December 21, 2011

Some Fun Shit...

by Chris Randall

Sorry for the vertigo-inducing "camera" work, but I shot this with my iPhone in one hand, while I tried to drive the iPad with the other. Anyhow, what you're looking at is Phaedra sequencing a Korg Monotribe. I did the super-simple version of the MIDI modification for the Monotribe that is talked about here. I did the one without the opto-isolator, so basically all it is is a MIDI plug, a single resistor, and two wires to connect to the Monotribe's circuit board. Note that, in theory, you could fry your Monotribe doing things this way; MIDI has opto-isolators for a reason. However, I'm really smart and lucky besides, so I could give a fuck.

Once the mod is done, you can sequence the synth on MIDI channel 1, and the drums on ch. 10. It responds to CC for the LFO parameters (the LFO in the Monotribe is digital) but not filter freq and res. No velocity, either, but pitch bend works. Pretty fun, and makes the Monotribe much more usable.

EDIT: I just did the v2.0 update to my Monotribe and I can report that yes, it does indeed respond to velocity over MIDI now, after a fashion. It only has about 10 levels, from the sound of things, but this is enough to provide some articulation. The drum voices do _not_ respond to velocity, however. I also did the decay mods on this page, and that was pretty easy, and produced acceptable results.

Next up, Phosphor is now 32/64 on all platforms. Previously only Windows users enjoyed the awesome power and super high-fidelity that 64-bit operation brings. There may or may not be bullshit in the preceding sentence. Anyhow, the OS X versions are now 32/64 as well, and the installer is in the store for immediate download.

We're still having some trouble with the 32/64 AU of Ricochet, which was supposed to be our next update. The older plugs are always problematic when we drag them kicking and screaming in to this zany modern world we live in. Hope to have that solved on Friday, and then a lengthy (and by "lengthy" I mean "48-hour") company vacation for Saturday and Sunday, and then back at it. We hope to have the majority of the catalog done before the New Year.


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Dec.21.2011 @ 8:03 PM
Exactly the 1st thing that came to my mind when I bought this app was I got to source the parts for the midi mod on my tribe ! Going the Opto way myself as I am not Lucky . lol

If that goes well I might ever do some cv outs on it for the little duo-tron I am all but sure I will find under the Xmas cactus ;)
Have fun and Happy holidays

Dec.21.2011 @ 8:13 PM
BTW . It's been reported the synth part responds to velocity after the V2.0 firmware update and can Volume be used like accent on CC 07/11 ?

Dec.21.2011 @ 8:22 PM
Sorry that last sentence got scrabbled due to my poor iPad typing skills . It is reported to control the VCA on CC07 or CC11 . The question mark was there as I can not confirm myself .

Ok someone else post already starting to look Like I'm talking @ myself again :|

Dec.21.2011 @ 8:33 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, I was just reading about the 2.0 update. I'll do it later tonight or in the morning, and report back.


Dec.22.2011 @ 12:55 PM
Thank god for the 64 bits, I can't work with less. Although I overclock my system so everything runs at 66 bits. It's a little unstable but the improved fidelity makes it worth it.


Dec.22.2011 @ 7:05 PM
Yes, thanks for keeping the 64s coming. I can only imagine how not fun that is to do, when you instead could be doing fun shit with your Phaedra. Question: Is the 914 simply a virtual version of the Moog 914, or something more, let's say, 'advanced'? Recently, every time I install any AU on my system, an older version of the 914 component installs itself in the root directory of my boot drive. I keep deleting this slightly older version, but it keeps popping back up. Very strange...

Dec.23.2011 @ 8:16 AM
Chris Randall
@analogcre8or: That older 914 was accidentally stuck inside one of the Replicant installers. We fixed that some time ago, though.

In any event, they're mainly not fun for Adam, as I don't understand that process at all. My role in most of these updates is to basically test the builds as they come, deal with the swap in the store, and tell the customers what we've done.

We made a decision that we pretty much _had_ to do this, so we decided to use the last couple weeks of the year and knock a bunch of 'em out. As you can see from the three we did this week, they're moving pretty fast. Some are easier than others. He did Phosphor in only a couple hours, for instance. I barely had time to test it.

Anyhow, while he's doing this, I'm working on the design for our next product, which involves a lot of sitting around thinking, watching YouTube and Vimeo videos of similar stuff for ideas or paths to avoid, and generally staring at a Photoshop document. For the product we're thinking of making, I can't (or more to the point, don't have the skill level to) knock it up in Max or anything, so I basically have to build the entire signal chain and usage case study in my head, using only my imagination and a Field Notes notebook.

I can do this (anyone can, I imagine, once they've been building plugins for nearly a decade) but it takes a great deal of concentration, which is why you see huge pauses in my Tweetstream every day. ;-)


Dec.23.2011 @ 1:35 PM
Adam Schabtach
914 is more "advanced" than the Moog module in that it has a global bandwidth control for the filters. There's no such control on the hardware, probably because there's no practical way to implement such a control in hardware, or at least not with the inductor-based filters that Moog used to construct that module. I added that control mostly because the digital model of the filters I constructed turned out to have a narrower bandwidth than the hardware we checked it against. I suspected the reason for this is that the hardware is old and the capacitors aren't what they used to be, but adding a knob allows the user to both match the plug-in's sound to the hardware's sound (in the highly unlikely event that they've actually heard the hardware) and get a wider range of timbres out of the plug-in.

Phosphor will probably be the fastest of the 64-bit upgrades, mostly thanks to how it was built in the first place. Axon should be roughly the same, I think. Many of the others will be far more time-consuming. How much so? That's the topic of today's work--or at least until UPS shows up with new RAM for my Mac so that I can install Lion and then get to the bottom of the problem with Ricochet.


Dec.23.2011 @ 7:07 PM
Gents, thanks for all your efforts, sharing of info and the explanations of the work involved. Happy Holidays! I'm looking forward to the next AD release in the new year! @CR: Maybe the way you imagine and conceptualize the AD effects and instruments is in part why they turn out more unique, creative and desirable. I shall now proceed to Damage some more of my Audio, and maybe dust off the 914 while I'm at it, now that it has in such a benign way bugged my computer and insisted that I acknowledge it.

Dec.23.2011 @ 8:49 PM
Thanks to you both for the continued 64-bit updates. I've spent the past two days working on a mix that has a number of the new builds running just wonderfully. So, please know that your effort is not going unnoticed and making one person's work life a little easier.

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