June 8, 2006

Discord 2 News...

by Chris Randall
 



Christ almighty. To say this one fought us every single step of the way would be to understate the matter mightily. Early on, we decided on a feature set that stretched our current library. As it turns out, it was, in the immortal words of Madness, One Step Beyond. We literally spent 3 weeks dicking with this text edit feature, the entire purpose of which was to please a single customer (and you know who you are!) However, all's well that ends well.


The image above is of the 100% completed AU version of Discord 2. We now have to rebuild the VST versions to take in to account the changes we made while making the AU. Then it's just presets, testing, and manual. I wouldn't be out of line if I said you'll probably be able to buy this within the next 7 to 10 days.


A quick recap: Discord 2 will be $49.00. Upgrades for owners of Discord 1.0 and Discord 1.5 will be $10.00. AU/VST for UB OSX and VST for Windows.


UPDATE: The Windows VST is now built and done. I just have to finish the preset bank, and then we'll bake those in, and presto, done.

 
 
 

10 comments:

 
 

 
Jun.08.2006 @ 7:40 PM
Jan Czmok
*wavehands* i am open for AU betatesting :-)

 
 

 
Jun.08.2006 @ 7:44 PM
the8bitdeity
"I'm open for betattesting" is the new "first post" over here on AI.
 
 

 
Jun.08.2006 @ 8:01 PM
shamann
So all's well that ends well, does that mean the text entry is in again?
 
 

 
Jun.08.2006 @ 8:20 PM
Chris Randall
No. All ended well when we took that fucker out.

-CR

 
 

 
Jun.08.2006 @ 10:25 PM
Adam Schabtach
Believe me when I say that I was really not at all happy about taking out the text-entry feature. But between the vagaries of how various hosts deal with keystrokes (or don't) and other arcane problems, it just wasn't going to fly. Given the choice between taking a feature out or releasing products with a broken feature, we take 'em out.

I do intend to revisit the issue in the future. There are actually two customers that asked for it, and besides that's three weeks of my life that I'll never get back so I'd like something to come of it.

Anyway, the thing does sound really nice, if I may say so myself. I'm glad I didn't spend the money on the Dimension D plug-in for my UAD-1 card because Discord 2 can do chorusing that blows it out of the water. That ability in itself is worth the price, easily.

--Adam

 
 

 
Jun.09.2006 @ 4:44 AM
Tom
Text entry? How did it work?
 
 

 
Jun.09.2006 @ 7:32 AM
dm
sweeet. can't wait to get my big grubby paws on it. Just used 1.5 on a session last night, can't get enough. You should be charging more for it, seriously, Discord has to be one of the best deals in the history of audio plugins.

-dm-

 
 

 
Jun.09.2006 @ 11:04 AM
D' MacKinnon
I love AI.
I've used Discord 1.5 on a couple new songs I've been working on and it can create some really unique sounds. I don't know what it is but the sounds is colored in a way that doesn't sound like the stock delay effects that I have.
 
 

 
Jun.09.2006 @ 3:11 PM
antix2
Oh how far we've come.
It is now easier to create magnificent sci-fi 3d'ish knobs than implementing text entry...
Perhaps Steve Jobs is the Messiah after all.
<- end whine ->
I'm positive this thing will sound amazing and _that_ is what really counts.
 
 

 
Jun.09.2006 @ 3:47 PM
Chris Randall
The only thing about losing our text entry mechanism is that it can be a bit tiring to try and get an exact (e.g. +500) shift number. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy. You get in the ballpark with the big dial, then use the fine-tune. We went back to stirring (radial mouse->knob movements) instead of our normal linear method for this plug because it is easier to get those finer values. (This can, of course, be over-ridden by a host that does that, which is most VST hosts but hardly any AU ones.)

We will put the text edit back in as soon as we're confident that it works on all platforms/hosts without drama.

-CR

 
 

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