Cycling ‘74 Ditches Plug-in Development Support; Free + Commercial Alternatives

David Zicarelli has announced that Cycling ‘74 is discontinuing Max/MSP Pluggo-based products, meaning the company will no longer develop Pluggo, Mode, Hipno, or UpMix. More significantly, this means an end to the use of Max/MSP as a way of developing plug-ins; David writes that there will be “no further development on … their supporting technology.” It’s the supporting technology that Max patchers have relied upon to make their own instruments and effects for VST/AU/RTAS Mac and Windows hosts, and its demise to me is the real news here for the Max community. The article touts the upcoming availability of Max …

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OLPC’s Sugar and Music Learning: Education, Not OS, is the Point

Looking beyond OLPC: The hardware is important, software is important — but there’s more. Photo CC Mike Lee, via Flickr. Ah, the seasoned OS zealot. Never fear: no actual issues of substance will ever distract them from one-dimensional tirades about how their platform is best. And so, in the last week or so, you may have run across angry Free Software advocates railing against the inclusion of Windows on the OLPC ("One Laptop Per Child") XO laptop — or, in a really surreal turn, people waxing poetic about XP, like this commenter on the Win Supersite: "We get a world …

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Ultra-Powerful CPS Music Host Now Free, with Programmable SDK and . . . Adobe Director Support?

It’s tough to make money selling music software. The market is small to begin with, made smaller when an unsettling number of users use pirated software, and divided into pieces by a range of different software. Sometimes, dead software winds up disappearing forever (Opcode Studio Vision), but sometimes it winds up free. CPS is a powerful host for plug-ins. Like Native Instruments’ much-hyped platform KORE, it can be a plug-in in other hosts or host plug-ins itself. CPS is unusually powerful, with some truly unique features (aside from the normal VST/VSTi hosting on Mac and Windows). Director and Web browser …

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BT Loves Free Csound Tool [Updated]

Doh. Got the HTML screwed up here — now updated and fixed. Okay, I expected I’d get called down by a reader for criticizing Csound. Instead, electronica legend BT is here to set the record straight. And, as the hackaday post said, part of the reason Csound is popular is because it’s so easy to learn, right? Wrong. BT says, “”It’s a b****, the learning curve on Csound but once you get in there . . . I’m just like, I’ll build an oscillator that splines between rhythm and pitch.” “Literally, we have a class in my studio where we …

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