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Beta testing of our new plug-ins has started and is progressing well

A few weeks ago we reported on a change of product strategy and a focus on two new VST/AU plug-ins. Today we can share more information about the current state of development and testing of these apps.

Read on to find out more.

Development progress report

As mentioned in this blog post, there are two new plug-ins on the way that will be officially announced later this year. Each of them is a separate project internally, with I2C8 focused on chord generation, whereas Spexx is about spectral manipulation of sound. Both have in common to be built on the Juce framework, and supporting VST/AU.

While there are obvious functional differences between these apps, they also undergo a different development cycle as each project had a different starting date. And, equally, the feature set of each app creates unique demands for the design and interaction logic of the user interface. It is expected that Spexx, thanks to the features for the different mixers it comes with, requires at least two iterations of the user interface.

With that said, we can reveal that it is I2C8 which has progressed the furthest today and has undergone a fair bit of testing with a handful of users already. This was to check the basic interaction logic as well as performance, stability and crashes when running in different system configurations. Testing of compatibility with the most popular DAWs has also been completed successfully, thus everything looking good so far.

Spexx has seen a lot of work done for integration of a prototype user interface which was tested with a comparatively large sample of potential users. With it being a real-time application for manipulation of sound, much emphasis was put on performance and stability of the output created. Equally, the interaction logic was scrutinized with much feedback and suggestions for more clarity and ease of use gathered. Overall, we're happy with where we stand with it, too, as the data we collected can directly be incorporated into a beta version featuring a more advanced user interface.

Both plug-ins will undergo further testing in the coming weeks to check on a much wider range of system configuration and user behavior, as typically found in the real world. This will take place ahead of the planned announcement of pre-orders in a few weeks - so that by then a stable build of beta versions is available that can be handed out to users.

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