July 28, 2011

Workin' For A Livin'...

by Chris Randall

It's been an exciting (interesting?) couple of weeks here at Audio Damage Command And Control. Adam and I decided, for reasons that aren't entirely clear to either of us any more at this juncture, that we would finally tackle the Big Bear, and release our next product as a VST3.

The VST3 SDK was updated to a new stable release a month or so ago, and in this release is the ability to also build VST2.4 and AudioUnit, off the VST3 base plug-in. These aren't "wrapped" as such, but are the real deal, just using a different base than the VST3. They necessarily lack the extra features that VST3 has (moreso in the case of VST2.4, as AudioUnits and VST3 plugs are remarkably similar in feature-sets.) We also, since we were making such a big jump anyhow, decided to switch from VSTGUI 3.6, which we've been using since Tattoo, to VSTGUI 4.

On the Windows side of things, it was relatively (!!!) painless, but when we moved to OS X, things got pretty hairy for a while there. Yesterday morning, I was actually about to lobby for bagging the whole idea and going back to the Old Way of doing things, but as luck would have it, Adam found the Issue, which turned out to be our fault, not Steinberg's. Now the VST3 on OS X is merrily working away.

Anyhow, long story short, if you're wondering where I've been for the last few days, it was a combination of that, some legal troubles (I was arrested for doing graffiti, or "street art" as I like to call it but the police in Tempe don't, of all things), and various other demands on my time, including an iOS contract I took without, perhaps, thoroughly thinking through the ramifications of same. In that respect, the iOS contract and the arrest are remarkably similar.

Adam is on his way to Wyoming, of all places, for the next few days, which will allow me to finish the iOS thingy, and we can return to our regularly scheduled vitriol. In the mean time, this is an open thread. Questions? Comments? Criticisms?


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Jul.29.2011 @ 11:38 AM
@inteliko Doepfer uses Fatar keybeds, and since moving manufacturing to China they haven't been very good
@renderful I don't write beardcore

Jul.29.2011 @ 11:49 AM
Chris Randall
The VST3 hosts I'm aware of are Cubendo and Studio One. There may be others, but those are the only two, to the best of my knowledge.

That will change, though. There has been muttering on the VSTSDK list from a couple host devs, so I know that there are at least two more coming.

It's really just waiting for Live. That'll be a watershed moment. Until Live supports VST3, it's all just pissing in the wind, really. But we do get simple sidechaining, nodes, a few other interesting features that we hadn't utilized in VST2.4.


Jul.29.2011 @ 5:47 PM
open thread... have you seen this? link [www.touchdigitaers.c...]
physical controller for the impOscar2
pricey, but when I tested impOscar one I thought that a physical controller was really needed, and they made one! I wonder how mny of them they are going to sell tho, as I said, it's pricey! 750 pounds plus shipping

Jul.29.2011 @ 5:53 PM
why not just buy a real oscar? why pay that kind of cash for a controller dedicated to one plug in?

sure, an oscar will cost you $2000+/- but it will hold its value a lot better than a one off controller.

Jul.29.2011 @ 6:27 PM
Chris Randall
I'm with boobs on that one. That controller is a ridiculous waste of money. You could get any number of shit-hawt mono-synths for that amount, and they'd all be investments, instead of money pits.


Jul.30.2011 @ 4:28 AM
mad ep
I'm with boobs.

Jul.30.2011 @ 11:35 AM
Random thing: Who's on Google+? I'm having trouble figuring out who's who with all of the Real Names over there.

I'm here: link [gplus.to]


Jul.30.2011 @ 3:05 PM
I'm with boobs on the Oscar. Still regretting getting rid of mine even though it was built like a piece of shit, just like the electricals in a pre-Ford Jag. IMPOscar2 does a decent job though.

Jul.30.2011 @ 10:20 PM
Thanks for the explanation. I got a 2.4 version of my plugin running pretty easily, but my impression from browsing through the VST3 docs is that it's going to be a *lot* more complicated.

Aug.05.2011 @ 8:19 PM
Link that street art !

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