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Tell Us About Yourself For a Chance at $2500 in Free Brainworx Plug-ins

CDM quietly turned ten years old last year. And that means it’s time to get a fresh picture of who you are. We need to know who’s reading, what you do, what you want to see on the site, and what devices we need to target. So, we’ll ask a couple of short questions – it’ll just take you about two minutes to fill out. And you can sign up for something new called CDM List, to stay informed via email and get free stuff and deals: We also want to give you a chance to get a big reward …

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Imagining a Tablet Synth: Developer Christopher Penrose Shows Us SynthTronica for iPad

What can a new digital synth be in 2011? How will it work and sound? And given access to so many excellent tools, how can it stand apart? In place of a press release and some marketing-speak, developer Christopher Penrose (Leisuresonic, Cosmovox) sent us an extended essay explaining his thinking behind his just-released SynthTronica synth for the iPad. Aside from getting into the nitty-gritty technical details, it cuts to the crux of the issue: how to make something personal and new that nonetheless can work for other people, and how that idea can be tailored to a tablet. As the …

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Guide to Vuvuzela Fever: Suddenly, Everyone Cares About Notch Filtering

Vuvuzela Orchestra Demo from Pedro Espi-Sanchis on Vimeo. It’s an extraordinary sporting event, one in which the spirits of the many nations of the planet come together, driven by a passion for one thing. No, not football. Notch filtering, apparently. It’s not very often geeky audio matters cross onto the mainstream radar, but such has been the case in the divisive case of South Africa’s beloved vuvuzela horns. Yesterday, I used the whole thing as a teachable moment for learning Linux audio routing, but since then, my inbox has been bursting at the seams. Along the way, we learn more …

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Image Content Editing: Adobe CS5 Brings Seam Carving to Photoshop

We’ve been keeping an eye on Seam Carving (or “Content Aware Image Resizing”, for the academically unhip) since 2007. Now, via French VJ blog extraordinaire LeCollagiste, we discover that Photoshop CS5 will feature what Adobe and Princeton are now calling PatchMatch. PatchMatch: Structural Image Editing from Dan Goldman on Vimeo. No sign of any publicly available video implementations yet, although it can only be a matter of time, given the promising work of Michael Rubinstein et al presented at Siggraph 2008.

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Intelligent Resizing: Seam Carving Publicly Available

Vade posted about the extremely sexy content-aware image resize “Seam Carving” a little over a month ago, and implementations for Gimp, Photoshop and a web2.0ish version – rsizr – are now available. The rsizr.com server’s being hammered a bit at the moment, so the “Save” function takes rather a long time to work. It’s easy enough to get around that, though – once you get your image the way you want, just take a screenshot of the window and cut the image out of it. (I presume there’ll be a decent free Photoshop-plugin image carver Real Soon Now. In other …

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Spacetime Fusion

For more information on Spacetime Fusion, check out the project’s website at University of Washington’s CS Departments page here. I’d say something witty, but I’m too stunned.

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Modul8 2.5 Mac VJ App: Intel-Native, Hardware-Accelerated, Filters, Multiple Projectors

In a crowded field of VJ apps, Modul8 stands out as the app Photoshop lovers would want to use onstage. A fully extensible modular compositing system lets you combine images with per-pixel transparency — now, more attractive and better-performing than ever thanks to anti-aliasing and hardware acceleration. Live visualists get one tasty upgrade in the form of Modul8 2.5, with lots of Mac-centric exclusives: Hardware-accelerated rendering: Built on Core Video (requires OS X 10.4 or later), Modul8 has switched entirely to GPU-accelerated rendering. While other software offers bits of acceleration as an option, the new Modul8 will actually require 10.4 …

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