If you haven’t heard the news yet, MSDP 2.0 is coming February 2nd!
In the recent announcement article we introduced video modules, the new console, and improved file support with the new media manager and drag-and-drop for modules.
Today we have even more new features to announce, so let’s dive right in!
Now that we’ve settled into the idea of the System Board being replaced with the new Console, let’s take a look at closer look at one of the biggest features that comes with the console: The Metronome.
The System Board had an optional metronome that could be accessed with a few clicks, but in the console the metronome is always included. This isn’t just for aesthetic purposes; MSDP 2.0 puts a new emphasis on tempo-synced processes, and makes it easier than ever to get everything in your project playing together nicely.
To improve the connection between processes in MSDP, we’ve revamped how metro-sync works in every rhythm-based module, and we’ve built several new modules to take advantage of this new synced-up focus.
The biggest change that you’ll see is that any module that can sync to the master metronome now does so by default. It’s still possible to use a local metronome in each module, but it will now be assumed that you want all of your rhythmic modules to work together. The modules that are affected by this change include:
In future version 2 updates there will be new features added to several existing modules to take advantage of tempo sync also.
Then there are the new modules, built specifically to take advantage of the new focus on the global metronome: the Metronome Automator, the Stereo Echo, and the VGate module.
Each of these modules takes advantage of the metronome in unique ways.
The Metronome Automator - This module allows you to generate paramater changes that can be queued up to execute at specific times based on the metronome clock. For example, if you wanted a chorus effect to fade in at the beginning of measure 3, you could create automation that occurs at the start of measure 3, begins at a value of 0, ends at a value of 1, and takes four quarter notes of time to unfold. 16 automation events can be built per module, and of course you can always add more modules if you need more automation events in your project! If you need a TON of metro-synced events, you could use the Metronome Automator as a controller for a Score Automator for complex parameter changes that always happen at the right time.
The Stereo Echo - This echo pedal allows you to define a different echo duration for both the left and right audio channel, and bases the echo duration on the current metronome speed. Make your echo five eighth notes long or 15 dotted 16th notes… or both! If you prefer the original echo module, that one is still available, but we think you’ll love the flexibility of the new one too.
VGate - This module takes a video signal and runs it through a gate that is synced to the master metronome. Stop and start your video feed in-time with the music
With the release of MSDP 2.0, the team wants to return to a more regular release of new updates, so that we can share new modules and tools quickly with the community. However, we know it can be a real pain to have to regularly go back to the website to see if any new downloads are ready. This is why we’ve included a downloader directly in the program, with the option to auto-download updates.
When you run MSDP 2.0 for the first time, you’ll be prompted with a request to decide whether you’d like to turn the auto-download feature on, or leave it off. With the feature turned on, new updates will download in the background while you work, and you’ll be prompted when the update is ready to install. The installer will appear in your downloads folder, and you can choose to run the installer as soon as it’s available, or install it later at your own convenience.
If you leave the auto-download feature off, you’ll be informed whenever updates are available, and will be able to choose to download the installer whenever it is most convenient for you.
Get your reading glasses ready, because this announcement requires us to share the entire updated module list to explain.
See, with the growing list of modules, the singular drop-down menu started to feel too large to handle. That’s why we’ve split the modules into three lists, based on what they do - Sound, Data, and Video. Without further ado, here’s the entire 102-module collection on display:
For module developers, there are three new folders in the ‘Documents’ tree, one for each menu. Placing your custom modules into the appropriate folder will make sure that your module will show up in the corresponding list.
With that module list on display, it’s likely you’ll find some items buried in there that haven’t been covered yet. Don’t worry, there are still more announcements yet to come, so keep your eyes peeled!
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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 Music_SDP community. Your engagement gives this program purpose, and inspires us to continue working.
-Hugh Lobel, and the Music_SDP team.Download Music_SDP 1.4.0 now!