inlets.
You’re trying to use [in~ 1] as the 4th inlet.
but [in~ 1] is the 1st one, as [in 1].
Same thing with in~ 2.
Inlets are used for both signals and data (as shown in poly’s help file).


May 26 2009 | 4:06 pm

You might also find it easier to [pack]/[pak] all your controls in the main patch and send them to a single inlet then [unpack] them in your [poly~] patch. You could even set up an osc-like routing system using [prepend somecontrolname] and [route].


May 26 2009 | 4:53 pm

Working with polyphony is one of those great end-of-term/final project things because it forces you to think about message passing, managing patches and abstractions, etc.

Unpacking a nice string of control stuff inside the poly~ object is a great piece of advice. You might also pay particular attention to those "mute 0, 1" and "mute 1, 0" messages to the thispoly~ object….

May 27 2009 | 1:11 pm

Thanks CH, I was just looking into that so thanks for the tip. I will investigate further.

May 27 2009 | 1:16 pm

Thanks, I will have an experiment with the pak commands and try to get that to work, you mention the OSC- like routing ? can you elaborate on that please?

May 27 2009 | 2:56 pm

The patch below uses one inlet but prepends each individual input with an identifier which is then used as an arguement to [route] inside the subpatch to seperate them.


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