November 29, 2006

Replicant Progress Update...

by Chris Randall

The last time I put up a Replicant progress report, there were several people in the comments section that had good ideas for additions to the plugin. So, I'm pleased to announce that we have added a few new features, and are now very close to putting the lid on the Windows version.

The above screenshot, which you can see in full size by clickage, is from today's build, and you can see the additional controls. I'll go through the new ones, so you know what's going on. First up, on the lower left, you'll see a two-position switch and a knob. These control the direction of the loop. In "CONSTANT" mode, the entire playback (but the first, of course) is reversed, and the DIR RAND knob controls how likely that is to occur. In "SCATTER" mode, the DIR RAND knob controls how likely any individual loop will be reversed. It makes more sense when you hear it, I'm sure.

Now, the other two additions are on the far right of the UI. You'll note a RANDOMIZE section, with two switches. The first is "RAND," which randomizes the entire UI. Personally, I don't care for this sort of thing, as I find it of limited usefulness. However, several people asked for it, so we added it, since it wasn't that much trouble. Under that, you'll see a "HOLD" switch. Someone (I forget who) postulated that it would be nice to be able to keep a random state if you liked what it was doing. This "HOLD" switch does exactly that. If you activate it, all the random events that occur in that measure will also occur, with the exact same values, for subsequent measures, for as long as the switch is on. As soon as it is released, the random number generators re-seed per measure, as before.

So, I hope these extra features were worth the bit more time it took. The only things we have left to do are get the displays running at the top, and "optimize" the code. (Whatever the fuck that means. Adam explains it as writing the math better, but the math looks the same to me either way, so I think he just fills it full of Magic Smoke or something.)

After that, we'll get working on the OSX versions, and presto-whammo. I still am not confident we'll have this done before Christmas, but it's now in the "sooner rather than later" file.



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Nov.30.2006 @ 3:13 PM
"Can you show us what happens if you run a synthesizer or guitar through it rather than just drums? Just curious :)"

me too.


Nov.30.2006 @ 4:16 PM
Chris Randall
Here's a quick demo of a synth line.

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The signal chain is thus:

NI Massive -> Replicant, with sends to Dubstation and Reverence.

I'm fooling with the settings on Replicant a bit, but you get a fair idea. You can just add a little randomness to a synth line, or you can do full on stutter-step. In a situation like this, it's best to have a delay on a send after the effect, as it smooths out the hinky parts a bit, but that's production and not process, so I would think anyone using Replicant in this context would be aware of such things.

Replicant is, of course, primarily for chopping drums, and that's where it shines. It _will_ chop any damned thing, and can act as a rhythmic auto-panner, ping pong delay, or whatever. We added so many features ultimately from its humble beginnings that it is quite capable. Reading the manual will be a must for this one, which kind of goes against our normal habit of making plugins that don't really need a manual.

I'm in a bit of a time crunch today, but I'll try to put up some other sounds getting slaughtered later this evening.



Nov.30.2006 @ 4:20 PM
Chris Randall
Also note that if you hear a measure pass by that has a rhythmic feature you like, you can just whack the "HOLD" button, and it'll repeat that event ad-nauseum. I know that doesn't make a lot of sense when you read it, but it'll become apparant in use.



Nov.30.2006 @ 5:47 PM
Looks brilliant! Looking forward to having some fun with this one. Chris and Adam, you guys continue to outdo yourselves. Hats off!



Nov.30.2006 @ 5:53 PM
i like it, therefore, i want it. :)

now if you could add an option to "learn and create midi file" so the rythm result can be used on something else, that could be cool.


Nov.30.2006 @ 5:54 PM
Chris Randall
No more features. None. We're in Feature Freeze, in order to avoid the deadly Feature Creep that stunned Ronin stupid.



Nov.30.2006 @ 6:39 PM
NI Massive? Really? For some reason I had it in my head that you were unimpressed with NI's more recent offerings.

Nov.30.2006 @ 7:29 PM
Chris Randall
Maybe, but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. It was part of an NFR trade.

I'll put up a full review in the next few days.)



Nov.30.2006 @ 8:40 PM
I can't wait for this to come out for OSX! put me on the list :)

Dec.01.2006 @ 10:19 AM
Replicant sounds like a lightsaber. Powerful for the forces of good, but easily used for evil. You have to make sure DJs aren't allowed to buy it or we'll be hearing it on every remix for years to come!

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