Super Destroy FX

December 7th 2007

released RMS Buddy 1.1.5 (Audio Unit)

Fixed a problem that caused the value read-outs to not update in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

November 6th 2007

released RMS Buddy 1.1.4 (Audio Unit)

Added support for "full compatibility mode" running on Logic Nodes.

June 30th 2006

released RMS Buddy 1.1.3 (Audio Unit)

Fixed a bug when running on Intel-based Macs where all of the controls and text displays appeared as black rectangles.

September 9th 2005

released Geometer 1.1.1 for Windows

Fixed a bug that lead to settings corruption when switching between "programs". The Mac VST versions also suffer from this problem, but they will not be updated since they have been discontinued in favor of the Audio Unit version, which has never had this bug. (thank you PaPQH8 for pointing out this problem)

August 21st 2005

released RMS Buddy 1.1.2 (Audio Unit)

Fixed an audio rendering bug that caused it to fail Apple's AUValidation.

It is now a "universal binary" (runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs, though note that this now means that Mac OS X 10.3.9 is the minimum system requirement).

Redesigned the interface slightly.

All of the text is now localizable.

Now using the modern notification mechanism for parameter change gestures.

November 1st 2004

URS A Series EQ and N Series EQ Audio Units released

Sophia did the version 1.2.1 updates of these URS EQs, making them available as Audio Units now. These are not a Destroy FX plugins, but something that Sophia did as a job.

January 8th 2004

Pluggo 3.1 released

Pluggo 3.1 for Mac OS X has been released. It's not a Destroy FX plugin, but Sophia did the Audio Unit implementation for it, and it may interest Destroy FX fans.

November 16th 2003

Smart Electronix interview at d-i-r-t-y.com

There's an interview with the entire Smart Electronix crew (including Tom and Sophia) at the French online music magazine d-i-r-t-y.com (though our interview is in English).

November 12th 2003

released RMS Buddy 1.1.1 (Audio Unit)

The GUI now adapts itself automatically when the number of audio channels changes.

The GUI now works properly in compositing windows.

Fixed a bug where, in some circumstances, the GUI text displays showed bogus values when initially opened.

April 24th 2003

Destroy FX review in May issue of Electronic Musician

There is a review of the Destroy FX plugins collection (focusing on Buffer Override, Geometer, and Rez Synth) in the May 2003 issue of Electronic Musician magazine. It is a lovely review. We got 4 out of 5 goodness points. They even made sound clips for the article.

April 18th 2003

SFX Machine RT released

SFX Machine RT is a modular effects processor plugin that comes with almost 300 effect configurations, from utilities to conventional effects to really crazy, unusual effects. It's not a Destroy FX plugin, but it's the fruit of Sophia's past several months' labor (Sophia's day job). You might like to check it out: sfxmachine.com It's available for Mac OS X, old Mac OS, and Windows, in Audio Unit and VST formats.

February 25th 2003

released RMS Buddy 1.1

The most important improvement in this update is that the RMS values are now correct. The prior versions of RMS Buddy did the RMS calculations backwards. Woops. (thank you Hans Sjöblad for pointing out this problem)

This update also adds a new analysis display field: continual peak (thank you Maan Hamze for suggesting that feature)

The Audio Unit version also has some other nice improvements:

  • The value read-outs are much more reliable and occur on a dependable periodic basis. The behavior is consistent between different host apps.
  • Because the AU format allows for that reliability, I also added an analysis window size parameter that lets you adjust the rate at which calculations occur and get displayed.
  • Also, the Audio Unit version can process any number of channels, not just stereo. The graphical interface adapts to the number of channels being processed.
  • The Audio Unit version is also a bit more efficient.

None of those improvements were possible using the VST plugin format, that's why only the Audio Unit version gets them.

February 4th 2003

article about Audio Units in March issue of KEYBOARDS (including statement from Sophia)

There is an article about Audio Units in the March 2003 issue of the German magazine KEYBOARDS. The article includes a statement from Sophia about Audio Units in general and Destroy FX Audio Units. I don't think that there's a way to view the article online, but I did find this link which says something about the article and has a couple photos of Sophia.

January 8th 2003

released Geometer 1.1

Geometer VST now processes in stereo rather than mono. There are no other new features, so if you prefer mono processing, don't update to version 1.1. (Note: The Audio Unit version can still process any number of channels.)

December 2nd 2002

destroyfx.org

September 11th 2002

Destroy FX externals for PD

Martin Pi has kindly taken the time to port a few of our plugins to PD externals. They have been compiled for the GNU-Linux version of PD. So far the collection includes Transverb, Skidder, Buffer Override, and Polarizer. The externals are available here. Thank you Martin!

