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Re: The Mobius Technological Enslavement Device is now available
please please port to mac
On 16 Feb 2005, at 05:22, todd reynolds wrote:
> Please please please PLEASE port this thing.
> We mac folks need it. Of course I'll try to run it on virtual pc.
> Good job.
> On 2/15/05 12:23 PM, "Jeff Larson" <Jeffrey.Larson@Sun.COM> wrote:
>> 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.