[gmpi] Re: Topic 1: Audience for and users of plugins

  • From: RonKuper@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: gmpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 10:33:45 -0500

I've tried to integrate all the ideas from the last week into a new list of
answers.  How does this look?

1. What kinds of host applications does GMPI target?

- Digital audio editors (DAWs), including audio editing in a video context
- MIDI/audio sequencers
- Mastering systems
- Personal music managers, aka "media players"

2. What are the target "form factors" for GMPI host applications?

- Software running on desktop OS
- Software running on a handheld OS
- Embedded in a standalone system
- Embedded within portable "music gear"

(Note: 1/2 are not meant to imply that GMPI isn't usable in other contexts,
such as game consoles or cell phones.  It simply means that the
specification is primarily targeting the listed applications and platforms.)

3. What are the target "form factors" for GMPI plugins?

- On the same platform as the application
- On dedicated (DSP) hardware with a software interface to the host

4. Who are our target developers? 

Anyone who develops software to process or synthesize audio or music.  This
includes commercial developers, academic computer music researchers, and
indepdendent shareware or freeware developers.

5. What kinds of plugins do people use today, and what will they want to use
in the future?

Audio-to-Audio:  Effects that replace traditional outboard gear in a
studio), such as delays, reverbs, chorus, flanger, compressor, eq, pitch
shifter, etc.

Music-to-Audio:  MIDI synthesizers or other "monolithic" synthesizers.

Music-to-Music:  Quantizers, transposers, style generators.

Audio-to-Music:  Pitch to audio converers, pitch detectors, envelope

Modular Networks:  Any of the above 4 elements, creating modular
synthesizers and processors.

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