2021 Silicon summer updates RC1 12001 (Mac, Win, Linux)

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KVRian
1124 posts since 22 Mar, 2005 from a planet called u-he

Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:10 am

Hello world,

849 revisions after the first beta we're back with a release candidate for our big round of maintenance updates.
Getting closer to the release, most plugins can now be tested on Mac, Win, and Linux.

TL;DR:

Download and enjoy the new betas, but please read on if you:

* want to know what changed
* want to know why a few plugins are not included
* are using Pro Tools on Mac
* have an older Linux system
* are using 32bit on Mac
* have an older CPU

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What has changed since the last beta:

Issues discovered with the first beta have all been dealt with.

Rosetta2 is not needed anymore to run the installer on Apple Silicon Macs.

The spooky issue connected to automatic brightnes adjustment on some Macs has been exorcised.

On Big Sur, a few parameters did not visually react to being MIDI controlled when using the AU version, this now works.

We also somehow convinced the VST3 version to show up again on Windows.

And custom fonts are back at work in third party skins.

Diva and Repro got a modernized set of tags to be in line with the rest of the plugins.
The factory libraries of a few plugins have been polished and sorted.

TripleCheese and ZebraCM got some gorgeous new looks, we hope you like them as much as we do.
They actually feel a bit like new plugins to us with those amazing new GUIs.

One special highlight is, once again, Hive.
While seemingly nothing changed on the outside, Urs put lots of thought, sweat and sleepless nights into optimizing its performance. Modules that are not actively shaping the sound are now going to sleep until they are needed. As a result, many presets will use considerably less resources than before.

We are still putting the finishing touches on those updates, so no exact release date has been set yet.
Just don't find any bugs, and everything will be ready soon. :wink:
Downloads:

ACE 1.4.2 RC1 12001 Mac
ACE 1.4.2 RC1 12001 Win
ACE 1.4.2 RC1 12001 Linux

Bazille 1.1.2 RC1 12001 Mac
Bazille 1.1.2 RC1 12001 Win
Bazille 1.1.2 RC1 12001 Linux

BazilleCM 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Mac
BazilleCM 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Win
BazilleCM 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Linux

BeatZille 1.0.2 RC1 12001 Mac
BeatZille 1.0.2 RC1 12001 Win
BeatZille 1.0.2 RC1 12001 Linux

ColourCopy 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Mac
ColourCopy 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Win
ColourCopy 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Linux

Diva 1.4.5 RC1 12001 Mac
Diva 1.4.5 RC1 12001 Win
Diva 1.4.5 RC1 12001 Linux

Hive 2.1.1 RC1 12001 Mac
Hive 2.1.1 RC1 12001 Win
Hive 2.1.1 RC1 12001 Linux

Podolski 1.2.3 RC1 12001 Mac
Podolski 1.2.3 RC1 12001 Win
Podolski 1.2.3 RC1 12001 Linux

Presswerk 1.1.5 RC1 12001 Mac
Presswerk 1.1.5 RC1 12001 Win
Presswerk 1.1.5 RC1 12001 Linux

Protoverb 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Mac
Protoverb 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Win
Protoverb 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Linux

Repro 1.1.2 RC1 12001 Mac
Repro 1.1.2 RC1 12001 Win
Repro 1.1.2 RC1 12001 Linux

Satin 1.3.2 RC1 12001 Mac
Satin 1.3.2 RC1 12001 Win
Satin 1.3.2 RC1 12001 Linux

TripleCheese 1.3.0 RC1 12001 Mac
TripleCheese 1.3.0 RC1 12001 Win
TripleCheese 1.3.0 RC1 12001 Linux

Twangström 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Mac
Twangström 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Win
Twangström 1.0.1 RC1 12001 Linux

Zebra2 2.9.3 RC1 12001 Mac
Zebra2 2.9.3 RC1 12001 Win
Zebra2 2.9.3 RC1 12001 Linux

ZebraCM 1.1.1 RC1 12001 Mac
ZebraCM 1.1.1 RC1 12001 Win
ZebraCM 1.1.1 RC1 12001 Linux

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Here's a condensed overview of what changed since the last official release:

Improvements:

* Native support for Apple Silicon chips (M1)
* macOS Big Sur compatibility
* Improved GUI performance on Mac
* Improved multi-core performance on Intel Macs
* Support for Oddsound MTS-ESP
* Improved preset browser
* Improved handling of junction links on Windows
* Improved soundset installation
* Preset list scroll direction preference
* Preset browser bank name support

