Patching Mechanics

Keyboard Patching Enhancements

Max includes a number of keyboard commands created to make patching fast and efficient. These features are enabled by default using the Enable Patching Mechanics settings in the Preferences Window. When enabled the following keyboard shortcuts are available:

  • With an object selected, press shift-N to create a new object, already connected to the first object. You can also push shift-B, shift-T and so on to create a button, toggle, etc. Just remember "press shift to connect".
  • While typing in an object, press shift-enter to "finalize" the object, and to shift keyboard focus to a new object already connected to the first.
  • With a patchcord selected, push shift-N to move keyboard focus to a new object inserted along that patchcord (you can also push shift-B, shift-T and so on)
  • With an object selected, you can press alt-up to select a patchcord leading into the object. Pressing alt-down moves the selection to patchcords coming from the object. Then, alt-left and alt-right rotate your selection through patchcords.
  • Alt-shift-drag an object to create a new object already connected to the first.