Pixilang is a simple programming language for small graphics/sound applications.
It was created by Alex Zolotov (NightRadio) and Mik Razuvaev (Goglus) for non-programmers, demosceners and designers. Pixilang programs keeps in a TXT-files, so you can edit it in any text-editor.
Screenshots of Pixilang in action
The latest version of Pixilang (v1.2) is now working on WinCE and adds functions for working with streaming sound (changelog).
- easy syntax and small amount of commands;
- universal containers (pixi) using for text/gfx storage;
- pixel graphics describing in a source TXT-files directly (using ASCII symbols);
- transparency (simple and with alpha-channel);
- simple commands for rotation and resize;
- no floating point math operations – only 32bit integers are using;
- playing music in MOD and XM formats (using PsyTexx engine);
- functions for sound synthesis;
- loading GIF (animated) and JPG file formats;
- realtime export to GIF;
Pixilang interpreter works on different operation systems (Windows, Linux, PalmOS) and distibuting under GNU GPL license.
Download the latest version of Pixilang here.
Link via Music Thing
Renoise, the community driven tracker-like music production software, has been updated to version 1.9.
Highlights in v1.9
- Multi-core support
Renoise 1.9 will take advantage of all the cores in your multi-core processor to boost up performance, allowing you to add much more and heavier DSPs, tracks, VST FX and VST Instruments than before.
- 6 New DSP devices
New artillery for the loudness war: the Bus Compressor and Maximizer have been created without any concessions in regard to quality, with exceptional 64-bit dithering and feedback transient analysis. The Velocity Device opens a new world of level-driven FX manipulation. The other devices are Chorus, Distortion 2 and Gate 2.
- Supercharged DSP devices
Existing DSPs have received an overhaul, including filter response graphs for the 64-bit EQ devices, the intuitive LPC frequency unit in the LFO device and 64-bit precision filter auxiliary sections. And that is just scratching the surface.
- Improved MIDI support
Fast and stable MIDI timing through WDM MIDI drivers, adjustable jitter reduction for the MIDI Clock to improve external synchronization, hot-pluggable devices on OS X and non-blocking MIDI connections on Windows.
- Preset handling for Renoise’s DSP devices
Organize your original DSP settings to have quick access to your signature sound, or get quality presets from other users to save yourself time. The A/B Comparison feature lets you switch between two configurations so you can decide which one sounds best.
- Adjustable rulers in the Sample Editor
The rulers in the Sample Editor will help you to slice your beats. With a rightclick you can switch the scale. Enable Snapping to snap to the nearest division and you got yourself a homebrew beatslicer. Well, almost.
- Per-Sample Interpolation and NNA
The interpolation mode and New Note Action (NNA) have been moved from instrument level down to sample level. Chiptune artists take notice, it is now possible to disable interpolation to preserve that authentic crunchy sound.
Visit Renoise for more information and a link to download the Renoise demo.
Psycledelics, the developers Psycle (originally developed by Arguru), have released version 1.8.5 of the open source tracker-style music production studio.
The main changes are a new VST Host, a New Mixer, much faster application start/plugin check, wave in machine, new render to wav dialog with dither and lots of other small additions. New tutorial songs which demonstrate some of these features are included.
Changes in v1.8.5
- Finished the reimplementation of the VSTHost (Internal and UI).
- Extended and finished the Mixer machine. 12 inserts, 12 sends/returns, with routing abilities.
- Improved Sampulse partially, can load instruments and be used in a song (still incomplete).
- Improvements in the new Interpolate Curve Dialog.
- Changes in the Sequencer toolbar. Now it can show names of patterns and change them.
- Improvements in source code (partially from 1.9 alpha).
- Several new native plugins (most developed during the 1.9 alpha period). The total number is now 70.
- Wave In machine that allows input from external sources. Only works with directsound and ASIO for now.
- Sinc interpolation for sampler. Should offer better quality, but it’s quite much slower.
- Record to clipboard added to Record to Wave dialog box. (Works only with psycle for now).
- Blocks in patterns can be moved by dragging them, as well as via popup menu.
- Volume, panning and portamento commands for VST’s (volume does channel aftertouch for now).
- Yannis midi native plugin nearly usable now (doesn’t sync too well if used in a pattern).
- Fixes in several native plugins ( arguru synth, ayeternal delay, …).
- Bugfixes and other smaller additions.
Visit Psycledelics for more information, and a link to download Psycle.
Last month Arguru (Juan Antonio Argüelles Rius) had confirmed that Aodix, a tickless tracker-interface based sequencer and VST2 host with ASIO2 support, would soon become free. Arguru did not plan to continue support for Aodix because his work at Image-Line took up most of his time.
Juan Antonio Argüelles Rius
Sadly, Arguru passed away in a car accident on June 3rd. The talented and well respected plug-in developer made fame in the early days of the tracker scene. His work includes Psycle, Renoise, discoDSP plug-ins and various Image-Line products (Fl Studio 7, DirectWave, Deckadance…)
Keeping true to Arguru’s plans, Zaf (Aguru’s partner in Arguru Software) has now released Aodix v188.8.131.52 for free.
- Full modular audio and MIDI routing
- 256 tracks, 256 patterns
- pattern markers and pattern calls, patterns being of virtually unlimited length
- 32-bit float sample precision
- Up to 960 PPQN (Pulses Per Quarter-Note) timestamp precision
- real-time record and automation
- piano-roll track split view
- real-time performance with very low latencies
Support for Aodix will only be available for registered users.
More information: Arguru Software
Renoise v1.5.2 has been released with small fixes and improved stability for both platforms (Windows and Mac OSX).
- Changed MIDI Program Change behaviour: When modifying parameters of a MIDI instrument, Renoise will no longer resend program changes to all the other MIDI instruments, but only to the altered one
- OS X: Improved VST window handling: VST editor windows should now require less CPU – various drawing / resize incompatibilities were fixed
- Windows: Fixed possible random crashes when deleting a VST or native DSP device by clicking on the small “X” button in the DSP device
- OS X: Fixed start-up problems, if Reoise was installed on a case sensitive file system
- OS X: Fixed broken Apple menu in OSX 10.4.3 and higher
- Fixed wrong import of 32 bit float AIFC and 24 bit files
- Fixed broken Impulse Tracker import – songs with compressed samples should load correctly now
- Fixed initialization problems with the Korg-M1 VSTi
- Fixed distorted Audio output with the Normad Phaser VST
- Fixed incorrectly bypassed *VSTiAutomationDevices: Parameter changes were sent to the VSTi even when the device was Bypassed
Renoise v1.5.2 is available for registered users and the demo version has been updated as well.
Check the Renoise website for more information.