We are proud to announce the latest version of Usine:
What a strange name for a DAW, huh? We could choose “Dragoon”, “Atomic”, “Warrior” but we choose the name of a simple and common flower…Sensomusic will always be different…
Anyway, Hollyhock is the synthesis of years of practice in electronic music and live. We have designed, with
Yan Le Déan (alias nay-seven) and Martin Fleurent the ideal software to create, produce music and video.
Get rid of the past, Hollyhock has a totally new approach, much more powerful and simpler than ever, as you will discover below.
Usine has been totally rewritten: new audio engine, new interface, new midi management, etc.
Hollyhock is 64,32 bits Windows and MacOSX, with cross-platform compatible patches, workspaces, scripts, templates, etc.
The first public beta of Hollyhock will be available at the beginning of 2013 and to speed up the definitive version we launch a
With this pre-order you’ll save 40% of the final price, get 2 years of free updates instead of 1 year, be able to discuss on dedicated forum, participate in product design, post suggestions for the future versions. (For registered users after 1st September 2012, Hollyhock update is free)
We hope that you’ll enjoy this new version.
Switch to the Start page Activates automation record
Play /Stop audio Engine Lock /unlock the design modules
Open the Browser panel Reset all the panels zoom
Open the Grid panel Zoom + the selected panel
Open the Toolbox panel Zoom - the selected panel
Open the Settings panel Displays the trace panel
Displays the synthetic view Displays the help panel
Hide all opened menus and patch windows Open the global setup panel
Activates the midi/key learn mode
Drag any device/patch or rack here to delete it
There’s now a new color set and some improvements like the new full screen mode replacing the old IB mode
You can now create your own mixer panel, simply drag & drop a rack to automatically add it.
Choose any parameter of your rack. A new curve will be created automatically.Depending of the parameter, can be curves button,switch and step ones.
All the icons have been improved and a there’s a new minimize mode for the rack.
Lets you organize all your rack in a new grid mode way, you can move, expand them to suit your needs.
Lets you sends/receives and routes your Midi flow to all computers on your local network.
A new local network system lets you share your patches with any other Usine session connected to your local network. Each shared patch becomes a remote version of this patch.
Creates now multi machine installation for your set or runs Usine lan party with your friends!
The first big improvement in Usine Hollyhock is about the Rack concept.
This new Rack concept replace the tracks and rack mode and opens some new routing possibilities you won’t find elsewhere.
Audio and Midi (in /outs) devices and even data devices (like cameras, joystick or wiimote) are now panels/object in Usine Hollyhock.
Each device instance is independent
An unlimited number of devices is possible
You can drag and drop devices individually on each Rack to suit your needs.
You can of, course use several inputs/outputs in a rack, and several instances of the same device.
A device is also a patch (use double click), so you can add, for example, a midi chanel filter for a midi input device or a specific effect for an audio output device.
Lets you see all the routing flow between your racks in a synthesized view. A right click on a rack lets you adjust its level. A double click will open it.
You can now zoom and pan to select a part of your wave file and save it a new audio file.
When you create a bus, a new bind control appears automatically in the devices panel.
Now drop this bind on any design control (faders, knobs and so) to assign it to this bus.
Lets you records individually, values, position or movement for all visible design modules. You can quantize this recording.
The new container module adds a new physics engine to all modules used inside.
Full compatibility with VST’s (Windows and MacOSX) and Audio Unit (MacOSX only).
We plan to include a total compatibility with
Freeframe plug-in’s. In other words Usine Hollyhock will be capable to handle flows of video!
Zoom via mouse wheel/pinch on tactile screen or with the zoom icons for all rack, patches, patch window and workspace.
A new top header zone where you can display any of the controls of your patches to create some quick shortcuts.
A new mini color palette appears in the sub-menu. It lets you quickly change the color of any interface module.
All Usine interface now accept customization. Master and Synchro panel, trace or device panel. You can change color, size and even choose which elements you want to display for the Master and Synchro panels.
Example here with the full version and a small version of the Synchro panel
New trash bin: Drag & drop any patch/rack or devices panel on this trash icon to delete it. As a traditional trash bin, you can open it, (double click) decide to empty it or back up its contents.
This Start page can be displayed when you run Usine Hollyhock and will let you choose the workspace you want to open, run some tutorials or see some demo videos.
Drag & drop a workspace from the library to create a new entry. Now you can run any of your workspace directly from the interface.
All the midi flow in Usine Hollyhock has been improved and we have also add some new features.
Add midi devices dynamically without restarting Usine. A press on the rescan button and your devices will be ready to be activated.
A query window will pop up when you load a workspace if a device used in this workspace is not connected.
New modules are coming out but we have, of course, improved the existing ones:
New modules (and more to come) appears like some simple compressor, limiter, gate, ADSR and sequenced buttons.
Many other new modules like
new graphic modules, path and shape ones lets you draw more type of form. (see physics engine video)
all audio modules are now 64 up to channels surround!
new improved and lighter Sampler
New recreate option will open a query window to change inputs/outputs number for the module selected.
Works with all multiple entries modules as delay, audio mixer and so.
Connection type can be displayed when you fly over an inlet/outlet. Useful to help you built your patches.
New inlets creation on VST/VSTi when you move a parameter. Now only the parameters you need are visible. Really useful to clarify the creating process of your patch.
New round aspect for the modules and backgrounds for the comments.
Direct access via inlets to all design parameters.
Now with resizing handles.
New smooth curves option for wires in the patching window.
A new help system is now directly visible in Usine. Fly over any panels, menu or module to display a help.
Win Vista ™
Win 8 ™
32bits and 64bits
32bits to start and 64bits in the middle of 2013
Patches will be 99% compatibles with the version 5.80.20, unfortunately, Workspaces will not.