November 23, 2011

Kombinat Dva On The Ropes...

by Chris Randall

Above is the more-or-less final UI of Kombinat Dva. Click to embiggen. All that remains to be done on the Windows side is presets, then some simple porting and we can roll this bitch out. Probably next week some time, holiday hi-jinks permitting.

The final engine compliment is 13, six of which are new. Also added is a second less-screamy filter topology and the ability to turn the filter off entirely. The feedback path has its own envelope follower, to prevent runaway shrieking.

It is unusual to have internal feedback in a plugin of this nature, and it is a somewhat experimental thing. The results vary greatly; as I do the presets, I'll put some examples up. The long and short of it is that what you're going to get in the feedback path depends greatly on the input signal, the engines selected, and their relative gains. If your goal is to utterly thrash the output to where it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the original signal, then the Feedback control will be your friend. If your goal is a nice, subtle tube-style clip, then you're gonna want to leave that off.

Anyhow, we're in the home stretch on this one. We hope to have the Windows side ready for the beta testers shortly.


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Nov.23.2011 @ 12:15 PM
mike kiraly
A noble plug-in embiggens the smallest man.

Everything after the first 7 seasons make me sad. But man, those first 7 featured some of the most creative writing ever.

Nov.23.2011 @ 12:20 PM
Chris Randall
I totally agree. What are you talking about?


Nov.23.2011 @ 1:18 PM
Will it self-oscillate with no input at all?

Nov.23.2011 @ 1:21 PM
mike kiraly
Ah, sorry. I saw the word "embiggen" in the post, which is a word wholly made up by one of the Simpson's writers in one of the early seasons. So I assumed you were making a reference.

The episode used phrase "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" - hence my first line.

It's actually has sort of made it into the lexicon, at least unofficially, so I should probably stop assuming it's use is intended as a pop-culture inside joke.

Nov.23.2011 @ 1:23 PM
Chris Randall
@obscurerobot: oh, yeah. There's a few ways to get it to self-oscillate. Here's an interesting example:

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It is somewhat easier to get interesting results if you "seed" it with a sound first, but it'll do some weird shit with no input at all.

@mike: Yeah, I've watched a sum total of maybe 2 episodes of the Simpsons, and that was under duress. Never found that show remotely interesting.


Nov.23.2011 @ 1:26 PM
mike kiraly
Now I have to buy this plug-in in order to negate my obvious douche-iness in this post.

Nov.23.2011 @ 2:19 PM
Very, very stoked to hear about this internal feedback feature. With the old version of Kombinat, I often would do mixing tricks to route it back into itself and tweak the send as needed, or on occasion, setup a Ratshack v1 reverb in front of it with the feedback at almost 100% to come up with more interesting and chaotic signal paths.

If you're still in need of a beta tester, we would love to go to town on it for you in the Prometheus Burning studio.

greg vaneck

Nov.23.2011 @ 7:45 PM
awwwwwwww I'm a little bit sads! was hoping to be torturing my audio with DVA this week :-)

Nov.23.2011 @ 10:47 PM
Chris Randall
It's a holiday week here in America. Not much work gets done.


Nov.24.2011 @ 7:27 AM

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