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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Sonic Visualiser updated to v2.4

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, a cross-platform application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, has been updated to version 2.4.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v2.4

  • Add support for left/right scrolling using a two-finger touchpad gesture (where available).
  • Make the octave numbering into a configurable option, and change the default. Previously Sonic Visualiser labelled middle-C as “C3″; now it labels middle-C as “C4″, a more common standard in the world outside MIDI sequencer software. The previous system is available as an option in the Preferences. This affects only the visible labels: there is no change to analysis or to the file format.
  • Sonify time-value layers. Any time-value curve whose scale unit is set to Hz will now acquire a playback toggle control; this control is off by default, but if it is switched on, the curve will be played back using a variable-frequency sound generator.
  • Add support for playback of note layers with non-MIDI frequencies (formerly the note playback was limited to exact MIDI pitch).
  • Change the default playback sample for note layers from piano to an electric piano with sustain. The piano sample is still available, and any sessions saved using it should continue to use it.
  • Add keyboard shortcuts to cycle the current layer (in addition to the existing ones to cycle the current pane).
  • Fix various bugs related to layer ordering: layer tabs re-ordering themselves randomly when new layer added, layers being ordered randomly when saving and reloading a session.
  • Fix incorrect interaction with non-Unicode usernames when creating temporary and template directories on Windows.
  • Shade the start and end of the main audio file, to make them easier to see for files that start or end in silence.
  • Speed up rendering and scrolling in time-value layers.
  • Make it possible to import CSV files directly into Note layers by adding Pitch as a data type in the CSV file import dialog.
  • Fix problems with keyboard shortcuts when using Qt5 on OS/X. This is the first release in which the official builds use Qt5 for all platforms.

Sonic Visualiser is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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Monocasual updates Giada Loop Machine to v0.9

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Monocasual has released version 0.9 of its Giada Loop Machine for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Monocasual Giada Loop Machine
Giada v0.9 includes a deep GUI redesign with full-screen support.

Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. How does it work? Just pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host. Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows for production use and live sets.

Changes in Giada v0.9

  • New full-screen GUI.
  • Multi-column support.
  • Advanced logging system.
  • Upgrade to RtAudio 4.1.1 and RtMidi 2.1.0.
  • Removed embedded RtAudio (thanks to Arty).
  • Fix wrong processing of VST MIDI events on 64 bit version.
  • Fix stretched buttons when resizing sample editor window.
  • ‘Clear all samples’ destroys channels (fixed).
  • ‘Free channel’ messes up loop / mute buttons (fixed).
  • Fix potential recordings with odd frames.

Giada is available to download at no charge (binaries and source code).

More information: Monocasual Giada

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Automatl DSP releases EasySSP

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Automatl DSP has launched EasySSP, an open source spectrometer and goniometer effect plug-in.

Automatl EasySSP

Easy Sound Space Perception is a small and lightweight audio visualization tool, which currently provides spectrometer and goniometer views.

The main advantage of this tool is that it can render information about up to four stereo pairs at the same time onto the same surface using different colors (see screenshots). And more cool features are on the way, that’s for sure.

EasySSP is available to download as binaries (VST) for Windows.

More information: Automatl DSP

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Introducing MIDI HACK – a MIDI, OSC & CV focused hackathon

MIDI HACK is a 24h hackathon sponsored by Ableton, Native Instruments & Spotify celebrating the protocols (such as MIDI, OSC & CV) and technologies that are the backbone of analog and digital music creation.

MIDI HACK
The MIDI HACK weekend will offer lectures and performances from artists and creators. The focus of the event will be on letting our participants create new and ground breaking ideas.

The goal of MIDI HACK is to bring together industry leaders, interesting start-ups, software developers, hardware fanatics and musicians who push the envelope of music creation, and to spawn great and creative ideas for the future. Ever wanted to rip apart MIDI controllers to create a new one? Maybe write a new VST or AU? Or how about finding new ways to perform? Then this is the hack for you.

The name MIDI HACK derives from the midi protocol that has defined music creation for more than 30 years. Together with OSC (Open Sound Control – an open source version of the same idea) and CV (Control Voltage – used to control analogue synthesizers) they are the three pillars of music creation today whenever there’s a synthesizer or computer involved.

A hack is a abbreviation of hackathon, a defined space that during a limited tine engages people in overcome a defined target or investigate a certain subject. Midi hack is aimed for the people who love music creation and sees a potential for involvement within the area.

MIDI HACK will take place May 17th-18th, 2014, at Spotify HQ, Stockholm – Sweden. The application form opens Tuesday March 18th, and closes March 30th, 2014.

More information: MIDI HACK

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