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Dimension-Mapping Controller


Create a (1- or multi-dimensional) controller by mapping dimensions to it from the dimensions of other controller(s)

Syntax and Default Values

The 'dimension-mapping controller can be created using the following Lisp or Lua syntax:

(make-controller 'dimension-mapping
                  (list   (list controller1 index1 dim11 dim12 ...)
                          (list controller2 index2 dim21 dim22 ...)
                  ... ))
-- better see an example right away:
local input1 = create_controller{value={0, 1, 2, 3.2, 5, 6, 7, 8},name="input1"}
local input2 = create_controller{value={3, 5, 6, 7, 8},name="input2"}
local input3 = create_controller{value={6, 7, 8, 9},name="input3"}
local mapping = {{input1, 3, 0, 1, 2},{input2, 1, 3},{input3, 2, 4, 5}}
local ctrlmapping = create_controller{kind="dimension-mapping"
-- the value of ctrlmapping is: {3.2,3.2,3.2,5,8,8}


The 'dimension-mapping controller takes the following arguments:

  • dimension: number of dimensions of the output controller.
  • controllerN: input controller N.
  • indexI: index I on input controller N.
  • dimIJ: series of dimension(s) J on which controllerN[indexI] will be mapped.

This function takes a list of mapping lists lists as its final argument. The number of mapping lists lists depends on the number of output (and input) controllers.


The dimension-mapping controller accepts a list of dimension mapping lists, each of them containing an input controller (of arbitrary dimension), a dimension index on the input controller and a set of mapped output dimensions. The indexed entry of the input controller will be then assigned to each of the specified dimensions of the dimension-mapping controller.

The following is a practical example that uses the dimension-mapping controller to map the 2 channels of a stereo sound file into two separate Modalys controllers:

(setq sf-ctl (make-controller 'sound-file 2 0 (const 44100) "my-sf.aiff" 0 my-sf-length 30 ))
(setq ch1-ctl (make-controller 'dimension-mapping 1 (list (list sf-ctl 0 0))))
(setq ch2-ctl (make-controller 'dimension-mapping 1 (list (list sf-ctl 1 0))))
Or we could take the input sound file controller and swap the left and right channels:

(setq sf-ctl (make-controller 'sound-file 2 0 (const 44100) "my-sf.aiff" 0 my-sf-length 30 ))
(setq swap-ctl (make-controller 'dimension-mapping 2
         (list    (list sf-ctl 0 1)
                  (list sf-ctl 1 0))))
We could also similarly use it to map two mono sound files controllers to the dimensions of a 2-dimensional controller:

(setq sf-ctl1 (make-controller 'sound-file 1 0 (const 44100) "my-sf1.aiff" 0 my-sf-length 30 ))
(setq sf-ctl2 (make-controller 'sound-file 1 0 (const 44100) "my-sf2.aiff" 0 my-sf-length 30 ))
(setq 2d-ctl (make-controller 'dimension-mapping 2
         (list    (list sf-ctl1 0 0)
                  (list sf-ctl2 0 1))))
An input controller can also be mapped to multiple dimensions of the output controller, such as in this example which mapsa mono sound file controller to all 4 dimensions of a 4-dimensional controller:

(setq sf-ctl (make-controller 'sound-file 1 0 (const 44100) "my-sf.aiff" 0 my-sf-length 30 ))
(setq 4d-ctl (make-controller 'dimension-mapping 4 (list (list sf-ctl 0 0 1 2 3))))
Naturally, this last example could have be achieved more efficiently using the spread controller, but it helps show how the dimension-mapping controller can be a versatile and handy function for mixing and matching data from different controllers.