KXStudio

29 Jun '22 19:24 Cardinal 22.06 released Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here, with a few new modules and a bunch of bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Module changes Add AS modules Add forsitan modulare Add Myth modules Add Host Parameters Map core module Add Sassy Scope core module Implement custom plugin GUIs for internal Ildaeil plugins Implement JSFX plugin support in Ildaeil Make Host Parameters smoothing optional Fix Fundamental flipped noise outputs Fix...

KXStudio

29 Jun '22 19:24 Cardinal 22.06 released Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here, with a few new modules and a bunch of bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Module changes Add AS modules Add forsitan modulare Add Myth modules Add Host Parameters Map core module Add Sassy Scope core module Implement custom plugin GUIs for internal Ildaeil plugins Implement JSFX plugin support in Ildaeil Make Host Parameters smoothing optional Fix Fundamental flipped noise outputs Fix...

Libre Arts

23 Jun '22 06:43 LSP Plugins 1.2.2

Vladimir Sadovnikov released a new version of his free/libre LSP PLugins pack, this time featuring a multiband dynamics plugin in four variations: left/right, midside, mono, and stereo. Basically it’s an 8-band compressor (only 4 enabled by default to start small probably). By default you get this all-band overview: You can tweak the frequency ranges directly on the graph by dragging vertical lines around, or you can make fine numeric adjustments below (double-click any number below its respective rotary button to edit). And you can do the usual compression magic to frequency bands selectively...

Libre Arts

22 Jun '22 13:43 JUCE7 delivers LV2 and ARA support

Raw Material Software Ltd. released a major update of the JUCE framework targeted at developers of audio/MIDI software and used in numerous free/libre and proprietary software projects. The new version finally delivers support for both the LV2 plugin API and the ARA SDK. It also comes with a bunch of UI rendering improvements on macOS and iOS. LV2 support The lack of official LV2 support in JUCE has been one of the major showstoppers in LV2 adoption by plugin makers. Sure, some developers like Moddart have demonstrated exemplary perseverance in delivering their products in LV2 anyway. But that...

KXStudio

19 Jun '22 10:02 Cadence 0.9.2 release

Cadence 0.9.2 has just been tagged. No new features have been added to the code-base. The release is focused on fixing compatibility with new systems, specially for Python 3.10. This release is quite late, all things considered. Until a few days ago I was still running an Ubuntu 20.04 based OS, so I couldn't reproduce any crashes. A few people submitted fixes for Python 3.10 compatibility, but I did not want to tag a new release before running a few tests myself. I am now on a Ubuntu 22.04 based OS, so finally I was able to reproduce the reported issues and fix any extra ones that popped up. I...

CDM: linux

15 Jun '22 21:21 CLAP is a new open-source plug-in format from Bitwig, u-he – do we need it, and who will use it?

Bitwig and plug-in maker u-he today are announcing a new plug-in format into beta, dubbed CLAP, for CLever Audio Plug-in API. It's open and has features missing from the leading proprietary formats - and boasts some significant support at launch. So what will that mean for you? The post CLAP is a new open-source plug-in format from Bitwig, u-he – do we need it, and who will use it? appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

15 Jun '22 15:43 Introducing CLAP 1.0, open-source audio/MIDI plugins API

After 7 years of work, CLAP 1.0 SDK for audio/MIDI plugins is now available. Bitwig and U-he, both collaborators on the project, issued an official announcement. There are both hosts and plugins available with CLAP support now. Disclaimer: I covered most of the topics here previously in two write-ups for LWN, “An introduction to Linux audio plugin APIs “ and “The Clever Audio Plugin “. So I might be inadvertently repeating myself. What is CLAP? Much like VST, AU, LV2 and others, CLAP is an software development kit for creating audio effects and virtual instruments that work across multiple...

fundimental

05 Jun '22 04:00 Building a plant table: (3/3) putting it together

Well, this draft has been sitting unpublished for a while, but it’s time for the third part of my ad-hoc build series. With the two pre-requisite jigs out of the way (1 2) here’s the main project. Essentially with winter arriving I had some typically outdoor plants which needed to be moved back inside to avoid the frost. My current home has reasonably high windows and narrow windowsills, so some sort of table was needed for my plants to get a reasonable amount of sunlight. I started out with a simple stool that I had built with pine reclaimed from an old door. If you’ve got a landlord who...

KXStudio

31 May '22 00:29 KXStudio Monthly Report (May 2022)

Hello all, it has been a while since the last time I wrote one of the "monthly" reports, but now back again. Typically I would write about stuff that was happening behind-the-scenes or to be released soon, but last couple of months have been mostly releases of stuff that was already in progress and was reported on already, or quick enough releases that could be done in a single month. Also, there was quite a lot of Cardinal, like a lot of it. :) Continuing with efforts torwards VST3 VST3 support in DPF is not going as quickly as I hoped, with the last few details being hard to get right. As a...

Drobilla

27 May '22 07:08 Patchage 1.0.6

Patchage 1.0.6 has been released. Patchage is a modular patch bay for Jack and ALSA based audio/MIDI systems. Changes: Fix ALSA sequencer port subscriptions Fix crash on client disconnection Fix initial display with no configuration file Fix various minor bugs Rework code architecture to be more decoupled and data-driven Save "human names" setting in configuration Show latency in toolbar with 2 decimal places Switch to C++14

Drobilla

27 May '22 05:43 Suil 0.10.12

Suil 0.10.12 has been released. Suil is a library for loading and wrapping LV2 plugin UIs. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/suil. Changes: Fix build issues with newer toolchains Fix some compiler warnings Remove Qt4 support

Drobilla

27 May '22 05:38 Lilv 0.24.14

Lilv 0.24.14 has been released. Lilv is a C library to make the use of LV2 plugins as simple as possible for applications. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/lilv. Changes: Fix build issues with newer toolchains Fix unused parameter warnings Update zix tree

