February 23, 2006

In The AD Queue...

by Chris Randall

Okay, we're getting ready to throw our first batch of crossgrade/upgrade packages out in to the wild. After the first nervous moments of our VST2.4/Universal Binary Exploration, BigSeq (which is our first UB/2.4 product) is trouble-free, so with the glow of success fresh in our rearview mirror, we're feeling pretty good about things.

First up will be Ratshack Reverb, which received a major overhaul. Ratshack Reverb 2.0 features a completely rewritten interior. It looks the same on the outside, and in operation remains the same, but it sounds much better, has a lower CPU load, and now has MIDI learn, like most of our products. Also, 2.0 will include the long-awaited port to AU. Version 2.0 will increase in price to $34.95, and the upgrade/crossgrade for previous owners will be $5.00 to get the new version, which will include the Universal Binary AU and VST for OSX owners. This should be out later this week or early next week, as soon as we're done testing.

Immediately following that will be the whopper. We will release the 914 Fixed Filter Bank, which is a major upgrade to the 907A. The 914 features 12 bands, as opposed to 8 in the 907A. It also has makeup gain (an oft-requested feature of 907A owners), separate level controls for wet and dry, and an overall bandwidth control. It is head and shoulders above the 907A, and with the bandwidth control, makes a stellar passive-style equalizer. The 907A will be discontinued, and the 914 will be $39.00. The upgrade for previous owners will be $10.00, and will include Universal Binaries for the OSX crowd.

So, that's the first round. A UB of Dubstation will follow as soon as those two are out the door, and then we'll address where we're at. We have some excellent products in store, and as we continue the upgrade cycle, Discord 2 will be a major upgrade to that, our best-selling plug-in. It is gonna be a fun couple months over in AD land. Hit the site, and sign up to the mailing list to be notified about the upgrade process.




Feb.23.2006 @ 9:13 AM
Will the 914 offer some kind of preset compatibility with the 907A?

Feb.23.2006 @ 9:40 AM
> Will the 914 offer some kind of preset compatibility with the 907A?

I think in plugin land, that is generally impossible when new parameters are added, as the context gets broken.


Feb.23.2006 @ 10:27 AM
Chris Randall
Shamann is correct in that regard.

Also, you'll note from the picture above (right click, "View Image" to see it full-sized) that the frequencies in the 914 are different than those of the 907A, aside from there being more of them. If you have 907A, this won't overwrite it, so you'll be able to use both.



Feb.23.2006 @ 11:47 AM
Looking at the pics, I see the 250,500,1000,2000 and 350,700,1400,2800 from the 907 still there. Developing software myself, I wouldn't say that it is impossible in general to achive preset compatibilty.... But if the two exists peacefully side by side, I'm still happy :-)

Feb.23.2006 @ 12:57 PM
Adam Schabtach
Of course it's not impossible, but it is non-trivial. We'd have to write a special file parser just for the purpose, rather than relying upon the built-in mechanisms for loading preset files. The code would have to be different for AU and VST, which would double the work involved. It might also have to be different for Windows and OS X; off the top of my head I'm not sure about that, though. Considering the modest upgrade fee we're charging, it doesn't make much sense for us to invest this effort.

On top of that, the high-pass and low-pass filters are at different frequencies, so a preset from the 907A would not sound quite the same anyway.



Feb.23.2006 @ 1:20 PM
when are we going to have the yearly Audio Damage subscription program?

Feb.23.2006 @ 1:23 PM
Looking forward to these updates!

Feb.23.2006 @ 1:38 PM
aside from the technical obstacles, the different filter freqs, you mentioned *the* killer point *against* preset compatibility:
the low upgrade charges :-) Makes all my point moot ;-)
Keep up the great work!


Feb.23.2006 @ 2:55 PM
Adam Schabtach
Chris-- thanks for your understanding, and thanks for your continued patronage. And hey, consider that 907A will soon be a collector's item. ;-)





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