OSC/PILOT: deadmau5’s performance controller is now available to everyone

OSC/PILOTOSC/PILOT is a performance software that lets you design your own customized control surfaces for MIDI and OSC-compatible applications. Used by deadmau5 for his live shows since 2013, OSC/PILOT is now officially available to everyone.

OSC/PILOT control system

Many electronic live acts rely on software such as Ableton Live or Bitwig Studio. But the user interfaces of most DAWs are still primarily designed for use with a mouse and keyboard in the studio. On stage, the last thing you want to do is fiddle with tiny on-screen buttons and sliders. Off-the-shelf MIDI controllers can provide some relief, but they have a fixed set of controls that cannot change as your needs evolve. What if you could create your very own control surface that offers exactly what you need, and adapts as your requirements change?

OSC/PILOT is a customizable control surface for touch screens. The software lets you build your own performance interface for DAWs like Ableton Live and Bitwig Studio. It also works with visual applications, including Resolume and VDMX. According to the developer, OSC/PILOT has been in development since 2013 and has been used and refined since that time by no other than electronic artist deadmau5.

OSC/PILOT

OSC/PILOT

The drag&drop interface lets you create sliders, buttons, button matrices, rotary knobs and other controllers, and arrange them any way you like. You can then configure them to send MIDI or OSC data to DAWs, other music software and visual applications. The software can also receive OSC data for visual feedback within the UI.

OSC/PILOT supports multi-touch displays. It also lets you set up multiple workspaces in one project, so you could have dedicated control pages for different software applications or tracks, for example.

If you’re a musical or visual artist who performs live using MIDI- or OSC-controllable software, OSC/PILOT looks like a great way to set up your own control surfaces tailored to your needs.

Price and compatibility

OSC/PILOT is now available for USD 49.99. You can also download a free trial version, which is fully functional except that it cannot load or save projects.

The software runs on Windows 8.1 and 10. As of now, there’s no word whether the developer plans to release a Mac version in the future.

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Steinberg releases VST 3.7 SDK with many feature enhancements

Steinberg VST 3.7 SDKSteinberg has released the VST 3.7 Software Developer Kit (SDK). The new version brings several new features to the plug-in development toolkit, including a VST3 Project Generator and support for the development of plug-ins for ARM-based Macs.

Steinberg VST 3.7 SDK

While this isn’t the release of VST4, the VST 3.7 SDK does bring several enhancements to the SDK interface. This should make it easier for developers to make the most of the platform and adapt their plug-ins to modern standards and technologies.

According to Steinberg, the VST 3.7 SDK allows for new levels of integration between VST 3 hosts and plug-ins. One notable enhancement is the VST 3 Project Generator, which facilitates the entry into the world of VST plug-in development. The Project Generator lets users create a VST plug-in project with just a few clicks, which can then be taken to Xcode or Visual Studio and used as the code skeleton.

The new version also brings MIDI 2.0 compatibility to the SDK. Steinberg says that the MIDI 2.0 standard is already supported by VST 3, but the new SDK comes with enhanced documentation on how to implement it. Let’s hope that this means that more plug-ins will support MIDI 2.0 in the near future.

In light of Apple’s announcement to transition its entire line-up to ARM processors over the next two years, Steinberg has also added ARM support to the VST 3.7 SDK. The company says that this lets developers create plug-ins that are compatible with the new ‘Apple Silicon’ chips.

Finally, the VST SDK documentation has been enhanced and is now accessible online. According to Steinberg, it provides detailed information on how to develop plug-ins, including tutorials for beginners and advanced developers.

While this is by no means a revolution in the world of VST, the new SDK and documentation could lead to the development of many new plug-ins. It’s especially good to hear that ARM support has been added, as it helps plug-in developers prepare for the transition.

Availability

The Steinberg VST 3.7 SDK can be used under free license and is available for download on the Steinberg website.

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Sequential Pro 3 synthesizer gets Wavetables created by you

Sequential Pro 3 Wavetable GeneratorThe Sequential Pro 3 is a delicious multi-filter mono and 3-voice paraphonic synth that features 2 analogue VCOs and a Wavetable oscillator and they’ve just opened up that third digital oscillator to user-created wavetables.

Pro 3 Wavetables

Sequential has released a new web-based Wavetable Generator utility that allows users to convert up to 16 single-cycle waveforms into a Pro 3 compatible wavetable. These can be loaded into any of the 32 user wavetable slots on the synth.

These user-wavetables are generated as Sys-Ex files and can be shared and loaded on other Pro 3 synths. All you need to do is update your Pro 3 with the free 1.1 firmware and you’re good to go.

“How do you make an awesome-sounding hybrid synth even better? By letting users import their own wavetables,” said Sequential founder Dave Smith: “It opens up a lot of new sonic territory for the Pro 3. We hope users get crazy with it.” Sequential chose to provide the utility as a web app for easy access and broad support. Added Smith: “We wanted to make getting custom waves into the Pro 3 as simple as possible. Ease of use is always a big priority on our synths.”

Still no sign of that new synthesizer Dave said he was working on back in April.

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Surge FREE Synthesizer Plugin Gets An EPIC Update

Surge Synthesizer

Surge Synth Team updated the Surge synthesizer plugin (VST3) to v1.7.0 with hundreds of new features and a brand new user interface design. Surge is a versatile hybrid virtual synthesizer in the VST3 plugin format for digital audio workstations on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It was initially priced at €99 before being discontinued in the […]

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