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177 <h2>LS Development Roadmap</h2>
178 <p class="default">
179 The following list shows the planned work to be done until the next
180 release of LinuxSampler. There will be no new release before all of them
181 are completed.
182 </p>
183
184 <ol class="default">
185 <li class="ok">Abstraction of common code from existing Gigasampler engine to base classes for further sampler engines.</li>
186 <li class="ok">
187 Implementation of
188 <a href="http://linuxsampler.org/sfz/">SFZ(2) format</a> sampler engine.
189 </li>
190 <li class="partly">
191 Implementation of
192 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundFont">SF2 format</a> sampler engine<br>(might not be finished for next release, due to low demand &amp; priority).
193 </li>
194 <li class="false">
195 Implementation of
196 <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/libakai/">Akai format</a> sampler engine<br>(will probably not make into next release, due to low demand &amp; priority).
197 </li>
198 <li class="partly">
199 Real-time instrument script support<br>(allows to override / customize sampler's behavior by textual, easy to write scripts included with instruments, which act like small programs, plugged into the sampler).
200 </li>
201 </ol>
202
203 <table class="default">
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207 <td class="default"><img src="gfx/x.png" alt="Not started yet" width="13" height="13" border="1"> No work started yet </td>
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210
211 <p class="default">
212 Note that we frequently cast a moderated poll on our
213 <a href="http://bb.linuxsampler.org/">web forum</a> for
214 the next features to be implemented and problems / bugs to be
215 fixed soon. Don't hesitate to register to our forum and vote for
216 your feature!
217 </p>
218
219 <h2>Features</h2>
220 <p class="default">
221 The following list shows which features have already been implemented in
222 current Subversion version of LinuxSampler and what is planned to be done
223 in (hopefully) near future. If you are missing something that is not
224 already listed below, you can write a proposal to the
225 <a href="http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/linuxsampler-devel">
226 developers mailing list
227 </a>, open an "enhancement" request on our
228 <a href="http://bugs.linuxsampler.org">bug tracking system</a>
229 or even better send us your patch if you have done something. Even
230 if features are listed to be planned below, it can be that it takes a
231 while until somebody finds the time to implement it. So if you have the
232 time and will to finish one of them, let us know!
233 </p>
234
235 <ol class="default">
236 <li class="ok"> Operating Systems
237 <ol>
238 <li class="ok">Linux</li>
239 <li class="ok">Windows</a> (we provide a convenient Windows installer for all components of the project, including native 64 bit and native 32 bit binaries, standalone and VSTi plugin versions)</li>
240 <li class="ok">Mac <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/">OS X</a> (package provides universal binary for 64 bit Intel, 32 bit Intel and PPC, all software components are included, stand-alone sampler, VST plugin, AU plugin, QSampler &amp; Fantasia frontends, gigedit instrument editor)</li>
241 </ol>
242 </li>
243 <li class="ok">Host plugin versions of the sampler
244 <ol>
245 <li class="ok"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology">VSTi</a> (Windows, Mac, Linux)</li>
246 <li class="ok"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Units">Audio Units</a> (Mac)</li>
247 <li class="ok"><a href="http://dssi.sourceforge.net/">DSSI</a> (Linux)</li>
248 <li class="ok"><a href="http://lv2plug.in/">LV2</a> (Linux)</li>
249 </ol>
250 </li>
251 <li class="ok">MIDI input drivers
252 <ol>
253 <li class="ok"><a href="http://www.alsa-project.org/">ALSA</a> (Linux)</li>
254 <li class="ok"><a href="http://jackit.sourceforge.net/">JACK</a> (Linux, OSX, Windows, ...)</li>
255 <li class="ok"><a href="http://developer.apple.com/audio/pdf/coreaudio.pdf">CoreMIDI</a> (Mac <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/">OS X</a>)</li>
256 <li class="ok"><a href="http://midishare.sourceforge.net/">MidiShare</a> (Linux, OS X, Windows)</li>
257 <li class="ok"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MultiMedia_Extensions">MME</a> (Windows)</li>
258 <li class="false">MIDI over ethernet (<a href="http://standards.ieee.org/announcements/p1639app.html">Distributed MIDI</a>)</li>
259 </ol>
260 </li>
261 <li class="ok">Audio output drivers
262 <ol>
263 <li class="ok"><a href="http://www.alsa-project.org/">ALSA</a> (Linux)</li>
264 <li class="ok"><a href="http://jackit.sourceforge.net/">JACK</a> (Linux, OSX, Windows, ...)</li>
265 <li class="ok"><a href="http://www.arts-project.org/">aRts</a> (not RT safe!)</li>
266 <li class="ok"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_stream_input_output">ASIO</a> (Windows)</li>
267 <li class="ok"><a href="http://developer.apple.com/audio/pdf/coreaudio.pdf">CoreAudio</a> (Mac <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/">OS X</a>)</li>
268 <li class="false">Audio over ethernet</li>
269 </ol>
270 </li>
271 <li class="ok"> Sampler Engines
272 <ol>
273 <li class="ok"> Gigasampler / GigaStudio format Engine
274 <ol>
275 <li class="ok">Gig file loader
276 <ol>
277 <li class="ok">Gig v2 format</li>
278 <li class="partly">Gig v3 &amp; v4 format
279 <ol>
280 <li class="partly">large file support (64 bit file offsets are currently truncated to 32 bit)</li>
281 <li class="ok">24 bit samples (uncompressed as well as compressed)</li>
282 <li class="ok">support for multi-file format (.gig, .gx01, .gx02, ...)</li>
283 <li class="partly">support for articulation (.art) files</li>
284 <li class="ok">support for Dimension Splits not equal to two</li>
285 <li class="ok">up to 8 Dimensions or 256 Dimension Regions</li>
286 <li class="partly">iMIDI rules (smart midi); <b>Note:</b> due its strong limitations usage of iMIDI rules is discouraged. We recommend you to consider using real-time instrument scripts instead.
