reViSiT inherits and extends the fast and powerful interface of Impulse Tracker 2 - allowing everything to be done with but few strokes of the PC keyboard, but adding an enlarged and graphical interface with intuitive and flexible mouse support. (*excluding mouse support)
Like all trackers, reViSiT is able to playback by itself. However, because reViSiT is coded as a VST plug-in, it can receive time code from its host and thus synchronise is playback: use a sequencer's transport bar to start playback or move the sequencer's playback cursor to a specific bar or note and reViSiT will adapt automatically. reViSiT will also be able to adapt to time signature and tempo changes. (*time signature not yet implemented)
As a VST plug-in, reViSiT assumes the audio quality of the host. So, if your host (e.g. Cubase) runs at 192kHZ, then so does reViSiT. Internal processing, however, is always processed at 32-bit - regardless of the host's output bit-depth. The net result is 64 (*32) tracks of exquisite low-latency audio quality.
When the tracker is playing, the resultant audio is piped back to the VST host as an audio track. Once there, it can be processed by all the facilities affored by the host, including VST and DirectX plug-ins. Furthermore, .WAV rendering becomes a thing of the past - the host will automatically process reViSiT's output when ever the user mixes (or bounces) the audio down, using the host's own features.
Some Features Include:
- Resonant Filter Support:
reViSiT now provides you with a resonant low pass filter effect for each instrument. The feature is similar to that of Impulse Tracker, with options to extend the frequency range - 5kHz, 10kHz and 20kHz settings, for compatibility with IT, MPT and the human ear, respectively (defaulting to the format of the loaded file). The filter effect is accessible through a dedicated instrument dual envelope (for cutoff frequency and resonance, respectively) or through the Zxx effect, in the pattern (Z00-Z7F changes cutoff frequency, Z80-Z8F changes resonance). The filters, as part of the program and not a sound driver hack, should behave slightly more intuitively compared to that in IT!
- Major stability improvements:
The crash report feature, together with some much appreciated support from the Pro testers, has allowed me to plug some holes in reViSiT’s foundations, which were causing various forms of unpleasantness. Although I’ve had relatively few complaints regarding stability, these fixes should be a major improvement, taking reViSiT a giant step closer to the v1.0 release. MIDI timing has also been improved, though some hosts will favour shorter ASIO latencies (e.g. <15ms), when playing detached from the host.
- Lots of minor additions and improvements:
The book is now closed on new v1.0 features (though the v2.0 feature list is growing steadily), and this release sees the introduction of the last few features, such as: envelope carry (where the envelope of a new note picks up where the last left off); note-less MIDI (MIDI messages can now be sent without triggering a note, using the instrument column on it’s own); an enlarged toolbar (for grabbing and moving the reViSiT window); and fixes for lots of smaller interface and workflow niggles.
- [ Professional Edition Update ]
The big news for the Pro edition is the introduction of MIDI-triggered pattern playback, allowing you to play tracker patterns from a keyboard or MIDI track in the host. Recording a MIDI track and linking it to reViSiT thus allows you to lay down, cut up and move around your tracked music with the tools of the host – for example, with the mouse in the arrange window. The feature currently only permits one pattern playing at a time, but reViSiT’s architecture has already been refitted to extend this further down the road
Changes in v1.7.3:
- Option to run reVisit as a Standalone program
- New installer
- New Set Tempo effect
- Better MIDI Import
- Ability to insert or delete rows in your projects
- Host playback control
Major New Features in v1.6:
- Pattern Layers - reVisit now allows you to layer up to 4 patterns of each other.
- Polyphonic MIDI-triggered PatternsWith the new layer features, you can now trigger up to 4 patterns at once, the ranking of which is determined by the order in which you hit keys.
- Pattern Browser (Esc in Pattern Editor) and Management reViSiT now offers a screen showing thumbnails of patterns
- Significant improvements in performance and memory usage reViSiT now uses a more advanced memory handler for pattern data
- Work flow improvements and other changes You can Reorder Patterns (Alt-R), to appear in the Pattern Editor in an order matching the Order List
- Previous changes in reViSiT v1.5MIDI file import*, Pattern Annotations*, host window integration, faster loading times, FLAC support, improved visual aesthetic and, of course, the end of data logging for the experiment!
Major New Features in v1.4.2:
- New Link Windows feature - This feature anchors the reViSiT editor window to the reViSiT toolbar, so that the two reViSiT windows no longer feel divorced from each other. This is designed to address the interaction issues arising from the dual-window UI (which is required to ensure keyboard support) and should make the whole user experience a little more cohesive. The setting, which is saved with the Preferences (F12), is on by default, but can be toggled using the 2nd button in the top-right control box of the editor window.
- Significant performance improvements - Using SIMD extensions on SSE-compatible processors, audio performance has been improved by up to 80%. Basically, these optimisations allow certain parts of audio processing to do up to 4 things at once, without requiring extra threading or multi-core processing. SSE is supported on Pentium III and later processors, so reViSiT's requirements haven't changed - and, indeed, you should now get more mileage from your old laptops and netbooks.