October 25, 2011

The Current State Of Affairs...

by Chris Randall

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in this case I'm just gonna have to prattle on for a bit, because we're not ready to show off yet.

However, I'm pleased to announce that Kombinat is getting a much-requested refresh in the near future, in the form of Kombinat Dva. This will be a pretty big update to Kombinat, and will constitute a new plug as far as your DAW is concerned. (You know how we do that sort of thing by now.) It is getting several more algorithms of various fuck-up-ed-ness, a feedback control that is quite nifty, and a UI that is in line with Filterstation and Panstation. I have no idea on the timeline for this, but I'm about halfway done with the UI; then I hand it over to Adam for the new algos and to clean up the mess I made, and we're off to the races.

In the meantime, Adam is bumping some of the older products to 64-bit. First up will be ADverb, because, well, it starts with A, and everyone knows A is first. We're going to have nothing but refreshes and updates for the next couple months, so make sure you're subscribed to the Audio Damage RSS feed if you're waiting for a particular product. I only usually mail the mailing list if money is involved (that is to say, if it's a major paid update.) Otherwise, all update announcements go in the RSS feed, which you can find here.

In other news, I'm putting the finishing touches on Location / Procedure / Experiment 2, the follow-up to this release. It will include the audio of Experiments 7, 8, and 9, a new Location (which I haven't done yet), and two procedural work-outs from Max/MSP. For the latter, I will also provide the Max patches, both as stand-alone executables and as unlocked patches that you can "remix" with if you're so inclined.

And finally, I'm closing in on the finish line for this iOS contract I've been laboring on for nigh on 4 months now. As such, I'm casting about for a new iOS project to take on. If you have an audio-based idea that you think should be realized for one or all of the iOS platforms, I'd love to hear about it.


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Oct.25.2011 @ 8:19 PM
so, are you guys porting all your plug ins to avid's new AAX format? lols.

edit: ouch.. someone just kicked me in the nuts over the internet.

iOS - i have energy XT which is borderline useful for dicking around in and then exporting midi files for later use in other apps on an actual computer. this is what i use the iphone for when i'm using audio related apps.. stuck on a plane or in a waiting room or whatever.. self: "well.. might as well mess around with some sounds and export them via drop box" or whatever.... the thing energy XT doesn't do is export the drum parts as midi files.. only audio and that's really not that helpful to me. so, i guess what i'm getting at is, for me, the iphone is basically just a doodly scratch pad time filler when i'm stuck somewhere but the nature of things means that the pocket computer always comes up with something that i want to actually use, expand on etc but god knows i don't want to write a song on an iphone.. so long story short.. midi file export in some kind of simple 4 track midi sequencer.. maybe even make it so i can email the exported file to myself.. that way i can get it with no problems and dump it in logic or whatever so i can save my golden chart topping melodic ideas etc.

man.. that took forever.

i've only just gotten an iphone after replacing 4 year old flip phone so i'm still figuring out it's audio related usefulness in my life.

Oct.25.2011 @ 8:43 PM
Great news on the Kombinat update...definitely one of my most used AD products next to dubstation

Oct.25.2011 @ 9:00 PM
Chris Randall
@boobs: with some of the background MIDI stuff that is going on now, you can use a sequencer (e.g. Genome) with a polytimbral synth and get some interesting shit happening.

I will say that you really need an iPad 2 for that sort of thing. The 1 just doesn't have enough horsepower.

But that aside, you're essentially asking for a polytimbral synth that has, say, a 4-track MIDI sequencer that can import and export MIDI files? That is, I'm sorry to say, beyond my powers.


Oct.25.2011 @ 10:39 PM
@CR - i'm only interested in exporting midi files. the synth could be cheesiest thing ever. bells, strings, bass.. noodle away.. save.. export midi file.

energy XT does that part but not for the drum parts.. maybe it's something they'll add in an update.

anyway, as said.. the iphone to me is a smart phone that has 'audio games' on it that allow me to sketch things out and use later. i'm not trying to actually compose with it. just capture little things. it's a butterfly net.

Oct.26.2011 @ 12:24 AM
I'm excited to hear about the Kombinat update. I'm a big fan of distortions, and like Kombinat, but feel like it could use a little more variety in sounds. And I can't read the freakin thing because I'm old. Maybe that's actually the problem.


Oct.26.2011 @ 12:39 AM
Chris Randall
@bongo_x: Well, the "can't read" problem will certainly be solved. As I said, it's getting the Filterstation/Panstation treatment, so giant-sized text all around. The only departure from that general layout is that I kept the three knobs per engine (although they're almost twice as large, and white instead of red) because I felt a big field of 0-100 text entry widgets was (a) not visually interesting in the least, and (b) didn't convey any meaningful information.

So in this context, although I've become an avowed knob hater in the past year, I decided that they were necessary.

As for sonic variety, this will have a whole slew of new algorithms. On top of that, there is a full path feedback control (with attack and decay driven by an envelope keyed off the input) that takes it in to true Nine Inch Nails melodic distortion territory. Really quite something; if I had known how sonically interesting this effect was, I would have lobbied for its inclusion in the first version. But better late than never!


Oct.26.2011 @ 3:16 AM
I still just want Turbosynth as a VST. I got so much out of that program. From weird textures to single cycle waveforms for my samplers. Also, it's still the most non-musical in a very musical way waveshaper ever. I have it on my old powerpc iMac, but I don't have the DSP card and Power Mac G3 anymore, so no diffuser. A full on emu of Turbosynth would make me shit kittens!


Oct.26.2011 @ 7:01 AM
< and > buttons on any sampler device for sampler select instead of menu diving.

Oct.26.2011 @ 9:39 AM
Looking forward to the Kombinat update (as well as 64 bit(yay!)) Chris....

Oct.26.2011 @ 9:44 AM
a really cut down version of turbosynth, either as a plugin or an iPhone app, would be great. just a tool for generating single cycle waveforms and then putting them (or a sample/stream) through a TS style waveshaper would be a good start. no need to re-create the whole environment, just the bits that aren't easily replicable with other tools.

also, for iOS, i wonder if there are any interesting ways that audio could be transformed into bitmap "textures" on a 3d model and processed using openGL. the rendered bitmap could be both a visualization and transformed back into the audio output. probably not easy to make something that both looks and sounds interesting...


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