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Offline iWasAdam

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QasarBeach 1.28 released
« on: October 28, 2020, 14:56:40 »
Ver1.28 Update (28October 2020)

Another smaller update with the focus on improving things with PAGE R

https://adamstrange.itch.io/qasarbeach

minor playback change to prevent sounds from not being triggered
PAGE 2 fix for sample playback preview
PAGE 7/W left right cursor keys go +-8 to voice number
internal checks to prevent initial audio engine cutout
PAGE R song block section selection not being registered fixed
PAGE R position and repeat not being registered fixed
PAGE R selecting sections and playing never started correctly - fixed
slightly increased internal timing systems

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2020, 11:41:57 »
I know that not many people are that interested in QB - for obvious reasons. but I thought you'd all be interested to hear this:

One of the original engineers (who worked for Fairlight in the 80's) and was responsible for a lot of what became the Series III recently contacted me about QB. We have been in very close contact since then with emails and nuggets of information about that time and how the Beast was programmed, etc.

Lately we have been looking at old data examples with the aim to enhance QB import of this old data: songs, samples, etc. As you can think this is not as simple as it first sounds as there was very little information (outside of the manuals) as to how and what was stored in these files.

So now I have access to some of the dev tools and can decompile some of the formats (over 35 years old) and found some amazing details:
Fairlight sold the I, II, then the IIx (with Midi) and finally the III (which had multi-sampling and better sound).
Looking at the IIx file formats. it was designed to have advances synth functions and multisampling (in a very particular way).
QB also has multisampling (as I found a way of doing it that didn't break the concept).

Doing a comparison It is apparent the method I employed was the EXACT way the Fairlight were going to introduce with the IIx - but held it over for the III.

Well, I thought it was interesting - lol  :-*

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2020, 22:31:38 »
That's awesome! I usually stay silent in the background but I figured I'd tell ya I've been following your project on Itch.io for a long time. I'm a fan of the original hardware and was surprised when your project popped up! I'm even more surprised to see it on these forums, last place I would've expected........ So you're using Blitz to make it?

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2020, 06:40:33 »
Its a fork of Monkey2 that is being used

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2020, 13:47:06 »
Here's a sneak peek at the new version 1.29e in dev:

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2020, 16:25:08 »
Are you adding new features?


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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2020, 05:48:46 »
oh yes... The song system has been completely rewritten. Huge amount of back end stuff to do with Series IIx file compatibility. I'm working with one of the original Fairlight engineers who has access to dev information too. so his input has changed things as well.
There have been loads of UI changes to make things easier to access. plus the new button bar brings in some of the Series III look.

V1.29 will be released later this month :)

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2020, 08:39:02 »
V1.29 will be released later this month :)

Think 28th of december sounds good :)


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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2020, 11:11:46 »
lol. Test version has been sent out.

I'm thinking of around the 19th as that would make it's one year birthday  :o

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2020, 05:59:22 »
Here's a little ditty I knocked up from a users guitar sample:

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2020, 06:10:02 »
Wow, thats really good! :)

A nice "world music" choon there! :)

With me, I can read music, every good boy and all that, I used to play the cornet in a colliery band when I was little... But, I'm absolutely proper cack at making it mind, lol, years ago I bought Cakewalk (Was that the name?) thinking I'll have a toy about... It just all ended up being a racket! :D hehehe

Saying that, I'm the same with graphics, give me a pencil and a bit of paper and I'm a good little draw'er, chuck me photoshop and I barely survive... Not sure what it actually is with me, but that's how I roll... Very analogue when it comes to media! ;)

Anyway.. like I said... Nice!  8)

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2020, 08:57:45 »
LOL. You know what - I can 'read' music very slowly, I know what it is but it always remains just dots and lines - think it has something to do with the Aspergers?

And I used to sing in a few choirs - I just used to remember the music - but don't tell anyone... hehehehe

OOOHHH I loved Cakewalk in the early days - then it went all DAW and I just couldn't use it anymore. I would sit in front of it and 'nothing' ;( I think what's interesting is this was early 90's when audio was just being introduced. Fairlight had their own rock solid hardware and software recording nailed by this time. They really did lead the way...

The above music was just me tinkering with a guitar sample one of the users had posted. Hence the bit at the beginning showing the waveforms.

The great thing about QB is having the original engineers from Fairlight contacting me with help and support \o/

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2020, 21:48:04 »
can i use my midi controller/keyboard with qb?
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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2020, 05:31:19 »
yep. The new version (released very soon will allow keyboard mapping to separate voice)

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Re: QasarBeach 1.28 released
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2020, 06:10:46 »
Is it just a standalone app or also a vst plugin?

 

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