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Update 17.0.3D

BUG FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

Update 17.0.3B

BUG FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

MAC ANOMALY

When editing textfiles from the Read/Edit Selected File option on the workspace menu Selecterd Files of Type,
the editing window sometimes does not become active (you cannot type into it).
If this happens, open the Calculator from the Edit window, then close it. The text-editing window then becomes active as normal.

Update 17.0.0

"Shorten Windows" option on the System State - System Settings 2 menu, now applies to all long windows found on the Loom,
making them compatible with laptop small-screen formats.

Update 17.0.0C

Minor improvements to internal "Help" documentation of Physical Modelling package.

On the MAC, the "Physical Modelling" options now functional if the MAC version of the ness-brass program
is downloaded onto your machine and placed in the "_cdprogs" directory with the other CDP programs.
For further details, see the description under release 16.0.2 below.

Update 17.0.0

"Shorten Windows" option on the System State - System Settings 2 menu, now applies to all long windows found on the Loom,
making them compatible with laptop small-screen formats.

"Version 17.0.0.B" corrects bug in release 17.0.0A which prevented directories from being opened.


Update 16.0.2

MUSIC TESTBED

"PHYSICAL MODELLING"

Synthesizing realistic instrument sounds using models and software developed by the NESS research project at the University of Edinburgh.
(NB: A specific warranty attaches to these programs which means that the University is not liable for any consequences of your use of them.)

These options will only appear on your workspace if you have the program ness-brass.exe and the associated dll files in your _cdprogs subdirectory.

You can use the test files in the physmod_examples directory. Put them in your base Soundloom directory (e.g. "_cdp").
The files called test with a ".m" extension are score files.
These use the other files (e.g. Trumpetvalve.m) as their source instruments.
Use the View/Edit options on the Physical Modelling menu on the Music Testbed, to try these out.


Update 16.0.0

WORKSPACE

MUSIC TESTBED


Update 15.0.1

WORKSPACE

MUSIC TESTBED

PROCESS PAGE

QIK EDIT page

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS & BUG FIXES

  • Grabbing soundfiles from Mixfiles (SELECTED FILES OF TYPE menu) now (correctly) ignores the initial (channel count) line.

  • Multiple User systems with backup to a Network disk. New safety feature.
  • New Error Trap when Bulk Processing multichannel files.
  • WHICH? Button, Relevant option (on the Process Page)
    now works correctly when duplicated processes (processes on one menu, duplicated on another) are listed.

    Update 15.0.0 MAC

    MUSIC TESTBED

    "PHYSICAL MODELLING"

    Synthesizing realistic instrument sounds using models and software developed by the NESS research project at the University of Edinburgh.

    These options will only appear on your workspace once the MAC version of these programs become available
    and you have framework.exe and the associated dll files in your _cdprogs subdirectory.

    Update 14.0.5a : MAC


    Parameters Page

    KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS (These may differ on the MAC - see the relevant "K" key):
    FACILITIES FOR SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS

    Qikedit

    NEW KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS "LAST MADE" OPTION: to integrate mix construction and sound processing
    OTHER NEW BUTTON OPTIONS:
    EXTENSION OF EXISTING FACILITES:
    EXTENDED MULTICHANNEL FACILITIES.

    Text Edit Pages

    A new "UNDO" button has been added, which restores the original state of the file being edited
    without exiting the editing page.

    Table Editor

    New Option to "MOVE ROW(S) from cursor onwards" on "TABLES : AT CURSOR" menu.

    Bug Fixes and Improvements

    Playing files from Chosen Files list QikEdit
    "Chosen Files" and Directory list boxes: Quantising breakpoint files in "Sound View"
    Processes available with multichannel Chosen Files
    Update 12.0.7

    CHANGES TO THE SOUND PLAYER INTERFACE

    The setting up of Sound Players on the Loom has been extensively revised.

