multislider Reference

Display data as sliders or a scrolling display

multislider

Description

Displays data as either an array of sliders or a scrolling display. When configured as sliders, the values are set (and output) as numeric lists. When configured as a scrolling display, multislider receives numbers, plots them, and scrolls the display area.

Examples

multislider drawing styles

Discussion

Slider values are set by sending lists to the multislider object, which automatically reconfigures itself to have the same the number of sliders as elements in the list. The number of sliders, their range, style and additional attributes can all be set from the object's Inspector. The drawing styles include bar or thin-line slider handles (when using it as a slider), or point-value or zero-to-point in scrolling mode.

Arguments

None.

Attributes

bgcolor [4 floats]

Specifies the background color of the multislider in RGBA format. object.

candicane2 [4 floats] (default: 0.498 0.5561 0.7451 1.)

Specifies the 2nd slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candicane3 [4 floats] (default: 0.29392 0.41441 0.71583 1.)

Specifies the 3rd slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candicane4 [4 floats] (default: 0.44088 0.62161 0.07375 1.)

Specifies the 4th slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candicane5 [4 floats] (default: 0.58784 0.82881 0.43166 1.)

Specifies the 5th slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candicane6 [4 floats] (default: 0.7348 0.03601 0.78958 1.)

Specifies the 6th slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candicane7 [4 floats] (default: 0.88176 0.24321 0.14749 1.)

Specifies the 7th slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candicane8 [4 floats] (default: 0.02872 0.45042 0.50541 1.)

Specifies the 8th slider color in candycane mode in RGBA format.

candycane [int] (default: 1)

Enables the multislider object to use multiple colors for adjacent sliders, with the color pattern repeating (like the stripes in a candycane) every N sliders (indicated by the integer argument). The first eight colors can be set with the frgba and rgba4- rgba10 messages, the next fifteen colors are taken from the Max application's color palette. The number of stripes in the candycane can also be set using the Inspector.

compatibility [int] (default: 0)

Toggles the backwards-compatibility mode for the maximum, minimum and sum messages. If this mode is enabled, the multislider object will output the single-value results of these messages out the left outlet, otherwise the values will be output out the right (single slider value) outlet, just like the fetch message. Patches saved before Max 4.6 will automatically open with compatibility mode enabled.

contdata [int] (default: 0)

Toggles continuous output mode for non-scrolling display styles. If this mode is enabled, the multislider object will output a list of its current slider values each time the mouse is clicked and dragged. If this mode is turned off, the multislider object will only output a list when the mouse button is pressed and when it is released. The continuous output mode can also be set using the Inspector.

drawpeaks [int] (default: 0)

Toggles setting the multislider to draw peak-output lines when displaying slider values. When followed by a 0, the sliders will not show any peaks.

ghostbar [int] (default: 0)

When followed by a percentage value from 1 to 100, enables the drawing of a "ghost" bar when mode the multislider object is in Thin Line mode. A percentage value of 1 will draw a very light bar behind the Thin Line line, a value of 50 will draw a half-dark bar, and a value of 100 will draw a bar the same color as the Thin Line slider. When the word ghostbar is followed by a zero, this drawing mode is disabled (which it is by default).

orientation [int] (default: 1)

The word orientation followed by a non-zero number will set the sliders to be drawn with a vertical orientation. When followed by a 0, multislider will be set to draw with a horizontal orientation.

Possible values:

0 = 'Horizontal'
1 = 'Vertical'

parameter_enable [int]

Enables use of this object with Max for Live Parameters and allows for setting initial parameter values in the Max environment.

parameter_mappable [int] (default: 1)

When parameter_mappable is enabled, the object will be available for mapping to keyboard or MIDI input using the Mappings feature.

peakcolor [4 floats]

Specifies the peak indicators when Peak-Hold display is turned on (see peakhold and peakreset messages). The default value is grey (rgb2 127 127 127).

setminmax [2 floats] (default: -1. 1.)

Sets the low and high range values for the multislider object. The default values are -1.0 and 1.0 for floating point sliders and 0 and 127 for integer sliders.

setstyle [int] (default: 0)

Sets the display style of the multislider object. The default value is Thin Line (setstyle 0).

Possible values:

0 = 'Thin Line'
1 = 'Bar' ( Display slider values as bars )
2 = 'Point Scroll'
3 = 'Line Scroll'
4 = 'Reverse Point Scroll'
5 = 'Reverse Line Scroll'

settype [int] (default: 1)

Sets the multislider object for integer (0) or floating point (1) operation. The Inspector can also be used to set the multislider object's type. The default is integer (settype 0).

