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Using Wire Tags

Wire Tags allow you to simplify wiring in the Processing Map. The concept of wire tags is similar that of a single channel bus: you can create a Source Wire Tag that receives a single audio channel and then create one or more Destination Wire Tags that let you connect that audio channel to other nodes in your Processing Map. A set of wire tags allows you to connect an audio output node to any set of audio input nodes without needing to wire between these nodes with long or complex wire connections. This is especially useful when the nodes are relatively far apart from each other in the Processing Map.

As introduced above, Halogen includes two types of wire tags: Source and Destination.

Source Wire Tags

A source wire tag provides an input node for an audio connection that you can use with one or more destination wire tags. The source wire tag also provides the name for the set of source and associated destination wire tags that use the connected audio channel. The source wire tag provides the properties to set the font and background color for all wire tags in the associated set. A set of wire tags for a single audio channel can have only one source wire tag.

Adding a source wire tag to your processing map
Changing source wire tag settings
Moving a source wire tag

Destination Wire Tags

Destination Wire Tags allow you to wire the audio channel connected to a source wire tag to a block input node in the processing map. This type of wire tag provides an output node for the audio connection, a control to duplicate the wire tag, and a drop down control for selecting the source wire tag.

Adding a destination wire tag to your processing map
Duplicating an existing destination wire tag
Changing the source associated with a destination wire tag
Moving a destination wire tag

Mixer Example

You can use wire tags to simplify your processing map by reducing the number of wires, especially for connections that are relatively far apart. You can also clarify the wire tag connections by color coding the wire tags so you can easily find them in a complex configuration. The following is an example of what you can do:

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