Sunday 21 August 2011

Mac OS X plug-in interface resizing issues

It would appear that, with the most recent 1.6.0 releases, there is a problem with certain Mac OS X hosts, such as Digital Performer 7, and Resound's and Manifold's interface resizing, which occurs when the preset browser is open.

We are looking into this, but in the intermin, those affected by this bug can work-around it by switching the preset browser to a modal type dialog. To do this:

  • Open the corresponding configuration file, which will usually be placed at ~/Library/Preferences/Loomer/Resound.xml or ~/Library/Preferences/Loomer/Manifold.xml . 
  • Add the following line to the file:  <value name="ModalPresetBrowser" val="1">
  • Save and close the configuration file.

All new instances of the plug-in will now use the modal (pop-up) version of the browser.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to have a fix out as soon as possible. I would be interested to hear if this problems also occurs in any other hosts, so by all means post details here of any resizing incompatibilities.


Tuesday 16 August 2011

Manifold and Resound 1.6.0 updates released

Manifold 1.6.0 and Resound 1.6.0 for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux are now available. Download the update versions here.

Manifold is a software audio effect processor that enhances an audio signal, producing a fuller, livelier, bigger sound. Input signals are split into as many as 20 individual voices, each of which are detuned, placed around the stereo panorama, and recombined with stunning results. Flexible controls mean Manifold is capable of producing a wide range of effects; from subtle modulations that add interest to lifeless sounds, to extreme detuning that fattens the weakest of input sources.

Resound is a software audio delay effect processor that emulates the sound and operation of vintage magnetic-tape echo units. Whilst not a direct copy of any one particular model, it takes features from several of the classic delay devices, and unites them into a convincing and pleasingly retro sounding effect.

Fixes and features in these release are as follows:

  • Native 64-bit VST plug-in for Mac OS X (64-bit VST support requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater; 64-bit Audio Unit requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater; all other formats require Mac OS X 10.4 or greater. ) 
  • Integrated undo and redo, with unlimited history size. 
  • [Resound] Split mechanical tape emulation controls into separate Noise and Flutter parameters. 
  • Category support in preset browser. 
  • MIDI Program Changes are now multi-threaded, and so will no longer potentially stall the audio synthesis. 
  • Fix for GUI freeze that could occur in certain Mac OS X VST hosts. 
  • Slightly reduced CPU usage and removed potential audio thread stall that could rarely occur when editing parameters. 
  • Windows RTAS plug-in is now installed to the correct location on 64-bit Windows operating systems. 
  • Fix for rare issue that stopped presets from loading in Linux Renoise when LADSPA plug-in support is enabled. 
  • Fix for issue that could cause some presets to be instantly marked as changed after opening them in Pro Tools or Maschine on Mac OS X. 
  • Factory presets now load significantly faster. 
  • Fix for crash (on both Windows and Linux) that could occur when 'space' is pressed when confirming the overwrite preset dialog. 
  • For Windows VST (32-bit and 64-bit), the preferences file can be placed alongside the DLL file to facilitate USB or portable installs. 
  • Preset meta data (ie, author name, notes, tags) is now correctly displayed after loading an .FXP based preset or restoring a saved project. 
  • VU meters now automatically reset their overload status after a few seconds. 
  • Various host compatibility fixes. 
  • PDF manual is now printer-friendly.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

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String 1.3.5 for Mac OS X and Windows now available

String 1.3.5, the polyphonic ensemble string synth, for Mac OS X and Windows is now available. This release fixes several issues specific to the Mac OS X and Windows versions: String for Linux remains at version 1.3.0.

Included in this release are the following fixes:
  • Fix for the String FX for Mac OS X VST plug-in not resizing correctly in some 64-bit hosts when opening the preset browser.
  • Fix for mouse-wheel not working correctly for the Windows 32-bit VST plug-in.