The midiOutCachePatches function requests that an internal MIDI synthesizer device preload and cache a specified set of patches.

MMRESULT midiOutCachePatches(
  HMIDIOUT hmo,         
  UINT wBank,           
  WORD * lpPatchArray,  
  UINT wFlags           



Handle to the opened MIDI output device. This device must be an internal MIDI synthesizer. This parameter can also be the handle of a MIDI stream, cast to HMIDIOUT.


Bank of patches that should be used. This parameter should be set to zero to cache the default patch bank.


Pointer to a PATCHARRAY array indicating the patches to be cached or uncached.


Options for the cache operation. It can be one of the following flags.

Value Meaning
MIDI_CACHE_ALL Caches all of the specified patches. If they cannot all be cached, it caches none, clears the PATCHARRAY array, and returns MMSYSERR_NOMEM.
MIDI_CACHE_BESTFIT Caches all of the specified patches. If they cannot all be cached, it caches as many patches as possible, changes the PATCHARRAY array to reflect which patches were cached, and returns MMSYSERR_NOMEM.
MIDI_CACHE_QUERY Changes the PATCHARRAY array to indicate which patches are currently cached.
MIDI_UNCACHE Uncaches the specified patches and clears the PATCHARRAY array.

Return Values

Returns MMSYSERR_NOERROR if successful or an error otherwise. Possible error values include the following.

Value Description
MMSYSERR_INVALFLAG The flag specified by wFlags is invalid.
MMSYSERR_INVALHANDLE The specified device handle is invalid.
MMSYSERR_INVALPARAM The array pointed to by lpPatchArray is invalid.
MMSYSERR_NOMEM The device does not have enough memory to cache all of the requested patches.
MMSYSERR_NOTSUPPORTED The specified device does not support patch caching.


Some synthesizers are not capable of keeping all patches loaded simultaneously and must load data from disk when they receive MIDI program change messages. Caching patches ensures that the specified patches are immediately available.

Each element of the PATCHARRAY array represents one of the 128 patches and has bits set for each of the 16 MIDI channels that use the particular patch. The least-significant bit represents physical channel 0, and the most-significant bit represents physical channel 15 (0x0F). For example, if patch 0 is used by physical channels 0 and 8, element 0 would be set to 0x0101.

This function applies only to internal MIDI synthesizer devices. Not all internal synthesizers support patch caching. To see if a device supports patch caching, use the MIDICAPS_CACHE flag to test the dwSupport member of the MIDIOUTCAPS structure filled by the midiOutGetDevCaps function.


**  Windows NT/2000/XP:** Included in Windows NT 3.1 and later.
**  Windows 95/98/Me:** Included in Windows 95 and later.
**  Header:** Declared in Mmsystem.h; include Windows.h.
**  Library:** Use Winmm.lib.

See Also

Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI Functions, PATCHARRAY, MIDIOUTCAPS, midiOutGetDevCaps