287 <ol>
288 <li class="ok">Controller trigger rule</li>
289 <li class="partly">Legato rule</li>
290 <li class="partly">Alternator rule</li>
291 </ol>
292 </li>
293 <li class="false">convolution</li>
294 </ol>
295 </li>
296 </ol>
297 </li>
298 <li class="ok">Generic playback (RAM playback & disk streaming)</li>
299 <li class="ok">Dimension switching
300 <ol>
301 <li class="ok">Sample Channel</li>
302 <li class="ok">Layer</li>
303 <li class="ok">Velocity</li>
304 <li class="ok">Channel Aftertouch</li>
305 <li class="ok">Release Trigger</li>
306 <li class="ok">Keyboard Position</li>
307 <li class="ok">Round Robin</li>
308 <li class="ok">Round Robin Keyboard</li>
309 <li class="ok">Smart MIDI</li>
310 <li class="ok">Random</li>
311 <li class="ok">Modulation Wheel</li>
312 <li class="ok">Breath Ctrl.</li>
313 <li class="ok">Foot Ctrl.</li>
314 <li class="ok">Portamento Time Ctrl.</li>
315 <li class="ok">Effect 1 &#038; 2 Ctrl.</li>
316 <li class="ok">Effect 1 - 5 Depth Ctrl.</li>
317 <li class="ok">General Purpose Ctrl. 1 - 8</li>
318 <li class="ok">Sustain Pedal</li>
319 <li class="ok">Portamento</li>
320 <li class="ok">Sostenuto Pedal</li>
321 <li class="ok">Soft Pedal</li>
322 </ol>
323 </li>
324 <li class="ok">Sustain pedal interpretation</li>
325 <li class="ok">Sostenuto pedal interpretation</li>
326 <li class="ok">Key velocity &#060;-&#062; volume mapping</li>
327 <li class="ok">Looping
328 <ol>
329 <li class="ok">endless loop</li>
330 <li class="ok">limited amount of loops</li>
331 <li class="ok">fractional looping</li>
332 </ol>
333 </li>
334 <li class="ok">Pitchbend wheel support</li>
335 <li class="ok">Bidirectional voice state transition, allowing
336 to cancel the relase stage of voices forth and back arbitrary
337 times if needed</li>
338 <li class="ok">Filter (VCF)
339 <ol>
340 <li class="ok">Highpass</li>
341 <li class="ok">Bandpass</li>
342 <li class="ok">Bandreject</li>
343 <li class="ok">Lowpass</li>
344 <li class="ok">Turbo lowpass</li>
345 <li class="ok">all filter types provide extremely
346 accurate characteristics compared to the original
347 Gigasampler format filters</li>
348 <li class="ok">Cutoff frequency controllable by MIDI controller</li>
349 <li class="ok">Resonance controllable by MIDI controller</li>
350 </ol>
351 </li>
352 <li class="ok">VCA Envelope Generator (Volume)</li>
353 <li class="ok">VCF Envelope Generator (Filter)</li>
354 <li class="ok">VCO Envelope Generator (Pitch)</li>
355 <li class="ok">VCA Low Frequency Oscillator (Volume)</li>
356 <li class="ok">VCF Low Frequency Oscillator (Filter Cutoff)</li>
357 <li class="ok">VCO Low Frequency Oscillator (Pitch)</li>
358 <li class="ok">Layers</li>
359 <li class="ok">Crossfades</li>
360 <li class="ok">Key Groups (a.k.a Exclusive Groups),
361 for mutually switching off sounds i.e. for drumkits</li>
362 <li class="ok">Release Triggered Voices, specific samples
363 that are played back when voices are released</li>
364 <li class="ok">Key Switching, which allows to map a certain
365 range on thy keyboard as additional performance controller,
366 i.e. for switching articulations of orchestral sounds in realtime</li>
367 <li class="ok">Voice Stealing</li>
