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Greetings and thank you for this amazing publication and resource.
July 6, 2020 - 6:03 pm
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I bought both the designing software synthesizers and the audio fx books and I am pleased to say that they are worth every penny. I have a decent collection of hardware synthesizers and I always wanted to invent my own for my iPad and its really great to have this textbooks. My only complaint is the typeface is small but that's not even a complaint more an admission of my own failing eyesight.

I am currently using an iMac 2017 21" and I am faced with a choices. I want to get the "parallels" install to use Rackafx but to be honest I am running a little short on money and I still need to pay bills. My question is whether or not I can still get by with a different version and is there anything I need to be aware of as I run the emulator....if I were to choose a more cost effective one?Smile

I also think Rackafx is an amazing concept! Is it true that we can basically use it as a sandbox and export the template out to AU and Vst and then finish up in either environment?

Thanks again for this resource and I look forward to completing each and every exercise!

July 7, 2020 - 10:06 am
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Hi and thanks for your comments. First, yes the synth book typeface is too small - I don't like it either. The good news is that I am working on a 2nd edition of that book right now, which will be much shorter and will have more components, projects, etc... When the first edition was printed, the idea was to print every line of code. These days, with fast internet and instant downloads, I don't need to put as much in the book (the 2nd Ed FX book with blue/black cover is a good example).

As for RackAFX, yes it is a prototyping sandbox for designing audio algorithms, testing them (I've still not seen anything as cool as my Analyzer with the IR/FFT impulse, phase, step and frequency response plotting, in real time as you move the controls). And, you can export the projects as ASPiK, and then continue to work on them in whatever environment you like, Mac or Windows and whatever DAW you prefer. There are plenty of videos on both this site and to demonstrate that stuff. 

When you use RackAFX you will see that it has a connection with Visual Studio. To make RackAFX for MacOS, I would need to do the same with Xcode, and I have not figured out that part. So, for now, it is still Windows only, but it will run on any version from Vista on up.

Although I prefer Parallels, many of my students don't want the expense or disc usage, which I understand. Boot Camp is built into the MacOS so you can use that as one option. Another is virtual box ( We've found that you need to install the "redistributables" at the bottom of the download page for sure with VB. The only issue there is that compatibility seems to fluctuate depending on the version. Old versions had no problem, but newer ones required more finesse in getting the non-RackAFX components in place.

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July 7, 2020 - 5:04 pm
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thank you for getting back to me with your insight. I will go ahead and do is install virtual box and use it until I can afford to upgrade to the parallels solution. thanks for the tips with virtual box...downloading windows now...

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