Welcome to the plugdata documentation.


plugdata is a plugin wrapper designed for Miller Puckette's Pure Data (Pd), featuring an enhanced graphical user interface (GUI) created using JUCE, headed by Timothy Schoen. this project is still a work in progress, and may still have some bugs. By default, plugdata comes with the cyclone and ELSE collections of externals and abstractions. Additionally, pd-lua is included as a scripting extension for the development of custom Pd objects in Lua. The primary objective is to offer a more user-friendly patching experience that seamlessly integrates with various Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) programs. plugdata also provides a stand-alone executable version that can be used as an alternative to the Pd program.

plugdata also integrates with the hvcc compiler to allow generation of optimised C++ code from Pd patches. This C++ code can be compiled by plugdata and either flashed to the Electro-Smith Daisy platform, or turned into an audio plugin (based on the DPF framework). See the "Compiling Patches" chapter for more information about that.

Note on Documentation

This documentation is a work-in-progress, and we are still looking for more contributors. If you're interested: the source for the documentation is here. If you want to help out but are not sure where to start, you can e-mail me or join our Discord server.

Note on Development

As an evolving project, plugdata may still contain some bugs. Your feedback is important in refining and enhancing the user experience. You can report bugs on our GitHub page.

Project Goals

  • Bringing Patching into Every DAW:

    • Seamless integration as a plugin for a diverse range of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
  • Providing a Modern User Experience:

    • Focus on creating a contemporary user interface, ensuring a smooth experience for both new and experienced users.
  • Cross-Platform Support:

    • Ensure plugdata's optimal performance across various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and the newly introduced app for iOS.
  • Vanilla Compatibility:

    • Maintain robust compatibility with pure-data (pd-vanilla), allowing users to seamlessly transition their skills between the two environments.

Project Values

  • Free and Open-Source:

    • plugdata will consistently remain free and open-source, fostering a collaborative environment for development and usage.
  • Be Nice:

    • We strive to uphold an inclusive community by discouraging and addressing any form of discrimination, such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, to create a welcoming space for all contributors and users.

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