Geert Bevin, software deisgner for Roger Linn's MPE instrument, Linnstrument, has informed us that the BETA version of Linnstrument firmware 2.1.0 version 2 has been released. He's also provided an insight into what's new since version 2.0.2.
"There's LOTS of exciting new stuff, in particular touch animations!"
- Support for 14 different velocity-sensitive animations around played touches, hold Per Split -> Played color for configuration. The animations are Octaves (standard), Crosses, Circles, Squares, Diamonds, Stars, Sparkles, Curtains, Blinds, Targets, Up, Down, Left, Right, Orbits
- in Assign Switches, permit "Sustain" to be reassigned to any CC.
- in Assign Switches, permit "CC65" to be reassigned to any CC
- additional Panel/Foot Switch options by holding Tap Tempo: Legato, Arpeggiator latch, Preset -/+, Pitch slide on/off
- in Global Settings > Assign Switches, permit a unique CC65, Sustain and Tap Tempo (customizable) assignment for each of the 4 switch assignments.
- allow channel pressure to be one of the advanced configurable options for lowrow CCs and CC faders.
- added support for negative row offsets and inverted guitar tuning.
- added support for a configurable start value for relative Y.
- added support for reversed splits.
- if Channel Per Row is held, enable “reverse channel order” mode, and light the button in the accent color.
- added song position pointer support to the step sequencer.
- blink Global Settings button while using internal tempo and Arpeggiator is on.
- touch sensor prescale can be configured by holding Calibration together with Pressure Snsitivity > Medium.
- better handling of playing the same notes on identical channels, this improves expressive playing with monophonic sound sources.
- when synced to MIDI clock, LinnStrument is now not automatically sending MIDI clock anymore.
- MIDI clock sync is more reliable.
- the split being active is now stored with each preset, this was missing before.
- when changing MIDI Mode, send a X, Y and Z message each with zero value, in order to avoid bias in the newly-selected mode.
- added calibration data validation with auto-reset to defaults upon boot in case of problems.
- incoming MIDI handling is more reliable.
- when the sequencer is started or stopped through MIDI, the settings are not automatically stored anymore in order for SPP support to allow for quick repositioning.
- sensor sensitivity is now by default 75%.
- there were small inconsistencies in quantized pitch bend ranges, fixed.
- the arpeggiator switch function that wasn't properly tracking the currently focused split, fixed.
Remember: Beta versions are unsupported, so don't upgrade to them right before going to a gig! If you have to go back to a stable version, you might lose all your settings and have to re-do a calibration.
The firmware installers can be downloaded from here:
[Via: Geert Bevin on Facebook]