November 17, 2006

Little bit o' Replicant...

by Chris Randall

We're just finishing up the major coding on Replicant, and now moving in to the usability phase, where we tune all the parameters to useful ranges and such. During the course of development, I make a project that I use throughout to check the audio. Every time Adam sends me a new build, I plop it in my VST folder and proceed to give it a workout. This is also the time where we start to think about presets and such. Once a plugin is more or less working, I start to use it in my projects, so I'll know _how_ to use it when I write the presets.

In any case, I thought you guys would get a kick out of hearing the testing track I have going this time around. Here is a 8-measure loop of the output of Nuendo. Replicant is, in this instance, on the snare that appears on the 2 of every measure. In the first four bars, it is operating forward, and in the second four bars, it is in reverse mode. (There will be two separate reverse functions, with randomization, in case you were curious. More about that later.)

In any event, I should mention that there is no automation whatsoever in this track, other than the reverse switch. There is _so_ much randomization in this plug, with dedicated controls for each random feature, that it can really run the gamut, from a simple looper to complete haywire aleatoric craziness. Whether you'll find that useful in your music is up to you. But at any rate, that's a (tiny) taste of some random delay action.

EDIT: Okay, per request, here are two examples of the Amen break getting chopped by Replicant. I know that using this break is long past irony, and getting in to extreme redundancy, but the benefit is, of course, that everyone knows the break well, so you thus have a good idea of what's happening.

Example 2. In this example, "IGNORE" is on, so Replicant finishes whatever it starts before it will receive a new trigger. I've set it to be about 75% likely to trigger on beats 1, 5, 9, and 13. I've also set the LPF sweep to its most extreme (no resonance, though.)

Example 3. In this one, I've set Seq Mode to "RETRIG" and the "RANDOM BEATS" slider to about 40%, so any given beat is about 40% likely to trigger the loop engine, and any time a retrigger is received, the loop engine starts anew. I've turned the filter sweep and "DECAY" features off.



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Nov.18.2006 @ 4:20 PM
Dear AI.


How does it feel to contribute to the decline of civilization?

I feel that something as powerful as this really should require some kind of end user qualifications. If you can't explain when the 5/4 fill resolves you should not be allowed to use it. Ex. 3 should be at least a few hours worth of chopping, not fall out of some plug in. Sweat and ingenuity, not clever presets.

I find this very disturbing. The smarts and the sexy packaging are one thing but when this is made available for some ridiculously low price I can only draw the conclusion you are working for the Devil.

Do you guys get off on being reckless and irresponsible?
Don't you have any kind of moral/etical responsibility to the art and craft of music?

What's next? Free hand guns to anyone under 18?

Fuck I'm old...


Nov.18.2006 @ 6:08 PM
Chris Randall
LOL. I'm of the opinion that people under 18 should be TASERed every morning by their betters so that they know their place. So I'm the wrong person to ask that. Maybe Adam has an idea, but I think he's the only person in America that likes kids less than me.



Nov.18.2006 @ 11:17 PM
Here's what it boils down to:

1. I want this plug.

2. I don't want *anyone* else to have it.



Nov.19.2006 @ 10:20 AM
Adam Schabtach
There are lots of people in America who like kids less than me. I've never deliberately harmed a child (well, not since I was a child myself) and I'm genuinely nice to the young person who lives next door. I even gave her one of the ultra-rare, highly collectible AD T-shirts.

The funny thing is that even though I don't have kids of my own (and won't), I find myself holding strong opinions about how they should be raised. I guess this is a sign of approaching the state of being Middle Aged [shudder]. Seriously, though, I find it disconcerting that apparently we're no longer teaching long division in many schools.

Blinkman: we can sell you exclusive rights to this plug-in, but you'll have to make it worth it to us. ;-)

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.



Nov.19.2006 @ 2:08 PM
Chris Randall
Hold on. All this time I thought you were for my TASER plan. Does this mean you're not?



Nov.19.2006 @ 8:07 PM
Mmmm, sounds great. Definitely a must have. All my OSx friends will be pleased to have a great plug like this.

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