Dear Calf Developpers
First, thanks a million for this amazing plugin suite, in my eyes the best one in the linux audio world ;) It offers all the things a musician needs to produce professional made music. Awesome stuff!! ;)
Last time I had to mix a lot of drums (acoustic AND sample-based) and I got an idea for a plugin (or, better, a collection of plugins) you could be interested in.
The Calf collection is absolutly amazing and offers everything needed for mixing drums. Thats the reason I write you right now. Thanks you for that!!
Mixing drums is a big task and one use mostly always the same configuration of processors and effects.
The idea of this plugin is to get a collection of pre-loaded plugins for drum mixing, straight away ready to use.
The Plugin has 10 ins and 2 outs and is to put in a 10 channel bus
So yo can route each drum track to the 10 channel bus (in ardour i.e) and get started mixing with all the drums+fx confortably in one window.
Now to the draft:
The plugin is based on regions, one for each "instrument" and one for the master.
the tom-region has 4 sub-regions:
the overheads region has 4 sub-regions as well:
Ride (for sample-based drums, if needed)
Each region/sub-region has a Vol/Pan/Meter/mute/solo/(sends?) and 1 to 4 slots for precessors/fx
Each fx-slot has a following buttons:
on/off (if off the plugin is not running at all -> less resources )
swap (to load another fx in the slot)
The master region as a Vol/Pan/Meter and (why not?) 4 sends return + fx slots (for reverb etc)
and an CPU usage indicator
At the start of the plugin (mostly) each slot is pre-loaded with a plugin but in "off" mode (no CPU usage)
For the pre-loaded plugins I could imagine a nice routing combination like
Tom1/Sn2, Tom2, Tom3, Tom4: EQ->Gate/Compressor
Tom all: EQ->Compressor
OH1, OH2 : ->No FX, just Vol/Pan/Meter/mute/solo
OH all: Filter/EQ
I used somtimes MDA Beatbox (a quite good drum synth-replacer - well, the only one under linux) and I was thinking of a drum replacement plugin, or, better, a Midi-send from each instrument (to send to hydrogen i.e for drum replacement) (such a audio-threshold to midi-fixed note plugin for drum replacement is missing in the linux audio world anyway)
In fact it is a bit like one Calf-Standalone for each instrument with pre-routed fx and routed together at the end ;)
I send you graphic style how it could look like (I had a lot of fun with that) with the graphs visible for each fx. Note this draft is only to show the idea. Thats just for fun if your are interested in building that plugin do what you think is the best.
If you are not interested, no prob, just let me know then I'll send the concept on the Linuxaudio Devel-List. (Just wanted to bring it to you first 'cause the calf are all the things needed).
I hope you'll be interested in that idea, it is coming straight from real productions and use.
I wish you all the best, nice holliday (if you have some) and an happy new year.
Vincent "Ras Tilo" Rateau