Possible values:

0 = 'Integer' ( Use integer values for operation )
1 = 'Floating-point' ( Use integer values for operation )

signed [int] (default: 0)

Sets the signed or unsigned display mode for bar sliders. The default is 0 (off), and bar sliders are drawn from the minimum value. When this mode is set to 1 (on) sliders are drawn from zero to either a positive or negative slider value.

size [atom_long] (default: 1)

Sets the number of sliders the multislider object has. The default is 1, and the maximum number of sliders is 4096.

slidercolor [4 floats]

Specifies the slider color of the multislider object. The default value is black (frgb 0 0 0).

spacing [int] (default: 0)

Sets the amount of space (in pixels) between sliders. The default is 0 (all sliders touching one another).

style [symbol] (default: )7.0.0

Sets the style to be applied to the object. Styles can be set using the Format palette.

thickness [int] (default: 2)

Sets the pen thickness of "thin line"style sliders. The default thickness is 2 pixels.

Common Box Attributes

Parameter Attributes

Messages

bang

Outputs the current slider values as a list.

int

Arguments

input [int]
Sets all slider values and positions to the number received and outputs a list reflecting the current values. If the multislider data type is set to float, the values in the incoming list are converted to floats.

float

Arguments

input [float]
Sets all slider values and positions to the number received and outputs a list reflecting the current values. If the multislider data type is set to int, the values in the incoming list are truncated and converted to ints.

list

Arguments

input [list]
Sets each slider to a corresponding value in the list from left to right, with the first value in the list setting the first slider. If the multislider has a different number of sliders than is present in the list, the number of sliders is changed to the number of items in the list. In such a case, the outside dimensions of the multislider will not change, only the width or height of the sliders.

anything

Arguments

list [list]
anything is used to offer backwards compatibility in conjunction with the compatibility message.

drawbars

Arguments

flag [int]
The word drawbars followed by a non-zero number will set the multislider to draw bars when displaying slider values. When followed by a 0, the sliders' values will not be drawn in bars.

drawlines

Arguments

flag [int]
The word drawlines followed by a non-zero number will set the multislider to draw lines when displaying slider values. When followed by a 0, the sliders' values will not be drawn in lines.

echo

Arguments

flag [int]
Toggles echo mode on and off. When echo mode is on, the multislider object will output any list received in its inlet. The default is on (1).

fetch

Arguments

slider [int]
The word fetch, followed by a number, sends the value of the numbered slider out the right (single slider value) outlet. Slider numbering starts at 1. Any number less than 1 will report the first slider's value.

interp

Arguments

mode [int]
Sending the word interp, followed by a one or zero, enables or disables interpolation mode. When interpolation mode is on (the default), the multislider object will output interpolated values when a slider is moved. In most cases you probably will not want to disable interpolation mode.

max

Sets all sliders to their maximum values.

maximum

The word maximum causes the value of the slider with the largest value to be sent out the right outlet.

min

Sets all sliders to their minimum values.

minimum

The word minimum causes the value of the slider with the smallest value to be sent out the right outlet.

normalize

Arguments

number [float]
The word normalize, followed by a float, will scale the sample values in the multislider so that the highest number matches the value given by the argument. Every value is scaled, and this activity cannot be undone. Although the normalize message calculates a normalized list based on the value passed as its argument, the message does not update the values in the multislider object itself or display them.

peakreset

Reset peak values to current slider values

quantiles

Arguments

numbers [list]
In left inlet: The word quantiles, followed by a list of floats between 0 and 1.0, multiplies each list element by the sum of all the values in the multislider. This result is then divided by 215 (32,768). Then, multislider sends out the address at which the sum of all values up to that address is greater than or equal to the result for each list element.

range

Arguments

minimum [number]
maximum [number]
The word range followed by a minimum number and a maximum number will set all sliders to operate within that range.

scrollclear

Clear the multislider object in scrolling mode.

select

Arguments

value-pairs [list]
Selectively sets slider values. For example, select 1 30 2 4 5 50 sets the first slider to 30, the second to 4, and the fifth slider to 50 (the top or leftmost slider is always number 1).

set

Arguments

slider [number]
value [number]
The word set, followed by a slider number and a value, sets the numbered slider to that value without triggering any output.

setlist

Arguments

values [list]
The word setlist, followed by a list of slider values, sets the sliders to the listed values without triggering any output.

setmax

Arguments

value [float]
The word setmax, followed by a number, sets the high values for the multislider object.

setmin

Arguments

value [float]
The word setmin, followed by a number, sets the low values for the multislider object.

sum

Outputs a sum of all current slider values as a float.

Output

float

Out right outlet: The value of a numbered slider specified by the fetch message. The output reflects the current data type settings (see the settype message).

int

Out right outlet: The value of a numbered slider specified by the fetch message. The output reflects the current data type settings (see the settype message).

list

Out left outlet: When a multislider receives a list, int, or float in its inlet, it outputs a list of its current values. The list is also sent out when the sliders are changed with the mouse.

See Also

Name Description
itable
kslider
matrixctrl
pictslider
rslider
slider
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