September 10th 2002

Logic X review at osxAudio.com (including interview bit with Sophia)

There is a review of Emagic's Logic for Mac OS X at osxAudio.com. The review includes a little interview with Sophia about Logic X and music plugins in Mac OS X.

August 9th 2002

released Geometer 1.0

Geometer is a new effect by Tom

August 5th 2002

released Polarizer 1.0.1 VST and Audio Unit

Polarizer changed a little bit since 1.0, but I can't remember what changed. The main reason for releasing this update was to include an "experimental" Audio Unit version of Polarizer. This is just for curious folks; there's currently no custom graphical interface and there may be weird bugs. We'll try harder next time...

July 8th 2002

released Scrubby 1.0

released Buffer Override 2.0

released Transverb 1.4, Skidder 1.4, and Rez Synth 1.2

Scrubby is a brand new effect plugin by Sophia

Buffer Override 2.0 is major update of Buffer Override. The main improvements are:

  • LFOs to modulate the buffer divisor and forced buffer size (thank you Arne Van Petegem for the idea)
  • Buffer Interrupt™ technologiez
  • beautiful new graphics by Justin Maxwell
  • assignable MIDI control of every parameter

Rez Synth, Skidder, and Transverb also now feature assignable MIDI control of parameters

Skidder has a new MIDI note control mode called "MIDI apply" and an option for having note velocity control the floor (thank you Sascha Kujawa for the ideas)

Skidder also has easier to use "range slider" controls for the pulsewidth and floor parameters

fixed the denormals problems in Transverb which could sometimes cause CPU spikes while processing a silent signal (thank you Christian Beißwenger for pointing out that problem)

the dry/wet mix in Buffer Override 2 and Rez Synth is now "even power"

fixed a problem that Transverb, Skidder, and Rez Synth had with updating certain displays in response to automation

changed velocity influence in Rez Synth to not be exponentially scaled (because that was stupid)

Rez Synth can utilize MIDI sustain pedal (probably, although I don't have a sustain pedal so I haven't actually tested this)

We have discontinued the "food" plugins for the Mac versions of Rez Synth, Skidder, and Buffer Override because they made the plugins incompatible with dual-CPU processing mode in Mac OS 9 and they are also unnecessary now that Logic 5 supports routing MIDI to VST effects.

June 19th 2002

interview at osxAudio.com

Tom & Sophia are interviewed at osxAudio.com

May 2nd 2002

released EQ Sync 1.0.1

fixed a problem where the CPU usage could dramatically increase when processing a silent audio signal (denormals problem)

fixed a bug that could cause messed up audio when using EQ Sync as a "send" effect in Cubase or other hosts that handle send effects in the way that Cubase does

the autonomous, moving faders now ought to update properly in more (if not all) hosts

March 16th 2002

released Rez Synth 1.1, Skidder 1.3, & Transverb 1.3

Transverb, Rez Synth, and Skidder all support MIDI program change messages for switching between presets

Transverb has a random "preset" now. Combined with the MIDI program support, this means that you can now automate randomization using MIDI program change messages. See the updated documentation for more information about that.

I fixed a few little display bugs in Skidder (there were sometimes wrong displays when the host automated certain parameters)

Skidder's tempo syncing is more compatible with Cubase now

Rez Synth handles pitchbend LSB now

the fades parameter on Rez Synth has been reversed, which can affect presets or saved songs that you have made with Rez Synth

The classic Mac OS distributions of Rez Synth and Skidder now include separate versions of the plugins in the Logic 4 workarounds folder. This is because I learned that some aspects of the workaround that I developed are not compatible with dual-processor Macs, so people not using Logic 4 might as well not use those special versions (thank you Carty Fox for telling me about this problem). Also, these workarounds are no longer necessary in Logic 5. See the updated documentation for more about how to use Rez Synth and Skidder (and also MIDI Gater and Buffer Override) in Logic 5.

all of these plugins now have slightly more complete support of the VST standard

March 1st 2002

released RMS Buddy 1.0.1

RMS Buddy didn't always update its displays well, if at all, in some hosts (Massiva, FXpansion adapter, BUZZ adapter), but now it does. (thanks for telling me about this problem, Maan Hamze)

RMS Buddy's continuous RMS displays are now always accurate, even in hosts that give infrequent idle processor time to plugins

February 25th 2002

released Transverb 1.2.3

When Transverb uses a highpass filter in ultra hi-fi mode (to avoid aliasing noise), the filter cutoff is a little higher so that things sound less muffled.

It's now easier to click on the quality, randomize, and TOMSOUND buttons because their neighboring text labels are now also clickable.

February 13th 2002

released block test 1.0.1

The writing of log files is now gentler in the Mac OS X and Windows versions.

Block test's graphics should open properly in all hosts (particularly an unreleased host that may have previously not been able to open the graphics properly).

