Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...

Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 16:17:26 EST

At 19:06 13/11/2005, you wrote:

>umm dinosaur corporations' originality and leading the way... ??

Depends what you mean by dinosaur. Reaktor, Max/MSP, Metasynth, VST plug-in
environments, GRM tools, ProTools, PhotoShop, Sony Vegas were and are
innovative products. If you look at the VST plug-in market there's a
*fantastic* ferment of creativity happening. There's a vast range of
projects, from disposable me-too effects at one end to intelligent additive
synthesizers like Cameleon 5000 at the other. If you look at the TDM market
there are intelligent pitch correctors, linear phase EQs, convolution
reverbs, and processors from people like Waves, and so on - overall a ton
of stuff, some of it really quite cool, clever and funky.

Where in the OpenSource world can you find anything similar? If you want
dinosaurs there's Csound, which is a 1960s project currently being
rewritten to bring it into the 1990s. There's a long list of me-toos like
Audacity. There are some nice doodads and thingummies like Jack, which are
useful but not quite the last word in creativity. There's SuperCollider,
which is a thing of beauty but started life as a commercial project.

But bigger innovation, in the sense that it's happening elsewhere? Not much
- no.


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