Bug Fixes:

* Fixed: CPU surge during automatic display brightness adjustments (macOS Big Sur)
* Fixed: Installer now runs natively on M1 Silicon (Rosetta2 not needed to install)
* Fixed: Rare crash on project reload
* Fixed: Crash when loading script presets (e.g. Randomizer)
* Fixed: Crash in Bandlab Cakewalk when reloading a project using VST3 FX plugin
* Fixed: Cakewalk setting instance parameters to default on project reload
* Fixed: Notes starting on same time stamp but different MIDI channel might not play
* Fixed: Notes could get stuck when resetting playhead in Logic 10.6
* Fixed: Preventing audio clicks when switching presets
* Fixed: Multiple hold pedal quirks
* Loads of framework fixes and general improvements

Many smaller and bigger issues have also been addressed in each plugin.
For a complete list please check each product's changelog page after the official release.
Here are just a few of the plugin specific improvements/fixes/new features:

BazilleCM + BeatZille:

* Fixed: Multiple sequencer issues
* Fixed: Multiple issues with envelope triggering via LFO and sequencer

Envelope triggering via LFO and sequencer was reworked in order to fix multiple bugs in this area. This means some presets might not sound as intended anymore. We therefore recommend to finish ongoing projects before updating to the new version. Please refer to the "Patch Conversion Tips" file to get more info on how to adjust your presets.

Bazille:

* Fixed: Possible crash when quitting Ableton Live
* Fixed: Possible crash when using VST3 in Cubase

Colour Copy:

* Fixed: Mix knob could change value while being locked
* Known Issue: Scope effects (eco, fast, glow, ...) are not working

Diva:

* Modernized set of tags
* Strict host sync button added to arpeggiator section
* Fixed: Arpeggiator could cause stuck notes

Hive:

* Improved resource management for better performance
* Fixed: Sequencer mod mode was not reacting to hold pedal
* Izmo skin updated

Podolski:

* Fixed: LFO in single trigger mode was free running
* Notes are now restricted to MIDI note range to prevent random audio glitches

Protoverb:

* Factory preset library sorted and polished
* Fixed: Low level input signals could cause scratches on left channel

Repro:

* Modernized set of tags
* Mod matrix modifiers now on the GUI (previously only available via context menu)
* Fixed: Playback issue when switching from an arp to a sequencer preset

TripleCheese:

* Fresh new GUI (definitely not cheesy anymore)
* Factory preset library sorted and polished
* Fixed: LFO in single trigger mode was free running
* Fixed: Oscillator was still audible if switched off

Zebra2 & ZebraHZ:

* Fixed: Loop pointer in DotEight fullsize editor wasn't displayed
* Fixed: Zebrify Ctrl A/B wasn't using global settings when loading a new instance
* Fixed: Diva HPF filter initialization issue (might stay silent when reloading preset)

ZebraCM:

* Fresh, modern GUI
* Factory preset library sorted and polished


Known Issues and special notes:

* Linux minimum required glibc version is 2.25 (if plugins don't show up, that's why)
* AAX support on Mac removed temporarily (see note below)
* CPU needs to support SSE4.2 instruction set (otherwise the plugin will crash)
* macOS 32bit support discontinued
* Multi-core support is not optimized for Apple's ARM chips (see note below)
* Context menus need plugin focus to work (Apple issue)

About AAX support on Mac:

We moved our entire codebase and deployment workflow to be fully compatible with Apple's Silicon processors last autumn. This was no small task and involved a lot of work and time. It was a necessary step to stay future proof. We now have a build process that creates a single installer containing all the plugin formats and files for Intel and Silicon Macs.
Avid, however, to this day, strongly recommends against publishing versions of AAX plugins that are compiled on a build system which is compatible with the Silicon M1 development scheme.
As a result, we are not able to provide any version of AAX plugins for Macs at this moment, neither for Intel Macs nor for M1 Silicon Macs.
All we can do is wait for Avid to supply an updated, compatible SDK.
Once this happens, we will reintegrate support for the AAX format on Mac, and issue another round of updates as soon as possible.
Please note that Windows users are not affected by this. Our current updates include an up to date AAX version, just as usual.

About multi-core support on Apple Silicon M1 Macs:

While we were able to improve multi-core performance on Macs by implementing QoS (quality of service), using the multi-core option of our plugins is not yet working as effectively on the new Silicon chips as it is on Intel chips. However, all our tests so far have shown that you certainly won't miss it, as those chips are extremely powerful and the system is already doing a very good job at distributing the load across all available CPU cores.