Drobilla

27 May '22 03:27 Sratom 0.6.10

Sratom 0.6.10 has been released. Sratom is a small library for serialising LV2 atoms to and from RDF, for converting between binary and text or storing in a model. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sratom. Changes: Fix documentation installation directory Fix potential blank node ID truncation

Drobilla

27 May '22 03:22 Sord 0.16.10 Sord 0.16.10 has been released. Sord is a lightweight C library for storing RDF statements in memory. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sord. Changes: Fix Windows build Fix potential crash or incorrectness issue with GCC 10 again

Drobilla

27 May '22 02:47 Serd 0.30.12

Serd 0.30.12 has been released. Serd is a lightweight C library for RDF syntax which supports reading and writing Turtle, TriG, NTriples, and NQuads. Serd is suitable for performance-critical or resource-limited applications, such as serialising very large data sets or embedded systems. Changes: Fix warnings and build issues with clang 13 and VS 2019 Fix writing long literals with triple quotes Improve documentation style Support combining several BSD-style command line flags in serdi Write statements with invalid URI characters in lax mode

CDM: linux

23 May '22 22:08 MOD Devices made a guitar synth you can actually play like a synth – so your guitar is the CV

It's the sound and expression of a modular synth, but you can mix it with guitar sounds and play it with the guitar techniques you already know. Here's the latest no-extra-cost addition to MOD Devices do-it-all mobile effects boxes. The post MOD Devices made a guitar synth you can actually play like a synth – so your guitar is the CV appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Autostatic

16 May '22 21:32 rtcqs v0.5.2 released

After some thought and having updated the linuxaudio.org system configuration wiki page I decided to remove three checks from rtcqs. First to go was the background processes check. It checked for two processes that are not used anymore and these days I can’t think of an ubiquitous piece of software that could wreak so much […]

KXStudio

15 May '22 16:09 Cardinal 22.05 has been released

Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. This is a big update with not just bug-fixes but also new modules and a few behaviour changes too. Particularly interesting for existing Rack users is the inclusion of the popular Fundamental modules, though in customized fashion. A new Audio to CV Pitch module also makes a debut, based on DISTRHO PitchTrackingSeries which was a shared effort for pushing the feature...

Libre Arts

04 May '22 18:43 Weekly-ish recap — 4 May 2022

Highlights: new Krita book, GIMP is finally getting some CMYK features, there have been new releases of OpenToonz, Kdenlive, Zrythm, LSP and Noise Repellent plugins, and more. GIMP and ongoing CMYK work The most interesting thing going on with GIMP right now is the work by new contributor NikC. He recently added CMYK JPEGs exporting, and has three more related patches in the pipeline: correct CMYK TIFFs loading, CMYK TIFFs exporting, and a rewrite of the CMYK color selector to use the babl library. Please note that instead of using the preferred CMYK profile the CMYK JPEG exporter will use...

Autostatic

03 May '22 11:47 rtcqs v0.4.2 released

This release comes with a new Power Management check which checks if the audio group has read/write permissions on /dev/cpu_dma_latency. If your user is a member of the audio group and permissions are set for this group then DAW’s like Ardour and Reaper can open this file as your user, keep it open and control […] The post rtcqs v0.4.2 released appeared first on autostatic.com.

CDM: linux

29 Apr '22 17:25 NAP 0.5.0, free realtime visual tool, adds GPU computation, Web, RasPi support, new look

NAP, the free and open-source live visualization toolkit, has an all-new look, powerful GPU computation capabilities, a Web portal ... and it even runs on a Raspberry Pi. Your next installation is calling. Let's check it out. The post NAP 0.5.0, free realtime visual tool, adds GPU computation, Web, RasPi support, new look appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

25 Apr '22 20:00 Correction: Changes in KXStudio repositories

This is a quick correction to yesterday's post regarding changes in the KXStudio repositories. I mentioned that the minimum required version was Debian 12 / Bookworm. This is incorrect, the minimum is actually Debian 11 / Bullseye. Apologies for the lapse, have a good day! :)

KXStudio

24 Apr '22 15:12 Changes in KXStudio repositories

For the impatient ones, the too-long-didn't-read short summary is: Minimum required version to use the KXStudio repositories is now 20.04 / Focal or Debian 11 / Bullseye i386 / 32bit systems are no longer supported "Extras" repository has been marked as deprecated and should no longer be used Updating base version to 20.04 / focal As Ubuntu 22.04 was just announced, I began to do work on the KXStudio repositories once again. They were using Ubuntu 18.04 as base for all builds, which is getting old now and only has 1 more year of support. That last part is important - when 18.04 goes end-of...

Ubuntu Studio

21 Apr '22 17:10 Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04, code-named “Jammy Jellyfish”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 31st release. This release is a Long-Term Support release and as such, it is supported for 3 years (until April 2025). Since it’s just out, you may experience some... Continue reading

KXStudio

15 Apr '22 20:54 Carla 2.4.3 has been released

This is a small bugfix release for the Carla v2.4 series. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. Fixes Fix build for Alpine Linux and BSD Fix integration with internal Qt toolbar visibility state Fix plugin search (regression from 2.4.2) Fix several Windows UTF-16 issues Build related changes Add -fno-gnu-unique to default build flags Implement VERBOSE make flag Make build compatible with LTO, now enabled on official macOS...

