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Question: Beating dead horse, but... ARA for Melodyne, por favor? I know, I know, but it's mandatory for #1 hits! Anyway, thx for making a sweet DAW! [permalink]
Asked by Joe H (24.205.69.x) on March 19 2017, 5:40pm
Reply on March 20 2017, 1:02pm (edited at March 20 2017, 1:03pm):
    It'd be a lot easier if Celemony added REAPER-API support to Melodyne.

Question: I think there is such a need for a program like WASTE that matches the functionality of MS Lync or Skype (i.e. screen sharing, conference calls etc..) but is fully encrypted and decentralized. Have you ever thought of updating/resurrecting WASTE to include some of that functionality? [permalink]
Asked by Jason (76.109.104.x) on March 18 2017, 12:56pm
Reply on March 20 2017, 1:02pm:
    That would be cool, using EC rather than RSA for WASTE would make the keys more manageable too, perhaps.

Question: What aspects of Computer science do I focus on which may help me merge my interests in music and computers? More specifically: What language(s) will be helpful for DAW and Plug-In development? What novel aspects of computer science hold some relevance in the music industry? (AI for example) [permalink]
Asked by Aaditya (122.176.187.x) on March 16 2017, 12:56pm
Reply on March 17 2017, 3:21am:
    No idea, the scope of what you describe is very wide and very deep, so you could go any number of ways... a good place to have fun with programming and sound is writing JSFX in REAPER (which seems like a shameless plug -- but there's an integrated code editor, tons of builtin effects you can edit, and you can test out changes on the fly...).

Question: In REAPER you have the name of a track, which is a text written by the user. User can modify this text in various places around the interface, and the text is updated everywhere. How's your approach to implement this? A global function called UpdateAllTrackTexts()? Trigger some event? Call each renderer object individually after the change is made? [permalink]
Asked by Rodrigo (177.97.191.x) on March 14 2017, 3:28pm
Reply on March 15 2017, 1:33pm:
    When you update something on a track, the track has a "UpdateUI()" type function which goes around invalidating the relevant panels, and also marks the track manager as being dirty too. I think.

Question: Are you interested in machine learning? Do you read up on it? [permalink]
Asked by Chris (76.97.150.x) on March 13 2017, 6:15pm
Reply on March 14 2017, 4:01am (edited at March 14 2017, 4:02am):
    A little here and there but not really. It's interesting, but not my area per se.

Question: Do you have any legal papers about your Cockos codebase in case of death, accidents and the likes? [permalink]
Asked by Dali (205.236.3.x) on March 13 2017, 3:53pm
Reply on March 14 2017, 4:01am:
    The corporation will survive.

Question: Do you find it hard to switch from a programming frame of mind, to a making music frame of mind? For me, when I'm interested in one, the other seems pointless. [permalink]
Asked by Dream Of Sleepin (90.221.59.x) on March 8 2017, 9:31pm
Reply on March 9 2017, 3:16pm:
    Only if you force it

Question: re: plugin not loading; This brought me on the right track. It was resources (images) not loading correctly. Fixed and working now. Thank you ! (I'll skip the question this time :)) [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.86.x) on March 3 2017, 2:59pm
Reply on March 3 2017, 3:52pm:
    real programmers debug with printf(), ha ha

Question: Do REAPER/ReaPlugs use AVX/AVX2 instructions? I don't know if this is asking about features or not, please ignore if it is. [permalink]
Asked by Paul (103.10.197.x) on March 3 2017, 12:24pm
Reply on March 3 2017, 3:52pm (edited at March 3 2017, 3:54pm):
Question: Have you ever had a go at playing the cello? I've been learning, and I bet you'd enjoy the challenge. [permalink]
Asked by Dream Of Sleepin (90.221.59.x) on March 2 2017, 4:46pm
Reply on March 2 2017, 5:43pm:
    I haven't but I'd like to! Don't have a cello though.

Question: "does your VstPluginMain() function get called?" How could I find out when scanning already fails ? (maybe wasn't clear, sorry). REAPER says "illegal op. during scan" How can I find out WHICH illegal op. ? [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.84.x) on March 2 2017, 1:16pm
Reply on March 2 2017, 5:43pm:
    in VstPluginMain() add a printf() (osx) or OutputDebugString() (win32) and check accordingly (run from terminal.app on osx, run DebugView on win32) ...

Question: I've done a plugin (using WDL/iPlug) which doesn't get recognized by any host and I'm stuck why. I guess you have means in your dev version of REAPER for checking ?, if so may I send it to you ? Or any other suggestions ? [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (79.200.226.x) on March 1 2017, 1:15am
Reply on March 1 2017, 3:11pm:
    This would be better posted on the WDL forum, but: I think you just need to do a systematic test -- does your VstPluginMain() function get called? If not, add a DllMain() function and see if *that* gets called... If it doesn't, there might be some library dependency not being met.

Question: There aren't enough hours in the day (for me anyway..), so how do you prioritise your time between your various endeavours, or is it more of a do-whatever-you-feel-like-at-the-time kinda deal? [permalink]
Asked by neverbeeninariot (138.32.176.x) on February 27 2017, 3:23pm
Reply on February 27 2017, 9:29pm:
    Wherever my obsession takes me, or if I'm burned out on that, then I do the boring stuff like bookkeeping...

Question: Did you code the http server yourself in Reaper or it's a library you simply included? And if so which one? [permalink]
Asked by Dali (205.236.3.x) on February 27 2017, 1:57pm
Reply on February 27 2017, 2:13pm:
    It's based on the webserver in JNetLib in WDL.

Question: [Reaper/AHK question thingy] [permalink]
Asked by TonE (188.98.207.x) on February 25 2017, 11:34pm
Reply on February 26 2017, 4:34am (edited at February 26 2017, 4:35am):
    Not really the right place for this.

Question: Have you watched the Black Mirror series? If so, do you like it? [permalink]
Asked by Bean (1.178.255.x) on February 23 2017, 7:19pm
Reply on February 23 2017, 8:30pm:
    I love it! And Dead Set, too.

Question: Have you ever tried to compile all win32_curses standalone for an app? So much problems with includes, probably and defines as is, etc. Doesn't even compile... :( [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.15.x) on February 22 2017, 1:49am
Reply on February 22 2017, 3:52pm (edited at February 22 2017, 3:56pm):
    Just tried, if you're using curses_editor -- curses_editor.h needs #include "curses.h". also curses_editor.cpp should include "win32_utf8.h". Other than that, works fine!

    Update: pushed a patch to public WDL, and try this project (apologies for the ancient VC6 project).

Question: did you get owned legally for writing gnutella? i have a music app that i wrote and am too scared to release [permalink]
Asked by rozap (24.19.49.x) on February 20 2017, 8:11am
Reply on February 20 2017, 2:06pm:
    No -- (disclaimer: I am not a lawyer) -- I think if you write software that has non-infringing uses, and you're not involved in the operation of it as a service (e.g. you're not running a server that has control over/is necessary for the operation of the app), then you shouldn't be liable for what the users of the app do with the app... at least that's my understanding.

Question: I did buy it and I loved it, thank you! And the question: did you try polyphasic sleep on any stage of your life? If so, how was it? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (109.172.98.x) on February 19 2017, 4:31pm
Reply on February 19 2017, 11:51pm:
    Hah thank you! I haven't tried polyphasic sleep, I treasure my long interrupted sleep. From what I've read it pretty much amounts to sleep depravation anyway.

Question: Will you earn any money if I buy your album on Google music? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (109.172.98.x) on February 19 2017, 9:45am
Reply on February 19 2017, 2:28pm:
    Yep, apparently!
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