About the plugins not included here:

Filterscape, MFM2, TyrellN6 and Uhbik are not forgotten, yet there are circumstances that prevent us from including them in the current update round. Rest assured they will all receive updates at a later point.

As usual, we cannot post a beta version of ZebraHZ here. If you create new presets using this Zebra2 RC version, please be aware that this will trigger a "plugin too old for this preset" warning if you then try to load those presets from inside the current release version of ZebraHZ.

Some final notes:

As usual, those are beta versions. Expect the unexpected, and backup your presets before installing the update. Better safe than sorry.

The factory libraries of Protoverb, TripleCheese, ZebraCM and Presswerk have been polished meticulously for this update. Files are replaced automatically on Mac. Windows and Linux users, please consider removing the factory library folder before running the update installer.
(but, of course, move any of your own presets to the user presets area before deleting the factory presets)

If you are using the NKS version, you might need to update the presets in your NKS host's preferences, especially if you are using your NKS host as a plugin inside another host.

On Windows, please check the suggested installation paths during installation, making sure the update is installed into the same location as the previous version, and all installed plugin formats are being updated.

That's about it. Sorry for the waaaaay too long post, and congrats if you made it all the way through. :)

Enjoy these release candidates and let us know if anything seems suspicious or doesn't work as expected.

Cheers,
Tas
Last edited by tasmaniandevil on Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:38 am, edited 2 times in total.

KVRer
4 posts since 17 Apr, 2018 from u-he

Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:14 am

Thanks & YAY!

KVRist
439 posts since 18 May, 2007 from Berlin

Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:20 am

Hooray!
u-he team

KVRAF
2121 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:48 am

    Very cool!! How do we get the updated Zebra Hz to test If we have bought it?

    KVRian

    Topic Starter

    1124 posts since 22 Mar, 2005 from a planet called u-he

    Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:53 am

    surreal wrote:
    Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:48 am
      Very cool!! How do we get the updated Zebra Hz to test If we have bought it?
      Sorry, there is no beta for ZebraHZ available.
      Once the update is officially released, users can request a new download link through the "my Licenses" page on our website.

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      KVRAF
      2538 posts since 31 Dec, 2004 from People's Republic of Minnesota

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:42 am

      Amazing work, gentleman. Can’t wait to update tonight. Looking forward to uhbik and eventually filterscape.

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      KVRAF
      19410 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:13 am

      The CPU improvement for Hive is awesome!

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      KVRian
      861 posts since 6 Jun, 2016 from San Marcos, Texas

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:34 pm

      Sweet :tu:

      KVRist
      155 posts since 31 May, 2017

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:52 pm

      Thanks for the Zebra MTS-ESP.
      Great Happiness.

      KVRist
      60 posts since 1 Nov, 2008

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:33 pm

      hello, im trying to input my serial number for ubik and its not working, the input box is just white and no writing is appearing. is this an apple silicon issue or something else?

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      Urs
      u-he
      25738 posts since 8 Aug, 2002 from Berlin

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:49 pm

      coyote wrote:
      Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:33 pm
      hello, im trying to input my serial number for ubik and its not working, the input box is just white and no writing is appearing. is this an apple silicon issue or something else?
      Uhbik is not part of this round of beta versions, we'll attend to it once this is released.

      KVRist
      60 posts since 1 Nov, 2008

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:10 pm

      Urs wrote:
      Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:49 pm
      coyote wrote:
      Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:33 pm
      hello, im trying to input my serial number for ubik and its not working, the input box is just white and no writing is appearing. is this an apple silicon issue or something else?
      Uhbik is not part of this round of beta versions, we'll attend to it once this is released.
      ah cool thanks. no worries, just wasn't sure why it wasn't working. but thought it might be the new chip so wanted to check

      KVRAF
      4081 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:51 pm

      nice, will report back tomorrow
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      KVRer
      4 posts since 30 Jul, 2020

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:54 pm

      soz
      deleted because question already asked and answered

      KVRist
      33 posts since 10 Mar, 2009 from Australia

      Post Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:55 pm

      coyote wrote:
      Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:33 pm
      hello, im trying to input my serial number for ubik and its not working, the input box is just white and no writing is appearing. is this an apple silicon issue or something else?
      This happened for me for some programs when I installed the NI bundle of Uhe stuff. Despite the white blank bits the registration worked - you just have to rely on typing without seeing it or paste in the numbers :-)

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