I've been getting back, welcomed, good news !!
Earlier tonite I sent the Stand Alone Configuration app out for pre-testing. It's still early, hope to know more tomorrow, but things are coming together!
There are been several delays throughout this development process. There was also a lot more work involved in putting this together.
The latest issue involved something as simple as the INPUT fields that allow the User to assign Nebula patch library numbers any way they want. [These are those tiny 'Program Patch' numbers you see in Nebula's main window patch.
The problem was, I wasn't satisfied with the way these edit boxes were working, nor was I happy about how complex the coding logic became. So, the only solution was to rewrite those modules.
This has been done! This rewrite went out with this first beta test. From my own testing, it just works much better, AND I have built in flexibility and control that is much easier to implement. I feel this adds 'user friendliness' to the system.
The NVC VST itself has already had some internal rewrites, cleanup, and optimization ... most important was the display fonts used around the knobs [the GUAGE]. The earlier version was a bit map design. It always bugged me, in that, it had a 'fuzzy' look. The new version uses the system vector fonts. Because of this, I was actually able to reduce the overall size of the GUI because the clarity in the new font routines. [oh ... this is still a 'massive/passive' interface
However, the change I was able to make put a smile on my beta-tester. [When the time is right, I believe we'll hear from him with his observations. I do not want to influence him in any way ... right now he says he's having fun playing with the new controller
This was an important reaction for me to hear back on, as 'having fun playing with Nebula' was mostly associated with the sonics ... not to many 'fun' statements related to working the interface ... let alone a dozen or more
Just to tease a bit ... during this dev time, I've also taking a bit of time to 'play'. I'll say this ... after 30 years of pure hardware, through the introduction of digital, the transition to a total software based system has been very unfulfilled. When I happened across NEBULA [from a British magazine, I heard a 'familiar' sound
one that I liked. I had already spent $k's on 'the best' plugs out there. They worked ... but I heard 2 dimension, plastic. I really missed the hardware ... sonically and ergonomically.
Nebula comes in ... I built the best computer I could afford ... went from Pro to Server. So now I could have a bunch of NEB's ... and that lead to the next big problem. It just became too tiring to manage all the plugs....
The other day, pulling up a track to play with, and loaded in the NVC-MP. The experience is difficult for me to put into words. I'll leave it to others to express, but for myself, the way I can now interact and experiment with the NVC as my full window to this powerful EQ is an entire revelation. My entire thinking process and combined work-flow, with the sonics of NEBULA, is a game changer. I can once again focus on the music.
anyway ... so, I've got the website up. As soon as I hear back on beta tests, and all is good, I'll start getting the site populated. I'll post a new announce topic as soon as that happens. I still need to put together some documentation, although the NVC itself need little explanation, the configuration is something that I want to be clear and intuitive. There are some specifics related to DAW's. We been using REAPER as the test bed [same as Nebula Guys]. There are some specifics [due to the way Reaper handles MIDI channels] that may needs explaining. I'm also getting the Demo prepared. We're still experimenting with how the demo should function.
Well ... should get back to it here! I tell ya, I can't wait to get to the next unit [whatever that'll be]
i7-5820k, MSI X99A Plus, 16 GIG Ram, Noctua NH-D14, Win-7 Pro [64-bit], Reaper-64
NVC [Nebula Virtual Controllers]