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I have a control surface plugin dll for an audio workstation.
The workstation only allows a plugin to be connected to one midi port for in and out.
So to support more than one of these control surfaces I made a very simple version of the primary dll plugin that forwards midi messages from it's (second) port to the primary plug in dll for processing. So I load the primary dll for the 1st unit then the smaller I/O re-director plug in for the second unit. It all works great. The two dlls communicate via exported functions for message exchange.

I want to be able to load yet another I/O redirector dll for yet a third or even a forth unit on other ports but would like the DLLs to be generic and not specific to the ports.

My question is: What happens when you load the same COM DLL in the same process space and the same function exports for incoming data?

When I examine the exported functions of my dlls when loaded in the DAW app exe file I only see the exports for one "instance" of the exported function in question.

Will I be able to magicly call the same function on both DLLs simultaneously?
Probably not. I'd like to do something like that.
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Solution 1

a well written COM object* is discrete for each instance, so you can have one COM dll server exposing any number of the same object types, and you should have no collisions

However, using a single com object instance from multiple places will not be instance safe, and you may indeed get some thread synch issues

Similarly, a vanilla DLL with an exported function cannot assumed to be 'instance-safe' unless it has some form of handle it needs to distinguish between instances, or none of its functions interact


*assuming class is not singleton
   
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Solution 2

I don't know about COM specifically (since I don't use it much) but a regular DLL would support this, given of course that you code the "simultaneous" nature since that's not default behavior (you probably need a DLL manager class that loads all available DLLs and manages calls to/from to support one function call going to multiple places).
   
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Solution 3

I think I may have a solution to my own issue but can't quite figure out how it might be done. I don't have a DDLMain as this is a COM interfacing? plug in for the DAW software. If I could get the HInstance of the smaller I/O redirector plug with it's conflicting exports then I could maybe send the Master plug the address of that particular instance's function to be called.

But without a DLLMain most goolge searches are fruitless.

Thanks in advance for the help,



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theApp.m_hInstance is my handle to the instance.

But curiously is I load 2 copies of the DLL and pass theApp.m_hInstance to the main DLL from both for a look-see, to my chagrin, both DLLs are sending over the same exact value for theApp.m_hInstance.
   
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