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After my tinkerings with sound output and processing, my Friend Aidan got inspired to embark on a more ambitious project of creating a simple music sequencer and invited me to participate. A large portion of our free hours since then have been devoted doing that. We’ve been really impressed – even without particular attention to efficiency, it seems that even Flash can take pretty much everything we throw at it!
Both have us have tinkered around in music sequencers for over a decade now. We started with ReBirth RB338 and Jeskola Buzz, so we’re very familiar with the expectations for what needs to go into this type of app. It has been fascinating to shift from simply using a sequencer to considering how it should actually work! There are so many questions around application design that have remained theoretical until now, where we’ve run across them almost by accident. There are some questions that are much harder than they would first appear – When something is a dial vs. when it can be a slider, how to guide a user through the most important feature of an application etc. Other things that people often get wrong are laid bare as lazy mistakes – Load/Save effects and a failsafe when the application gets too processor-intensive, say.
Anyway, do not be fooled by its sleek, refined appearance! This application is very much a work in progress, and part of the fun of working on it is deciding what happens next. If you have any ideas, let us know!
(this is what it should look like)