Blog

Updates 9th July 2020

Thursday 9th July 2020
By Brecht De Man

An overview of all the fixes and improvements we've added this week

We’re here to help

In addition to the usual bug fixes and general improvements, we’re excited to officially unveil the first job of our built-in virtual assistant: instrument recognition. On dragging a file into empty space, or clicking the hidden button above a track’s instrument icon, the uploaded file gets analysed on our server which spits back an instrument class (drums, vocals, keyboards, guitars, ...). Very handy if you upload a number of tracks and don’t want to set the labels manually yourself. The assistant computes a number of statistics of the raw audio, and uses machine learning to match it against a dataset of various instrument recordings it studied previously. Let us know how well it worked for you!

Convolution reverb

Introducing our very first reverb effect plugin! A classic convolver applies the sonic signature of a space to any source you run through it, with some extra parameters to tweak as needed. We selected a number of real impulse responses from beautiful and interesting spaces – enough to get you started!

Better together

Groups are a key component of our workstation, making for easier workflow and powerful processing in all views. We took some time to fix issues that crept in recently. For instance, dragging groups in and out of each other could confuse the system up to a point where some disappeared from view – but no more. Like many bugs, refreshing the session would typically resolve this, but it’s better if it doesn’t happen at all!

You also can no longer drag a selection of multiple tracks partially in a group: either they’re all in, or all out.

Finally, groups are meant to preserve their own colour, and pass that on to its track constituents: that’s fixed again too.

On that note...

Despite running out of MIDI-related puns we are still making lots of improvements to this part of the DAW, because it’s important, complex – and fun!

The MIDI region waveform will appear shortly after recording it, and also refresh after any edit. This includes deleting a MIDI note, which previously wasn’t registered by the database.

Opening the MIDI editor will record arm the corresponding MIDI track by default, so you can play the instrument live, but revert back to the previous record arm state on closing. The minimum zoom level of the editor is now bigger (more zoomed out) so you can always see the whole MIDI region. We’ve also added a magnet button to mean “Snap to grid”, and moved the audition icon to a clearer place.

A big change is that MIDI notes can no longer overlap, which will avoid some confusion. Double clicking will make the MIDI notes appear in the right position, even when the region boundaries are trimmed with respect to the underlying MIDI file.

Various

  • Rapid changes to level or panning no longer produce “crackle”, as manual parameter variations are smoothed.

  • The Stage view underwent a minor redesign, with level and panning annotation making the first experience more intuitive.

  • A split line appears when hovering over a region and holding down Shift.

  • You can zoom in and out by “pinching” on a track pad.

  • The Freesound samples we added last week are now higher quality, with an encoding that doesn’t introduce superfluous silence at either end of the region.

  • The playhead snaps to grid when being dragged.

  • Shift + vertical scroll now also scrolls horizontally on Windows (a system default on Macs).

  • Copy-pasting several regions places the first region at the playhead position, and the rest after it.

  • Many automation actions are properly supported, including but not limited to selecting and deselecting nodes, enabling and disabling automation for a certain parameter, moving multiple nodes, and drawing vertical lines.

  • You can undo splitting a region without issues.

  • Gluing separate regions is now implemented.

  • The master Notes bar is now in front of timeline regions.

  • Track name editing is consistent with other editing: clicking away submits the track name as is, and hitting ‘Escape’ reverts to the old name.

  • The database doesn’t get bothered anymore when the submitted track name is the same it was before.

We hope your experience improves every week. Please keep the feedback coming, as it is really helpful and inspiring!

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