    Set Command To Play Files, which appears when the Loom in first set up, and can be accessed from the System menu on the Workspace, now includes a number of new options.

    QIKLOADING

    When you start a new session, the files on the workspace at the end of the last session are restored to the workspace for this new session. As they are loaded, each file is parsed to establish its properties. For very large files (or a very long list of files), this can take some time.

    Qikoading saves the properties of the workspace files at the end of a session so they can be re-established without parsing the files when you begin a new session.

    If your environment is setup to establish the maximum level in Soundfiles, on Loading, QikLoading will do this check if max level is not already among the known properties.

    If your environment is setup to look for Properties Files (textfiles of user-defined properties: not to be confused with the standard properties all files have) QikLoading will still check for these.

    NB:

    "ONE AT A TIME" PROCESSING OF CHOSEN FILES

    The One at a time button (below the Chosen Files list) allows you to process a whole list of files placed on the Chosen Files list, one at a time.
    This may be useful where you want to apply similar but not identical processing to a group of files.
    (In contrast, Bulk Processing applies the same process, with the same parameters to all the files on the Chosen List).

    Previously, you proceedeed to the next file in the (original) list, by returning to the Workspace and hitting the Next button (below the Chosen Files list).

    This procedure has now been streamlined so that you can get the Next file without leaving the Parameters page, continuing to apply the same process, but with possibly different parameters, to each file in turn.

    Once One at a time processing is initated on the Workspace, the Parameters Page gets a Get Next File button (replacing To Wkspace: Get New Files).

    If you hit this new button, the Sound Loom will move to the next file in your original list, reconfiguring the parameters page to refer to this new file so you can proceed immediately to process it with (possibly) different parameters.

    If, however, you use Get New Process or Recycle Outfile, the new button will revert to its original function (To Wkspace: Get New Files) returning you to the workspace where you can still use the Next button to get the next file in your list.

    QIKEDIT


    MULTICHANNEL FILES


    MULTICHANNEL TOOKIT

    Richard Dobson's Multichannel Tookit has been integrated into the workspace.
    The processes will only appear (on the MULTICHAN menu) if you have these programs on your system (together with the new CDP program frame) in the same directory as your other Loom/CDP programs.

    Toolkit programs can be accesses like any other CDP program, but at present leave no history (in the log files).

    The CDP convention for assigning extensions to Ambisonic filenames generated on the Loom are
    However, two new options on the SYSTEM menu, on the Workspace allow you to

    MUSIC TESTBED

    SOUNDS LISTS: New options to manipulate textfiles which list soundfiles.


    TABLE EDITOR


    OTHER CHANGES

    Changes in the Function of the Escape Key:

    BUG FIXES


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    Update 12.0.6

    NAMED WORKSPACES

    Following the suggestion of a user, it is now possible to save a Workspace with a name, and to load the named workspace, or update it (by saving with the same name). This permits 2 or more parallel projects to be run on the Loom.
    Before saving or loading, ALL files on the workspace need to have been backed up to directories. Otherwise, files in the base directory will become confused between the 2 or more projects being run.

    PROPERTIES FILES


    MULTICHANNEL OPERATION (FORTHCOMING CDP RELEASE)

    Most CDP processes have been upgraded to work with multichannel files.
    Others have been provided with a multichannel equivalent (on the MULTICHAN menu).
    And there are also some new processes.. To simplify working with multichannel files, they can be mixed down to mono,
    breakpoint files for particular processes designed over the mono mix,
    and these breakpoints then applied to the multichannel file itself.

    A new keyboard shortcut (on the PC Control-Alt-M, on the MAC Control-Command-M) - and menu item - mixes a multichannel file to Mono.

    On the System State menu on the Workspace, Multichannel Options allows you to specify whether multichannel files recycled from the Parameters Page are..
    QIKEDIT

    The QikEdit, page (accessed from the parameters page when running a mix) has the following new options specifically for multichannel mixfiles. Also, a new order randomisation option has been added.

