From: Leigh Smith <leigh@to...> - 2001-03-03 20:14:54
As the flood (relative to our typical list volume!) of emails suggested,
we have some new things coming for the MusicKit.
There will be a new major version (2.0.0) of the SndKit which
incorporates audio streaming using CoreAudio on MacOS X or DirectSound
on Windows, (with Linux ALSA yet to be investigated, any takers?). This
allows for playing multiple simultaneous sounds on all platforms and is
the first step to leveraging the sfront SAOL interpreter as our native
DSP replacement for the 56K. The streaming code has been generously
donated by Skot McDonald, a fellow tomandandy.com researcher.
Hans-Christoph Steiner has also contributed a valuable conversion of the
MusicKit tutorials from rtfd files to SGML DocBook. These will go up on
the web site and should be useful for computer music educators. It is
also a major benefit towards moving the repositories to sourceforge.net.
There is however, still quite a few rtfd files to be converted.
On that front, my Jan 23rd request to sourceforge to import the SndKit
CVS repository still hasn't been completed. Currently I'm doing nightly
uploads of the repository in expectation of them un-tarring the tarball.
When that happens, people can retrieve the changes as soon as they are
committed. This should accelerate SK development. There will also be an
automatic mail-out to musickit-developers on each commit so developers
can be aware of changes.
I've also cleaned up ScorePlayer to be a MIDI file as well as score file
player. I'm hoping to have a tarball of applications binaries up with
the next release of the MusicKit (5.3). The releases should hit the
server within the next two weeks (one major separate thread bug that
Keith Hamel has reported, to go).
Of course, any suggestions for improvement, direction etc, are more than
welcome to be posted.
BTW, if anyone would like to earn some $$ working on the MK/SK, there
are opportunities to do so, please contact me.
Dr. Leigh Smith
(W) +1-212-431-4115 (F)
Greene St. New York, NY 10012, USA
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