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Cables offers the possibility to simultaneously work on patches, using the multiplayer feature.

Users that have at least "Read Only" access to the patch, through collaboration or teams, can join a multiplayer session in any patch.

There are currently three levels of access in a multiplayer session, only the "Pilot" can make changes seen by all other "Participants"


If you are in a patch and there is a multiplayer-session going on, you can continue editing the patch (given you have the proper permissions) or you can:

  • see who is currently in your patch, either in a session or as a non-participant
  • join the multiplayer-session and become a participant
  • start a multiplayer-session if none exists, yet
  • chat with other people in the patch (i.e. to start a multiplayer-session)



Once you join a multiplayer session, you will become a "Participant". As such you can:

  • see the cursors of all participants in the session
  • see area-marking of all participants in the session
  • follow the changes of the pilot, see updates in selected ops, parameter changes and the renderer
  • request the "pilot seat"
  • re-sync your patch with the state of the pilot, if it went out of sync
  • leave the session



Starting a multiplayer-session will make you the "Pilot". If you join a session later, you can request the pilot-seat to make changes
to the patch.

As a pilot you are able to:

  • add and select ops and make changes to the parameters
  • navigate the patch (pan, drag, go into subpatches, ...) and participants will follow you
  • accept or decline requests for the pilot seat (requests will be automatically accepted after 20 seconds to prevent lock-outs with people going "afk")
  • revert the patch (for everyone) to the last saved state

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