[LAD] Announcing PHASEX-0.14.96

Jeremy Jongepier jeremy at autostatic.com
Sun Dec 30 13:31:59 UTC 2012

On 12/30/2012 05:42 AM, William Weston wrote:
> Yes, your eyes are working correctly.  This is v0.14.96.  Some things
> are worth the wait.  I know it's been a while, but I haven't forgotton
> about PHASEX...

Great! Congrats with this new release!

> New Features:
> - Multitimbral (1 thread per part).

So this means starting multiple instances has become unnecessary?

> - Session bank (very much like the patch bank).
> - Jack Session.
> - Stereo- and Multi- outputs for JACK.


> - ALSA PCM audio.

Another nicety!

> - ALSA Raw MIDI.
> - Generic MIDI (/dev/midi support).
> - MIDI clock for timestamping and queuing events.
> - Active Sensing.
> - New oscillator waveforms.
> - Portamento for Osc Transpose events.
> - FM oscillator latching.
> - New LFO parameters.
> - Moog (24db/octave) filter.
> - Fast fade-out mono retriggering.
> - Interpolated oscillator table lookups.
> - Ability to run with no GUI.

This is very welcome too.

> - JACK MIDI / ALSA Raw / ALSA Seq connections in menus.
> - Widescreen layout mode.
> - New preferences dialog w/ nearly all settings.
> - New knobs.
> - Pure 64-bit math in builds with --enable-cpu-power=4.
> New Features from Anton Kormakov:
> - LASH.
> - MIDI Hold pedal.
> - JACK Transport.

And the Panic button?

> Overall, I am pleased with where PHASEX has arrived.  In the past, I
> had always been disappointed with PHASEX and its shortcomings, and for
> many reasons.  Until now.  The code is cleaner and easier to work on.
> Most of the old bugs have been replaced with more intelligent design.
> On an -rt kernel, xruns are a thing of the past.  Sound quality is
> cleaner.  GUI is much more responsive.  Dependence on the command line
> is kept to a bare minimum.  Sessions can be managed with ease.  Per
> part memory and CPU utilization has decreased vs. multi-instance
> v0.12.x.  Timing is almost as good as it gets (sample accurate for
> JACK MIDI, near sample accurate for ALSA seq, and almost as good as
> your hardware will allow for ALSA raw MIDI.)

Cool! No more drifting arpeggios :)

> This version is fully tested with Fedora 17 and 18, and should be just
> as trouble free on any Fedora >= 14 or CentOS >= 6.0.  At some point
> next month, I'll be rebuilding my RAID and dedicating some space to
> running other distributions.  Until then, a request goes out for build
> reports from other distros, especially Debian/Ubuntu, Arch, and Mint.
> There's still time to get build files from other distros into the git
> tree before v0.15.0 comes out.

I have a source package ready for Ubuntu 12.04 but I can't build it yet 
because of the current issues with Jack1. I could try building against 
Jack2 but then I can't test it myself because I don't use Jack2.



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