368 <li class="ok">Portamento Mode and Solo Mode (a.k.a 'Mono Mode',
369 can be altered via standard GM messages, that is CC5 for
370 altering portamento time, CC65 for enabling / disabling
371 portamento mode, CC126 for enabling solo mode and CC127 for
372 disabling solo mode)</li>
373 <li class="ok">Scale Tuning (via standard MIDI GS SysEx message)</li>
374 </ol>
375 </li>
376 <li class="partly"><a href="http://www.midi.org/about-midi/dls/abtdls.shtml">DLS</a> Engine
377 <ol>
378 <li class="ok">DLS file loader (DLS version <a href="http://www.midi.org/about-midi/dls/dls1v11b.pdf">1</a> &#038; <a href="http://www.midi.org/about-midi/dls/dls2spec.shtml">2</a>)</li>
379 <li class="false">Generic playback</li>
380 </ol>
381 </li>
382 <li class="partly">Akai Engine
383 <ol>
384 <li class="ok"><a href="libakai/">Akai file loader</a> (<a href="http://www.vintagesynth.com/akai/s1000.shtml">S1000</a>, <a href="http://www.vintagesynth.com/akai/s3000.shtml">S3000</a> series)</li>
385 <li class="false">Generic playback</li>
386 </ol>
387 </li>
388 <li class="partly">SoundFont v2 (SF2) format engine
389 <ol>
390 <li class="ok">SF2 file loader</li>
391 <li class="ok">Generic playback</li>
392 <li class="partly">Articulations</li>
393 <ol>
394 </li>
395 <li class="ok">SFZ v2 format engine (<b>Note:</b> <u>not</u> to be interchanged with "SoundFont" format !!)
396 <ol>
397 <li class="ok">SFZ file loader</li>
398 <li class="ok">Generic playback</li>
399 <li>Articulations: Major part of opcodes have been implemented. Have a look at the <a href="/sfz/">SFZ status page</a> for details.</li>
400 </ol>
401 </li>
402 <li class="partly">KORG format Engine
403 <ol>
404 <li class="ok"><a href="/libgig/">KORG format file loader</a> (currently supports Kronos, Oasys, M3, Triton and Trinity sample based sounds).</li>
405 <li class="false">Generic playback</li>
406 </ol>
407 </li>
408 </li>
409 <li class="ok">Control interfaces
410 <ol>
411 <li class="ok">Native C++ <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface">API</a></li>
412 <li class="ok">Custom network interface for frontends (<a name="LSCP" href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html">LSCP</a>)
413 </li>
414 <li class="false"><a name="OSC" href="http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/OpenSoundControl/">OSC</a>
415 </li>
416 </ol>
417 </li>
418 <li class="ok">Time stamp event system &#038; jitter correction</li>
419 <li class="ok">Multi channel &#038; multi engine support</li>
420 <li class="ok">Pitch shifter / Interpolation
421 <ol>
422 <li class="ok">Linear interpolation</li>
423 <li class="ok">Cubic interpolation</li>
424 <li class="false">Formant frequency correction / formant manipulation</li>
425 </ol>
426 </li>
427 <li class="partly">Extensive SMP (multi processor) support</li>
428 <ol>
429 <li class="ok">User can explicitly run individual sampler parts on different CPUs/cores.</li>
430 <li class="false">Automatic SMP voice pooling.</li>
431 </ol>
432 <li class="false">Network cluster support</li>
433 <li class="ok">MIDI instrument mapper, allows to create very flexible MIDI progam change setups in a very easy way.
