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The Return of the Chameleon!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: The Return of the Chameleon! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread



Cool!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Woohoo! Very cool indeed! Very Happy

For those not in the know, Paul has hosted the Chameleon pages for years, ensuring that it's not out of sight and forgotten.

Soundart should've hired Paul as chief evangelist Idea

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

ARRGGHHH, someone found the video!

I look rough in that video, it was a VERY late night the night before Smile

And I worked closely with SoundArt before their un-timly demise. I helped where I could, who knows what QiX will bring.

Thanks for the feedback and comments.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 3:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hm ... any news on this?
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Dead as a Dodo.
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I prefer to think of it as dormant...
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Smile

Not exactly dormant, we've been working a little bit and things had slacked off... we're now back and rolling...

Best place for updates is - http://www.imx31synth.info as the URL implies, we've dropped the coldfire and are now using an ARM based cpu for the main CPU.
The reasons are pretty obvious, more power, MMU and excellent support for Linux.

Current plan is to use an imx31 and 56371 (or 56721) for the processing, lots of inputs and outputs, including ethernet for the Linux part.

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 4:34 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Paul, happy to hear that!
I dare to ask (to support really mean processing Cool ) - any chance to see a DC-coupled I/O on the DSP-side?
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thats good news, the dodo still walks...

It would be really good to see it fly.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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you are already busy trying to fly a pacarana Wink

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Seraph brings to mind a logical question, why not use that Pacarana? It is a bit pricey but it's got the "industrial" support behind it. Kyma is used quite a bit by professional sound designers for games and movies and such. I think they made the right move to take the audio interfaces out of it. AFAIK, it's very open. You can use your own DSP code if you want or work all the way up the hierarchy chain.
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well Guys I am using the Pacarana, I'm not mad you know Shocked

I have been using it in nearly every waking moment since it arrived and am up to page 111 of the manual at the moment. I keep getting sidetracked from the tutorials though thinking "I wonder what will happen if I do this".

It is quite interesting as Kyma just seems to make sense to me, much more than the G2 and Reaktor do. Maybe it is to do with my software background. Also the idea of Sounds being little encapsulations that can be slotted into a graph makes sense to me, I wish the G2 had this kind of idea.

Unfortunately the SDK to enable DSP to be written is not yet available for the Pacarana and end user Capy DSP sounds do not work on it either.

Don't worry about me not using it I am totally addicted Razz

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
Seraph brings to mind a logical question, why not use that Pacarana? It is a bit pricey but it's got the "industrial" support behind it. Kyma is used quite a bit by professional sound designers for games and movies and such. I think they made the right move to take the audio interfaces out of it. AFAIK, it's very open. You can use your own DSP code if you want or work all the way up the hierarchy chain.


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Good question, let me answer it...

firstly, I like Kyma, they're one of the few companies really pushing unique architecture development and processing rather than being stove piped and using a DSP for a single purpose.

ok, first point, cost.. out target price for QiX is $500 for the base system, with an option of swapping the DSP (56371) for a more powerful one (56720 or 56720) at a later date.

Secondly, QiX will be open source, the ARM side is running Linux (not uC linux, full linux with MMU).

Thirdly, it'll have audio interfaces, midi, ethernet and USB on the box. So you can take it out, plug it and start making music, without the need for a PC. We're also planning to include a 7" WVGA touch screen on there, but that is very much depedant on the cost we can get them for.

And as for coding, it'll be wide open, you'll be able to write your OWN dsp code (assembly unless you can afford the swanky C compilers). We won't even bolt you down to using Linux, so if you feel like rolling your own OS you can do that.

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any chance to see a DC-coupled I/O on the DSP-side


Michael, as for your question, nice idea, I'll see what we can do.. though if the cost for these get's too high, we may not be able to do DC coupled ADC/DAC.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Paul,

Any idea when QiX will see the light of day?

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Andy,

I'm working with the guys to try and get "something" to show at this years SynthDIY in cambridge, though it may only be the two dev boards linked together running a basic mixer application (the DSP board has 8 ins and 8 outs, something we hope to retain on the final version, subject to cost).

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the info, keep us updated.

When is SunthDIY? I may come up and visit.

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The next UK SynthDIY is the weekend of the 18th of July - http://www.diy.synth.net/uk/ it's a great weekend and well worth coming if you can.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

lordavon wrote:
Andy,
I'm working with the guys to try and get "something" to show at this years SynthDIY in cambridge, though it may only be the two dev boards linked together running a basic mixer application (the DSP board has 8 ins and 8 outs, something we hope to retain on the final version, subject to cost).
Paul

Hey Paul - definitely looking forward to see you there! Smile

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lordavon wrote:

ok, first point, cost.. out target price for QiX is $500 for the base system, with an option of swapping the DSP (56371) for a more powerful one (56720 or 56720) at a later date.

Secondly, QiX will be open source, the ARM side is running Linux (not uC linux, full linux with MMU).

Thirdly, it'll have audio interfaces, midi, ethernet and USB on the box. So you can take it out, plug it and start making music, without the need for a PC. We're also planning to include a 7" WVGA touch screen on there, but that is very much depedant on the cost we can get them for.

And as for coding, it'll be wide open, you'll be able to write your OWN dsp code (assembly unless you can afford the swanky C compilers). We won't even bolt you down to using Linux, so if you feel like rolling your own OS you can do that.

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any chance to see a DC-coupled I/O on the DSP-side


Michael, as for your question, nice idea, I'll see what we can do.. though if the cost for these get's too high, we may not be able to do DC coupled ADC/DAC.

Paul,
that all sounds very promising!
I'm not sure about form factor etc. and therefore how easily it could be incorporated hardwarewise, but if it was DC-coupled (at least partly and/or as an option?) I really could see that thing being fully integrated into the analogue synthesis world - IMHO that would be a real bonus (and I'm not speaking of doing ENVs and LFOs - that's what PICs are good for Wink
Let's see ... and hope! Smile
cheers! m.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

lordavon wrote:

Good question, let me answer it...


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