Re: [linux-audio-user] Your synth wishlist?

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Your synth wishlist?
From: Thorsten Wilms (
Date: Fri Jul 30 2004 - 20:48:37 EEST

On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 01:27:16PM -0400, Dave Robillard wrote:
> The problem with what you want (having "midi cables" in a modular synth)
> is we don't have a plugin format that supports MIDI yet. Like
> everything else, we just have to wait on GMPI for this. :(

Couldn't that be handled by an abstraction layer? I mean the modules
in the gui do not have to be the actual modules behind the scenes,
same for how the connections are actualy setup.

> I don't think the distinction between "assembly" and "patch" is really
> necessary, sounds like the same thing to me. Basically, you want
> subpatches (within subpatches within subpatches).

Assemblies are about the modules and connections. Paramter values
would be stored in patches. So you could think of an assembly as
a virtual synth, an engine. The idea is to not require saving
an assembly with only slight variations in parameter settings ...

> > To make it all perfect there should be a versioning system,
> > but I guess that's a bit much to ask for :)
> Versioning as in CVS for patch files? Well.. yeah, that is a bit much
> to ask for. :)

No wouldn't cut it. Say I would include put an assembly that is already
in use by multiple assemblies inside yet another one. Now I want to
slightly adapt it, without breaking all the other assemblies ...
That's exactly the problem I have with Solidworks :)

> > There are some small ideas from my work on Specimen that
> > might be interesting for single modules. But for now
> > it should be about the big picture, right?
> Once again, the Plugin Format Problem(TM). But on the topic of
> specimen, how difficult is it to write alternate frontends for specimen?

No idea, have to ask its author, Pete Bessman.
Oh, I hope nobody will ever want to write an alternative frontend,
once the redesign is finished.
A peek at the future:

> Good ideas, thanks for the input

You're welcome

Thorsten Wilms 

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