Mela 4.3 Update — Lane UI Redesign, DC Blocker, MIDI Channel Module
The Mela 4.3 update ships with a lot of UI improvements. In particular, module lanes have been completely redesigned. It’s much easier to see at a glance to which lanes modules belong and how the signal flows between them. Re-arranging lanes are now possible using the drag-and-drop functionality. The I/O section, aka lane header, that used to be located at the leading edge of the lane is now moved to the top. They can be collapsed or expanded by tapping the chevron symbol on the left or the title button.
There are also 2 new modules: DC Blocker and MIDI Channel. Processes like ring modulation or asymmetric distortion can introduce a DC component to the audio signal. The DC Blocker module removes DC offset from the input signal. The MIDI processor module lets you control the channels of the incoming MIDI messages, either by filtering out or converting their channel values.
Check out the latest video and changelog for the full details about this update.
Mela 4 Changelog
- Module lanes are now grouped visually.
- You can now drag and drop lanes to rearrange them, just as you do with the modules.
- The Move Up/Down lane actions have been removed in favour of the drag-and-drop functionality.
- The lane I/O section, aka lane header, that used to be located at the leading edge of the lane is now moved to the top.
- Lanes can be collapsed or expanded by tapping the chevron symbol on the left or the title button.
- Long pressing on the chevron icon gives you the option to Expand or Collapse all lanes.
- Now it’s visually clearer when a module can not be dropped to an incompatible lane.
- Removed the border around the Perform View to fit better with the rest of the UI changes.
- Perform View dials are now always laid out on a single row. The view becomes horizontally scrollable if the plug-in window is not wide enough
- The Perform View now animates changes whenever it’s updated.
DC Blocker Module:
- The DC Blocker module removes DC offset from the input audio signal.
- Processes like ring modulation or asymmetric distortion can introduce a DC component to the audio signal. Use the module to filter it out.
- The module has a graph, which visually indicates the magnitude of the DC component present in the input audio signal.
- Note that, if a module introduces some DC offset you may not always want to remove it straight away and might make sense to insert the DC Blocker module further down the processing chain. For example, distorting a signal with a DC component will produce a different sound compared to the balanced signal.
MIDI Channel Module:
- The new MIDI processor module lets you control the channels of the incoming MIDI messages.
- In Filter mode, the module blocks messages whose channel values don’t match the specified value.
- In Modify mode, all messages pass through with their channels converted to the specified value.
- Added Module renaming. The new name is reflected in all modulator targets as well as in the parameter tree that hosts observe for automation purposes.
- The Intensity dials (the capsule-shaped ones) will now only respond to horizontal drag gestures. All other dials will only respond to vertical drag gestures.
- You will now be able to adjust dials and sliders more precisely. The further you move your finger from the UI element, in the orthogonal direction of the controlling gesture, the finer the control will become.
- Added padding to the virtual musical keyboard on macOS to improve the look and feel.
- Added new presets.
- Fixed the Chord module blocking the drop functionality when another module was dragged on top.
- Fixed a bug where modulator graphs would freeze or update very slowly due to a memory leak.
To learn more about Mela, check out the Getting Started document, Changelog, FAQ or What’s New in Mela? YouTube playlist. To report bugs or make feature requests visit the Mela Feedback site. For other support queries directly get in touch.
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