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Numberz Z-DSP : Now shipping

Post by tta » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:43 am

After a lot of :doh: and endless amount of :bang: a new creature was born :cloud: , his name is Numberz :oops: and he makes the Z-DSP goes :nut: :whistle: :cheesy: :vader: :headbang:

We will have it on display at Namm and start shipping them right after.
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So what is Numberz?

Numberz is a USB device that communicates with a software front-end (for PC) and can be used to download DSP programs and display text to blank, non-volatile cartridges for use with the Z-DSP.

This allows us to use a wide variety of DSP programs that are freely available on the Web, many excellent examples of which are available from the Spin Semi website. There are even more on the Spin Semi forum where FV-1 users were kind enough to share their creations.

Some of those programs are very cool and some are not, it really depend on what you are looking for. I really like some of the Reverbs, but not everything appeals to my personal sonic tastes.

How does it work? Before using it for the first time you will have to install drivers, but then just connect the USB cable, place Numberz in front of you, and insert a blank or used cartridge into the Numberz’s cartridge socket. Then, with a few mouse clicks and the help of SpinAsm and Pickit2 software, you can 'burn' a cartridge. You can burn a single program or a complete project with up to eight programs and write your own text that will appear on the Z-DSP display.

(The downloads currently available on the Spin Semi website do not contain the text file for the display, but users can write their own and we’ll talk more about it as Numberz becomes available.)

Numberz can also act as a real-time programmer for the Z-DSP. Just connect the USB cable, insert a cartridge into the Numberz’s cartridge socket, flip the Numberz unit over so the cartridge is facing down and insert Numberz into the cartridge socket of your Z-DSP. The Z-DSP will 'see' Numberz and communicate with it.

This will let you use Numberz to write, test, and debug programs and hear the results in real-time. No need to power cycle, just write your code, click 'Download' and Numberz will do it all for you. The Z-DSP will load the new program and you will hear your changes instantly.

Numberz is intended to be an open source development environment, so anyone out there interested in developing new DSP programs, or even tools for Numberz is invited and encouraged to do so. You are free to do whatever you want: share, sell, no restrictions.

Numberz will be sold with three blank cartridges that are good for approximately 10,000 “burns”.

Additional blank cartridges will be available from our distributors.

I also wanted to talk a little bit about the FV-1 DSP chip and its capabilities and limitations. This is important to me because I want to make sure people know what to expect to avoid any frustration or disappointment.

The FV-1 DSP processor is not intended to match the processing power of your computer or high-end multi-effect boxes, so don't expect intensive DSP vocoder or heavy granular effects like you might find in your plug-ins.

The Z-DSP as a whole is built to do something very different with DSP code. It has CV inputs, program-execution/sample rate clock input, stereo analog VC-Feedbacks, analog VC-Mix, and VC/Gate program switching; all these were made so that digital audio can be bent/stretched/deformed/distorted by interacting with your modules. So, all of a sudden, a digital delay does not sound like a delay but something completely different. That is the concept.

Numberz is designed to help to push this concept to the next level by providing the tools for the talented minds in our vibrant and some time crazy little community to come up and further extend the library of these digital audio algorithms.

Numberz will probably be in the range of $150 and blank cartridges should run for a couple of bucks.

Sorry it took so long and I really appreciate those who were patient and supportive! At the same time, I fully understand those who didn't want to wait any longer. This was a complex project that went through a lot of ups and downs, not the least of which was the sudden death of Keith Barr, the designer of the FV-1 DSP chip and the owner of Spin Semi.

Numberz is dedicated to the memory of Keith Barr.
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Post by Bricks » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:51 am

Exciting! Congrats!!!

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Post by nrdvrgr » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:39 am

Great news Gur, really looking forward to open up the hidden capabilities of my Z-DSP.

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Post by elsuturo » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:57 am

F-ING NICE!
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Post by tuj » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:01 am

ORDER PLACED. :hail:

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Post by READYdot » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:17 am

Only PC? You got to be kidding! :waah:

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Great News!

Post by RichyHo » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:43 am

Fantastic news Gur! Really looking forward to trying this. I'm assuming that EU-wise, PM and Schneiders will be stocking?

Any chance of different colo(u)red blank carts?

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Post by nrdvrgr » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:07 am

RichyHo wrote:Fantastic news Gur! Really looking forward to trying this. I'm assuming that EU-wise, PM and Schneiders will be stocking?

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Post by stk » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:13 am

Watching this with interest, hoping that it can possibly be the nervecentre of my digital-based euro setup.

You mention that the DSP chip is not powerful enough to do hardcore vocoder and granular stuff, but could it handle more lightweight (re)sampling required by granular synthesis / pitchshifting?
Also, can it act as a V/Oct oscillator?

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Post by HueMonContact » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:41 am

I've been waiting to pull the trigger on the ZDSP based on when Numberz is released. Looking forward to hearing it in action.
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Post by Clockgate » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:59 am

stk wrote: Also, can it act as a V/Oct oscillator
The Z-DSP inputs are ac coupled (the FV1 is designed this way) so its not possible to read dc voltages. The parameters controlled by the pots can be CV controlled, but the resolution of the pot ADCs are only 9-bit. It's fairly unlikely that a V/Oct oscillator could be produced. What might be possible is a quantized vco where the note was selected by one of the pot CV inputs.

Pitchshifting is easily done and there are some free programs on the Spin site with pitchshifting algorithms, which sound pretty nice by the way.
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Post by tomcat » Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:31 pm

PC only :doh:

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Post by itijik » Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:45 pm

I have a feeling, some that jumped ship will be back now ;)

Great news, Gur!
My zdsp looks so much better now.

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Re: Numberz Z-DSP

Post by felixer » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:01 pm

tta wrote:for PC
:lolspew: :despair:
anyway, thanks for clarifying the limitation of the z-dsp :tu:
don't need midi, don't need keys, just want knobs and cables (all together now ;-)

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Post by rico loverde » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:23 pm

will mac ever be supported for this?
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Post by READYdot » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:28 pm

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Post by chinard » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:32 pm

rico loverde wrote:will mac ever be supported for this?
IIRC he was originally going to release this for mac (his preferred platform), but there was quite a bit of public outcry here for not supporting PC.

So i would venture to guess that mac version should not be far behind.

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Post by itijik » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:43 pm

what he said ^

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Post by felixer » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:48 pm

chinard wrote:public outcry here for not supporting PC.
really? people should be gratefull :despair:
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Post by itijik » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:53 pm

felixer wrote:
chinard wrote:public outcry here for not supporting PC.
really? people should be gratefull :despair:
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Post by HueMonContact » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:59 pm

I have a PC and a MAC so I'm covered. I still hope TTA makes a Mac version available. We should all be greatful that Numberz is weeks away from getting into our grubby little hands. I better hurry up and pull the trigger on a Z-DSP before they are sold out at AH
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Post by Oldstench » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:19 pm

felixer wrote:
chinard wrote:public outcry here for not supporting PC.
really? people should be gratefull :despair:
HAHAHA ZING! You really got us stupid fucking PC-using plebes didn't you. :yay:
Humanity has doomed itself.

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Post by felixer » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:23 pm

Oldstench wrote:
felixer wrote:
chinard wrote:public outcry here for not supporting PC.
really? people should be gratefull :despair:
HAHAHA ZING! You really got us stupid fucking PC-using plebes didn't you. :yay:
it would have given you the excuse to finally get something decent :mrgreen:
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Post by ignatius » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:27 pm

great news. the ZDSP is about to get even more awesome. bring it!!!!

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