CDM: linux

07 Apr '22 19:33 You can already use the Steam Deck as a music machine, with Bitwig Studio, VCV Rack, more

It's a portable gaming machine - but unlike other such devices, the Steam Deck is also an open, handheld, Linux-powered computer. And you know what that means: it's a synth and a DAW, too. The post You can already use the Steam Deck as a music machine, with Bitwig Studio, VCV Rack, more appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Midichlorians in the blood

05 Apr '22 07:51 Procrustes' Piano

In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a rogue smith and bandit. He had an iron bed, in which he invited every passer-by to spend the night. If the guest was shorter than the bed, he used his smith hammer to stretch them to fit. If the guest proved too tall, Procrustes amputated the excess length; nobody ever fitted the bed exactly. Procrustes continued his reign of terror until he was killed by Theseus.In common language, a "Procrustean bed" is an arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced. Pianos are one example of "One size fits all" disregarding Ergonomics absolutely.The number of...

KXStudio

04 Apr '22 22:43 Cardinal 22.04 released

Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here, this time focused on bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Changelog: Add Interverb demo patch (in source code) Add retrigger to Host-MIDI Do not show resize handle on JACK Standalone Fix and enable ChowDSP Credit module Fix potential noise burts on load with ihtsyn MVerb-based modules Fix messed up graphics on Windows with High-DPI screens Fix resources not found on some Windows systems (by not...

Ubuntu Studio

31 Mar '22 17:43 Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS Beta Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”. While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper DVD build or installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, reasonably representative of what you will find... Continue reading

Ubuntu Studio

25 Mar '22 02:37 A New Logo for Ubuntu Studio

Many of you may have seen Ubuntu’s post about their logo refresh. Since Ubuntu Studio is a part of Ubuntu, we decided to follow suit. Beginning with the release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS, you will notice a new logo in the startup and splash screens, along with the website.... Continue reading

KXStudio

21 Mar '22 17:45 Cardinal 22.03 released

Hello everyone, a new release of Cardinal is here. This brings quite a few new extra modules, updates the existing ones and adds a few nice features as requested by users. This is what changed compared to the (initial) 22.02 release: Add Windows installer, shipping with optional Carla Plugin Host integration and JACK Standalone Add AudioUnit plugin format for macOS Fix build for HaikuOS (only headless possible for now) Fix crash in headless build when loading certain modules Fix GUI resize in high-dpi systems Fix Host MIDI-CC channel pressure and pitchbend interfering with CCs Fix repaints in...

CDM: linux

21 Mar '22 16:14 Renoise tracker better supports Mac, Windows, Link, and – get ready, DIYers – RasPi

It's the tracker software (Renoise) and sampler-sequencer (Redux) that bring those tools into the 21st century. And now Renoise delivers a ton of new native options for every platform. The post Renoise tracker better supports Mac, Windows, Link, and – get ready, DIYers – RasPi appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Midichlorians in the blood

18 Mar '22 15:48 Spring is coming

I've just released Barcelona Trees, Beta2 v0.0.4, which is just another extremely niche application, totally unrelated to MIDI, but also based on the Qt frameworks like my other free software projects.The motivation of this program is to help Barcelona visitors or dwellers, answering questions such as:What trees are nearby? (from manual or GPS location)What trees are on a given street or garden?Where can I find specimens of a certain genus/species?For each specimen, obtain more information about its species from existing data on Wikipedia and public images.This may be useful in many ways, from...

Libre Arts

28 Feb '22 08:53 Weekly-ish recap — 28 February 2022

Highlights: new releases of GIMP, darktable, OBS Studio, Zrythm, Geonkick, X.org driver for Wacom, Inkscape to begin hiring, FreeCAD 0.20 is coming. GIMP 2.99.10 New version of GIMP comes with a pretty major change: layer links are now gone. They’ve always been more like temporary solution for lacking multi-layer selection. Now that GIMP has the latter, it didn’t make much sense keeping layer links. For use cases where you might want restoring a complex selection of layers that are not inside the same group there are now layer sets available. Frankly, the feature should have been called ‘layer...

KXStudio

21 Feb '22 21:38 Ildaeil v1.0 released

Hello everyone, another release is here, this time it is Ildaeil. Something that was initially done as a test for Carla and ImGui usage within DPF, but turns out to be actually quite useful! To those that are not up to date on KXStudio developments, let's recap this little new project... Ildaeil is mini-plugin host working as a plugin allowing one-to-one plugin format reusage. The idea is to load it as a plugin inside your DAW and then the other "real" plugin inside Ildaeil. This allows, for example, a VST3 host to load LV2 plugins. For the more technically-minded people, this is basically a...

KXStudio

19 Feb '22 16:58 Carla 2.4.2 has been released

This is a bugfix release for Carla version v2.4 series, with some extra user-experience related changes. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. Fixes Fix a few crashes with JACK applications inside Carla Fix build on non-supported systems by JUCE Fix crash when LV2 X11 UI has non-mapped child window Fix compatibility with Python 3.10 Fix default SF2/3 path Fix LV2 UI resizing on macOS Fix missing VST3 plugins not being...

CDM: linux

18 Feb '22 17:54 Bitwig 4.2: Note Grid for modular note processing and generation, plus a bunch of new effects

Okay, weekend warriors - Bitwig Studio 4.2 beta is here, and it's got a good reason to get on the Grid modular patching train. Think note processing and generation in a really intuitive way. Plus whether or not that's your speed, they've got 3 audio effects x 4 characters = stuff most everyone will want. The post Bitwig 4.2: Note Grid for modular note processing and generation, plus a bunch of new effects appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

14 Feb '22 12:45 Audio Damage has released 33 classic legacy plug-ins for free – here’s a guide and a stupid test

Beloved boutique plug-in house Audio Damage has found a heck of a retirement for 33 of its vintage plug-ins: it’s giving them away for free for macOS and Windows. Here’s a complete guide and an ill-advised test scenario. Audio Damage’s Chris Randall explains in a blog post: Everything Old Is New Again… Here’s the skinny: […] The post Audio Damage has released 33 classic legacy plug-ins for free – here’s a guide and a stupid test appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

07 Feb '22 14:53 Weekly-ish recap — 7 February 2021

Highlights: Inkscape 1.2 goes alpha, Weston gets essential color management support, Blender Studio announces new open movie project, new releases of Blender, BlenderBIM, Ossia Score, Mixxx, Shotcut, PipeWire. Inkscape 1.1.2 and Inkscape 1.2-alpha This is great news. The updated stable release brings a ton of bug fixes and the 1.2 alpha brings pretty much every new feature I shared with you here and on Twitter, and then some. Here is a quick rundown: Pages tool to create multiple pages and manipulate them (rearrange, resize, remove) Alignment snapping aka snapping guides aka smart guides New...

