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Question: [Reaper/AHK question thingy] [permalink]
Asked by TonE (188.98.207.x) on February 25 2017, 11:34pm
Reply on February 26 2017, 4:34am (edited at February 26 2017, 4:35am):
    Not really the right place for this.

Question: Have you watched the Black Mirror series? If so, do you like it? [permalink]
Asked by Bean (1.178.255.x) on February 23 2017, 7:19pm
Reply on February 23 2017, 8:30pm:
    I love it! And Dead Set, too.

Question: Have you ever tried to compile all win32_curses standalone for an app? So much problems with includes, probably and defines as is, etc. Doesn't even compile... :( [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.15.x) on February 22 2017, 1:49am
Reply on February 22 2017, 3:52pm (edited at February 22 2017, 3:56pm):
    Just tried, if you're using curses_editor -- curses_editor.h needs #include "curses.h". also curses_editor.cpp should include "win32_utf8.h". Other than that, works fine!

    Update: pushed a patch to public WDL, and try this project (apologies for the ancient VC6 project).

Question: did you get owned legally for writing gnutella? i have a music app that i wrote and am too scared to release [permalink]
Asked by rozap (24.19.49.x) on February 20 2017, 8:11am
Reply on February 20 2017, 2:06pm:
    No -- (disclaimer: I am not a lawyer) -- I think if you write software that has non-infringing uses, and you're not involved in the operation of it as a service (e.g. you're not running a server that has control over/is necessary for the operation of the app), then you shouldn't be liable for what the users of the app do with the app... at least that's my understanding.

Question: I did buy it and I loved it, thank you! And the question: did you try polyphasic sleep on any stage of your life? If so, how was it? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (109.172.98.x) on February 19 2017, 4:31pm
Reply on February 19 2017, 11:51pm:
    Hah thank you! I haven't tried polyphasic sleep, I treasure my long interrupted sleep. From what I've read it pretty much amounts to sleep depravation anyway.

Question: Will you earn any money if I buy your album on Google music? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (109.172.98.x) on February 19 2017, 9:45am
Reply on February 19 2017, 2:28pm:
    Yep, apparently!

Question: What's your thoughts on Ardour? [permalink]
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on February 17 2017, 9:29pm
Reply on February 18 2017, 8:13pm:
    Haven't used it lately but back in the day it didn't do it for me..

Question: What if the creators/writers of Better Call Saul told you that the cost/benefit of completing season 3 was too high, wouldn't you be very very sad/disappointed? What if you were forced to watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo instead, what would you do? [permalink]
Asked by Mommy (99.173.156.x) on February 16 2017, 8:06pm
Reply on February 17 2017, 12:09am:
    There's plenty of other good television on these days.

Question: Have you tried the HTC Vive? If so, what did you think? [permalink]
Asked by Colin (121.45.35.x) on February 15 2017, 11:36am
Reply on February 15 2017, 11:41pm:

Question: R u fat [permalink]
Asked by Jjsxjjzjzhz (192.12.147.x) on February 13 2017, 3:02pm
Reply on February 14 2017, 11:52pm:
    I don't think so

Question: Dig this tune? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe79otA3jLg [permalink]
Asked by Will (107.203.156.x) on February 11 2017, 6:51pm
Reply on February 11 2017, 11:46pm:
    Not really my bag

Question: Any tips on API design or integrating scripting into a program? [permalink]
Asked by fmap (99.232.115.x) on February 11 2017, 8:25am
Reply on February 11 2017, 3:42pm:
    Nah, every API I've ever designed is terrible. I guess make it easy to make minimal implementations? Make everything optional? Lua is a good place to start with scripting, such a good language for integration.

Question: What led you to programming audio? Are there other areas of computer science you are passionate about? [permalink]
Asked by Rinnegan (24.130.54.x) on February 10 2017, 2:43pm
Reply on February 11 2017, 3:00am:
    I like making things to use! Audio is one area, as I love music, but there've been lots of other things I've been making over the years...

Question: What's your linux distro of choice these days? [permalink]
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on February 9 2017, 7:31pm
Reply on February 9 2017, 8:53pm (edited at February 9 2017, 8:54pm):
    I don't install Linux much these days, but if I were to need to today it would be Debian. About half of my linux installs active are debian, the other ubuntu...

Question: Any chance we could get a theme system for reaper's stock plugins? [permalink]
Asked by Braxton (98.168.141.x) on February 9 2017, 4:43am
Reply on February 9 2017, 6:44pm:
    Meh. see the above note on this page btw.

Question: What are your thoughts on the future of pitch-correction and Reaper? [permalink]
Asked by Geir (85.166.55.x) on February 8 2017, 8:56pm
Reply on February 9 2017, 6:44pm:
    None really, see the above note on this page btw.

Question: How does one learn audio programming? (Besides your suggestion to JSFX in Reaper) Any good books? [permalink]
Asked by Chalk (50.204.171.x) on February 8 2017, 8:49pm
Reply on February 9 2017, 6:45pm:
    I don't have many recommendations, though if you learn programming via whatever route you like, I thought http://dspguide.com/ was pretty good.

Question: In general, how do you determine if the cost/benefit of a feature will be too high? In comparison to ARA, converting Spectral Peaks to adjustable blobs/notes seems to be very low cost and would probably satisfy 99% of the ARA crowd (including me). Am I right? [permalink]
Asked by Mommy (99.173.156.x) on February 7 2017, 11:02pm
Reply on February 8 2017, 4:26am:
    I don't think you have a good understanding of the cost there...

Question: How do you and Schwa work together to implement a feature like Automation Items? Do you each create sketches then talk over Skype before any code is written? Also, will the process be the same when implementing Melodyne's ARA or will one of you do all the work? [permalink]
Asked by Mommy (99.173.156.x) on February 7 2017, 8:32pm
Reply on February 7 2017, 9:04pm:
    We mostly do new features like that independently, consulting one another on the tricky bits, or for certain sections (e.g. the first draft of automation items was all schwa, but I did a bit of an overhaul on the undo system for it). As for ARA, well, we'll see (but generally speaking the cost/benefit of adding ARA is way too high).

Question: My regular coffee is Lavazza Qualità Rossa (pretty kick-ass Italian expresso) - If I wanted to expand my palette, do you have any coffee recommendations ? [permalink]
Asked by neverbeeninariot (138.32.176.x) on February 7 2017, 12:10pm
Reply on February 7 2017, 2:30pm (edited at February 7 2017, 2:31pm):
    Hard to say, depends what you have around you... I've been making french press coffee, using beans from Intelligentsia or Blue Bottle (though there are a number of roasters around whose beans I like), ground using a hand burr grinder... One ends up experimenting with the size of the grind, ratio of coffee to water, time spent steeping... so it's hard to give a blanket recommendation. But the result is quite nice.
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