Max/MSP Test 02 :: (message) vs [trigger]/[prepend]

The Test

There’s been a lot of hearsay about whether or not the (message) object is efficient or not – why not just test it?

The test works like my previous execution tests, slamming 100,000 bangs/values as quickly as possible, and timing how long that takes to run through the given test.

This is a simple comparison in a very specific use case: creating a known value (and pair of values) using only the (message) and [trigger]/[prepend] objects.

Let’s find out which method is faster!


(single value) Message16
(single value) Trigger4
(two values) Message19
(two values) Trigger/Prepend9
(use case) Message31
(use case) Trigger/Prepend20



I suggest downloading the patch and having it open while you read this section. Alternatively, open the image of the test above to follow as you go.

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