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Now you can use the mouse to edit loop points in wavetables' wave editor.
This means Neil will now be of more use as a traditional tracker. Which is, after all, one of its' possible uses.
Another new feature is the ability to store a selection in one sample to another waveslot. This is good for extracting those individual hits in breakbeats and little pieces of speech from longer samples without having to go to a wave editor. This is good also because all Linux wave editors are shit.
Neil finally has an envelope editor. This will let you visually edit pattern columns. This is very useful when you want to automate machine parameters over long stretches of time. Examples of this include changing the filter cutoff value for synthesizers to alter the tonal character of the sound or changing the granular synthesizer parameters.
After you have edited and applied the envelope by clicking the OK button, the column values will be set to follow that envelope. Later on, if you want to work on the same envelope again, the editor will attempt to reconstruct the envelope using the values in the column. However, due to the limited resolution, the result won't usually be exactly the same. This, however, should not be a big problem. The important thing is that the envelope won't be completely lost after you click OK, even though it won't be explicitly saved anywhere.
I imagine this feature will make at least my life a lot easier. It will be nice being able to automate synths without having to manually set values in patterns and then using the already existing linear interpolation feature. This will especially come in handy with the SoMono Cloud granular synth, bringing to Neil similar functionality as in AudioMulch with its' BubbleBlower contraption.
Neils' Lunar LFO machine now has a fully functional and hopefully useful custom graphical user interface. This interface supports cycling through the LFO waves using left and right mouse buttons, adjusting lower and upper bounds by dragging and dragging and dropping on a target without going to the automatically generated standard machine parameter view. The results of my labor can be seen below.
The LFO itself now has 9 different waveforms, all of which are displayed in an appealing and intuitive form. Use the gray bars to adjust the parameter value range that the LFO will affect. The red vertical bar shows the playback position in the LFO wave. The playback is synchronized with the song rows, so each time you play the song, you will get the same result, no matter where in the song you start from.
I will be in England for a week. So don't expect any replies, updates or bug-fixes, since I am only bringing my Kindle along. There are some interesting new developments in Neil, but I will write about them when I get back.
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