Libre Arts

01 Feb '22 15:53 Introducing Watchtower

Over at Blender Studio, Francesco Siddi did a quick introduction of Watchtower, a new software project that helps manage the production of animated and live action movies. Here is some background info. First off, what does Watchtower do? The web app gives a bird’s-eye view over the progress on your video project, whether it’s a feature film animation or a documentary short. In fact, you can head over to a demo project and see for yourself. Once you have your list of sequences and shots, you can start storyboarding and that’s where Watchtower becomes instantly useful: you can see the stage of...

Libre Arts

26 Jan '22 15:53 Weekly-ish recap — 26 January 2021

Highlights: new releases of Scribus, Flameshot, Surge, ZynAddSubFX, Zrythm, Giada; Audacity resurrects real-time effects, Ardour gets cue markers. Flameshot 11.0 This application for taking and editing screenshots has creeped into my life on its many tiny legs and nested there. So I’m happy to say a new version is now available. The most interesting changes are: More CLI options, if that’s the way you roll. Thickness of tools can now be set with the keyboard. Simply type a numerical value like “15” and you will see the indicator in the upper left corner of the screen. Text alignment can now be...

CDM: linux

24 Jan '22 10:48 SunVox 2.0: the nearly-free modular pocket DAW just got a slew of new features

It's the underground sleeper hit, a modular, power instrument-DAW-tracker that runs basically everywhere, for free/donation or (on iOS/Android) just a few bucks. And now it just hit 2.0. There's a ton of new stuff whether you've got an ancient smart device or the latest and greatest. Here's a look. The post SunVox 2.0: the nearly-free modular pocket DAW just got a slew of new features appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Ubuntu Studio

21 Jan '22 17:31 Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Has Reached End Of Life (EOL)

As of January 20, 2022, all flavors of Ubuntu 21.04, including Ubuntu Studio 21.04, codenamed “Hirsute Hippo”, have reached end-of-life (EOL). There will be no more updates of any kind, including security, for this version of Ubuntu. If you have not already done so, please upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 21.10... Continue reading

Libre Arts

14 Jan '22 10:53 Streamlining Inkscape for the masses

It’s not a heavily guarded secret that I have an undying love for Inkscape. For me, it’s one of those applications I’m really excited to use every time I have some silly need for a vector graphics editor. Which is why everyone actively involved with the project is my personal hero, and I’m only happy to chat with them every once in a while about how the project is doing. This time, I spoke to Chris Rogers (Vectors team, i.e. PR and communication), Tavmjong Bah (developer), Martin Owens (developer), and Adam Belis (UX guy). Q: So, first off, I love a lot of things going on with Inkscape lately...

Libre Arts

09 Jan '22 10:53 Looking back at 2021, looking forward at 2022

Let’s have a closer look at main events of 2021 and what’s coming for us in 2022. Obligatory disclaimer: I only talk about projects that I track more or less closely. There are many more great projects out there, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about those! What’s holding up GIMP 3.0 There has been a lot of plumbing work on GIMP in 2021. Really, a lot of changes are bug fixes and boring under-the-hood work. Two major user-visible improvements are both recent: You can now use clone tools on multiple layers at the same time. Works great when you have a texture for a photogrammetry project and...

Autostatic

30 Dec '21 00:38 Using Home Assistant with IR controlled devices

When my NAD C325BEE stopped working I could’ve bought a new stereo amplifier but after a quick look inside I was pretty sure the damage was minor so I brought it to a repair service. When I could pick it up again not only were the costs way below the price of a new amplifier […] The post Using Home Assistant with IR controlled devices appeared first on autostatic.com.

Autostatic

27 Dec '21 13:54 rtcqs released

rtcqs v0.3.1 is now available on Codeberg and Github. rtcqs is the continuation of the realtimeconfigquickscan project but then rewritten in Python. It comes with a Qt GUI and a few extra checks. Dear all, I’d like to announce rtcqs, the continuation of the realtimeconfigquickscan project. It’s a port to Python with some added extra’s, […] The post rtcqs released appeared first on autostatic.com.

Midichlorians in the blood

26 Dec '21 10:54 Winter Releases

In addition to the usual bug fixing, a common pattern across all projects are the changes related to the transition to Qt6, still experimental but mature enough, while keeping compatibility with Qt5. One stopper in this transition is the removal of the QTextCodec class in Qt6 core libraries, moved to the Core5Compat module, risking to be definitely removed at some point in the future. Some methods in Drumstick::File that depend on this class are deprecated now. This functionality is key for data preservation when parsing/importing MIDI files containing text metadata (titles, comments, names...

