David Wallin about ZeroVector and WhiteNoiseAudio /2009.apr/

-Will users encounter something new on the White Noise Audio Software site in the future (new softsynth, updates of older softwares) ?
As far as I know from different sources, Zerovector and Additive are highly acclaimed software synthesizers and some development on them would be a real gift to everybody including present users.

Yeah, I haven’t updated WhiteNoiseAudio.com in quite a while, but I am hard at work on a new project called Genome Studio.
More info and updates are available at ttp://www.genomestudio.net/  (as you probably already know)
Aside from Genome, I’ve been wanting for a long time to do a new version of Doppelmangler and also to take a crack at a physical modeling synthesizer,
but it will be a while before I get to those.

-At this time, Zerovector runs only on windows operating system. Is there some solution, to use it on other platforms, for example on Mac?

I would like to port ZV sometime, but it would be a while before I can get to that project. Large portions of ZV are written in assembler and I would need to investigate how easy that will be to port to Mac. Modules from ZV will make their way into GenomeStudio and you will be able to use them to build your own synths. I would like to take the module building portion of genome and turn it into a VST / RTAS.

-Do you plan some discount or some promotion on Zerovector (or any other WNAS product)  ? Apart from the recent economic recession, several company make “group buy” promotions and other events as part of their “marketing” and of course to win more users.

I’ve done group buys in the past and they’ve been very successful. I would be open to doing them again if demand is sufficient.

-Reading your blog, you mention your current project – Genome: a new tool for musicians to collaborate with each other. What’s this exactly, when did it begin and from where did you get the idea? In my oppinion, musicians can collaborate quite simply with the available tools – they just have to send project files / midi files to each other, so why should they need Genome?

Current collaboration with musicians has a few problems. For one, you have to worry about other musicians having the same plugins as you.
It’s a real hindrance to working with someone else when you have to track down some obscure plugin they used just to be able to hear their song.
Genome works in a modular way and allows musicians to build synths and effects and share them with the community.
Pro versions of genome will support VST’s, but it’s strongly encouraged to use the built in modules for collaboration.
Genome’s module building should rival systems like the Nord Modular and Reaktor.

Second, it’s not realtime. Right now, one person works, they save their song and send it to someone else.
Genome allows multiple musicians to work on the same song at the same time, chat with each other, and hear each other’s changes in realtime.
It works much like online multiplayer games do. There’s no need to save your song, send it and wait.. you can continue working while your partner works.

The origination of the idea comes from software development, and in particular open source software development.
Teams of programmers from across the world have been collaborating for years and have developed some fairly advanced ways of sharing their code.
Genome is simply taking those ideas that programmers have been using and applies them to working on a song.

Third, genome will feature tight integration with a community website. You’ll be able to share your songs and patches online,
look for people to collaborate with, follow other people’s work online, and more.
Tight integration with the website will create a massive library of free patches, synths and effects for everyone to download.

A lot of people are skeptical about the collaborative aspect, because nothing like it currently exists for music.
However, when it’s released I think people will really appreciate it. Genome will have a lot of features sorely lacking from today’s big name music sequencer apps.

-Final question: Do you write music on the computer sometimes? What software synths are your favourite?

I do write music on the PC, though I promised myself I would finish Genome Studio before writing any more music.
I am a big fan of the GForce synths (imposcar, minimonsta, etc) and also Camel Audio stuff. Antti’s Asynth is one that I go to a lot for Basses.
I have to admit I haven’t been keeping up with the latest stuff. There are so many now!