Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: February 2006

February 2, 2006

Full-size BigSeq screenshot...

by Chris Randall

Man, it's funny. When we release a product, I spend a week sending press releases to every possible source of music news on the Interwebs (with the exception of Sonic State which is, in actual fact, pissing in the wind.) Nothing I've done to this point has got around the 'net as fast as my post this morning about BigSeq.

Since there seems to be quite a bit of interest in this plug, here is a full-sized screenshot, so you can get a better idea of what's going on. I didn't do this one in my patent-pending 3/4 view 3D because there's so many switches and such I thought it would ruin people's day. Full MIDI Learn on _every_ control, so if you have a MIDI controller with, say, 10 knobs, 16 sliders, and 56 buttons, you can play this bitch live and stuff. Everything can be automated, as well, if you're feeling crazy. It will go as slow as 2 steps per measure, on up to one complete pattern every 1/4 note if you're the anxious type. In free time (as opposed to host sync) it will go to just shy of audio rate, or so slow you can't stand it. Triplet and dotted note times are included, and the pattern can be anywhere from 2 to 16 steps long.

This will be $39. We're pretty much done with the VST, except for a couple bugs that need to be tracked down. AU, testing, then out the door.

February 1, 2006

UB VST hosts?

by Chris Randall

Is anyone aware of a currently available Universal Binary VST host? I can't find one for love nor money, but I know you guys get out more than me...

February 1, 2006

Is this thing on? Tap, tap, tap...

by Chris Randall

Okay, both the Rocky Mountain Research Division and the Central Cascades Rainwater Collection Facility branches of Audio Damage have Intel-based Macs on the premises now.

My initial impressions were heavily colored by the fact that the firewire migration thingy to copy the personal shit from one Mac to another doesn't work for fuck-all, at least viz. going from a PPC Mac to an Intel one. I thought it'd be handy, but it turned out to actually be an exercise in frustration; my iBook can no longer see its own ethernet port, and the Intel iMac was totally hosed, requiring a complete wipe and reinstall of the OS.

So, long story short, I wouldn't try that if I were you.

Otherwise, all seems well. I'm in the process of getting all the dev tools and geegaws that I need lined up and working the way I like, and then it's off to the races. For those of you curious about the speed, it's fast for a Mac. I wouldn't say it was screaming fast, otherwise. It's much faster than my iBook, of course, but nothing to write home about. My Athlon64 machine makes it look anemic, FWIW. But then again, that machine is dimed. I'm interested to see how the pro Intel Macs perform when they come out.

February 1, 2006

In the queue...

by Chris Randall

Man, what a month. While I was waiting for my Intel iMac to show up, I whipped out the product you see pictured above, BigSeq, which is an analog-informed gate and filter sequencer. I have the Windows version done, and when my iMac shows up (which, according to UPS, will be any minute) I'll start work on the OSX VST/AU. Don't know how long this one will take, but not too long.

In other news, work proceeds on porting our OSX products to UB. We're about 90% of the way to having a building method for our products. One issue remains, and when that's solved, we'll start pumping them out. We've also got Discord 2 and another product which I'll talk about when the feature set is, well, set. So the next couple months will be interesting on the AD front.

I'll have a full review of the Intel iMac tomorrow, theoretically. Assuming it works at all, and UPS didn't stick a forklift fork through it or anything.


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