July 10, 2007

Dr. Device Update...

by Chris Randall

I know a lot of you are waiting with bated breath for Dr. D but the wait is gonna be a bit longer. We ran in to some issues with the Windows version that needed to be addressed before work could proceed, and we spent the majority of last week taking care of that before moving along. (In all cases in the preceding paragraph, the word "we" can be construed to mean "Adam." I was either swimming or swearing at my computer.)

Anyhow, everything is moving at a punk rock clip now. I should have the presets done tomorrow (and by "I" I actually mean "me") and the AU actually exists now, albeit in a somewhat stilted form. This is the normal state for an AU, IM not-so HO, so all is right with the world.

This is all quasi-annoying as we kind of timed our print ad purchases to the ostensible release date of the good Doctor, so we have full-page ads running in CM and FM this very minute that advertise essentially nothing, and despite Adam's express wishes, our company has joined the droves of software companies out there that advertise shit they ain't selling. Well, at least we have good company. My fault completely, and I'll take your criticism. (Unless it's actually, like, critical, in which case I'll just delete it because, despite the facade, I'm really not that interested in being criticized.)



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Jul.10.2007 @ 10:36 PM
The AD stuff always works when its released. Its straight up, pro-level shit... every time. I never mind waiting for that.

Jul.10.2007 @ 10:44 PM
beauty pill
word to that. AD is technology with personality.

serve no wine before its time.

- c


Jul.11.2007 @ 5:28 PM
I was wondering if the xyz pad can be controlled from a usb wacom tablet. it is a popular xyz controller.

Jul.11.2007 @ 5:32 PM
Adam Schabtach
If your Wacom tablet can emulate a mouse, then yes, you could use it to control the XY pad. If that seems like a dumb answer, then I don't understand your question. The XY pad is a screen control, no more, no less.



Jul.12.2007 @ 12:42 AM
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Jul.12.2007 @ 3:05 AM
Chris Randall
gashoagie was being ironic; I say in the bullet points that Dr. Device is hard-wired to be controlled by popular XYZ controllers, and he says "like the Wacom" as if he didn't know I meant _MIDI_ controllers. The purpose of this statement was, I assume, to prove a point.

However, he ultimately is aware that the Wacom tablet, while a paragon of design, is just a mouse, and not a MIDI controller as such.



Jul.12.2007 @ 11:08 AM
Okay, I must be missing something. What exactly is the Z-axis in Dr. Device, and how is it controlled (i.e.- mouse wheel)?

Jul.12.2007 @ 11:49 AM
Adam Schabtach
The Z-axis is a third control axis. When you click a nubby with the mouse, its Z-axis value changes from zero to one; when you release the mouse, it goes back to zero. This lets you do some interesting stuff like turn the delay (or filter) section on only when you're moving a nubby around.

If you map a MIDI controller to the Z-axis, it can take on any value from zero to one, e.g. you could use your mod wheel to control stuff via the Z-axis.

Sorry I missed the irony re the Wacom. I spent too much time talking to people about strange input devices after I wrote the InputSprocket object for Max. I had one fellow tell me with much excitement that he was using a steering wheel to control his granular synthesizer.



Jul.12.2007 @ 1:04 PM
All cheekiness aside, anyone interested in using their Wacom tablet as a MIDI controller could do worse than checking out Livelab's Tablet 2 MIDI:

link [livelab.dk/tabldi.ph...]">link [livelab.dk]


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