July 31, 2007

Is there a Doctor in the house?

by Chris Randall

There is now. Dr. Device is now available.


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Aug.01.2007 @ 1:37 PM
Chris Randall
Somebody didn't read the manual.

The pad is learnable; the learn thingies are where you assign the destinations. Ctrl-shift-click those and you get our typical box. The left one is just pre-wired to respond to a pad.



Aug.01.2007 @ 4:22 PM
<laughing>Or rather, someone's too thick to get the manual.

Really, I was trying to get it to respond to my ReMote 25 through the haze of Sonar's ACT. I had the manual open right there with my test Dr.D project. The ACT learn works in most cases, but because of your Z-axis, which is responding to the mouse click, right?, ACT was always always assigning the MIDI-controller to Z. In ACT-learn mode it would record all three controllers (x,y,z) and only expose the last one to act, which is apparently z. In the end, I just figured out how to hack the ACT xml file and put those 6 controllers first.

But before I got to all that... although I'd set my pad up to match the default, I was thrown by not being able to just ctrl-shift each of the nubins and assign it that. Which, admittedly, is completely dense, because it's the axis you need not the widget. But when I used destination to assign all I was able to do was assign the controller to change the routing not the nubin axis.

Hey, at least I admit I'm learning challenged. I'm still not sure I've got my mind entirely around the Z-axis theory and application.


Aug.01.2007 @ 8:46 PM
Okay, threw it into EXT2 and I'm on the same page. And Z-axis - ah ha! So cool.

Brilliant work. Good luck with the data.


Aug.02.2007 @ 5:48 AM
Looks cool...

Aug.02.2007 @ 10:46 AM

Aug.02.2007 @ 6:07 PM
Ok, so I was confused by the Z axis concept and read what seemed to be the pertinent parts of the manual. If I am understanding things correctly, the Z axis will be 0 unless the mouse is over the nubby and is clicking. So, 2 questions.

1) Does this mean that z is always either exactly 1 or 0 and the low and high range sliders are really setting clicked and non-clicked values?

2) Is the Z axis truly only connected to the mouse, or does it respond whenever the nubby is being actively controlled vs. free floating? (by a knob, controller, whatever)


Aug.03.2007 @ 10:44 AM
Adam Schabtach
Giantm et al: sorry for the confusion. Clearly that section of the manual needs some elaboration, as does the MIDI-assignment stuff. (I don't know how many times I told myself "you HAVE to remember to describe this in the manual" and yet did I remember? No.)

To answer your questions:
1) Yes, if you're only using the mouse, but see #2 below.
2) If you connect a MIDI CC like a knob or slider to the Z axis of a nubby, the Z axis will take on any value from 0 to 1 as determined by the MIDI CC value. (Actually it will take on 128 values from 0 to 1 since MIDI CCs have 128 discrete values.) Is that what you mean? Sorry if I don't understand your question.



Aug.03.2007 @ 1:00 PM
Dr. Device --> Replicant --> Reverence

Try it. I have to say that for a plugin that I wasn't particularly stoked about, Dr. D is absolutely sick. Have you changed the filter from previous AD products? I do wish Deverb was UB though...


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