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Richard Dobson rwd at cableinet.co.uk
Wed Nov 10 12:56:54 CET 1999


this is just to introduce myself. I am a core developer for the
Composers Desktop Project, and have been active on some other discussion
grouops for a while (jMax, Csound, music-dsp).

I am especially interested in running PD under Windows (I am actually
using Windows2000, but dual booting with Windows95 and floppy booting to
Linux), and perhaps contributing to development on that platform. CDP
are particularly concerned to enable such powerful programs as PD to be
useable by non-technical composers and musicians, so I am interested in
ways of smoothing the learning curve, so to speak, and making the user
interface more comfortable.  The writing of tutorial documentation is
also one of our special concerns.

One of my programming interests is in file formats, and Windows audio
programming generally. For example, I have been working on the new
Micorsoft WAVE-FORMAT-EXTENSIBLE format (native to Windows2000 and
Window98 Second Edition), and on multi-channel file issues. I see that
PD currently output eight channels by writing to four stereo devices; I
would want to add the facility (ideally under user GUI control) to write
to one eight-channel device, such as my Creamware Pulsar.

I have one immediate question - what is the CPU spec expected for
running the spectral patches? I am using a Pentium II 333MHz, and have
had to do a hardware reboot running one of these patches, as the GUI got
completely locked - I couldn't even get at Task Manager. I would prefer
the program not to run at HIGH_PRIORITY, so that the GUI is always more
responsive. That is despite the fact that I, and CDP, are especially
interested in spectral porcessing!

Richard Dobson

Test your DAW with my Soundcard Attrition Page!
http://wkweb5.cableinet.co.uk/rwd (LU: 17th September 1999)
CDP: http://www.bath.ac.uk/~masjpf/CDP/CDP.htm (LU: 4th November 1999)

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