Im using tosymbol in a device. There is a bug, when two devices are used in a set on different tracks, where tosymbol will concatenate messages from both devices (its very strange). This only happens when the device is closed (not being edited).
Try this, put this in a device in your set, then copy the device to a different track
Right click on the titlebar of the device and open the max window
You will see sometimes tosymbol prints "asasas saasasasasas saasas" instead of "asasas saasas"
This took me absolutely ages to debug, its a really strange error. Id be really pleased to find out if others can confirm/recreate.
This is happening on Max 5, on Max6 it works fine.
If tosymbol doesnt work in Max5, is there any way I can wrap a message in quotes?