CDM: linux

24 Dec '21 02:33 TouchOSC updates are here, plus excellent videos for inspiration, instruction

The preeminent multi-platform touch control app just keeps improving since its next-gen reboot earlier this year. And that means the ability to get your hands on music and visuals wherever you are, on any OS. So let's catch up with Hexler. The post TouchOSC updates are here, plus excellent videos for inspiration, instruction appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

07 Dec '21 15:26 The best free tools for working with modular synthesis and music

Patching for the people - there's no reason cost or access has to keep you from the powers and fun of modular synthesis and music making. VCV Rack's launch this month got lots of attention, but there are other options, too. Here the latest, best picks. The post The best free tools for working with modular synthesis and music appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

07 Dec '21 10:53 Weekly-ish recap — 7 December 2021

Week highlights: new major releases of Blender, Open 3D Engine, OTIO, and Bespoke Synth, Cardinal is gaining momentum. Blender 3.0 This is one of the most exciting releases in 2021. I wholeheartedly recommend watching the “Every new feature in 6 minutes” video, it provides a pretty good summary of the most important changes. The team also shot a mini-documentary with user stories: With 3.0, Blender enters a new LTS phase that will last 2 years. Version 3.2 with new features is expected in March 2022. The release notes is being collected here. Blender Geometry Sketcher I’ve just come across a...

Libre Arts

30 Nov '21 20:53 Weekly-ish recap — 30 November 2021

This is more of a monthly recap, for my sins! Highlights: new releases of BlenderBIM and IfcOpenShell, Natron, LibrePCB, Shotcut, VCV Rack, Blender 3.0 is coming later this week, Krita and darktable are prepping up for a major update. macOS support returns to GIMP Thanks to Lukas Oberhuber (among other contributors), up-to-date versions of GIMP are available for macOS users again. There’s a stable build of 2.10.28 with fixes for invisible selection cue (marching ants) and an experimental build of v2.99.8 which is GTK3-based and supports HiDPI displays vastly better that the GTK2-based version...

CDM: linux

30 Nov '21 19:34 VCV Rack 2 arrives – standalone is still free, $99 intro gets plug-ins with VST right away – details

The anticipated VCV Rack 2 is here and out of beta. What will it support? What does the release mean for compatibility with modules? What will it cost if you opt for the 'Pro' version? All the details here - but yeah, you can finally run VCV Rack inside your DAW. The post VCV Rack 2 arrives – standalone is still free, $99 intro gets plug-ins with VST right away – details appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Timj's Testbit

27 Nov '21 01:01 Anklang takes over

The first pre-release of Anklang was uploaded to Github a couple days ago. The Anklang project is a digital audio synthesis application for live creation and composition of music or other audio material. It merges several new developments and (Beast) rewriting efforts by Stefan Westerfeld and me…

CDM: linux

24 Nov '21 22:15 Bespoke, free modular – jamming – livecoding – production tool, looks serious at 1.1.0

If you need a break from big monolithic production environments, Bespoke wants to be your alternative - for free. Plenty of you liked that idea and responded, and the result hits this month with the major 1.1.0 milestone. The post Bespoke, free modular – jamming – livecoding – production tool, looks serious at 1.1.0 appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

12 Nov '21 12:48 Meet MeeBlip’s new cubit duo, USB MIDI interface and thru box all in one

We're pleased to introduce our latest addition to the MeeBlip line - the simple but essential interface and thru box for MIDI we needed ourselves. Here's cubit duo. The post Meet MeeBlip’s new cubit duo, USB MIDI interface and thru box all in one appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

11 Nov '21 11:18 Unity just bought Weta Digital – yeah, the Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson one

The democratization of visual effects continues at a stunning pace, with or without acquisitions. But it's hard to beat this example - an Academy Award-winning visual effects studio is now in the hands of a game engine. The post Unity just bought Weta Digital – yeah, the Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson one appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

SFZTtools

08 Nov '21 15:13 sfizz 1.1.1 release Roll back VSTGUI to 4.10.2 to avoid corruption of the UI in some scenarios See: GitHub release page Download links: sfizz-1.1.1-macos.dmg sfizz-1.1.1-mingw32.tar.gz sfizz-1.1.1-mingw64.tar.gz sfizz-1.1.1-moddevices.tar.gz sfizz-1.1.1-win32.exe sfizz-1.1.1-win64.exe sfizz-1.1.1.tar.gz

CDM: linux

04 Nov '21 21:25 Unity 2021.2 is full of artist-friendly stuff, from rendering to mobile face capture

Hey, that other engine starting with the letter 'U' is looking pretty amazing, too. Unity 2021.2 Tech Stream is here, with loads of artist-friendly features. And you were worried what to do with your winter (southern hemisphere summer). The post Unity 2021.2 is full of artist-friendly stuff, from rendering to mobile face capture appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

04 Nov '21 16:08 Bitwig Studio 4.1: color palettes, note FX with physics and more, Sampler release chaining

Bitwig users get a bunch of goodies in the just-announced 4.1. There are tons of Note FX devices with various features for organic and musical and simulated physics-based playability, plus a really smart way of handling color palettes, chains that trigger when you release Sampler notes, and more. She’s like a rainbow If you’re on […] The post Bitwig Studio 4.1: color palettes, note FX with physics and more, Sampler release chaining appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

31 Oct '21 18:53 Halloween art 2021

Over the past week, I’ve seen quite a few nice Halloween-themed artworks made with free/libre software. Here are my personal picks of the ones made with Blender and Krita. Oh, and let’s have none of this “sexy witch” nonsense. Macabre is fine though somehow :) Happy Halloween from Dennys J M Pinheda, Krita: Crows, by mikak, Krita: Happy Halloween by huleeb, Blender: Pumpkin’s Trick or Treat by Thornydre, Blender: ’”Sick hat, Bro,” said the man in a tree.’ by yagrum, Blender: Bonus part, a speedpainting video of that: I like a lot what Metin Seven does, but his things with teeth are absolute...

