March 28, 2011

Discord3 and Replicant 64-bit OSX AU and VST...

by Chris Randall

I have, in my grimy little paws, 32/64-bit installers of Discord3 and Replicant. We'll push them out tomorrow, but if you'd like to test, and you already own either or both, hit me up and I'll sport 'em to you.

EDIT: Okay, Discord3 v1.1.0 for OS X and Replicant v1.6 for OS X are now in the store for immediate download. If you own either, you're good to go. A note: if you only use Ableton Live on a Mac, or one of the other 32-bit hosts, there is no earthly reason to do either of these updates. This update is mainly for Logic users and people using Cubase 6 (64-bit), along with the couple of other minor hosts that are 64-bit on the Mac.

Also, the number of comments this post initially got before the edit (1), and the number of e-mails I received (2) will show you exactly how important this 64-bit boondoggle is. These are two of our best-selling plug-ins, with many thousands of legit purchased copies of both out in the world, in heavy use every day by industry professionals, and only two people were like "shit, gotta have it."


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Mar.28.2011 @ 9:46 PM
All kinds of groovy and lovely here!

Mar.29.2011 @ 10:31 AM
Why is The Man trying to take more of my bits? I only have so many bits, and I don't want to use twice as many on new plugins. I want to save them for the audio.


Mar.29.2011 @ 12:36 PM
re: your edit, i'm truly thankful and grateful that you are going through the trouble of making 64-bit AUs. i need to run logic in 64-bit mode or my 8-core mac pro is brought to its knees while mixing. damn clients and their 100+ track songs...

Mar.29.2011 @ 6:36 PM
beauty pill
I'm gonna download these and update now even though I'm using Digital Performer, a DAW that Analog Industries has lead me to feel works like this:

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- c

Mar.29.2011 @ 6:39 PM
beauty pill
Also: Replicant is still listed as 1.5 in the shop, fyi. The actual version has moved to 1.6, but the name remains "Replicant 1.5."

Dunno if that's deliberate for branding or whatever.

- c

Mar.29.2011 @ 10:55 PM
beauty pill: I thought I'd read that you'd moved up to Pro Tools?

It'll be interesting to see how much of my software investment goes kapoof when I'm able, compelled or forced to go 64 bit. For right now, it just seems like another annoyance on the horizon like all the other OS, host, plug-in, interface, platform and processor changes, bugginess, incompatibility, etc.

Mar.30.2011 @ 9:12 AM
Adam Schabtach
The comments made by bleen and coyoteous pretty much sum up the light and dark sides of the 64-bit force. If you're working in a manner that benefits from 64-bit addressing, it's a tremendous boon and practically a necessity. I personally think that this situation is encountered by a small minority of users. For the rest of us, there's nothing to be gained from 64-bitland other than frustration due to incompatibilities and forced upgrades. My music-making PC, which is more than enough for my demands, will continue to run 32-bit Windows XP until it dies altogether. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it.) OTOH being dragged kicking and screaming onto the 64-bit bandwagon for AD's purposes has forced me to buy one, and soon another, new computer and deal with any number of stupid compatibility issues--efforts which apparently benefit a tiny fraction of our customers. Tra la--'tis the nature of the beast.


Mar.30.2011 @ 9:47 AM
Chris Randall
Since I put these live 24 hours ago, the Discord3 and Replicant 64-bit updates have been downloaded 15 times each. These are our two best-selling products (taking in to account the various versions of Discord), and if we released any update that actually had a feature, I would expect to see a couple thousand downloads in that same time frame.

Now, that said, from here on out it is very easy to build a 64-bit build of an AU or VST, on either platform. The vast majority of our DSP code Just Works, and all the kits we currently use are fully compatible. So it is no trouble at all. The hard part comes in products that haven't needed to be updated for several years. We're still figuring out how to update the older stuff.


Mar.30.2011 @ 1:49 PM
As far as I'm concerned: I paid for my 64bit machine, so I want to use 64 bit software. :) And bit bridges are always a bit delicate.

Mar.30.2011 @ 5:52 PM
@CR Uhmmm... not related at all. Just read a nice Audio Damage review in Computer Music mag. Dude! You are famous! A picture and everything... cool. Why did they say you pull no punches on your blog? Happy Wednesday!

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