New drum-synth called smackbox. Beta-testing has commenced!

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KVRAF
4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:51 am

Ok, the image rescaling makes the screenshot look quite crappy, but anyhoo:
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Brief feature-list:
- Two generators, sine and noise with dedicated volume envelopes
- Dedicated pitch envelope for sine generator
- Colour control for the noise generator
- Noise generator can frequency modulate sine generator
- Dedicated morph-able resonant filter for noise generator
- Dedicated "stutter" envelope for noise generator, for claps etc
- Adjustable shape (or "slope") for all envelopes
- Distortion and parametric EQ control for each sound
- Twelve sounds that can be freely mapped over an octave.

Current known issues:
- The sound selector patches sometimes bug out when they "flash" upon note-on.
- High CPU usage (about 9% for four active sounds on Athlon64 3200+). This was ok until yesterday, when I due to a flaw in my design had to remove a whole bunch of optimisations. Will keep on working on this.

And I'm thinking of adding a pan control for each sound, plus that it'd be nice if one could apply some stereo width somehow to the sound. I'm still thinking about that one, making the noise generator truly stereo is not a good option due to the increased CPU usage it would cause.

Anyway! If you're interested in helping out beta-testing this and later maybe building some kits, let me know. I reserve the rights to freely choose which ones to grant beta-tester status! ;) If I do want you to beta-test, I'll mail you the vst and exe versions of this and then you can post feedback here in this thread.

Let me know!

Yo!

edit: SOUND EXAMPLE YAY!!! \o/

edit2:
Two more mp3 sound examples, courtesy of Synthesizer Patel who posted them over at synthmaker.com :)
slambox
smack_talk
Thanks Synthesizer Patel!

edit3:
Another demo mp3, this time by Atomsplitter:
Quick SB Demo
Thanks!

edit4:
New version has been sent out to the beta testers!

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Changes in version 050 from 040:
- per-sound pan
- multiple outputs (3 stereo outs), per-sound output selector
- room for 16 kits and kit-switcher (standard SM preset manager, but still)
- stutter-bugs fixed
- click on lower section of piano keys to trigger notes
- fixed buggy "shape" knob behaviour (sound got cut off if shape at its lowest setting)
- added velocity mod targets: filter cutoff, pitch env amount, volume
- gui layout changes

As usual, let me know of any issues!
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KVRist
90 posts since 27 Oct, 2006 from Hannover/Germany

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:09 am

I'm interested!
check my myspace-music to see if I qualify - > http://www.myspace.com/lensenundmccartnersheim
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KVRAF

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4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:13 am

Hi, thanks!
I'm mainly after people I somewhat regularly see or talk to here on KVR, but if I run out of those, I'll get in touch with you!
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KVRist
364 posts since 10 Jun, 2004

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:15 am

Steffo, is it for a retail or freeware release?

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KVRAF
9383 posts since 17 Sep, 2002 from Gothenburg Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:16 am

stefancrs wrote:I reserve the rights to freely choose which ones to grant beta-tester status! ;)
Does that mean even if i don't want to betatest i could be chosen anyways?

KVRAF
2900 posts since 26 Jul, 2005 from dun unda

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:19 am

I'd like to participate in the beta-testing of smackbox. Might be able to put a couple sounds together.

KVRAF

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4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:21 am

Mike Janney wrote:Steffo, is it for a retail or freeware release?
Probably a lowish-priced commercial release.
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4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:22 am

jupiter8 wrote:
stefancrs wrote:I reserve the rights to freely choose which ones to grant beta-tester status! ;)
Does that mean even if i don't want to betatest i could be chosen anyways?
Yes. I don't have your e-mail address, but I'll ask around downtown tonight and then seek you out.
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4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:22 am

MaliceX wrote:I'd like to participate in the beta-testing of smackbox. Might be able to put a couple sounds together.
Cool. PM me your e-mail add, I'll send the files later today :)
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KVRAF
4173 posts since 2 Feb, 2003 from lost in music

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:27 am

I could do some testing for you.
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4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:31 am

rsmus7 wrote:I could do some testing for you.
Sweetness! PM e-mail add!
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KVRAF
4714 posts since 2 Sep, 2005 from city of lights (nl)

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:46 am

I'm up for it if you'll have me.
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4634 posts since 20 Feb, 2004 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:49 am

core wrote:I'm up for it if you'll have me.
I'll have you alright! PM add and mail will come later today!
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KVRAF
5712 posts since 11 Feb, 2005 from Bordeaux France

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:01 am

I can test it if you want. I like drum programming.
You can't always get what you waaaant...

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KVRian
758 posts since 22 Mar, 2002 from fi

Post Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:11 am

i'll probably get whacked for repeating the same ol' mantra, but...

too bad no mac version :-)
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