Libre Arts

31 Oct '21 10:53 Weekly-ish recap — 31 October 2021

Highlights: new releases of GIMP, Krita, Penpot, ArmorPaint, Audacity, PipeWire, Apple joins Blender Dev Fund, Stargate DAW joins Linux audio family, Ardour gets clip launching as part of future live looping feature set. GIMP 2.99.8 Much of the release notes for the newly arrived GIMP 2.99.8 covers continuous integration changes. While it might be a boring topic for you, especially if you are in the “DO WANT FEATURES” camp, this is actually great. Here is why. If someone fixed a bug that annoyed you or implemented a new feature that you really wanted, you can now test this on your operating...

Midichlorians in the blood

25 Oct '21 21:15 Autumn Releases

There is a new batch of releases: Drumstick Libraries, VMPK, and Drumstick Multiplatform MIDI File Player. Below is the change log for each one.There is a common feature: USE_QT can be given in the cmake command to choose which Qt major version (5 or 6) to prefer. By default (if not set) it uses whatever is found. I've never needed something like that, because all my libraries are installed at $HOME/Qt/x.y.z which is the common practice when using the Qt online installer. In cmake you use CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH to provide the list of non standard prefixes where you have dependencies, and this...

SFZTtools

23 Oct '21 21:38 sfizz 1.1.0 release New supports and plugins: Added a Puredata plugin (#869 #873 #874) Added support for hint_sustain_cancels_release, which when activated reproduces a LinuxSampler behavior by sustaining already released notes (#898). A GUI option should come later. Added support for amp_veltrack_oncc, pitch_veltrack_oncc, and fil_veltrack_oncc (#938) Dynamic EGs are supported for flex EGs (#933 #932 #930) Support _curvecc for extended CCs (#993) Support lorand and hirand on CC-triggered regions (#997) The engine now parses oscillator=auto and only enables oscillators on short samples with wavetable tags in the...

Ubuntu Studio

14 Oct '21 17:05 Ubuntu Studio 21.10 Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 21.10, code-named “Impish Indri”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 30th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until July 2022. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues,... Continue reading

Libre Arts

06 Oct '21 11:53 Weekly-ish recap — 6 October 2021

Highlights: new Inkscape and Octo4A releases, Inkscape and Blender development updates, VCV Rack 2 source code release. Inkscape 1.1.1 The team finally released the first update to Inkscape v1.1. It comes mainly with bug fixes — a lot of them, in fact — so you’d do yourself a big favor by upgrading. And yes, I know I’m preaching to the choir with this, but the excitement is still strong witrh Martin’s ongoing work on pages support. In other news, Mike Kowalski made toolbars icons size and the toolbox vastly more customizable: Customizable toolbox for @inkscape, incoming patch by Mike Kowalski...

Ubuntu Studio

24 Sep '21 15:09 Ubuntu Studio 21.10 Beta Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 21.10, codenamed “Impish Indri”. While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper DVD build or installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, reasonably representative of what you will find when... Continue reading

Midichlorians in the blood

22 Sep '21 17:36 New Releases and the New Picture

A new batch of releases from the last weekend: Drumstick libraries 2.4.0, Drumstick Multiplatform MIDI File Player 1.5.1 and Drumstick MIDI Monitor 1.1.0 are out, and here are the main changes for each one:Drumstick Libraries v2.4.0:implemented ticket #29: RIFF RMID file support. New utility dumprmi, and guiplayer updated.implemented ticket #32: missing library version functions in File and RT libsimplemented ticket #33: versioninfo object for windows librariesEnabled by default the internal reverb on macOS DLS SynthAvoided hardcoded font family name in vpianoDrumstick Multiplatform MIDI File...

Libre Arts

19 Sep '21 11:53 Weekly recap — 19 September 2021

Week highlights: new releases of GIMP, PenPot, Glaxnimate, Ultimaker Cura, Horizon EDA, Bespoke Synth, Giada, further work on pages support in Inkscape, working VST3 instruments support in MuseScore. VGC Illustration: funded on Kickstarter First off, Boris Dalstein’s project got successfully funded on Kickstarter by 137 backers (so far). This covers the remaining 10% of the money that Boris needs to develop the first official release. GIMP 2.10.28 This is a brown paper bag release: 2.10.26 was inadvertently released with a tiny annoying bug, so the team skipped that version entirely. Either...

MOD Devices

16 Sep '21 10:23 After all, what is digital simulation, in the real world?

After all, what am I simulating? In 1989, the American sound engineer Andrew Bartta created the company Tech 21, creating the now very well known Sansamp pedal in the early 90’s, which introduced a new concept of amplifier modeling, analogically simulating the main equalization characteristics of 3 well-known brands of amplifiers, Fender, Marshall and Mesa-Boogie. [...] read more

CDM: linux

14 Sep '21 14:36 VCV Rack adds Drums right now – analog-modeled modular drum machine for $30

While we're waiting on VCV Rack 2, Drums is available right now. And not only does it give you a full range of dedicated analog-modeled drum modules, but it's got DSP from our friends at Vult. The post VCV Rack adds Drums right now – analog-modeled modular drum machine for $30 appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

14 Sep '21 14:14 VCV Rack 2 teaser gives us reasons to be excited about Rack again

After a long silence, VCV reveals some of what's coming in VCV Rack 2, the new edition of the free and open source platform. Thought you were just waiting on a VST plug-in? Think again: check out "dark room" mode and some significant usability features. The post VCV Rack 2 teaser gives us reasons to be excited about Rack again appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

12 Sep '21 11:53 Weekly recap — 12 September 2021

Week highlights: new version of BeeRef available, Inkscape updates, VCV Rack 2 teaser, new PipeWire release, and more. BeeRef 0.2.0 Rebecca Breu released a new version of BeeRef, an amazing free/libre reference image viewer. The main new feature is support for next notes (see my earlier post on the project). G’MIC is getting new awesome filter Paint with Brush is the latest addition to G’MIC. Even if you don’t understand German, just scroll to 1:45 to see it in action: Inkscape updates Most recently, Mike Kowalski merged his patch that turns the snapping toobar into a drop-down list of options...