    At present Randomise Order randomises the time-order of mixfile lines, and those lines retain both the filename, and the output routing of the file.
    Randomise Names randomises ONLY the filenames, retaining the routings associated with the times.
    This option will not work if your selected files have different numbers of channels, as the routings for mono, stereo and multichannel files are not necessariliy compatible.


    MAC BUGS FIXES

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    Update 12.0.5

    KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

    There are many Keyboard shortcuts on the Loom, and further shortcuts have been added in this version.
    This is an overview of some of the most important.

    PLAY Shortcuts

    GRAB & COPY Shortcuts

    PAGE CONTROL Shortcuts with Escape

    EDITING and VIEWING Shortcuts

    SEARCHING Shortcuts

    The "K" Key

    A Comprehensive Listing of Shortcuts available on any page, can be found under the "K" Key on that page.

    MENU EASY ACCESS

    QIKEDIT PAGE

    MUSIC TESTBED : NEW FACILITY

    New Reverberation Option. Add Reverb to (only) the (specified) tail of a sound.

    OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

    BUG FIXES


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    Update 12.0.4

    INTEGRATING SOUND CREATION AND ASSEMBLY

    Extensive updates to the QikEdit facility accesible from the Parameter page of the Mix process help to integrate sound-making with sound-assembly in a mix. Details information about this can be found in the document Integrated Assembly which you should download.

    PATCH LOADING (PARAMETERS PAGE)

    With no name in the patch-name box, pressing Load will load any temp patch which exists.

    TABLE EDITOR


    CALCULATOR

    New TAP TIME button: enter time value by tapping button twice.

    MUSIC TESTBED


    WORKSPACE


    UNIVERSAL LOAD FROM TEXTFILE

    Any soundfile listed in a textfile open in the Loom, can be grabbed to the workspace.
    Highlight the soundfile name and hit Control g or Control G.

    SOUND VIEW


    BUGS FIXED

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    Update 12.0.3

    WORKSPACE SOUND-LISTINGS

    New commands are now available, on the SELECTED FILES OF TYPE menu
    MIXING


    BULK PROCESS TRAP

    If you try to normalise a list of sounds, using Bulk Process, any sounds already above the normalisation level are now trapped to prevent error messages or failures in the Bulk-processing procedure.

    SUCK AND SEE : SAVE ALL

    When a process is run with one parameter set to Suck and See (i.e.with * as its value) it is now possible to save all the files that are output, (as well as chosing particular files to keep, as previously).

    END OF SESSION DISPLAYS AND OPTIONS

    A number of new options on the System State menu on the Workspace, (SESSION END DISPLAYS), allow end of session requests to be displayed or suppressed.


    FORTHCOMING : MULTICHANNEL FACILITIES



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    Update 12.0.2

    WORKSPACE

    SOUND VIEW GRAPHICS

    QIKEDIT MIXFILES

    TEMPO CONVERSION FOR PROCESSES AND INSTRUMENTS

    Processes which time-stretch or contract files (e.g. spectral timestretch, or brassage timesqueeze) now have an additional button on the parameter page for Tempo-conversion calculations.

    Instruments (existing or new) which use these processes will also feature this new button. (NB: Either time-stretching or time-squeezing is handled correctly, but not both within the same instrument.)

    PROPERTIES FILES

    PLAYING SOUNDS FROM TEXTFILES

    Soundfiles mentioned in textfiles (e.g. the Notebook) can currently be played by highlighting the name and pressing Control-P.
    If the directory path of the file is missing in the textfile, Control-P will now allow you to specify a directory path in order to be able to play the soundfile.

    TABLE EDITOR

    BULK PROCESSING: NAMING

    When a Bulk Process changes the file type (e.g.Pvoc Synthesis, or Analysis) there is a new option to retain the original name (with the changed file extension).

