MSDP has been receiving updates under the title of ‘Beta 1.x.x’ for almost three years, and during that time there have been massive updates, modifications, and improvements to the platform. MSDP has transformed from a fun, but buggy tool with potential, to a massive platform for building impressive musical works and performances.
The modifications made to the System Board between versions 1.0 and 1.4 reflect the team's dedication to adding new features and improving both the functionality and aesthetics of the platform.
Along with a massively expanded module list, literally every single module has seen a combination of graphical improvements, functionality tweaks, and the addition of new features. This is evident when comparing modules in the 1.0 release vs. their 1.4 counterparts.
With the release of version 1.4, MSDP had come to include everything that I had originally planned for the platform, and so the ‘beta’ label was quietly dropped. I knew that there was still a ton that could be done to improve work flow, and several big new ideas had begun to percolate over the years as contributors and community members brought new perspectives to the table.
With an eye towards the future, work began on some huge changes. Now, it’s finally time to begin sharing the fruits of these labors with the impending release of The Music and Sound Design Platform 2.0.
There will be several announcements over the next few days, leading up to the official launch on February 2nd, 2019. In today’s announcement, we’ll cover several of the major updates arriving with the release, and more updates will be revealed in upcoming announcements.
MSDP 2.0 will be dropping very soon with tons of massive improvements. You’ll love creating and performing in MSDP more than you ever did before, and you’ll be surprised at how much you can do with all of the changes and updates on offer.
We recently announced that video modules were on their way, and today we are excited to confirm that video modules will be launching with MSDP 2.0. If you haven’t read our recent announcement regarding video modules, check it out here, and watch the video below:
To make our first set of modules engaging and exciting, we’ve leveraged the power of two awesome toolsets: Vizzie, and VSynth. These are fantastic libraries designed for real-time video synthesis and manipulation, and we’ve integrated some of their most exciting tools directly into MSDP.
MSDP 2.0 will launch with 24 video modules that will allow you to synthesize video, access and load video files, and pull live video from your webcams. The list also includes a variety of effects, filters, and utilities. Perhaps most exciting, all video parameters are integrated seemlessly into the MSDP system, meaning that everything is audio-reactive, automatable, and automation can be synced to the master metronome.
Yes, the System Board is gone, and it’s never coming back. In it’s place is a much more functional, better designed console that gives you all of the access the system board offered and more.
The console is docked to the top of the screen when working in ‘full screen’ mode turned on, and pops out as a separate window when ‘full screen’ is off. It includes a set of new video options, allows you to choose whether to record audio, video, or both, and includes a fully-functional LCD metronome. This console is larger than what you’d find in a traditional DAW, making it easier to read and control during performances.
If you relied on the System Board’s Master Mixer or Metronome Automation, worry not: all of the tabs have been re-envisioned as modules. Not only does this change make the core system leaner, but it adds a ton of flexibility to projects as well!
We've got a future post coming with more information. For now, here's a peak at the new 16-Channel Out and Metronome Automation modules.
We’ll be looking at these new modules in more detail in a following update, and we have announcements for more features related to the console on the way too!
Getting your media files into and out of MSDP modules has always taken one-to-many steps, but not anymore. In the 2.0 update, we’ve made a couple of modifications that really simplify the process.
The new Media Manager is your one-stop destination for all of your project’s media files. Drag and drop any audio file, video file, plugin, or MIDI file over the Manager window, and the Media Manager will automatically copy the file into your project folder and organize it accordingly.
You can listen to your audio tracks, open up your VSTs, play your videos, and preview your MIDI tracks all from the manager, to make sure you have the exact files you need. On top of that, any media that you record during your project session will automatically be added to appropriate section of the Media Manager’s list.
As you can see in the gif above, placing media into your modules is finally as simple as dragging and dropping the file you want into place. You can drag any file from the Media Manager list, if you want to make sure that you’re only using files that are in your project. If you aren’t concerned about keeping files in your project folder, you can drag and drop files from anywhere on your computer.
If you’re an old-school purist, you can still open files in your modules the old-fashioned way, but it’s just so much easier and more fun to drag and drop.
There’s a ton more still to talk about. There are new modules that will completely change the way you work in the program, new features that will make your time in MSDP more fun, new tools for developers that make module building quicker and easier than ever, and more!
There’s plenty left to share, and the update is just a few days away, so stay tuned!
If you enjoy the software, join us on social media and share your thoughts. We’ve got a facebook page, a twitter account, a subreddit, and a YouTube channel, and we love engagement on all fronts! If you really love what we’re doing, please consider becoming a donor on Patreon, where you can download custom-built presets, boards, and projects, and where you can get early-access to new modules before they make it into the next release. If you prefer to give a one-time gift, you can use the 'Donate' button to send us a donation of any size via PayPal.
To sign off, I’d like to say thank you to our users for your belief in our project, and for all of the contributions to the MSDP community. Your engagement gives this program purpose, and inspires us to continue working.
-Hugh Lobel, and the Music_SDP team.Download MSDP 2.0.7 now!