Libre Arts

07 Sep '21 14:53 Weekly-ish recap — 7 September 2021

GIMP and multiple layers cloning So there was recently a thread by Gleb Alexandrov wondering if he could sponsor some FOSS graphics editor to make the Clone tool work on multiple layers simultaneously. We're a bit stuck with one feature that is missing in both @Blender, @Krita_Painting and @GIMP_Official: cloning from/to multiple layers at once. It's impossible to tweak PBR texture sets (diffuse, normals, height etc) without it.1/2— Gleb Alexandrov (@gleb_alexandrov) August 14, 2021 Jehan Pages took the challenge and has a preliminary implementation for GIMP. Working on the ability to clone...

CDM: linux

31 Aug '21 15:49 A free, open-source collection of building blocks unlocks expressive motion in Houdini

It's powered by math but doesn't require you to remember your, uh, linear algebra. It's not a set of presets, but it's accessible to newcomers and experts alike. MOPs is a free entryway to treating motion like an expressive instrument, and it radically changes the experience of using Houdini for the first time. The post A free, open-source collection of building blocks unlocks expressive motion in Houdini appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

25 Aug '21 16:57 Unreal Engine 4.27 out now with goodies like Web UI; early-access UE5 MetaSounds makes noise

It was the dawn of the third age of audiovisual creation.* Yes, Unreal keeps adding eye-popping, ear-bursting media powers, both in its stable 4.2x branch and early-access UE5. That makes this free-to-use game engine a must for futuristic artists. The post Unreal Engine 4.27 out now with goodies like Web UI; early-access UE5 MetaSounds makes noise appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

17 Aug '21 04:53 Weekly-ish recap — 17 August 2021

Due to extra workload, this recap structurally follows the previous one. Essentially, I look at fewer news and try to provide a sensible amount of background info. Inkscape is getting multi-page support There are many exciting things happening in the Inkscape land like the ongoing effort to cut the cruft out of dockable dialogs. But there’s an even bigger change coming. After rewriting the Connector tool based on LPE, Martin Owens took multi-page support in Inkscape as his next big project. The latest video report covers making Inkscape to load page definition from SVG and showing them in the...

MOD Devices

09 Aug '21 19:21 Investigating Signal Chain Optomization

MOD Devices

09 Aug '21 19:21 Chromatic Spontaneity: Borrowing From Generative Music Systems

fundimental

06 Aug '21 04:00 NLP Hacking on HN Job listings

One of the nifty parts of Hacker News (HN) is the once per month jobs thread. Between the "Who is hiring?" and "Who wants to be hired?" threads you can see a wide spread of different companies, different positions, and more recently a plethora of remote positions. The threads themselves are quite long and they stretch into several pages with almost a thousand companies getting involved this current month. Searching through job listings though can pose some headaches. Several websites have been made by HN users, but from my perspective there’s always a nagging voice saying "you aren’t searching...

CDM: linux

04 Aug '21 15:08 SuperCollider 3.12 updates massively powerful, free sound synthesis coding environment

It's the basis of a lot of the live coding scene, and an unmatched powerhouse, free and open source. And it gets a big update this week. The post SuperCollider 3.12 updates massively powerful, free sound synthesis coding environment appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

29 Jul '21 14:20 Introduction: how important are effects for instruments like the electric guitar and electric bass? Part 2

Part 1 here Virtual FX pedals Ok, let’s move on… within the MOD ecosystem, we have access to dozens and dozens of different virtual effects pedals, with various types of applications for just about any kind of music you want to create. The time has come to start putting them in between your guitar or [...] read more

Libre Arts

27 Jul '21 18:23 Introducing BeeRef

I have to admit that sometimes I act like an overexcited 5 years old kid. And the usual reason for that is the sheer amount of my sugar intake. Just kidding! My actual reason for that is… I’m easily excited about tiny useful free/libre applications. And today… it is BeeRef. So, with BeeRef, basically, you can drop a bunch of images onto the canvas, drag them around, make groups, zoom in and out, navigate, flip, scale and so on. More importantly, you can disable the titlebar entirely and enable the “always on top” mode so that you could look at the references and paint in your graphics program...

CDM: linux

26 Jul '21 16:14 CHAIR made an amazingly realistic snare plug-in – get a CDM discount, then play it on a table

The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research have been busy - and they've made a snare model unlike any you've heard in software. CDM exclusive discount for you, and - table drumming. Really. The post CHAIR made an amazingly realistic snare plug-in – get a CDM discount, then play it on a table appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

26 Jul '21 15:57 That new MPC 2.10 update proves to be a big hit with users, packed full of features

New plug-ins - and vocal tuning - and USB class compliant audio devices? MPC 2.10 is winning over users of the standalone MPC range. The post That new MPC 2.10 update proves to be a big hit with users, packed full of features appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Ubuntu Studio

22 Jul '21 10:00 Ubuntu Studio 20.10 Has Reached End-Of-Life (EOL)

As of July 22, 2021, all flavors of Ubuntu 20.10, including Ubuntu Studio 20.10, codenamed “Groovy Gorilla”, have reached end-of-life (EOL). There will be no more updates of any kind, including security, for this version of Ubuntu. If you have not already done so, please upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 21.04... Continue reading

MOD Devices

15 Jul '21 12:29 Investigating Signal Chain Optimization

Anyone working with amplified and electronic instruments has experienced signal chain issues of one kind or another. With the output of one device routed into another, characteristics of the chain can develop causing a well-known villain in the audio world to appear- noise. In its various manifestations noise can be annoying and difficult to deal [...] read more

Libre Arts

06 Jul '21 19:23 The audacity of privacy

These past few days, wherever you look, there’s a lot of bickering around Audacity and its new desktop privacy notice. If I wanted cheap attention grabbing, I’d probably follow in the lead of some other news outlets and go for something like “Audacity Is Now A Possible Spyware, Remove It ASAP” (an actual title, you can look it up). But I think it’s time to have a level-headed discussion. Let’s try this in an FAQ manner. What happened? Audacity team is introducing two networking features in the next release of the application: Error reporting Checking for updates Because both features involve...

