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Qtractor 0.5.4 - Echo Victor shouts out!


There's no victory over anything whatsoever. Read it again, it's just a codename. If that serves anything at all, to my own defense that is, Qtractor is still a pet project hobby of mine, as all things in Linux audio world for that matter.

There's been too many saying and comparing Ardour vs. Qtractor. I'm seeing if often said in too many sentences lately and, believe me, I cannot stand comfortable with that saying no more.

So here it goes: Ardour is a full fledged, pro-level DAW and, for crying out loud on its own, the flagship of the free/open-source pro-audio fleet and movement, not only Linux anymore nowadays. On the other hand, Qtractor is a sequencer (hinted by its own subtitle, in case you didn't notice) with a twist and a few of a DAW features. And it strictly runs on the Linux platform only and most important yet, it has been targeted to a (re)creational personal home-studio audience ever since.

Heard about the techno-boy bedroom (with a guitar) folk? Well, that's exactly what it is, from day zero. Hope you all get the picture ;)

Enough whining.

Qtractor 0.5.4 (echo victor) is out and is shouting out loud!

Release highlights:

  • Panic command button (NEW)
  • Improved audio/MIDI file resource management (NEW)
  • MIDI SysEx for instrument plugins (NEW)
  • MIDI Controller auto-hook option (NEW)
  • MIDI Tools resize ramp (NEW)
  • Revised plugin search directory paths (FIX)
  • MIDI zero-duration note-on/off queuing (FIX)
  • Audio linked-clips looping (FIX)

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Qtractor 0.5.3 - The Delta Whisky natural cask strength!

TYOQA is over.

Qtractor 0.5.3 (delta whisky) drops from angels share!

nuff said.

Impromptu highlights:

  • Clip drag-and-move stepping with keyboard arrow-keys (FIX)
  • Plugin parameter automation GUI feedback (FIX)
  • LV2 plugin Qt4 GUI support (FIX)
  • Clip/Split on current play-head location (FIX)


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Qtractor 0.5.2 - The Charlie X-ray gets through!

Aha, TYOQA is finally coming to an end.

Are we getting pre-beta status? No way. Not there yet. And quite frankly, it will never be. As most of you who know my stance on this alpha-and-omega-thing, may well rejoice: this is alphaaaaa!...

Now, let's get some more cynicism to the extreme, an activity that I've been criticized more than often: the previous dot release nailed the day when a bitten-fruit boss passed away. I am no prophet, but could it be that we're witnessing the dawn of a brand new-age passover? I wonder what will happen this time.

Let's get over it, or better said, through it!

Time will tell or else, never mind.

Qtractor 0.5.2 (charlie x-ray) breaks out free!

This solstice release comes with a long overdue loop-recording/takes featuritis breakout. As a matter of fact, it is actually the relevant feature being introduced this season. BTW, happy holidays--before too late ;)

Well, I've tried to do something barely useful, at least for the lone, one-(wo)man-band and over-dubber, that is. There's still a point on the old motto, remember? That techno-boy(gal)-bedroom studio? Now I think he/she can have a guitar ;) In other words, I'm not really sure this is going to be the best user-interface or paradigm, model, whatever.

You tell me :)

Release highlights:

  • Default session file format option (NEW)
  • LV2 State extension support (NEW)
  • Loop-recording/takes implementation (NEW)
  • Options dialog re-arrangement (FIX)
  • Improved in-flight recording display (FIX)
  • MIDI clip file revision numbering (FIX)
  • Clip "Unlink" option (NEW)

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All That It Takes

or not even close...

Loop-recording/takes is now being featured right from Qtractor SVN trunk (aka. qtractor That means you now have the option to automatically fold any recording clip into so called takes, each take sliced from each loop run. Worth noting is that this all works somewhat seamless, whether you have the (loop recording mode) option turned on or else.

In Restless Peace

If there is any death that should be mourned in the month of October [2011], it is that of Dennis Ritchie.
Dean Howell, October 13, 2011 --

Time is the ultimate judge.

Last week-end the farthest of longjmp()'s has been invoked. Dennis Ritchie passed away. One book that I'm keen to remember was, and still is, "The C Programming Language", usually abbreviated as by just The K&R book. K's standing for Brian Kernighan, the R for the now late Dennis. This book changed, or better said, shaped my role in life or may I say it loud, my role in the society as we live in or I know about.

There's an excess of a quarter a century in my own life on this nostalgia already. Wait, it is not quite nostalgia as in portuguese term saudade, but an ever lasting spirit that still lingers on.

Dennis, on that regard, you are still alive. As long as any C compiler gets its toll. You are immortal. I envy you. I cannot stop repeating myself. As long as any C/C++ compiler gets its due, you won't ever rest in peace. I'm afraid it will be restless for times to come. So, there's no usual obituary R.I.P. from here to you Dennis, sorry.

I owe [you] much.



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