with the press release from percussa… the cat is out of the bag!
what have I been up to for the last few months ?!
the big news is, of course, the impending new release of the SSP software.
but some details, and here I want to focus on what this news contains relating to what Ive been doing.
a) new SSP update and my plugins
the update brings with it a new SSP development api.
my first task was to update ALL my plugins to this new api, including changes required,
and testing appropriately.
I also have been involved in updating this api, including update the ssp-sdk examples.
I will release an update to my existing plugins when the synthor beta/udpate is released.
b) new plugins
The other reason, Ive been quiet is Ive been working on alot of new plugins.
I don’t want to spoil the surprise of whats to come here!
Im going to show these off at Superbooth, but indeed there is (currently) 11 new plugins!
… putting that into perspective, I’m almost doubling the number of my pliugs.
I’ve now 25 plugins for the SSP - thats almost as many as factory plugins!
and yes, this has been a LOT of work, weeks and weeks of development.
these have been built on (and so require) the new api, hence why I’ve not been able release anything recently.
as for release of these new plugins after the beta/update is released.
I’m a bit undecided, generally I plan to release them intially under ‘early access’, as Ive done in the past.
I also might release them gradually over time, rather than all in one go.
this would allow me to get feedback and see if user find any issues.
I know users would prefer to just get them all in one go, but this is alot of work, and Im not sure this is the best release strategy for me.
but Im intested to hear you views !
c) collaboration with percusssa
this is also important news for the future.
the simple part is I will be on the Percussa Superbooth stand each day
current plan is I will be manning the stand in the afternoon.
so, if you want to come see the new plugins or just talk about the SSP pop by
however, bigger news is :
SYNTHOR is closed source, but I’ve been granted access. so that I can now contribute to synthor development.
this could be resolving bugs, implementing new features or whatever.
and, as mentioned above, more involvement in the ssp-sdk,
and of course, testing and checking the development release
this has been keeping me pretty busy recently!
HOWEVER, I do want to keep expectations ‘in check’ !
first some context…
my development efforts are ALL voluntary I’m not being paid to produce plugins, nor fix bugs or stuff in synthor. this is all done in MY free time…
… and this time in not insignificant, even a very simple plugin takes hours of work.
chasing bugs can be extremely time consuming, again think (many) hours.
all time , I could spend making music or on my other hobbies (or other projects! )
it is a balancing act… and one Ive not entirely made decisions on.
also, whilst having access to synthor source to help improve it is fantastic news, and being able to discuss things with Bert has been great.
lets be clear, I’m grateful for the opportunity!
however, synthor is ‘closed source’, any efforts I contribute to it are owned by Percussa.
as many know, I’m an advocate for open source dev (and that is never going to change)
normally, I would not contribute to such projects (unlesss I was hired as a consultant - which im not).
so, this is somewhat an exception for me, just because I appreciate the SSP so much, and how big a project it is for a small company (Percussa), I feel we as a community need to ‘do our bit’.
however, it means I need to balance how much effort I spend improving synthor and my continued open source development efforts.
this is why all my new modules will continue to be ‘plugins’, so I can retain ownership.
(also balancing this against all the other open source projects Ive created or am involved in)
so I’ve still yet to make up my mind on what direction I want to take.
but as I said, it is a great opportunity, and Im grateful to Percussa for it.
and Im sure this will all become clearer over time, after discussing with with others, be it at Superbooth or with others here.
again, interested to hear your views on this.