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Creating and Deleting Contraptions
Before you can join contraptions together in the Patcher Pane, you must first create a contraption. This module shows you several ways to create contraptions, how to delete contraptions, and how to duplicate them. We explain how to perform more advanced procedures, including how to create and connect contraptions at the same time, how to duplicate contraptions with their existing connections, and how to insert a new contraption in a particular place in your patch. We also describe the various Patcher Pane shortcut menu items that are relevant to these procedures, and explain how to open this menu.
|To create a contraption, do one of the following:|
|To delete a contraption from the Patcher Pane:|
|First, select the contraption you want to delete by clicking on it in the Patcher Pane. This will highlight the contraption. Then, do one of the following:
Creating and connecting contraptions at the same time
You can create and connect contraptions at the same time by dragging a new contraption from the Contraptions Palette over an existing one in the Patcher Pane.
|To create and connect contraptions at the same time:|
This operation has two modes: (1) when the mouse pointer is just above an input (or below an output) the new contraption is inserted between any existing patch cords; (2) when the mouse pointer is over the contraption you are connecting to, the new contraption is attached separately, alongside any existing patch cords.
Duplicating contraptions using CTRL+drag
You can also duplicate a contraption by using the CTRL key (COMMAND on Macintosh) and dragging with the mouse. You can duplicate just the contraption, or the contraption along with any existing connections.
|To duplicate a contraption using CTRL (COMMAND) +drag:|
|To duplicate a contraption with its existing connections:|
Using the Patcher Pane's shortcut menu
You can open the Patcher Pane's shortcut menu (see screen shot above) by right-clicking (CTRL+left-click on Macintosh) on a contraption or group of selected contraptions. This shortcut menu gives you quick and easy access to functions from the main Edit menu, such as Cut and Copy. There is also a range of other functions that help you edit the structure of the patch. These functions allow you to rearrange contraptions more easily and make it possible to maintain uninterrupted audio while you restructure the patch. In the table below we explain each of the shortcut items relevant to this module.
|Menu Item||What it does|
|Delete||Deletes the chosen contraption or group of contraptions.|
|Replace||Deletes the highlighted contraption and inserts a newly selected contraption in its place.|
|Substitute||Removes the highlighted contraption from the signal path and inserts a newly selected contraption in its place. The original contraption is disconnected and left in the Patcher Pane to be used later.|
|Insert Before||Inserts the new contraption into the patch before the highlighted contraption.|
|Inserts the new contraption into the patch after the highlighted contraption.|
Inserts a new contraption into the patch. Only available when right-clicking (CTRL+left-click on Macintosh) on patch cords.
Note: when inserting a stereo contraption into a mono path only the left side of the new contraption will be connected. To insert a stereo contraption into a stereo path both patch cords must be selected.
- Contraption Inputs and Outputs
- Ways to Connect and Disconnect Contraptions
- Ways to Select Contraptions