434 <ol>
435 <li class="ok">MIDI program change</li>
436 <li class="ok">MIDI bank select (automatic detection of MSB only, LSB only or full MSB+LSB)</li>
437 <li class="ok">Load Strategy for each Item individually
438 <ol>
439 <li class="ok">On-Demand: loads the instrument only when needed, frees it immediately once not used by any sampler channel anymore</li>
440 <li class="ok">On-Demand-Hold: loads the instrument when needed and keeps it in memory, that is even if not used by a sampler channel</li>
441 <li class="ok">Persistent: loads the instrument immediately in the background (i.e. at sampler startup), allowing immediate program changes in realtime even of largest instruments, without wait time</li>
442 <li class="ok">Default: let the sampler decide</li>
443 </ol>
444 </li>
445 <li class="ok">Volume Factor for each Item, allowing to compensate the volume difference of sample library collections i.e. for live performances, without having to edit the instrument files</li>
446 <li class="ok">Mapping of arbitrary Instrument Files, already independent of the underlying format in respect for future sampler engines</li>
447 <li class="ok">arbitrary amount of independent MIDI instrumet maps, (i.e. for chromatic instruments, drumkits, ...), each sampler channel can be assigned to a specific MIDI map</li>
448 </ol>
449 </li>
450 <li class="ok">Effect Sends
451 <ol>
452 <li class="ok">Arbitrary Amount of FX Sends on Sampler Channels</li>
453 <li class="ok">Realtime MIDI Control of Send Level</li>
454 <li class="ok">Arbitrary MIDI Controller assignable</li>
455 <li class="ok">Flexible Routing i.e. to a dedicated effect audio output</li>
456 </ol>
457 </li>
458 <a name="instruments_db"></a>
459 <li class="ok">Instrument Database System, allowing to keep track of even the largest sample library collections
460 <ol>
461 <li class="ok">Ordering in Categories</li>
462 <li class="ok">Search by various Criteria</li>
463 <li class="ok">Transparently maintained on backend side</li>
464 </ol>
465 </li>
466 <li class="ok">(Graphical) frontends
467 <ol>
468 <li class="ok"><a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/jsampler">JSampler a.k.a "Fantasia"</a> (Java based frontend)
469 <ol>
470 <li class="ok">Supports all currently available features of LinuxSampler</li>
471 </ol>
472 </li>
473 <li class="partly"><a href="http://qsampler.sourceforge.net">QSampler</a> (C++ based frontend using Qt)
474 <ol>
475 <li class="ok">Supports all features of LinuxSampler except the following ...</li>
476 <li class="partly"><a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html#MIDI Instrument Mapping">MIDI Instrument Maps</a>
477 (qsampler does currently not yet support to create more than two MIDI instrument maps [one intended for chromatic instruments and one for drumkits])
478 </li>
479 <li class="false"><a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html#Managing Instruments Database">Instruments DB support</a> (to ease handling of huge sample library collections)</li>
480 <li class="partly">Audio and MIDI device management (only minor thing that qsampler lacks support yet are <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html#GET MIDI_INPUT_DRIVER_PARAMETER INFO">"multiplicity"</a> type device parameters, that is parameters which don't just accept one value, but also a list of values, i.e. for the "ALSA_SEQ_BINDINGS" parameter of the ALSA MIDI driver)</li>
481 </ol>
482 </li>
483 </ol>
484 </li>
485 <li class="ok">Playing while Loading, i.e. allowing to play and hold notes on the keyboard
486 while loading a new instrument on the same sampler channel at the same time</li>
487 <li class="ok">Limits for max. voices and max. disk streams can be altered at runtime</li>
488 <li class="ok">Instrument Editor Plugin System for 3rd Party Instrument Editors</li>
489 <li class="ok">Instrument Editors
490 <ol>
491 <li class="ok"><a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/doc/gigedit/quickstart/gigedit_quickstart.html">gigedit</a> (C++ based using gtkmm/Gtk+)
492 <ol>
493 <li class="ok">allows to modify all aspects of Gigsampler/GigaStudio v2, v3 and v4 format files</li>
494 <li class="ok">allows to modify existing as well as creating completely new .gig files from scratch</li>
495 <li class="ok">stand-alone mode (independent of LinuxSampler)</li>
496 <li class="ok">live-mode (attached with LinuxSampler), which makes all modifications audible in the sampler in realtime without having to reload</li>
497 <li class="ok">created / modified files are accepted by LinuxSampler as well as by Gigastudio 3 &amp; 4</li>
498 <li class="ok">virtual MIDI keyboard (for triggering notes by mouse click and highlighting the virtual keys on external note events)
499 <li class="ok">Support for managing and editing real-time instrument scripts (LinuxSampler extension of the original GigaStudio format).</li>
500 </ol>
501 </li>
502 </ol>
503 </li>
504 <li class="partly">Real-time instrument script support<br>(allows to override / customize sampler's behavior by textual, easy to write scripts included with instruments, which act like small programs, plugged into the sampler).</li>
505 </ol>
506
507 <hr>
508
509 <p>
510 <TABLE class="formatmatrix">
511 <TR>
512 <TD><IMG src="gfx/okay_green.png" alt="Done" width="13" height="13" border="1"> Done</TD>
513 <TD><IMG src="gfx/yellow_light.png" alt="Partly implemented" width="13" height="13" border="1"> Partly implemented</TD>
514 <TD><IMG src="gfx/x.png" alt="Planned" width="13" height="13" border="1"> Planned</TD>
515 </TR>
516 </TABLE>
517 </p>
518
519 <p>
520 (Last page update on <b>$Date$</b> by $Author$,
521 also see <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org">Subversion Log</a> for recent changes)
522 </p>
523
524 </div>
525 </td></tr></table>
526
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528
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