Alive and emailing

March 30, 2012

Heya,

So the blog got ancient. Let me improve things by a tiny fraction.
I’ve been snowed under with a bunch of stuff, and it’s been impacting my ability to run things, so I’ve brought in some help for first-tier customer support! From now on, Peter (my brother) will be handling all the day-to-day stuff like sorting out lost logins, demo requests, install help, etc. I’ll still be replying to audio questions, taking feature requests and bug reports. But this means that for things that need immediate response, they’ll get one.

I find I have to get my head down and concentrate to make progress with things, so this should be a great step forward in productivity.

Also, since he’s already gone ahead and said it, I can reveal that I’ve been working on a very unusual project with superhero, comedian and beatboxer Beardyman. It’s sort-of a DAW, and sort-of not, and it allows you to make music in the time it takes to hear it. It’s been fascinating to watch the design come to life, and it’ll certainly be something to look out for.

There’s a new plug on the beta list too. It leads me to pose the question: What’s the most fun effect to combine with a pitch shifter?

New EQ is coming along. I’m struggling a bit with the surround design. I’ve concluded that you need to be able to make groups of channels as shortcuts, but also be able to free-assign bands to channels. I’ve yet to figure out how to get this to work with MS… and in fact anyone with ideas/opinions on how MS should work “right” in surround… I’m all ears!

AAX looks like it’s done. I have some bugfixes in general that I want to roll in before I release, but it’s in good shape :)

Is there any call for a preset/mod sharing system of some kind? My PHP/CSS/JS has got fairly sharp recently and I’m toying with the idea of building something.

After the new EQ, which is my grand artistic statement for the year (it’s a beast), there’ll be a suite of dynamics processors.
Current list is: Compressor (little one), Gate, De-Esser, Dynamic EQ and Limiter. They’ll be based on the Compassion DSP, extended with extra functionality for each task.

So, that’s my todo list right now. If I’ve not replied to mails from anyone, it means I’ve lost them – please resend. I’ve had a little server trouble lately, which has been less than ideal, so I need to move the server somewhere more stable. Any recommendations?

Will post when there’s more news. ;)

Dave.

5 Responses to “Alive and emailing”

  1. Great news! Realtime idea capturing is a funny thing :)
    I think your pitchshifter thingy should include a delay to
    make a convenient sparklerizer. But it’s not very funny ;)But with a little Lfo?
    My dreams about a new Eq includes a kind of “curve learning” from other established Eq’s (e.g. Neveish Bass) or/and a better grouping and interdepency of the Equality parameter group feature. With preset sharing this could be handy too. Also a kind of saturation and transient control per band would be super nice :)
    It’s funny, I just wanted to ask you when it’s time for a cigar ;) The point is: to me there is the plug in world era before and after DMG Audio (in terms of transparency and overall quality), so…hurry up please and keep posting :)

  2. Delay seems a good call… How about with a LOT of LFO? ;)

    If you’d like to elaborate on ideas for grouping, I’m all ears :D

    I’m quite keen on being able to wire in accurate circuit models for specific curves… so that will be happening…

    About pre/post dmgaudio era… That’s one of the nicest things I’ve ever heard! Thanks so much!

    Dave.

  3. How about adding a transient designer type plugin like Eiosis’ E¬≤Transienter to your dynamic’s suite? Or vocoder with your “pitch shifting” thingy!

  4. The Mod/Preset sharing would be an nice idea!

    What about naming the compressor/mod settings in Compassion to their corresponding hardware units?

    Saturation +1

    Are you also working on something like a preamp plugin?

  5. In relation to grouping: One could think about polarity and multiplication for each parameter per band. This could help. And up to 2-6 groups (marked with different colors). This groups should keep their status when reloading. And linking with x and +- inbetween groups would be the icing ;)(e.g. tilt).
    Or a “simple” automation system for each band and the relating parameters :) (e.g. raising fs from 100-600 hz imparts a Q @ 100 hz with 0,5 to 2.0 @ 400hz to 1.5 @ 600hz..silly example).
    This makes the most sense with shelfs. The goal is to emulate the curves of some well known Eq’s not only at one point but also the overall behaviour at several frequencies.

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