January 28th 2002

released Transverb 1.2.2

Transverb's performance with high delay speeds in ultra hi-fi mode has been hugely improved

the sound quality with high speeds in ultra hi-fi mode has been significantly improved, too

Transverb now uses highpass filters on the delay heads when their speeds are below 0 in ultra hi-fi mode. This is done in order to cut out super-low sub-audio bass frequencies that can result from the speed down. (thanks for the suggestion, Arne Van Petegem)

January 21st 2002

released Transverb 1.2.1 for Windows

Woops. The new quality button was missing altogether from the Windows release of Transverb 1.2. Sorry about that. Here's a working version.

January 19th 2002

article in Sound On Sound

The February 2002 issue of Sound On Sound magazine features an article about Destroy FX. You can read it online here.

January 19th 2002

released Transverb 1.2

Transverb has a new quality mode that reduces aliasing noise when speeding up delay heads past 0. This is the "ultra hi-fi" mode that you can turn on by clicking the quality button until you see an exclamation point (!). An X indicates the old hi-fi mode (with no protection against aliasing) and an empty box indicates the old "dirt-fi" mode. Note that using ultra hi-fi quality will impose an extra processing load as you speed up a delay head past 0. You reach the maximum load at about +4 octaves.

Transverb doesn't "blow out" (i.e. big pop and then silence) from high feedback levels nearly as often. It's still possible (that is just the nature of digital feedback), but it's a lot harder to do now.

Fixed a display bug with Transverb's speed parameters where semitone values higher than 11.5 would be displayed as 0.0.

Transverb's graphics should open properly in all hosts (particularly an unreleased host that may have previously not been able to open the graphics properly).

Fixed a little something in Transverb that could sometimes cause a crash in old versions of Logic for Windows if you switched the plugin to "controls" view.

January 3rd 2002

released Buffer Override 1.1.2

Buffer Override now properly responds to the "all notes off" MIDI message. Previously, this could cause some problems (like stuck notes) when using "MIDI trigger" control of Buffer Override in Cubase and maybe other hosts. (thank you John Audette for making me aware of this problem)

January 1st 2002

released Skidder 1.2.2, Rez Synth 1.0.8, & Monomaker 1.0.1

Woops, our first bad bug... There was a problem with the graphics in the last versions of Skidder and Rez Synth that could cause crashes when you opened, closed, and then reopened their editor windows. The crashes only seemed to happen under Windows, but I've updated the Mac versions, too. (thanks for pointing that problem out to me, Mashino Jun)

I also changed a little something in Skidder that could sometimes cause a crash in old versions of Logic for Windows if you switched the plugin to "controls" view.

Fixed a little problem in Monomaker where the handle on the pan fader wouldn't move when that parameter got automated.

December 12th 2001

released Skidder 1.2.1 & Rez Synth 1.0.7

Internet links in Skidder and Rez Synth are no longer based on VST parameters. Previously this could cause problems for people using things like Pluggo or Max/MSP to randomize parameters. (thanks for pointing that problem out to me, Greg Davis)

Rez Synth has more "sensible" gain parameters now.

December 2nd 2001

released Buffer Override 1.1.1

Buffer Override now has a "memory" of which MIDI notes are active and also the order in which they were played (i.e. which came first, which came after that, etc.). This means that if, for example, you play one note, press another note while still holding down the first note, and then release the second note, Buffer Override will remember that the first note is still active and go back to that note. Previously, Buffer Override only heeded notes when they first started. Now you can play quick trills and such and Buffer Override will more accurately reproduce what you play.

Internet links are no longer based on VST parameters. Previously this could cause problems for people using things like Pluggo or Max/MSP to randomize parameters. (thanks for pointing that problem out to me, Greg Davis)

November 28th 2001

Destroy FX extras

We announced our Destroy FX extras collection with Monomaker, RMS Buddy, Polarizer, EQ Sync, block test, MIDI Gater, & VST GUI Tester.

November 27th 2001

released Buffer Override 1.1 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows & Buffer Food 1.0.1 for classic Mac OS

released Monomaker 1.0 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

Buffer Override has a new MIDI note control mode called MIDI trigger. In this mode, the effect turns on and off when you play notes. This way you can use MIDI notes to not only change the buffer divisor, but also to apply the effect only at certain moments. The old mode is now called "MIDI nudge." Check the updated documentation for more details about MIDI trigger mode. (thank you Sascha Kujawa for suggesting this)

Again, as with the recent Rez Synth and Skidder updates, I enhanced the same unimportant little VST things and did the same thing with Buffer Food that didn't matter.

November 25th 2001

released Skidder 1.2 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

Skidder has a new parameter: floor random minimum. This is a lot like the pulsewidth random minimum except that it randomizes the floor. (thank you James Dashow for suggesting this feature)

The "rate random factor range" display now gets updated properly when you type in a tempo value.

