Multicore Processing: What is it, and why do you care?

With the release of PatchWork 2.5, and in the latest previews of Axiom, MB-7 Mixer and Late Replies, a new multicore processing feature has been introduced to get the best real time performance out of modern CPUs.

Let’s see what’s hidden behind this new feature, how it works and why you care about it for your audio effects and instruments!

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Apple M1 vs Intel for Audio: A Benchmark

The new Apple M1 Macs have been available for a few months now, and the new M1 processor has been reported to bring huge performance gains for multiple CPU benchmarks.

Raw CPU performance is one thing, but what’s up with these new machines for real time audio? Do they really perform better than Intel Macs?

We have tested for you the latest previews of two of our flagship products, Axiom and PatchWork, optimized for both Intel and Apple Silicon (M1) processors. Let’s see what the tests revealed! Continue reading

Native Apple Silicon Support (M1 ARM Chip)

We are glad to announce that previews of our software are now available with native Apple Silicon ARM support!

So if you are running a new Mac with an M1 processor, you can now choose to run our software natively on the processor (instead of going thru the translation layer called Rosetta 2).

The previews are 64-bit Intel and ARM universal binaries. They will run on Mac OS 10.9 or newer, with either an Intel or ARM processor.

Available Products

ARM previews are currently available for the following plug-ins / apps:

How To Get The Previews?

Follow this tutorial to access the preview downloads. You will find the native ARM installers in the subdirectory named “Apple Silicon“.

Why Not Official Releases?

Building for ARM means dropping support for Mac OS 10.8 or earlier, as well as dropping 32-bit support. We would like to keep supporting customers using older systems as long as possible. Since newer Macs with Apple Silicon machines have been released very recently, they are not widely used yet.

Also, most host applications are Intel only, so they will load plug-ins as Intel binaries with the Rosetta 2 translator on newer Mac anyways.

But keep in mind that our previews are usually very stable, so you can use them safely on your new (or old) Mac!

Enjoy!

And feel free to send us your feedback about these previews, whether you are running an Apple Silicon or Intel Mac!

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42 Gear Street – The Only Guitar Event In 2020?

We had the chance to be invited by Henning Pauly to participate to the 42 Gear Street event in Germany earlier this year (August), despite the pandemic.

It was the opportunity to meet great people (most of them guitar addicts), wear odd face masks, exchange ideas and licks, discover new guitars, and also shoot a couple of videos, demonstrating and discussing our guitar software.

It was definitely worth the 2000 kilometers drive, especially if you consider that all other events in the industry have been cancelled so far. Here are the first videos shot during the event and a couple of pictures to show you the place. Continue reading

No NAMM Show in 2021, But Keep Connected!

As expected, the 2021 NAMM Show has been canceled, for obvious COVID19-related safety reasons.

While we won’t be able to meet with all of you and demo our new products and updates on the show floor this year (yes there are new products coming!), we’ll keep posting details along the way on our website, forums, social medias, newsletter

So until shows and gatherings are back (hopefully later in 2021), stay safe online, and keep connected!

How To Make A VST, Audio Unit or AAX Plug-In, In 20 Minutes!

Have you ever wondered how you could create your own audio or MIDI plug-ins, without headaches, deep knowledge of C, C++, compilers and linker errors?

Ilya Orlov (also known as “Letimix”), developer and creator of fantastic tools for Plug’n Script, explains you everything you need to know to get started with Plug’n Script and create your own plug-in easily.

Within 20 minutes, with these two video tutorials, you should be able to write your first dsp scripts and export a plug-in of your own, check them out! Continue reading