AudioMulch 2.2 introduces the new features and refinements listed below. AudioMulch 2.2 is a free upgrade for licensed AudioMulch version 2 users.
We've been working to reduce latency with high-end sound cards. AudioMulch's sound processing engine has been overhauled, resulting in even lower latency response to MIDI events, and improved real-time audio processing stability with very low latency buffer settings. On Mac OS the 256 sample lower limit on audio buffer sizes has been removed - this limit was never present on Windows. We've also added an option to disable Desktop Window Manager MMCSS scheduling for Windows Vista and Windows 7. This reduces graphics-related audio glitching on some systems.
AudioMulch 2.2 lets you route MIDI data from plugins to external MIDI devices using MidiOut contraptions. You can use MidiOut contraptions to control hardware MIDI synthesizers or outboard effects processors. This adds to the existing functionality, which allows MIDI sequencing and VST instrument plugins to be connected using MIDI routing in the Patcher Pane. MidiOut contraptions are intended to be used with VST and Audio Unit plugins that send MIDI output, such as control generators, data transformers and sequencing plugins. When combined with MidiIn contraptions, this also lets you use AudioMulch to process and route MIDI. AudioMulch doesn’t currently include any built-in MIDI processing contraptions. There are lists of recommended MIDI plugins for Mac and for Windows.
AudioMulch 2.2's new timing engine improves timing stability when chasing MIDI and network synchronization. MIDI synchronization is now compatible with a broader range of sound cards and MIDI interfaces. We've also improved timing stability for MIDI sync output on Macintosh. A new pattern mode option provides compatibility for sending MIDI clock to simple pattern-based step sequencers such as Korg Electribes and the Nord Micro Modular. We've made sync offset settings more consistent (positive values always make the slave later), and added sync offset settings for network synchronization.
AudioMulch.com has recently been updated with a new patch sharing area, and a discography that users can edit. In the patch sharing area, you can download and share patches ranging from simple examples to a complex compositions. You can learn about releases by other AudioMulch users in the discography, and also promote your own releases. Follow the links to visit the patch sharing area, and the AudioMulch discography.
Edit frequency parameters as musical pitches
Presets window improvements
New Welcome Screen
Updated help system
You can now work directly with musical pitch names when using frequency parameters that are usually displayed in Hertz. Frequency values are now annotated with the musical note name and deviation from the pitch in cents. In the Set Value Dialog Box, you can enter frequencies as musical pitches using a piano keyboard interface.
We've added a new, versatile stereo chorus contraption called SChorus. SChorus is the result of research into the behavior of classic chorus units.
A new header bar in the contraption Presets Window gives you a more streamlined method of working with presets. By clicking on the buttons on the bar, you can store a new preset and browse between presets. The Presets Window's auto-hide behavior can now be toggled on or off. We've also removed the limit on the number of presets you can store in each contraption.
You can now use MIDI control to switch between Metasurface snapshots. Use a MIDI pedal board or other MIDI controller to switch snapshots in live performance when you don’t want to have to reach for the mouse.
When AudioMulch launches you can now have quick access your recent documents via the Welcome Screen. The Welcome Screen also provides links to other common tasks and web site resources.
AudioMulch is now using Apple’s “Cocoa” framework. This brings improved compatibility with Audio Unit plugin user interfaces. This is also a step in the direction of future support for 64-bit operation.
AudioMulch's help system has been updated and restructured with a clear, step-by-step tutorial format to get you started quickly. This is a long-term project and we're about half way through. So far we've taken care of these sections: Getting Started, Working in the Patcher Pane and Adjusting Contraption Properties.
Version 2.2 includes a range of other enhancements, tweaks and bug fixes. We've listed the enhancements that will impact on your workflow below. For the full list of changes check the release notes.
Important Note: Due to changes made to the SSpat contraption in this release, documents saved with AudioMulch 2.2 (or later) that use SSpat will not load correctly in AudioMulch 2.1. Users who wish to continue using these documents with AudioMulch 2.1 are advised to make backup copies before saving them with AudioMulch 2.2.
Mac Users Note: AudioMulch 2.2 no longer supports Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), but does support all recent Mac OS X versions including the new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
If you haven't used AudioMulch for a while, read on for information about the key enhancements that were added in AudioMulch 2.0 and 2.1.
Click to watch AudioMulch 2.1 time signatures in action
Time signatures, enhanced pattern editors
The main new features added in AudioMulch 2.1 are:
For the full list of changes in AudioMulch 2.1 check the release notes
AudioMulch 2.0 was the first version of AudioMulch available for both Windows and Macintosh computers. The user interface has been re-coded from the ground up and a number of enhancements have been made along the way. The main new features added in AudioMulch 2.0 are: