Tag Archives: Music

Book review: The Audio Effects Workshop

How to explain the different kind of audio effects and how to understand what their use is? Although I learnt a lot by practice, there is sometimes the need for some theory and for experiments. I tried to find a book that matches these two points: good theory and proper practice. I’ve chosen this book, with tracks on a CD for experimentation. Was it really what I was looking for?

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Book review: SONAR X1 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

I think I’ve said it already, I have a rock band. Currently, we are recording our first album, and while we used Traktion in the past, I’m considering moving to Sonar (it is continuously updated and has a great reputation, also I’ve played a few time in the past with its ancestor Cakewalk).

So let’s talk about the book’s comprehensive guide.

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Book review: Harmony for Computer Musicians

After Music Theory for Computer Musicians, Composition for Computer Musicians, here is Harmony for Computer Musicians. Michael Hewitt builds on some topics from the preceding books to dig in the complexity of harmony.
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Book review: Music Theory for Computer Musicians

Two weeks ago, I’ve reviewed Michael Hewitt’s second book, Composition for Computer Musicians. I’ve decided to go for Hewitt’s first book, dedicated to the explanations of music theory.
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Book review: Composition for Computer Musicians

My biggest hobby remains music. As a former trumpet player, current drummer and bass player, I spent a lot of time studying solfege, and a little bit of composition. Besides this, I’ve mixed an album for one of my former bands, mastered some tracks for others (and my current one), so I’m also a computer musician. This is why this book from Michael Hewitt was of high interest to me.
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Fixing the QtAGain plugin

Some months ago, I’ve modified the AGain plugin sample from the VST SDK to add a Qt window. At that time, I encountered an issue with Vsthost, which is a common VST host. The issue was that in windowed mode, the plugin’s UI wasn’t displayed. With Traktion, I didn’t have this problem, but the minihost (a sample from the SDK) also didn’t use the UI size.

When developing pyvst, I has to implement the retrieval of the size of the plugin, and I’ve decided to add this to QtAGain. I was surprised to see that it actually work with just giving back the UI size (so fixing this was less than 5 lines).

So now, I know that to impelment an UI for a VST plugin, I have to implement:

  • open()
  • close()
  • but also getRect()

Don’t make the same mistake as I did, do implement all three of them, even if your favorite VST host can live without getRect().

P.S.: Mixing Qt for VST UIs and wxPython for pyvst works really fine!

VST plugin AGain reloaded with a Qt GUI

Years ago, I’ve tried to use the GPL version of Qt, but it couldn’t be done without a Qt Solution that was at the time non-free. Now, Nokia has freed and Qt and the appropriate Qt Solution.

I’ve searched if someone has already used this new version to create a VST plugin. The only blog post I’ve found does not use the Qt Solution and is not perfect. According to the documentation what is missing in this solution is precisely what the Solution should do. So let’s try it.
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And now for something completely different: Wiring diagram for a SM STC-2A

I’ve recently burnt the tone circuit of my Cort GB-74, so I’ve changed it for a Seymour Duncan STC-2A. The basic wiring diagram does not include all the options I had on the original diagram, here are the (small, really small) modifications and some impressions on the STC.
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