That’s pretty much the most useless feature request I’ve ever heard in my life.
Podium is working out great. The track was done start to finish in Podium. ONce you get the hang of it its much more usable than Tracktion.
What Suges said… except I’m a nobody really but a very happy Podium user.
That’s all that matters really. So is Podium workin out for you then? Heard your track, sounds good…you did it from start to finish in Podium?
My background is electronic and dance – and I always get sounds to work from teh start – so that’s my experience 🙂 Of course, everyone works differently and to achieve different things, so all our opinions are valid (including mine)
Yeah no doubt, sorry for not quoting you exactly. I do deep house strictly, and just like you said, all the synth tracks and drums tracks, 9 times out of 10 I barely EQ them. But because it’s DEEP house, it usually has vocals and live instruments (like real bass, piano, guitar, whatever) in it, and often those need some serious EQing.
I’d be into a printed manual for sure.
I was writing a big long thing here like I usually do, but I ran out of time. Yeah 5 bands are okay for sure, we can easily insert another zPEQ on the same channel if we need more.
I think there should be a spectrum analyzer (switchable on/off) built into it too.
To Super Crunchy, I’ve never heard anyone say in my life 5 bands is “overkill”…maybe “good enough” but not overkill. Can’t always “choose another instrument to replace the part” for example, if I was mixing a Britney Spears record and HER VOCALS needed more than 5 bands to sound good (which is likely 😉 ) would you suggest replacing HER? Hahahh.
To summarize what I was writing, my suggestions are based on where I think Podium should be going. Even though Podium is $90 now, it’s way too good and too sophisticated and I think, targetted at pros, to be in this category for long. Besides, there’s no money in the ~$100 sequencer market unless you want to get in bed with a big distributor type of thing like Tracktion did.
I think the entire suite of plugins should have AWEsome signal processing, lots of features, and be Podium-only so that, once you get them all done and get Podium rounded out, you can jack up the price to like $800 and start selling it as a pro tool. It DOES compete with the “big boys” because, as I’ve said before, Podium’s marketing position (in my mind/view) is the answer to the discontinuation of Logic on the PC. Nothing else works like it, and it already has more “pro” functions than all the cheap sequencers.
But if your marketing position is more “a high quality, inexpensive sequencer”, then I understand all the decisions you’re making. If you haven’t made any decision about your marketing position, then the time to do that is NOW since you’re starting to work on “value-added features” (the plugin suite).
Sorry I came unfashionably late to this party. Can I chime in here or is it too late?
– Include the entire z-series plugin suite with the installer.
Even if you end up making a massive suite with 10 plugins, that’ll be an extra, what, ONE megabyte? In this day and age where the average download is 75 MB, this shouldn’t be any concern.
– Make sure the plugins are only accessible to Podium.
In other words, only Podium should be able to use these plugins. This should also hold true for your “advanced” suite if you ever do that…it increases the value of Podium and promotes loyalty.
– Personal preference: one plugin that handles both mono and stereo.
Most of my plugins are like this, but the Waves suite for instance? There’s like 100 plugins in the plugin menu because they make m/m, m/s, s/s, s/m…it’s ridiculous and as I understand it, Logic for PC is the only sequencer that actually NEEDS seperate plugins for every stereo/mono situation.
It’s perfectly alright for the parametric bands to have no slope control (as long as they’re set to a musically useful slope), but the two shelves should definitely have adjustable slopes. These bands are typically “utility” bands, used to roll off muddiness in the bass and ear-bleed in the highs when used with extreme slopes like 36 dB/oct. But then when set to more musical slopes like 12 dB/oct they can be used to add sparkle or reduce presence.
– Number of bands
zPEQ would be useful for more things if it had more bands. I think 5 or 6 parametrics (plus the 2 shelves) would be the right number. Especially useful for EQing anything “live”…vocals, acoustic guitars, mic’d amps, mic’d drums, real room verb, anything like that. In my experience only synthesizers and VERY VERY well-recorded live stuff in very expensive studios are already EQd so well that you can just throw on a couple parametrics and a low-pass and you’re done. With vox especially I’m doing all kinds of notches and bells.
Anyways that’s my input, and I’m real gald Frits is finally doing some plugins. AWEsome.
Ohhh yeah I get what you’re saying now. Another feature to throw on the Future Development list I guess!
You should actually contact RME about this…it is VERY unusual for a driver to change the order of the outputs. That kind of change would screw up a lot of people’s set ups, especially in Logic where you’d have to make some major changes not only to your Autoload, but to every song that had the old settings…actually now that I think about it, Podium too…works the same way, with the studio setup actually built into the project.
I notice you’re using a beta driver, so maybe this is a mistake/bug on RME’s part?
In any case, if they’re going to make a change like that, they should offer users–through the main driver or a peripheral mini-app–the option to configure the order of the outputs and present them to any sequencer as such. I remember my old MOTU could do that.
Frits is a MACHINE!