|Author||Topic: Relative paths in DR-008|
Posted: 21st October 2002 14:35
Is there a way to save just the settings of a drum set in DR-008 with relative paths? I recently got the Drumkit from Hell... awesome drumkit BTW... Anyhow... when I load the kits supplied they ask for a different path. It'll be a pain in the ass to redo all the kits, but c'est la vie... the problem is this... I really don't like using absolute paths because if you decide to reorganize at all it breaks. But how do I get relative paths? I can't find a way. If this is truly a limitation of DR-008, then I'd regard this as a big limitation to it's viability for market (other than using self contained drumsets.)
PS - Yes I've considered making a bunch of self contained drumsets but when the size of each one is 200M it's not fun to make about 40 such sets.
Posted: 22nd October 2002 02:49
DR-008 always uses absolute paths. BUT, when it can't find a sample during a load, and prompts you for the path, it then "caches" the load path you select and uses it as a search path for any other "missing" samples. Once you've done that - answered a single dialog - you can resave the kit and it'll be stored with the new paths.
Posted: 22nd October 2002 23:13
I think you underestimate how much of a pain this is. Sure it's a single dialog that requires me to browse through about 5 subdirectories. This per bank. So I only have to do this 20-30 times. And if I move the files, only 20-30 more times. I'm not saying this is unusuable, but this is far from nice. If DR-008 searched the current directory for matches to the path/samples or it searched in the Samples directory this could be much more livable. But realisticly, absolute paths are a very very bad thing. In a product that in almost all respects is very professional, this is just not something I'd expect. I mean you have to think of it from the user's standpoint. When you buy drum kits they should just work... not require work. At first I considered this was a problem with DFH, but it's really DR-008. Please understand... I am a big proponent of DR-008. For drum sampling I consider it one of the best things around. But when I see something that limits it's market viability I figure you would want to hear about it. Resaving banks is a bad answer when it comes to the professional market. Ask around, I'm willing to bet many others will agree. If not... hey... no worries. I'm just one user.
Posted: 23rd October 2002 04:18
OK, so by relative paths you mean relative to the *.dr8 rather than the install location of the DR-008?
Realistically, how often do you want to move all your kit files?
I'll put relative paths on the wishlist but I don't believe they're the right solution for everyone.
Posted: 23rd October 2002 17:00
Yes, relative to the dr8 (settings only) file. This would be the most useful for sold kits that used a common set of samples for many kits.)
Not that often... When building new computers I often reorganize things to make finding material easier with the growing collection of stuff I have. But my answer in a lot of ways is "Never again" if I have to go through all the pain again. And frankly, I'd rather never have done it the first time. But I can't blame DFH for that because their only alternative was to put it as embedded kits on 2-3 more CDs. This makes it really nasty for creators to make multiformat CDs.
Thank you. I'm sorry for being so pushy about this. BTW, if you have any better ideas that would solve the same problem I'd be more than happy to hear them and drop my wish request. But when it comes down to it... You have a really great product, I'd just like to see it be all it can be.
PS - Congrats on the partnership/boxed version.
Posted: 30th October 2002 16:00
And what about saving the samples in path relative to the DR008 sample path ? I thought this setting was used for that...