Finally some progress with HourGlass

This month I’ve worked a bit on HourGlass 1.5. So there is still hope a public release will eventually happen. The multichannel/surround stuff sure has been a big mess to implement, with bugs and CPU performance problems popping up at every turn. However, with some private testing generously done by Jean-Marc Duchenne with his extreme multichannel  audio system (with dozens of channels and loudspeakers), some of the problems have been at least partially fixed.

The longer term plans definitely involve rewriting HourGlass from scratch, based on JUCE. Using the rather ancient Qt4 toolkit is beginning to feel quite miserable, but I will grudgingly persist in getting a few versions of HourGlass 1.5.x done with it for now.

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8 Responses to Finally some progress with HourGlass

  1. Thanks for the update!
    Looking forward to the surround stuff 🙂

    Cheers,

    Tom

  2. IXix says:

    Keep fighting the good fight! 🙂

    I’ve been under attack from life anyway so I haven’t had chance to do any music for ages. Hopefully there’ll be a nice HG update ready when things calm down!

  3. Ed says:

    Great to hear about you’re working on v1.5 of this awesome app, thank you for your efforts! Looking forward to it, and hope the eventual JUCE rewrite will make things easier for you. I’m hoping that might mean it could also run as a plugin later on.

    • xenakios says:

      The JUCE version would be a plugin from the start. It’s much easier to make a standalone app based on plugin style code/GUI than vice versa. The Qt4 based HourGlass was never a plugin mostly because of combined technical and licensing issues which made it too messy to be really attempted.

      Also I think the GUI would not have worked that well as a plugin inside a DAW. The hopefully upcoming JUCE version should attempt to make the GUI for basic operations much simpler. (Most of the functionality of HourGlass 1.x would be replicated but the GUI design would probably use things like temporary dismissable windows, dynamic layouts and/or tab pages…)

  4. Genome Abruptus says:

    Still lurking, c’mon…

  5. Jean VOGUET says:

    Hello
    Is there any news from version 1.5 ?

    • xenakios says:

      Things are starting to look like HourGlass 1.5 probably won’t make it. 😦 I’ve gotten so tired of all the old and messy code in it, that I’ve mostly lost interest trying to fix the remaining bugs and missing features, mostly needed for the multichannel/surround support.

      However, I’ve extracted the basic sound processing code out of HourGlass and it is now in another application that I will hopefully be able to release to the public as a beta before the end of this year.

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