LinnStrument Firmware 1.2.4 is released!

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KVRist
412 posts since 16 Nov, 2009 from Belgium

Post Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:48 pm

Hi everyone,

Today we released firmware version 1.2.4, you can get the installers from here:

http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/assets/l ... macosx.zip
http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/assets/l ... indows.zip

This release brings a greatly improved velocity response and lots of little improvements.

These are all the changes since version 1.2.3:

Note: We recommend that you do a Reset after installing this update: Global Settings > Actions column > Reset (press Notes Off + Update OS). This will make the 3 changes below in which "Reset" is marked in bold.
  • Improvement: Improved velocity range, consistency and natural response.
    There are 4 changes:
    1) You must now strike notes harder in order to produce a velocity of 127.
    2) Repeated strikes with the same force will produce closer to the same velocity output.
    3) Light to hard strikes now produce a more even and natural velocity output from 1 to 127.
    4) The Minimum Velocity setting's default value (after Global Settings > Reset) has changed from 32 to 1. To make this change, you should either perform a Global Settings > Reset or manually change Minimum Velocity: hold Global Settings > Velocity Sens Low, Medium or High, then change the value to 1.
  • Improvement: Reduced power consumption in Low Power mode in order to be powered more reliably by iOS devices.
  • Feature: Sleep may now be automatically entered after a selected number of minutes of inactivity.
    Formerly, Sleep mode (all lights off) could only be entered by pressing Per-Split Settings + Global Settings simultaneously. Now it can also now be entered by pressing Global Settings > MIDI I/O column > 3rd pad from bottom. Also, holding this pad adjusts two Sleep parameters. Swipe up/down to select the parameter and left/right to edit its value:
    1) Sleep display select:
    “SLP”: blank screen, or “ANI”: (looping promotional in-store demo animation).
    2) Timer select:
    “NOW”: Pressing Global Settings > Sleep immediately enters Sleep mode.
    “D1-D30”: The Sleep button is a toggle. If on, then after the selected number of minutes of inactivity, Sleep mode is entered.
    This is intended to be used with the "Ani" settilng for an in-store display.
    For store owners: now pressing 'Global Settings > Column 25 Row 8' will set the above settings so that LinnStrument will display the looping promotional in-store demo animation after 2 minutes of inactivity.
  • Improvement: “All Settings” Preset 4 (in the Preset screen, rearmost of 4 blue lights) is now programmed for making drumbeats with pressure-based Swing Arpeggiator and Low Row controlling arpeggiator speed, ideal for use with the two drumbeat sounds in our Logic or Mainstage sound files (Filter Drum Kit and Euro Dance Kit).
  • Feature: You may now select any Row Offset from 0 to 16.
    In Global Settings > Row Offset, hold the +OCTAVE pad to display its Row Offset value full-screen. Swipe left or right to adjust it between 0 and 16. If set to a value other than 12, the +OCTAVE pad in the Global Settings screen will appear light blue.
  • Change: Arpeggiator defaults are now Replay All and Swing.
    If Arpeggiator is on and chord is held, the entire chord will auto-repeat in a 16th note swing rhythm, and varying pressure will vary the velocity of the repeated chord. Note: You must perform a Global Settings > Reset in order for this change to take effect.
  • Enhancement: Minor improvements to response time between striking a note and a Note On being sent.
  • Bug fix: When using Bitwig, sometimes the Arpeggiator would turn on. Fixed.
    The problem was that if LinnStrument sent anything on channel 16, it would corrupt internal settings, usually turning on th Arpeggiator or Sustain Pedal. This was often noticed when using Bitwig 8-Track, which changes LinnStrument's settings when started, including changing the Per-Split Settings to 2- through 16.
  • Bug fix: If Switch 1 or 2 were assigned to Arpeggiator, Sustain or CC65 and these same settings were changed elsewhere (by other panel or foot switch actions or by Per-Split Settings > Special > Arpeggiator), the switch's lights would not reflect the change. This is fixed.
  • Bug fix: Low power mode is now automatically disabled when OS update is activated.
    This may have permitted OS Update errors.
  • Bug fix: Sometimes with pressure-based sounds, striking a pad hard would result in no sound produced. Fixed.
    This was caused by the first pressure value being sent before the Note On message. Now the Note On always precedes the first pressure messages.
  • Bug fix: When using Low Row assigned to Strike or Strum, sometimes note lights would stick on. This is fixed.
  • Bug fix: LinnStrument deletes duplicate values sent out over MIDI in order to reduce the density of messages, but this would sometimes produces errors. This is fixed.
  • Bug fix: On MacOSX the updater tool didn't always detect a connected LinnStrument. This is fixed.
  • Bug Fix: Note Pad LEDS that were supposed to be off would sometimes be faintly lit. This is improved.
  • Change: Right split's main channel was formerly 15, now changed to 16.
  • Bug fix: Low Row display would become invisible when Octave/Transpose settings would go out of range. Fixed.
  • Bug fix: Pitch Slides in Left-Handed mode were not correct.
    If Left-Handed mode was on (Global Settings > Column 1 Row 4), pitch slides did not work correctly. This is fixed.
  • Bug fix: When Global Settings > Reset was done, the Tap Tempo LED would flash while "RESET" was displayed in large letters. This is fixed.
  • Bug fix: While the In-Store Animation was on, the 8 switch buttons' LEDs would flash. This is fixed.
  • Bug fix: Low Row Restrike is now more consistent.
Take care,

