589 posts since 15 Sep, 2003
It's been a LONG time since I've checked in with EXT tho I bought my first license in 2003 when it was Massiva. It doth seem as if EXT is buried at sea. Too bad, back in its previous incarnation it was a stellar sonic playground. Where it shone brightest was in its ability to chain VSTs together with all the built-in EXT tools to create experimental workspaces. Was a poor-mans AudioMulch but with the added benefit of having tracks, a sequencer and MIDI to use. Its downfall, IMHO, was in trying to become a low-priced DAW. Too many of those on the market as-is and the goodies of chaining were implemented in other, more commercial, DAWs such as Fruity and Tracktion.
There was a split back i nthe day; EXT could be a DAW or an audio playground. J decided on the former rather than the later. It's real shame b/c I feel J had a great musical sense and made "contraptions' which were intuitive and made good musical sense. I'd of like to have seen EXT extend on its modular & synth roots rather than DAW/songwriting... a next gen AudioMulch or really, what has become of MuLab (talk about a revival from the grave to greatness -- it's a sweet playground package which SO needs a Mulch Meta-Surface!!!!).
Alas, I'm afraid the party's over but J has SO much know-how that I hope he's working on a cross-platform modular VST/AU Mulch-killer that focuses more on experimentation than "DAW duties."
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