Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Opinions on parameter automation

Some suggestions and comments about parameter automation has got me thinking. The current modulation/automation scheme of TX16Wx is based on Midi controller mappings in the modulation table, and then up to 64 program slots volume and pan automated. There are a number of problems here though.
  1. Not all hosts allow for convenient automation tracks for Midi controllers, thus you have to actually add/paint/record real control changes to automate modulation. Which is fine if you fiddle knobs on your controller surface, but not everyone has one. 
  2. There are a lot of automation parameters unused (perhaps ~100) in normal use.
So, one post in the reaper forums got me thinking: Perhaps automation parameters should be dynamic, i.e. you add either a program slot attribute or a controller+midichannel to be assigned to automation. This reduces the number of parameters and creates a workaround for those hosts that lack automation curves for midi controllers.

So, if anyone reads this; what's your opinion on this? Is it a good idea?

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Program file schemas

As of version 0.9.01 the XML Schemas for the bank, performance and program files are included in the distribution package directly, mainly to reduce the risk of version skews etc.

Monday, 29 August 2011

0.9.02 available

Another update. More usability features:
  • Added indicators to groups in keymap editor on noteon trigger
  • Added quick select mode. When holding any mode selector key depressed and playing Midi notes, the matching groups and splits will be selected in a rotating fashion.
  • Reworked sample auto-layout to give better results    
  • Fixed "wave start" group attribute not saved correctly in programs
A note for those having trouble in various hosts or environments: TX16Wx is almost selfcontained, however it requires the MSXML6 library installed. This is preinstalled on Vista/Win7, and should be installed with SP3 on WinXP. If your machines misses this update however (or others installing the library), the instrument will not load. Sorry about that.

Get it fresh from the download menu on the left.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

0.9.01 available now

Just uploaded v0.9.01. This version add the following:
  • Added drag & drop support for waves, programs and performances
  • Fixed graphics bug when editing group name in group list editor
  • Keyboard mapping editor can now edit select parameters for multiple groups at a time
  • Fixed tempo-synced LFO position offset
  •  Added global settings + dialogs for import of already loaded items
As usual, this might have introduced new exiting bugs. 
Enjoy.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

.9.01 will be available soon.

For anyone interested: .9.01 will be available soon (1-2 days).
This will fix the bugs reported so far, and add drag-and-drop (most requested feature).
Stay tuned.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

TX16Wx VSTi Sampler Beta Released!

After several years of on/off development, I finally got my act together (somewhat) during July of 2011 and fixed the few remaining features I wanted to add before publishing the plugin.
The result is the first public beta release of the TX16Wx VSTi Software Sampler.

It is a 100% free VSTi Sampler with professional features and an easy to use graphical interface - and - one of the few sampler instruments, free or commercial, with a fully documented file format.
Not a preset-player or disk-streaming library engine, this is a plugin for you to make your own sounds, tweak and experiment. Bring back the fun of the old hardware samplers - in software.

Features:
  • Unlimited multi-timbral operation
  • 128 voice polyphony
  • 16 modulation slots per voice
  • 24dB resonant filter
  • Two LFO + Two modulation envelopes per voice
  • Polyphonic glide
  • Built-in sample editor
  • Actually samples! Record waves straight into the sampler.
  • Graphical keyboard mapping editor
  • 4 Stereo + 8 Mono outputs
  • 16 mappable controllers for automation
  • Multiple loop definitions per wave
  • Individual outs for keyboard groups (drums)
  • Multiple keyboard scales
  • Multiple trigger modes
  • Mono/Poly/Legato operation
  • Preview loaded programs and samples in your song before loading
  • WAV/AIFF/AIFC/SoundFont 2 support
  • Reads Typhoon compressed AIF files
  • 100% documented XML-based sound file format. Anyone can write conversion tools.
  • Low CPU usage
  • Fully native, optimized for SSE2.
  • 64-bit support
  • Nice sound!
Downloads for Windows x86 and x64 are available.

Note: This software is still BETA. Use it at your own risk.