An update on the Z4 GUI project. (Now officially called ZenEdit)
Things are progressing quite smoothly and we're right on target for a summertime release for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X!
All of the major milestones have been met and what's left is really just polishing, plus work on the installer and documentation.
I'm continuing to dig around in the Z4's sysex image and am still finding gems. For instance, in addition to the previously mentioned ability to manage crossfade notes, another new "you can't do that on a Zen
" trick is the ability to set response curves for each individual
trigger, rather than being stuck with one global setting. This totally awesome feature allows you to really fine tune the response of your instrument, visually.
These little finds are quite enjoyable. There's a real "eureka moment" whenever I stumble on some weird memory address and figure out what cool feature it impacts. I hope to cram as many of them into the final app as possible.
ZenEdit also now has MIDI support. As you bang on triggers and CCs, the app highlights them on screen and gives feedback on note numbers and velocity. It's totally mesmerizing to watch the triggers light up as you tap away
Time permitting, I may also add a MIDI status window which could keep track of how many times each pad is triggered, detect crosstalk issues and display histograms of velocities. I can see these kinds of stats being very helpful when you are dialing in and calibrating your axe.
Anyhow, I'll continue to post here with any news about the editor. A preliminary website is also now up at:http://www.nebiru.com/zenedit/
That site is still a work in progress but it does begin to detail some of the features that will be present in the initial release, plus some of the initial screenshots. Your feedback as always is much appreciated!