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Re: Question about channels and merger on destination

From: Alessandro Saccoia <alessandro.saccoia@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:02:24 +0200
Cc: public-audio@w3.org
Message-Id: <01942C6E-4206-4006-8F8B-7E38617917BF@gmail.com>
To: Peter van der Noord <peterdunord@gmail.com>
> No! Hmmm, that makes my plan impossible then i guess. For the time being, I had created a system where custom modules with more inputs or outputs would get wrapped into a construction like this...
> 
> http://i.imgur.com/sjObQ.png 
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> ...so i would have access to those in/outs through the channels of the (js) audionode, but if the merger and splitters behave like that i don't think that's possible.

Yeah, I see what you mean. Still, it would like someone to confirm what I said before you end up changing your approach.
From your diagram it looks like that you were expecting the data at the merger output to be stereo by default, right?

The merger just merges all its inputs channel in a bigger bus to accomodate all these streams, in order for them to be processed with a single chain of audionodes at later stages.
To do what you mean to do, you could wrap the merger into a custom object that has 3 inputs: left, right and stereo. Left and right would need to be connected to a panner node (that always outputs stereo) that places them at the two extremes of the stereo image. The panner and the stereo input would join into a common gain node that is the final node of the object. 
Even if this looks a bit overkill, I think that it's a nice way to deal with multiple channels configurations while leaving total freedomů better than the approach of max msp, puredata or even analog equipment, where to have stereo chains one always needs to have a parallel, identical processing chain.

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> it's the merger that does this. In your code, the merger has 2 inputs, but the number of output channels is the sum of the number of channels of the -- active -- inputs of the merger. input here means 

this was a typo btw... read "active here means"ů that is you always to keep something connected to the inputs in order to know how many channels you have in the output.
best
alessandro

> "connected to some source node", and it's consistent, since there is no way to know how many channels the input N has until some other node that provides an audio stream gets connected to itů
> So, until you don't connect some other node to the second input (input 1), the output will remain mono, as long as your source node for the input 0 is mono.
> To summarize, for a merger with 2 channels, the input/output configurations are:
> 
> Input0          Input1          Output
> Mono       -            Mono
> Mono    Mono    Stereo
> Stereo     -            Stereo
> Stereo  Mono    3 channels
> Stereo  Stereo  4 channels
> 
> and so onů (and I sincerely hope this is correct)
> 
> >
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