Thursday, October 22, 2009

In the works for DopplerPad

DopplerPad has had a great release so far, and people are starting to dig their teeth into it. We've had a lot of good feedback including positive mentions on, mashable, and several blog reviews including this one over at technoheads which says
"The verdict is this; if you’re into making music, and want a compact, portable way to do it, DopplerPad is the best $10 you will ever spend."

Glowing praise is great, but its even better to start seeing DopplerPad creations popping up. Things like mall_2, a video art piece by Christopher Thompson, Pushing It, a track by Project 52 that uses DopplerPad along with FourTrack. Not to mention our video contest winning entry by DJBrettG.

This all makes me even more excited for what we have coming up in DopplerPad.

If you've updated recently, you have probably noticed there is a new Tool available called AudioCopy. The name pretty much says it: AudioCopy lets you copy loops for use in other apps. The first app available to paste into will be FourTrack. Admittedly, the timing of this release hasn't been perfect -- the FourTrack update that allows for pasting is still in review with Apple so we'll have more info when that is all up and running.

AudioCopy is the first technology to emerge from the Sonoma Wire Works Partnership Program, and there are many more compatible apps coming down the pike. Imagine being able to freely move your audio around between all your music apps! The iPhone pocket studio starts to look like a reality.

Synth Editing
As you read this, we're working on a powerful set of synth editors that will allow you to create your own synth patches! Basically, we're putting all the tools we used to create the original set of DopplerPad instruments in your hands. You'll be able to tweak the existing synths, or create your own from scratch. If you've ever wished you could finesse the LFO in Space Oddity, this will be your chance. Here's a little preview of the categories of parameters you'll be able to fine-tune:
  • 2 Oscillators, each with 5 waveforms and phase
  • FM synthesis
  • Filter (notch, high pass, band pass, low pass)
  • 2 types of envelopes (mod and amplitude)
  • LFO (tempo-syncable)
  • Touch Y-axis Parameter Control
  • Tap Velocity Parameter Control
  • & more!

We're currently re-writing big parts of the audio engine to support effects! Whereas now, certain instruments may have a delay, filter, or distortion, etc. In the new version, you can freely apply any effect (called an expression) to any instrument. What's better, you can edit and create your own effects in much the same way as Synth patches. I won't say too much about this system now, but you can bet it will be a uniquely DopplerPad-style take on the subject.

And that's not all...
We're working on several other tweaks, much of it based off feedback and suggestions from users (so keep it coming). So watch this space for more details to come. Thanks!


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