The rupture parameter's fader doesn't act "funny" anymore.

November 23rd 2001

released Rez Synth 1.0.6 & Skidder 1.1.2 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

Rez Synth's dry/wet mix now works correctly when Rez Synth is used as a send effect.

Rez Synth now always properly clears the feedback buffers of new notes.

Note-offs with Skidder in MIDI trigger mode used to sometimes cause slight audio glitches, but not anymore.

November 19th 2001

released Polarizer, MIDI Gater, RMS Buddy, EQ Sync, & block test 1.0 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows & VST GUI Tester 1.0 for classic Mac OS

released but not announced yet (deescreet)

November 16th 2001

released Rez Synth 1.0.5 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows & Rez Food 1.0.1 for classic Mac OS

Rez Synth consumes slightly less processing power now.

The same mundane stuff as with the previous Skidder update: enhanced some unimportant little VST things and did something with Rez Food that didn't matter.

November 13th 2001

released Skidder 1.1.1 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows & Skidder Food 1.0.1 for classic Mac OS

Fixed a problem using Skidder with Logic for Mac where the "connect to food" button showed up in the wrong place and therefore wouldn't work. (thank you Igor for informing me about this problem)

Enhanced some minor VST things a bit. Programs are now more thoroughly supported and host communication about what the plugin can do is a little more thorough, too. This stuff probably won't make any difference in hardly any hosts.

I can't remember what I changed about Skidder Food, but it didn't make any difference, I remember that much.

October 29th 2001

released Transverb 1.1 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

Transverb's speed parameters have been changed and greatly enhanced so that they function in a much more musically useful fashion. Check the updated documentation for full details (you really ought to if you want to get the most out of Transverb).

Note that, because the speed parameters work very differently in version 1.1, old presets or saved song settings from version 1.0 or 1.0.1 of Transverb will not sound the same with version 1.1. But don't worry because there's now a little button in the lower right corner that you can press to update your speed parameter settings from the old style to the new style.

Fixed the problem with the OS X version that prevented the internet links from working.

The Windows version uses the non-beta VST graphics library now (the Mac versions have all along).

October 26th 2001

released Skidder 1.1, Rez Synth 1.0.4, & Buffer Override 1.0.4 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

Skidder has a new parameter called "floor." This is the gain level in between skids. This way, you can make it so that Skidder doesn't switch your sound completely on and off; it can be quiet/loud instead (or even loud/loud if that's what you really want). The documentation has been updated with more details about this new parameter. (thank you James Dashow for suggesting this feature)

Fixed the problem with the OS X versions that prevented the internet links from working.

Beat-sync in Skidder and Buffer Override is slightly more reliable now.

The Windows versions all use the non-beta VST graphics library now (the Mac versions have all along).

I slightly enhanced Rez Synth's and Buffer Override's graphics (most significantly, you can now manually type in values for Rez Synth's band separation parameter, in case you need totally precise values).

October 10th 2001

released Skidder, Rez Synth, & Buffer Override 1.0.3 & Transverb 1.0.1 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

All of our plugins now support loading and saving preset banks. (thank you Ian for the suggesting this)

Skidder and Buffer Override now, when syncing to host tempo, start their cycles at the beginnings of measures (in hosts that support sending tempo and time information to plugins). (thank you Luke Skirenko for suggesting this)

The Mac versions of our plugins have improved icons for OS X.

October 6th 2001

released VST MIDI 1.1.1

This version adds support for loading, saving, and browsing preset bank files.

September 30th 2001

released Transverb 1.0 for classic Mac OS, OS X, & Windows

released Skidder & Rez Synth 1.0.2 for Mac OS X

Version 1.0.2 of Skidder and Rez Synth makes the words "Destroy FX" and "Smart Electronix" links that will take you to those web pages when you click on them.

September 29th 2001

released Skidder, Rez Synth, & Buffer Override 1.0.2 for classic Mac OS & Windows & Buffer Override 1.0.2 for OS X

Version 1.0.2 makes the words "Destroy FX" and "Smart Electronix" links that will take you to those web pages when you click on them.

Version 1.0.2 of Skidder also makes the random panning more random.

September 26th 2001

released Buffer Override 1.0 for Mac OS X

released Skidder, Rez Synth, & Buffer Override 1.0.1 for classic Mac OS

Version 1.0.1 fixes a problem where under Mac OS where the plugins would not load if you didn't have the Internet Config Extension installed. (thank you Craig for telling me about this problem)

September 20th 2001

released VST MIDI 1.1

This version can load and save plugin presets.

September 19th 2001

Hello.

(we publicly announced our web page and plugins)

September 18th 2001

released Skidder, Rez Synth, & Buffer Override 1.0 for Mac & Windows

September 12th 2001

released VST MIDI 1.0

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