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"Xhip.nets all the way down"
06 November 2014
You're clever, young man, very clever, ...

... but it's Xhip all the way down!

"Nothing new to report."
08 October 2014

Quack.

"Youtube Xhip!"
17 September 2014

Added a strange video of Xhip to youtube. See the video for description of the clip.

For anyone wondering why you'd need to be falling head-first out of a tree on a beach to get this gradient... It would normally start out indigo/purple on top and fade to orange, so I had it reversed.

"Xhip alpha screenshot"
04 September 2014

Not much to report on at this point unfortunately. I haven't spent much focused effort on Xhip in the past two years, although some progress has been made.

I'm aiming to get the basics of the 'mod-matrix', effects and preset categories working fully before I upload another alpha.

Just a screenshot to show what this looks like at the moment... I've been wanting to improve the menu functionality (as seen in the filter menu) for quite some time, using a "div" system. At the moment the flexibility of the menu system is still quite limited.

"Alpha for effects"
24 February 2014

I've been planning to update the effects for a long while. The last version of the effects had some issues which proved problematic for some users.

Installer

The whole package as one file has sometimes proven an issue especially with the installer for some users. This is more of a preference or general hatred of all installers than a practical issue as the installer I use is NSIS, pretty much a self-extracting zip file and nothing more.

That said, I'd like to make the next version available as both a complete zip (far larger than the installer, as zip is incredibly inefficient at compressing many plugins) and individual zips for every file.

Skin data files

The latest alpha already includes the skin data inside each plugin individually. This is terribly inefficient as you'll need to load a separate copy of the bitmaps in memory for every plugin, although they are shared between instances.

It is also not so great that the same bitmap data is replicated over and over in each plugin file, although the compression used by NSIS takes care of that in the installer without issue.

I've considered using an external "skin dll" to solve this issue but this of course just brings us right back to square one with external skin files.

Considering the ample memory in most machines these days, unless someone reports this as an issue I think I won't be too bothered by it.

Now to the more important stuff...

GUI changes

I've updated the layout of the GUIs for each plugin and made some minor tweaks and improvements.

I've attempted to fit each layout into the same sized rectangle as this makes the smaller plugins (only two or three knobs) easier to use. Certain layouts like the reverb simply won't fit in the same size GUI, so they are larger.

Screenshot

Side-chain inputs

I've also added side-chain inputs to the limiter, compressor and gate. I'd like to extend this to any plugin with an internal side-chain, such as the envelope follower as well in time.

Some improvements have been made to the limiter, decreasing distortion. Proper log ratio controls have been added to the compressor and limiter in place of the old mix controls. I'd like to add some mix knobs back in time as I find them far more useful, but have not fully decided on that as many (if not most) hosts provide wet/dry mix controls already.

Alphas

Please have a look at the alpha page and test these out if you like. I'd like to hear about any bugs before I update them.

Certain features like tempo-sync for LFOs and others will need to wait, as I feel I've put off this update long enough due to a lack of those sorts of features while the far more important features are those like the new embedded skins.

I've already begun updating the documentation for the effects, so if you'd like to see screenshots you can have a look at the documentation pages.