HourGlass 0.8.5 release

Changes :

-Actions can be remote controlled by MIDI (CC messages that have value of 127). The preferences actions/shortcuts section has a new button for that as well the remote controls manager window.

-By clicking the parameter value text in the parameter sliders window, can enter an exact value for the parameter, useful when it’s too hard to get a desired value by moving the slider. (Works via an annoying popup window for now, can probably make this be less distracting later)

-Added new offline preprocessor, prepend silence, and did some internal work that allows to have some nice stuffs like adjustable parameters for the offline processors in
later versions of HourGlass.

-Added alternative method to produce the fragment stereo pan spread, that alternates the fragments left and right in the stereo field. (In Sound menu)

-Added actions to toggle most of the fragment engine parameter envelopes on/off (by default mapped to Ctrl+Shift+1, Ctrl+Shift+2, Ctrl+Shift+3 etc keys)

-Added option for the automatable parameters values to follow the envelope playback value. (ie, when the envelope is disabled, the static value which then comes
to effect will be what the envelope was playing at that time)

-Added action to cycle through the fragment engine resampler modes (not in any menu, no default keyboard shortcut)

Other small changes and adjustments that hopefully have done more good than harm. πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to HourGlass 0.8.5 release

  1. Ravn Revheim says:

    Just discovered hourglass a couple of days ago, lovin it already and seeing a lot of potential for further development.
    It could be that I’m just missing something here, but I would love to see a minimal attack-decay envelope to shape the grains – possible?

    Thanks for the update πŸ™‚

    • xenakios says:

      The minimal attack/decay envelope existed previously, but I removed it in favor of the free envelope shape (viewable via the fragment envelope parameter in the parameters list). I have been planning to improve/extend that a bit, but haven’t yet done so.

  2. Ravn Revheim says:

    Ah, I see now – but as long as your thinking about extensions, how about the ability to reverse the grains, with optional randomization even? I think that could accomplish some quite interesting sonic results…

    • xenakios says:

      Reversing the playback per each fragment/grain is unfortunately a bit messy to add, so I’ve avoided working on that.

      It might already be possible to do something like this : load the same sample twice, offline reverse the other (doable in HourGlass itself in the offline preprocessing), and then do some fragment parameters script to give a result like that…

      Ok, I tested this and it appears to work. This obviously isn’t the most convenient way to do it, but on the other hand you could also do some other parameter change besides choosing the reversed sound file to play based on which condition the randomness triggered. (If you remove the // in the transpose=12.0; line, the first loaded sound will play an octave higher.) The Script meta A slider will control the probability which thing happens.

      The script I came up with:
      rand(1) < meta_a ? (
      ) : (

      • Ravn Revheim says:

        Thanks a lot, clever solution πŸ™‚ Maybe not as convenient as setting a parameter value, but at the same time more powerful as other actions can be scripted in as well.
        I must say I really enjoy getting acquainted with Hourglass, it really is very powerful already.
        I’ll probably be back with more suggestions and questions, I have some toughts already but I’ve also got more to explore still. Hehe.

        Great work, thanks πŸ™‚

      • Ravn Revheim says:

        Forgot to mention, but I did this track here mostly with HourGlass (0.8.4) – it’s organized and mixed in FL Studio.

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