Usage of "sync". The difference between ver.2 and ver.3


#1

Question about the usage of sync.

In Sonic Pi ver.2 the following program worked normally.

live_loop :d1 do
8.times do
sample :drum_cymbal_closed
sleep 0.5
end
end

live_loop :d2 do
sync :d1
2.times do
sample :drum_bass_hard
sleep 2
end
end

But in ver.3 the second loop :d2 does not work correctly.
If I changed “sleep 2.0” to “sleep 1.999” it worked well.

live_loop :d1 do
8.times do
sample :drum_cymbal_closed
sleep 0.5
end
end

live_loop :d2 do
sync :d1
2.times do
sample :drum_bass_hard
sleep 1.999 # <<<<<<<<<
end
end

Is there something wrong with me?
macOS 10.10.5, Sonic Pi 3.10


#2

Hi,

no, nothing wrong with you :wink: See First little diddy for a discussion on this behaviour. And yes, there is a difference betweet 2.x and 3.1, see https://github.com/samaaron/sonic-pi/issues/1730


#3

Hi,

Yes it’s an important problem which i would call a bug. As you and maybe many users, i was very surprised and upset about this point.

I think the doc should be improved or updated to clearly explain how does it really work or a tutorial.
Cheers


#4

Hi,

well, actually it seems to me that it is the opposite of a bug i. e. a bugfix. But I agree, it is a behaviour which is somehow counter-intuitive in the beginning.

I am a bit confused though… wasn’t it you who brought up (and ended) this fruitful discussion in the Patreons area? I had the impression that the issue is somehow resolved for you?


#5

Thank you Martin.

I’m sorry to have made the same question in the past.

I think I will use
live_loop :d2, sync: d1 do
or
live_loop :d2, auto_sync: d1 do


#6

Oh, don’t be sorry. It happens to me quite often :wink:


#7

I find this the neatest solution to use.

live_loop :d1,delay: 0.001 do #delay ensures loop :d2 starts before loop :d1
  8.times do
    sample :drum_cymbal_closed
    sleep 0.5
  end
end

live_loop :d2 do
  sync :d1
  2.times do
    sample :drum_bass_hard
    sleep 2
  end
end

#8

Yes it was me :slight_smile: but i am always frustrated and confused by this as you say “counter-intuitive” way to work. And it’s not yet clear in my little head :slight_smile:
But it’s clear that is not intuitive because so many users meet the problem no ?


#9

Thank you, Robin.

However, I think, the second loop had to be:
live_loop :d2, sync: :d1 do


#10

hi,

I think @robin.newman does not answer to the same problematic. His solution is for the d2 to “start” at the same time of d1 and not to have to wait your 8 beats of d1 for d2 to start

@H_Tachibana is more worried by the problem of

live_loop :d3 do
  4.times do
    sample :drum_cymbal_closed
    sleep 1
  end
end

live_loop :d4 do
  sync :d3
  sample :drum_bass_hard
  sleep 4 # the drummer is busy to count not time to catch the cue but next time he will play for sure
end

live_loop :d5 do
  sync :d3
  sample :drum_roll
  sleep 3.99 # the drummer count until 3.99 and rise his head for 0.01 to see the cue
end

Hope it helps !
Cheers


#11

I think you’re right @robin.newman made a little mistake. It would be nice if he can confirm himself, please to avoid more confusion ?

live_loop :d1, delay: 0.01 do # delay ensures loop :d2 starts before loop :d1
  #stop
  8.times do
    sample :drum_cymbal_closed
    sleep 0.5
  end
end

live_loop :d2, sync: :d1 do
  #stop
  2.times do
    sample :drum_snare_soft
    sleep 2
  end
end

#12

Hi guys
Yes you are right. I had the sync in the wrong place. nlb’s last post is correct.