Destroy FX: News and Changelog
September 26th 2020
released fake app 0.0.5

It will now "run" (aka do nothing when launched) on any type of Mac CPU architecture — past, present, or future. 🔮

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 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.

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:

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
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:

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

Whoops. 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