Saturday, 22 October 2011

Linux LV2 preview

The most common request from Linux users continues to be, "Are your plug-ins going to be available in LV2 format?" And I'm pleased to officially announce: yes. We've in-house LV2 native versions of our entire plug-in line running in LV2 native format, and to prove it, here's a quick glance at String in Ardour 3.

We currently have no official release date for the LV2 versions, other than to say soon. (And of course, the LV2 plug-ins will use the same license key as all the other versions, so will be free to existing users.) 

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Sequent 1.3.0: Mac 64-bit VST; Bitcrusher

It's time for another update: Sequent 1.3.0 is now available.

About Sequent 
Sequent is a step-sequenced multi-effect processor with a flexible modular effects routing system, an incredibly powerful beat looper, twenty-three parameter sequencers, and a wealth of randomization options. Sequent is the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio. Sequent is available for Mac OS X v 10.4 and above, Windows XP and above, and Linux, in Audio Unit, VST plugin, RTAS for Pro Tools 7 and above, and Standalone application formats.

What's new in Sequent 1.3.0 :

  • 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. ) 
  • Bitcrusher effect added to distortion module. 
  • Massively improved speed and responsiveness of all UI controls. 
  • Improved CPU usage when wiring effects in the modular view. 
  • Improved CPU usage when tweaking parameters from a hardware controller. 
  • Improved CPU usage when rapidly switching patterns. 
  • Sequence syncing is now more reliable for hosts which provide only periodic PPQ positional information. 
  • Rotary controls for Looper mode and Filter types are now replaced by combo controls. 
  • For the Windows VST plug-in, when using a relative path for the presets folder, the path is now relative to the DLL, not the host. 
  • Standalone versions now support multiple simultaneous hardware controllers. 
  • 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. 
  • Preset searches are now multi-threaded. Preset browser can now immediately respond to user interaction, even whilst searching a massive preset library, or when browsing a folder containing a large number of presets. 
  • Added soft notching for volume and crossfade controls, making unity volume and 50% crossfade mix easier to dial in. 
  • Fixed extremely rare crash that could occur on a minority of Windows 32-bit systems when opening the UI. 
  • Preset meta data (ie, author name, notes, tags) is now correctly displayed after loading an .FXP based preset or restoring a saved project. 
  • Standalone application tempo can now be set to within two decimal places of accuracy.