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RackAFX7 compiler setup problem
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April 20, 2021 - 6:51 pm
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I am new to RackAFX, and I am working on getting it set up for the first time. I have a copy of "Designing Audio Effect Plug-Ins in C++" (2013 version) that I'm following as a guide. I am using Visual Studio 16 2019 on an x64 Windows 10 installation.

I've installed RackAFX and CMake per the instructions provided on the website, and I am working on the first demo project (the volume control.) I've selected VS2019 as the C++ compiler in the preferences window for RackAFX, and when I open the Volume project I've started, VS launches as well. However, when I right-click on a knob background to begin configuring the control, I get a pop-up error window with a message that reads: "Compiler is not alive/available yet."

I found this post which references a similar issue on an older version; I have tried the suggested remedy (setting the start menu shortcut compatibility properties to "run as administrator"), but the problem persists.

I would appreciate any help getting this issue sorted out.

April 21, 2021 - 7:47 am
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You are using the original book and not the new 2nd edition book. I would recommend getting the new, updated and much improved 2nd edition. 

The 2013 (1st edition book) uses RackAFX6 which was sunsetted when the 2nd edition book was released. This was also before I created ASPiK for porting your plugins. RackAFX6 is no longer in development and will not be supported.

But, to accommodate those with the earlier edition of the book, I still have webpages with the earlier versions of RackAFX and the projects. You can find them in the Download menu for the Download -> Legacy RackAFX6 & 1st edition book projects:


Using the Download -> Legacy RackAFX6 & 1st edition book projects, you can find the original RackAFX6 videos, GUI tutorials, and other resources. 

Will Pirkle

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April 21, 2021 - 12:35 pm
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Understood. I'll obtain the updated book and follow the configuration instructions there.

For what it's worth, this is one of the first links that popped up when I searched for the second edition: Will Pirkle Audio Technology | Books, and it's linking to the first edition.

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