HourGlass 1.0.0 beta available

This surely has various issues (mostly GUI inconsistencies etc), but I felt it’d be the high time now to try to a release…New releases will be done in an accelerated schedule as issues are reported or discovered by myself and if/when fixes are possible to do.

Changes :

-Sound sources editor has been overhauled and the old lists based one removed

-Envelope points can be automatically generated within the envelope time selection by using the white handle in the time selection’s bottom left corner. Right-click on the handle to switch between ramp up, triangle and random generation. (This system will be expanded and improved later, but is now provided as is in the hopes it is useful.)

-A custom time distribution pattern can be designed for the fragment time positions. This can allow at slow fragment rates shuffle/swing-type time patterns and at high fragment rates, comb filtering/thickening/accent type effects.

-Some parameters are now allowed to have a greater range of values than before. Accessible from the parameter’s A button menu via the “Set parameter range” action.

-Instead of wasting space with a separate panel, the main parameter presets are handled directly in the main parameters panel using much less screen space than what the list based old presets panel required.

-Envelope editor values grid (Y-axis) can now more easily and interactively be set to equidistant intervals and also a custom grid can be created via a new grid editing mode in the envelope editor. (Accessible from the … button right to the “steps” text)

-Envelope segments can directly be dragged up/down (so as to move the points  that the segment is connected to).

-In Classic fragment engine mode, a rotated view of the active sound source waveform is drawn for the Source position envelope in order to help designing the envelope curve to follow the source sound

-Mixer insert slots now have a button to remove the DSP module/plugin in the slot

-Fragment properties scripting system has been improved and contains some example presets. There are now some code completion facilities available. Once you type 3 letters of a known symbol (internal variable or function name), a list of suggestions appears. The full list of suggestions can also be invoked by pressing Control+Space. The suggestion list contains variables handed over to the script from HourGlass as the first entries, and then the available built-in function names from the eel2 language.

-Added a new DSP module, BitMapper, that allows to turn individual bits on/off in the sound, as well as combine them with 3 different modes. Note that if you go beyond turning the individual bits on/off, it is quite unpredictable what will happen if you combine the bits and so on. This is strictly a process to destroy sound, not to make subtle adjustments.

-Various attempts to allow the window to be resized smaller. These include that the statusbar that used to be in the bottom of the window has been removed and instead a notification overlay is displayed (over the bottom of the window) for various operations and failures.

…to be continued…

If you are brave and not afraid of possible crashes, weird GUI issues and losing some of your old settings (it’s definitely a beta)…Download at :

http://vesanorilo.com/xenakios/HourGlass_1.0.0beta1.zip

Thanks again to Mr. Vesa Norilo for providing hosting facilities.

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4 Responses to HourGlass 1.0.0 beta available

  1. nay-seven says:

    Really promising work !

  2. nay-seven says:

    just a question, is this a totally portable software ? cause after one hour of really cool work it crash when i want add a vst folder and now i can’t start the program again, I’ve delete the folder and un-compact again, delete it and clean the registry with ccleaner and restart computer..no way

  3. nay-seven says:

    ok, found the solution about ini file in the old KVR thread, you can delete this if you want 🙂

  4. John says:

    Thank you very much man. Granular synthesis is so fun and your app is no exception—

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