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.27.2011 @ 8:18 PM
mad ep
I'm with boobs.

Oct.27.2011 @ 11:13 PM
Adam Schabtach
Re Turbosynth's waveshaper: if there are any Pluggo users in the audience, I built its waveshaper plug-in with the intention of making a direct copy of TS's. I even went to the length of copying the preset shapes as closely as I could. I've always wondered whether anyone noticed. I also put in some randomization stuff, which I had to water down slightly after the 1.0 release because too many people complained that it was blowing them out of their chairs with its unexpectedly loud output.

It wouldn't be particularly hard to rebuild that as a standalone plug-in. Doing all of TS as a plug-in would be rather more involved, obviously. I did love its wavetable oscillators with their crude analysis/resynthesis feature, though. Nice program all around. I even bought an Audiomedia II card so that I could run it in (near-) real time.

Re Kombinat and existing presets: yeah, it would be difficult to make the old version load presets created by the new version, since we're adding parameters and algorithms and stuff. As CR said, though, it will be possible to reproduce all old settings in the new version. Since they're going to be different plug-ins as far as your host is concerned, you'll be able to load them side by side and copy settings from the old one to the new one, although you'll have to boot up your DAW in 32-bit mode to pull that off. I realize that's crude and tedious. If I can think of a better solution I'll do it, but don't get your hopes up.


Oct.28.2011 @ 11:28 AM
Xfer Records' 8-bit shaper is a lot like the Turbosynth waveshaper, isn't it?

link [xferrecords.com]

Thinking about preset porting, it would be cool to have a host utility that could load a plugin and spit out all parameter values to text, like a patch sheet recipe thing. That I can recall, I don't think any of the various utility hosts around do that sort of thing. Sounds like something Hermann Seib's VSTHost might do, but I can't see that it does.

Oct.30.2011 @ 11:05 AM
Re updating your (ever growing) product line, I'll throw in another bump for putting full version info in your "about" pages. So much less confusing down the road, especially when minor updates come out.

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