Astute observers will have noticed we have version 1.3.6 out in the wild now. There is the usual block of updates and developments.
However, this release has a very specific focus. Enabling access to those who can't, or don't want to access Yoshimi via the GUI. The basic code is there and fully functional. We will be developing the interface based on feedback from users, so the specific commands may change. Also the code is currently not the most efficient so that is likely to change quite a bit too.
V 1.3.5 brings together a lot of features that have been quietly bubbling on the back burner for some time. All of these use standard controls available on any MIDI sequencer or controller/keyboard. Along with this we have implemented a number of usability suggestions made at LAC 2015.
We are still slowly improving the underlying code, taking great care that nothing we do detracts from the quality of sound. All your existing patches should look and sound just as they always have.
At the Linux Audio Conference this year I presented a workshop covering the common features of Zyn/Yoshi, but from a musician's viewpoint rather than a technical one. I'm pleased to say it was well received, and later I had many enquiries about Yoshimi itself. There was great interest in LV2 support and a number of interesting suggestions for improving the user interface.
In Yoshimi there are quite a few features that many people seem to be unaware of. Partly this is due to the fact that some of these have only been implemented in the last few months. Documentation is admittedly thin, but there are notes in the the Docs directory.... read more
It's going to be a busy time for us.
Work is underway to create a common command structure that will allow a much greater range of control methods, alternative user interfaces and future extensions.
The instrument bank setup is also undergoing considerable improvement, and will become much more flexible with definitive bank and bank root setting. It will also allow MIDI setting of bank roots and tie in with the new command structure.... read more
Well, quite a lot of somethings actually.
With the next release (very soon) Yoshimi will look better, will be more user friendy, more informative, but in particular will be capable of being used as an LV2 plugin.
A welcome to Andrew onto the team. Development moves up a gear.
After a brief survey, it's clear that ALSA MIDI is far from dead, so yoshimi continues to support it fully.
Quite a lot of unseen 'plumbing' in progress at the moment. Should make little visible difference at first, but the code gets steadily better, Xruns become less likely and hooks are in place for some nice enhancements.
In the next version there will be some usability enhancements, GUI tidy-ups, along with removal of a few bugs and speed bumps, also there will be some compatibility improvements with our parent, Zyn.
Yoshimi's development of individual part outputs, bank and program changes, are just about how everyone wanted them.
These are all in the current master branch.
Finally, we are experimenting with 'naturalising' the sound by giving each note a tiny pitch randomisation. Like everything we are doing, this will be user selectable.
In discussions at this year's Linux Audio Conference a bit of a question mark was raised over ALSA MIDI support. A lot of people seem to be giving this up and relying on bridges like a2jmidi for legacy software and hardware inputs. Jack MIDI is already
synchronous so should be jitter-free whereas ALSA MIDI runs on a 'best effort' basis. Added to which Jack is available for OS X and Windows so concentrating on this could make a possible port to other platforms more attractive - not to me I hasten to add!... read more
We wish to congratulate Will on the release of 1.2.0 !!!
After a fairly quiet time we are back on the development treadmill.
We mourn the passing of Cal the Gifted!!! But I am confident he is enjoying much higher music now :-)