Just noticed this "new" free sequencer : Macaw

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stanlea
KVRAF
4655 posts since 11 Feb, 2005 from Bordeaux France

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:33 pm

Never heard of it before, mentionned in the Old...masses thread, but seems a new version.

Entirely free.
Software Description

Macaw is a program that implements a clip based MIDI sequencer, which drives a bunch of built in plugins, MIDI devices and VST plugins. It has a soundfont loader and wave editor.

The program is at a very mature stage and works fine for composing music and live playback of samples and plugins. The plugins and sampler and MIDI tracks can be played using the PC keyboard, or a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI controller.
Unlimited tracks in unlimited nestable track folders.
Sequence Audio and MIDI clips.
Import and export MIDI.
Import and export Audio.
MP3, OGG and WAV formats supported.
8, 16, 24 and 32 bit PCM.
Customisable sequencer theme.
Share plugins amongst multiple tracks.
Sequence to external MIDI devices.

Easy to install, good workflow...


edit : oops, I forgot the link :

http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/Macaw/

Includes a modular synth built-in engine !
You can't always get what you waaaant...

Reverse Engineer
KVRAF
4966 posts since 23 Sep, 2003 from Glasgow

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:02 pm

I can't say i have much interest in the sequencer, but the synths/fx the person made, are excellent.

eidenk
KVRAF
2250 posts since 29 Nov, 2004

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:16 pm

It was formerly called Oscillastation, Rocktave and DeltaSP so quite a few people have already come across it I guess. It has been set free and open source (delphi 5) not along ago.

There is a plugin builder that can export as vst as well, perhaps its most interesting feature. At least it's the one that make me open it and use it right now despite, let's say it, its rathger ugly UI

All the vsts seem rather excellent to me and use barely any cpu. Universal has more than 8000 parameters and seems a quite amazing monster synth.

eidenk
KVRAF
2250 posts since 29 Nov, 2004

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:19 pm

A word of warning guys. Don't be tempted to install the scribble image editing application that is on the download page as the bugger will wipe out your image files association.

hxcobd
KVRist
379 posts since 4 Feb, 2008

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:54 pm

Can anyone upload a screenshot? Can't find one online anywhere.

Oscillastation was pretty hideous, so I don't have high hopes.

spitboxer
KVRist
246 posts since 18 May, 2007

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:59 pm

Are the vst's usable in other sequencers?


Any good bits?

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stanlea
KVRAF
4655 posts since 11 Feb, 2005 from Bordeaux France

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:59 pm

yes
You can't always get what you waaaant...

eidenk
KVRAF
2250 posts since 29 Nov, 2004

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:02 pm

hxcobd wrote:Can anyone upload a screenshot? Can't find one online anywhere.

Oscillastation was pretty hideous, so I don't have high hopes.
It's just as hideous as Oscillastation. The UI is the same, it's just the name that has changed.

maki
KVRian
514 posts since 2 May, 2004

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:59 pm

this is the biggest giveaway since 2000!
This one deserves its own forum. Posibillites are huge!
Why is this free?

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do_androids_dream
KVRAF
2769 posts since 26 Oct, 2007 from Kent, UK

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:33 pm

has anyone tried running the plugin installer on vista? the linked page in the first post only has 98/2000 and xp listed

LBN
KVRAF
2274 posts since 8 Apr, 2003 from Austin

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:46 pm

What a pleasant surprise! And it's open source? It has functionality some of the favs around here are lacking. Plus it has a modular setup similar to Tracktion or energyXT. While the GUI leaves something to be desired, maybe there is an easy way to skin it. After all, the source is available.

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sonkeysankey
Banned
234 posts since 11 Aug, 2008

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:51 pm

I have to add my two penneth to this thread as well - thanks to the OP for posting this up - I've only been playing with Macaw for ten minutes, but the Universal synth looks incredible for a free VST, it's almost a never ending selection of parameters, and looks immensely powerful. I only found four presets, are there more hidden away somewhere in the installation?

This whole package is INCREDIBLE.

I have to agree with the previous posters - the UI isn't the most attractive, but that doesn't really bother me, but if one of the brilliant KVR members who produce some of the skins for some of the free VSTs like Oatmeal, etc. can produce a new skin for it, this could be THE killer free DAW! I can't believe it's free - I'm blown away just looking at all the parameters in Universal. My wholehearted thanks go out to the developer!

eidenk
KVRAF
2250 posts since 29 Nov, 2004

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:21 pm

sonkeysankey wrote:the Universal synth looks incredible for a free VST, it's almost a never ending selection of parameters, and looks immensely powerful. I only found four presets, are there more hidden away somewhere in the installation?
Yeah you'll find more preset under the menu and preset buttons in the synth. Subpresets can also be saved and loaded in places it seems.

xoxos
Mr Entertainment
12018 posts since 30 Apr, 2002 from i might peeramid

Post Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:54 pm

funny name he has.

interesting!
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sonkeysankey
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234 posts since 11 Aug, 2008

Post Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:42 am

I've been playing with this all morning, I love the demos that are available under the 'New' menu, and there is just so much to it, it's hard to get my head round it. This almost deserves its own forum!

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