Geert
Moog apps - CableCube - Knobotron - LinnStrument - Eigenharp Alpha/Tau/Pico - Geco MIDI Leap - Steelstring Guitar - Electric Guitar - Vocals

KVRer
16 posts since 21 Oct, 2015

Post Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:13 pm

thanks a lot !

KVRist
40 posts since 10 Oct, 2007

Post Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:44 pm

Geert -

Thanks for all your work. I have been watching your progress in the github. Well Done!

Tony

KVRer
6 posts since 3 Jun, 2009

Post Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:19 pm

Installed perfectly. Have to say I really like the "velocity range, consistency and natural response" changes. Hard to describe but the whole instrument just feels better and indeed more natural. Excellent update.

Mark

KVRer
9 posts since 24 Dec, 2015

Post Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:26 pm

1) You must now strike notes harder in order to produce a velocity of 127.
this. finally. Thank you.

KVRist
40 posts since 11 May, 2015

Post Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:33 am

Thanks,

For me the minimum velocity is not 1 though, it's 11, and if I set it to 5 or 8 etc, it's 15 and 18.

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KVRAF
1748 posts since 8 Jun, 2010
Roger Linn Design

Post Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:11 pm

We tried to create velocity curves that most people felt comfortable with when playing an electric piano sound, and people generally preferred a slightly compressed dynamic range at the quiet end. The problem is that a velocity of 1 generally produces no sound in most electric piano generators, and people generally prefer a quiet piano note than silence for very lightly-played notes.

KVRist
40 posts since 11 May, 2015

Post Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:52 pm

Hi Roger,

I thought that with this:
3) Light to hard strikes now produce a more even and natural velocity output from 1 to 127.
you meant that this was no longer the case, I mean it's a bit misleading setting a minimum velocity and getting another one. Is there a possibility of getting the full range?

KVRian
926 posts since 2 Apr, 2015

Post Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:44 pm

Hi Guys,

A small bug here.

When you have sleep activated the timer seems to be started on a key down, so if you are holding a note for longer than the timeout then the linnstrument will sleep if you then lift your finger off the linnstrument then a note off is not sent.

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KVRist

Topic Starter

412 posts since 16 Nov, 2009 from Belgium

Post Sun May 01, 2016 2:39 am

Thanks BobDog, will be fixed in next release!
Moog apps - CableCube - Knobotron - LinnStrument - Eigenharp Alpha/Tau/Pico - Geco MIDI Leap - Steelstring Guitar - Electric Guitar - Vocals

KVRian
926 posts since 2 Apr, 2015

Post Sun May 01, 2016 1:01 pm

Super, thanks.

Probably not a bug that would affect many users!

KVRer
16 posts since 14 Jan, 2011

Post Mon May 09, 2016 10:52 pm

gbevin wrote: [*]Improvement: Reduced power consumption in Low Power mode in order to be powered more reliably by iOS devices.
This has improved my iPad experience greatly, in these ways:

1) Galileo (nice drawbar organ instrument) always complained about the Linnstrument drawing too much power to function, it works like a champ now.

2) The new "USB 3 Camera Connection Kit" (USB adapter w/ power) appears to steal power away from the Linnstrument and thus it wouldn't work at all. Now it works great.

It's super nice now to be able to supply power to my iPad and not need a power adapter for the Linnstrument. Fewer bricks = more good.

Thank you Geert & Roger, great work.

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