June 15, 2011

Panstation Updated, Others To Follow...

by Chris Randall

If you follow me at all on Twitter (or even happen to occasionally glance at the sidebar of this site), you'll note that I occasionally mutter semi-disparaging comments about Logic. Turns out that at least some of the problems we were seeing were actually our fault.

(At this point I'm hanging my head, shuffling my feet, and sniffling a little bit.)

The code that comprises the majority of what we laughingly refer to as "copy protection" has a bit in it that was poorly written, and when compiled for 64-bit, it would produce different results on some machines. There was no rhyme nor reason to this whatsoever, and we'd see two identical computers with one having the issue and the other not.

As luck would have it, Adam bought a Mac Mini last week, and it, unlike every other Mac we have on site, had the issue. So he was able to diagnose, and ultimately fix, the problem.

So, long story short, we need to rebuild and update every one of our 64-bit releases to squish this bug once and for all. If you previously were able to instance the 32-bit but not the 64-bit version of one of our plugs in a 64-bit DAW, this was most likely the cause, and these updates will fix the problem. We'll be rolling them out one or two a day until all the 64-bit stuff is rebuilt.

In that light, Panstation is now at 1.0.1. There are also a couple minor bug fixes for shit you probably didn't notice, but may down the road, so re-installing with 1.0.1 is recommended for all users, whether or not you got bit by that 64-bit bullshit. Hit the AD store to get a shiny new bitstream.

As an aside, I've been working on this sound-alike music bed for an industrial for several days now, in the process re-learning to play guitar and learning to really and truly loath Coldplay and U2. But that's why I've been somewhat silent, if you were curious.


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Jun.15.2011 @ 4:15 PM
Fucking copy protection.

Jun.15.2011 @ 4:17 PM
Chris Randall
You gotta love how many different ways I used "bit" in the above article. I had to actually ponder how to work 'em all in there.


Jun.15.2011 @ 4:43 PM
"Occasionally" and "Semi-disparaging" in the first paragraph were good for a grin.

Jun.15.2011 @ 4:44 PM

Does this mean I'll get to say that less now? Just grabbed Panstation, so I'll see if it plays nicer with my Mac Pro upon installation. Grabbed a T-shirt, too - my wife saw it last night and gave the "ooh, you should get one of those!"

Don't know why she doesn't do that when I'm looking at SSL desks....

Jun.15.2011 @ 5:02 PM
Computer Controlled
I've been loathing Cold Play and U2 for years.

Jun.15.2011 @ 5:05 PM
Panstation validated on the first go in Logic 64-bit; no restart required!

Jun.15.2011 @ 5:16 PM
Chris Randall
@Computer Controlled: I was completely ambivalent to them. I manage to make it through most days being blissfully unaware of what passes for pop and/or rock in this modern era. My listening comprises a fairly hefty selection of post-punk and jazz, with a healthy dollop of electronic stuff for good measure.

When they sent me the temp track, I was like "man, that first song sounds familiar. I know I've heard it before." The music supervisor actually _laughed_ at me. Out loud. A real live LOL. The U2 one, the only reason I knew it was U2 is that you can hear the Edge's guitar "stylings" a mile away.

Long story short, before this weekend, I was only familiar with both bands inasmuch as I knew they existed, and I, of course, know U2's major hits from the 80s, when I actually listened to the radio on occasion, and MTV still played videos. Now I despise them both.


Jun.15.2011 @ 5:46 PM
Wanna share u2/koldplay temp inspired travesties? I have one as well. Let's get them all together, run them all through Kombinat, make an album, use the insane profits following to fund something cool and worthwhile, get sued several times in the process and have the launch party outside The Edge's gates in Malibu...not necessarily in that order.

Jun.15.2011 @ 6:44 PM
Moby and Coldplay are lame templates for a lot of music used in commercials over the last decade

Jun.16.2011 @ 6:36 AM
White Box Volume
I'd rather have Coldplay/Moby on ads than what we currently get in the UK. I swear, if I hear another hipster-girl/Ukelele combo I'm gonna thow my TV out of the house.

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