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Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 14:28

Hooray, it’s a spring all-plugins update!

All of our instrument plugins, (that's Aalto, Kaivo and Virta, for those of you listening at home) have received essential updates. Please download and enjoy.

If for some reason you skipped the previous release or two, note that back in December I rolled out a new registration system. Instead of the old "My downloads," there is now a "My licenses" link where you can get the license keys for all your purchased plugins. Just paste the key into the demo plugin to register it. If you have any questions, I'll be here.

My work the past two months has been on platform compatibility, bug fixes and optimization. The stuck notes in certain hosts including Reaper are no more. Audio glitches that popped up sometimes in Kaivo have been put to rest, I think. CPU use should be around 20% less across the board.

I'm particularly excited about the CPU improvement this time, because there's more on the way. The gains this time came from rewriting parts of madronalib, my DSP library, but the plugins haven't been completely converted to use the new code. When I can do that, there should be another big boost in efficiency.

First, though, the Soundplane app needs some much-awaited love, and I have a shop to put together so I can prototype instruments here again. Stay tuned for gripping wood shop action. Stepper motors! Sawdust!

Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 19:29

Thanks so much, Randy! Great release.

Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 19:34

Thank you!!!

Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 03:27

Great! Thanks so much, Randy! :)

Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 07:11

Thanks Randy, you are the man!!!

Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 08:58

Thanks Randy, cpu usage drop detected. (Made some comparison, more details in separate topic).

Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 16:23

Yep really glad with the cpu optimisations. Thank you!

Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 00:32

Great! Thank you Randy.

Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 09:43

Great stuff, thank you

Looking forward to Soundplane enhancements :)

Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 10:45

excellent ! thanks !

Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 15:19

great news because sometimes I use computers with slow CPU.

Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 17:45

Kaivo being the main culprit for me. So more cpu boost on the way will be awesome! It's one of the maddest plugins around soundwise.

Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 06:30

Cheers Randy! You're a legend

Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 14:24

Hey Randy! I'm joining the Madrona Labs family. Just purchased Aalto. Great synth, super inspiring. I really like the approach you took on this plugin, minimalistic but organic. The sounds are very different compared to many other plugins. I hope now to dive in more and more into modular synthesis. Cheers!

Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 08:59

Hi and welcome aboard! Thanks for the nice feedback.

Sat, May 13, 2017, 15:02

Thanks a lot for the Reaper love :-)

Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 09:06

I'm not impatient for software updates, but how about some news from one of my favorite developers?

Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 10:15

OK, I could seriously use your feedback on this. I would love to be sending out news more often at times like this when I'm deep in "development mode." My problem is, I often have nothing to say at these times that I would consider worthwhile news. "I'm working on the Soundplane touch detector" is basically what's been going on since spring.

I could show some of my many notes for Soundplane algorithms and talk about what the major improvements are gonna be. I think that would be interesting to a few people, but if history is any indication, frustrating to others who wonder why they can't just have it yet. Or who want me to be working on something else entirely.

Maybe the best answer is to find a new intern/apprentice who can do things like get t-shirts made and write news updates on the regular.

Anyhow thanks for the note, and If you can think of any categories of stuff you would want to read about, let me know.

Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 10:51

P.S.: if you just want some random blather and assurance that I'm alive and kicking, I'm @madronalabs on Twitter :-)