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Re: The Mobius Technological Enslavement Device is now available

Thanks, Jeff. I'm looking forward to playing with this tonight. Will report
any undocumented "features"  ;)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Larson" <Jeffrey.Larson@Sun.COM>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:23 PM
Subject: The Mobius Technological Enslavement Device is now available

> Some of you may recall that about 9 months ago during an embarrassing
> bout of hubris, I announced that I was writing a Windows looping
> application that emulated a Loop IV EDP.  It probably comes as no
> surprise that I underestimated how hard that was going to be :-)
> But I'm pleased (and relieved) to finally say that a public beta of
> the Mobius looping device is now available.  You can find it at
> www.zonemobius.com.  It was developed on Windows XP, should run on W2K
> and ME, but might not run on 98.
> Mobius is essentially 8 independent stereo EDPs with the ability to
> copy loops and timing between them.  Extensive MIDI, computer
> keyboard, and UI button control is provided.  Progress through the
> loop is displayed as a horizontal "thermometer" annotated with markers
> that show when quantized functions will occur.  Loops (including
> complete layer histories) may be saved to and loaded from files.
> I believe there is fairly complete coverage of features except for
> three notable areas: Loop Windowing, Interface Mode, and external
> synchronization.  I'm working on loop windowing now.  Andy Butler made
> the wise suggestion not to get too fixated on a perfect
> emulation and instead implement features the way they made sense to
> me.  I do have an EDP and use it to cross check behavior, but if you
> are an expert you will notice some differences.  Most of these are
> discussed in the user's manual.
> While anyone is welcome to try it out, it would be best if you already
> have some knowledge of the EDP.  For obvious reasons I don't have the
> resources to replicate the EDP manual, the documentation I do have
> is concerned mostly with configuration and how Mobius is different
> than the EDP.  This is a true beta, so it's still a little rough
> around the edges.  Basic operations should work but as you explore the
> fringes you may find problems.  PLEASE report them.
> There is no immediate plan for a Mac port or a VST plugin.  I am
> finding it easier and more interesting to evolve Mobius as a
> standalone application that can host VST plugins and provide the
> optimized performance features I want, rather than having it be a VST
> plugin and wrestle with host interaction issues.  That may change
> once I start exploring Ableton Live, but not for awhile.
> I hope some of you find this as entertaining as I do.
> Jeff