CDM: linux

05 Jul '21 18:42 Audacity makers clarify data usage – and there’s not reason to dump the editor yet

In a cycle echoing a controversy earlier this year, Audacity's new parent again released new legal terms which were then seized upon by social media users. Muse Group have clarified those issues publicly and to CDM. The post Audacity makers clarify data usage – and there’s not reason to dump the editor yet appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

25 Jun '21 12:08 Agility and Imagination: Interfacing Technique and Inspiration

In this entry, we will explore the overlap in how the MOD open-source modular system complements the modern musician and enhances their ability for self-expression and to develop a signature sound while helping to avoid the trap of boredom. Regardless of your chosen means of musical expression, discovering and nurturing your ability to connect with [...] read more

MOD Devices

17 Jun '21 12:54 Introduction: how important are effects for instruments like the electric guitar and electric bass? Part 1

The sound that comes out of the guitar, electric bass, or any similar electric musical instrument is the end result of many hours of study, dedication, talent, and overcoming. What makes a tone, a sound to be recognized, appreciated, and desired? Perhaps it is jargon purposely imposed by the equipment industry over decades that we [...] read more

Libre Arts

09 Jun '21 05:23 Weekly-ish recap — 9 June 2021

I’m still buried under piles of work and family obligations. Hence, currently, I don’t have the luxury of spending 15 hours a week to make the usual kind of a weekly reviews. Instead, I picked several topics that I think are the most interesting things that happened lately. Inkscape 1.1 The new version was released just one year after 1.0 — a staggering improvement in the dev cycle duration, more in line with what we used to know back when Inkscape was in its v0.3x years. If you are not aware of the release, here are the highlights: Brand new docking system for UI New startup dialog for...

CDM: linux

07 Jun '21 11:27 TouchOSC next-generation is here, and it’s an awesome touch controller for everything

It's five years in the making, and easily the most important touch controller app release in a decade. It's the all-new TouchOSC, and it's a touch controller that runs basically everywhere. The post TouchOSC next-generation is here, and it’s an awesome touch controller for everything appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

01 Jun '21 16:13 All versions of Pro Tools now support Ableton Link

The Link-enabled products page has gotten busy, but here's one you may have heard of - Avid Pro Tools. It's the latest to support Live's tech for jamming together across apps, software, and hardware. The post All versions of Pro Tools now support Ableton Link appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

27 May '21 16:51 Bitwig Studio 4: Apple Silicon, new Operators, expression Spread, comping

Bitwig Studio 4 doesn’t have a single banner feature like The Grid. Instead, you get multiple refinements: Operators combine the best of hardware with the best of DAWs – and the new version runs natively on your new Mac. Okay, first – Bitwig continues to excel at supporting every platform. That includes Linux (and I […] The post Bitwig Studio 4: Apple Silicon, new Operators, expression Spread, comping appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

25 May '21 17:17 Chromatic Spontaneity: Borrowing From Generative Music Systems The age of automated consumer content is nigh… Technologists propose the possibility of “functional” music, fully synthesized by algorithms that have integrated the silicon combinations of tonality to a standard of perfection. A.I hiveminds crunching our audio pleasure information into infinite automatic arrangements rendered on-demand… But like most glacial inevitables, coming to grips with, and understanding where the ideas come from and perhaps how to apply components of it to your approach can enhance what makes your work individualized, an expression of your intellect and character...

CDM: linux

24 May '21 20:49 Free presets, free filter, TAL-Filter-2 mean a new trance-y Age of Love for us all

After all this isolation, it only seems right to have a new Age of Love. By which I mean, of course - lush, lush 90s trance presets and everything for free. The post Free presets, free filter, TAL-Filter-2 mean a new trance-y Age of Love for us all appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Midichlorians in the blood

15 May '21 12:37 Drumstick Multiplatform MIDI File Player, Released and Reloaded Drumstick Multiplatform MIDI File Player 1.3.0 has been released this week, right after the Drumstick Libraries 2.2.0 and VMPK 0.8.3; business as usual: we write programs, we release stuff. This post is about the first program, a MIDI file player (reloaded). Let's start by the beginning...10 years ago, there was not a fully featured MIDI file player for Linux. Of course, there was Linux software that could (barely) play MIDI files, but nothing comparable to the vanBasco MIDI Karaoke player (which is a Windows 32 bit application, updated the last time in 2006). This program can be run in Wine...

CDM: linux

11 May '21 14:36 Deep Bitwig tips: learn modular patching on The Grid, integrate with NI controllers

Bitwig has posted some really useful deep-dive tutorials lately. That includes building up your own from-scratch tools in the modular environment The Grid - and working with integration with Maschine+/MK3 and NI keyboards. The post Deep Bitwig tips: learn modular patching on The Grid, integrate with NI controllers appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

04 May '21 17:32 Audacity finds home along open-source MuseScore in new acquisition by growing Muse Group

Sure, it ain't pretty. But Audacity's extensive feature set and free status have made this audio editor an essential tool across education and sound production. And now it's been acquired by the emerging Muse Group. So, who are Muse, and what does this all mean? The post Audacity finds home along open-source MuseScore in new acquisition by growing Muse Group appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.