    BACKING UP THE ENTIRE ENVIRONMENT TO e.g. MEMORY-STICK

    On concluding a a session, a new option appears allowing you to backup the entire CDP environment to a specified location.
    This might typically be a memory-stick, but could also be a different internal drive, or a different directory on the current drive.

    RESTORING CORRUPTED DRIVE INFORMATION

    If you are running a multiuser environment, you may have specified an alternative drive (e.g. a network drive) where users store their files at the end of a session. The Loom stores information about which drive you have chosen.
    If, for any reason, this drive-information becomes corrupted, you will now receive a message

    'THE PRINCIPLE USER MUST RE-SET THE MULTIPLE-USER DRIVE INFORMATION'
    'FROM THE SYSTEM STATE MENU.'
    BUGS & PROBLEMS



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    Update 12.0.1

    SOUND VIEW

    Minor updates and bug fixes.

    LOADING THE WORKSPACE: Searching for the Maximum Sample in Soundfiles

    Normally, when files are placed on the workspace (e.g. when you startup your system or when you grab new files) the maximum sample in any soundfile is read, and stored in its header, so it can be rapidly accessed later.

    When first loading extremely large new files, this may slow down the process of loading the workspace. However, certain facilities, (e.g. getting the maxsample of a list of files, on the Table Editor) work quickly because the maxsample of all loaded soundfiles is known. If these are not known in advance you have to explicitly get the max sample of each file, using one of the MaxSamp buttons or a Properties menu.

    An option has therefore been added, on the System State menu on the Workspace to allow you to turn off, or turn back on, the reading of the maxsample of a soundfile when it is loaded or created.

    The default situation is that the maximum sample is read, unless you tell your system not to do this.

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    Update 12.0.0

    SOUND VIEW


    WORKSPACE: NEW FEATURES:


    WORKSPACE: MUSIC TESTBED: New Features:


    PROPERTIES FILES


    QIKEDIT OF MIXES


    CLOSING DOWN

    The list of recent-directories-used-for-backup (which appears when a session is ended) can now be deleted when it appears.
    (Any directories used for backup in the session being closed are still remembered).

    GENERAL

    BUG FIXES

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    Previous Significant Updates


    SUCK IT AND SEE

    To get a feel for the effect of any particular parameter on a CDP process,
    you may now enter a star (*) instead of a parameter value (for just one parameter at once).
    This will bring up a new window allowing you to specify, simply, a parameter range you want to explore.
    The Soundloom will then generate a whole set of output sounds tied to that range of parameters, and allow you to listen to these, and to keep any sound, parameter value or list of parameter values that interest you.

    AUTOMATIC MIX MANAGEMENT

    ..tracks soundfile namechanges (e.g. rename, backing up). When soundfile names are changed, checks all known mixfiles on your system (not just mixfiles loaded on the workspace) and if the renamed files are found in any of those mixfiles, rewrites the mixfiles using the new soundfilenames. This replaces the 'Mix Refresh' facility.


    DIRECT MIDI ENTRY FROM MIDI KEYBOARD OR OTHER DEVICE

    Direct entry of MIDI data from an external MIDI device has now been made possible.
    You must have Richard Orton's Tabula Vigilans on your system (in the _cdprogs directory) for this feature to become operational.

    Direct MIDI entry is accessible through the buttons that look like tiny piano-type keyboards (these do not appear if you have not installed 'Tabula Vigilans).

    Midi-entry buttons are customised to the application you are using e.g.


    See the manual for further details.


    'SOUND VIEW' SOUND VISUALISATION & DATA ENTRY ('SND VIEW' on MAC Buttons)

    The snack waveform-display facilities in TK/Tcl have now been incorporated into the CDP. These give you a graphic display of the sound or its spectrum.

    Extra facilities have been added to allow you to
    and


    The Sound View can be called from


    Special interfaces have been added to simplify data entry to special data files e.g.


    You may want to customize your use of the SoundView facilities.
    To do this, use the new option on the 'System State' menu. See the manual for further details.

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