ROLI acquires JUCE software framework

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ROLI has announced the acquisition of JUCE, an acclaimed C++ framework which is used by leading audio companies such as Korg, Pioneer, Arturia, Akai Professional, and M­Audio.

ROLI acquires JUCE

The move comes just months after closing a record Series A of $16.5m, and will enable ROLI to both expand the Seaboard’s compatibility with existing 3rd party software, and develop JUCE as a leading toolkit for creating next generation interfaces for music and beyond. Julian (“Jules”) Storer, founder of Raw Materials Software which makes JUCE, will be joining the ROLI team as Head of Software Architecture and will continue as the Editor­in­Chief for all things JUCE.

ROLI CEO and Founder, Roland Lamb, made the announcement today at SLUSH, one of the largest gatherings for European startups and investors. Lamb said “At ROLI, our larger vision is to reshape interaction. To do that, we need to transform every technological link from where people create inputs, to where computers create outputs. That’s a tall order, but acquiring and investing in JUCE is our most significant step towards this challenging goal since we invented and developed the Seaboard.“

For ROLI, the acquisition will accelerate the process of creating broad compatibility between the Seaboard and leading audio applications. The acquisition will also enable Storer to continue to focus on building out the architecture of JUCE and leading the development of groundbreaking features like the Projucer, the first real­time C++ compiler which he demonstrated at C++Now. Storer commented “We’re tremendously excited about the creative possibilities that will be unleashed as we build not only new features, but better documentation, code examples, and templates that will help to establish JUCE as the leading C++ framework, not just for audio, but for a wide range of diverse applications, from graphics to gaming to embedded systems.”

ROLI has created an advisory panel of industry leaders to help guide the vision for JUCE’s development, including David Zicarelli, Founder and CEO of Cycling74, makers of MaxMSP, and Martin Robinson, Programme Leader at UWE Bristol and author of ‘Getting Starting with JUCE’. “Our first goal will be to hear from the community of JUCE developers to get a better understanding of what they need and what’s most useful,” Lamb said. “We’re thrilled that this acquisition positions us to play a bigger role in the open source and creative development communities.” A number of JUCE meetups are planned around the world, starting tomorrow at IRCAM, followed by events in London, Berlin and New York in the coming weeks.

More information: ROLI

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FabFilter updates all plug-ins with graphics acceleration and more

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FabFilter has updated all FabFilter plug-ins to add GPU-powered graphics acceleration.

In addition, FabFilter Twin 2, Timeless 2 and Volcano 2 now feature the collapsible modulation section that was first introduced in FabFilter Saturn. All plug-ins have also received bug fixes and various other improvements.

Changes in FabFilter plugins

  • All plug-ins now contain the GPU-powered graphics acceleration introduced in FabFilter Pro-DS, ensuring ultra-smooth animation while leaving the main CPU free to do audio processing.
  • FabFilter Twin 2, Timeless 2 and Volcano 2 have a new Modulation button to easily show and hide the modulation section. By default, the modulation section is hidden to make the plug-in less intimidating at first, but you can easily look ‘under the hood’ when you want to tweak a preset or design your own.
  • FabFilter Twin 2 displays a new keyboard section in the interface when the modulation section is hidden. The component display at the top of the interface contains a new Main EG component button, letting you easily tweak EG parameters when browsing presets.
  • When multiple bands are selected in FabFilter Pro-Q, the Frequency, Gain and Q knobs will now let you change parameters of the selected bands while preserving their relative differences. Double-clicking a knob still lets you set all bands to the same value.
  • Updated all VST 3 plug-ins to support new features in VST 3.5, such as a host-provided right-click menu for each parameter in the interface. Steinberg’s CMC-AI controller is now also supported.
  • Added mouse wheel support to buttons with pop-up menus, such as the distortion style button in FabFilter Saturn.
  • Added Options > Open Other Preset option to the presets menu, making it easy to open a preset that’s not in the regular presets folder.
  • FabFilter Twin 2 and Timeless 2 now remember which section in the component display is expanded in Wide mode.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with Adobe Premiere on Windows and OS X.
  • Fixed a bug in the mono AudioSuite plug-ins that caused the Whole File option at the bottom to be disabled.
  • The Mac OS X version now requires OS X 10.5 and an Intel processor. Previous versions are still available for download if you need OS X 10.4 or PowerPC support.

The updates are free for existing FabFilter customers. Updates and 30-day trial versions are available for download now at www.fabfilter.com/download.

More information: FabFilter

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Thomas Baudel releases HighC v2.75

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Thomas Baudel HighC

Thomas Baudel has released version 2.75 of HighC, a graphical music creation tool featuring a synthesizer, a sequencer and a mixer.

HighC uses only the simplest GUI techniques: draw notes, envelopes and wave shapes; move and resize sounds; copy and paste to create effects; group sounds into rhythms or patterns; repeat your groupings to create an harmonic line; link your sounds to one another to create modulations… It’s simple, it’s powerful!

Changes in HighC v2.75

  • Printing functionality, enabling export to PDF file format.
  • Overview shows the cursor in all views during playback.
  • Set the default pitch of imported sound samples (to correct potential pitch detection algorithm errors).
  • Tune the sampled audio files.
  • Audio file import in the FLAC format. FLAC is a lossless audio compression format that saves about 2/3rds of the original file size.
  • Distribution reduced from 16 to 10Mb.

HighC is available for Windows, Mac and Linux (Java required). It is free for simple entertainment and educational use. The full feature set can be unlocked by purchasing a license at 29.99 EUR.

More information: HighC

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Short links for December 5th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

# 3amnoise Boredom Kits

Justin @ 3amnoise has released some drum kits in Battery, Live and Orion formats.

  1. Bag kit – A single break beat sampled with a V-Synth and then sliced, diced, warped, filterd, smashed and trashed.
  2. Dirt kit – A Eurorack modular (Doepfer, Harvestman, Livewire) pushed through a tube guitar-preamp.
  3. Grind – An EMU XL-7 processed with the modular and Reaktor.
  4. Plate kit – A found sound percussion loop, sampled with the V-Synth and further processed with Reaktor.

# Structure Synth – an application for creating 3D structures from a set of user specified rules. It is an attempt to make a 3D version of Context Free

Structure Synth
Structure Synth – render after changing a few things in one of the examples

It doesn’t make any sound but it sure looks nice!

# Resolume VJ Software – Live Digital Motion Graphics

Resolume Avenue 3 is a real-time instrument for live (audio) visual performances. Play video clips forwards & backwards, adjust the tempo and apply effects. Improvise your visuals to the beat of the music.

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