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Harry van Haaren harryhaaren at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 09:46:38 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Atte André Jensen <atte at email.dk> wrote:

> I've been thinking about gettgin my feet wet with coding a plugin
> (something along the lines of dblues glitch vst, for chopping up the audio
> stream in rhytmic, stuttering and/or glitchy manners).

I'm not sure if you saw my recent post to list looking for exactly such a
plugin! I'd be pretty intrested in something similar to that.. And I've done
a little reading around: bbcut (as suggested by Dave Phillips) is an awesome
library for slicing & repeating stuttering etc, its written for SC & CSound,
and there are standalone versions too.

Using CsLadspa I think it would be trivial enough to provide a LADSPA
interface to a csound bbcut file.
This would however not provide the "tempo sync" that you're after. Of course
one could create a standard LADSPA control input port, and label it "BPM",
and hope that the host knows what to send it. Or that the user does.
Obviously not an idea situation.

Although LV2 could support BPM / subdivision info, that would need a
extension for that to be written, AFAIK there isn't one available yet. (I'm
aware LV2 is ruled out by Renoise anyway..)

I'm not a great supporter of native VST's, my experience using EnergyXT 2.5
& all the linux vsts I could get my hands on wasn't particularly sparkely:
some crashes, XT froze a bit, random latencies... :(

What I've been doing recently is wrapping LADSPA plugins with custom UI's.
Its not that much work, and I've got a set of default widgets like frequency
graphs & ADSR like done which make the work go quite a bit faster. I would
be willing to write a "custom" UI for a LADSPA plugin that does this sort of
thing :)

I'll be keeping an eye on this, -Harry
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