4/30/97 11:00 PM
Subject: MAX Digest - 29 Apr 1997 to 30 Apr
1997To: Recipients of MAX digests 

There are 3 messages totalling 114 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Venting Opcode Frustration
  2. bag and sustain


Date:    Tue, 29 Apr 1997 22:48:21 -0800
From:    Richard Zvonar 
Subject: Venting Opcode Frustration

On Tue, 29 Apr 1997 17:50:4 Tod Fiste  wrote:

>I am so fed up with Opcode.  First they stick us with this bogus
>copy-protection scheme, now this.

The copy protection used by Opcode any several other software publishers is
licensed from Pace Anti-Piracy.  Because of the real or imaginary threat of
software piracy, Pace has created a series of increasingly Byzantine copy
protection schemes and these have resulted in a great many lost
authorizations (frequently reported here).

The latest version from Pace is already in use on Peak by BIAS, and  I
expect we'll soon see it from Opcode as well.  A particularly charming
feature of this one is its draconian response to the presence on one's hard
drive of supposed "piracy" utilities, in particular Key Disk Terminator.
On detecting KDT (whether it is in active use or not) the Pace installer
will spontaneouly commit suicide, corrupting its Authorization counter and
preventing the installation of the program.

Richard Zvonar, PhD                    
(818) 760-8055 voice/fax               



Date:    Wed, 30 Apr 1997 13:47:13 +0200
From:    Jeffrey Burns 
Subject: bag and sustain

David Z. writes:

>I should point out that Opcode *is* paying me to fix bugs in 3.5
>so the best way to find out what they are is to read the mailing
Paying people for things is no guarantee of getting quality. So your
devotion is still praiseworthy.

>>bag and sustain: When I play a chord, press the sustaining pedal, re-play
>>the chord and lift the pedal while holding the chord down, bag thinks that
>>the chord has been released, although it hasn't.
>But it *has* been released. The sustain pedal, assuming it's going to
>your sound module, is a controller message that tells the sound module not
>to stop sounding the current sound, whether or not a note-off message
>has been received. It doesn't modify the behavior of your keyboard
>so that it doesn't send note-offs when you release the chord.
I have understood that sustain is created to interpret note-ons-and-offs
and controller-ons-and-offs to simulate the result of pedal use with a
sound module or on an acoustic piano. The example I have cited above,
however, demonstrates that, in the case of repeated notes, sustain does not
fulfill this function accurately. On the sound module and acoustic piano,
held notes continue to be audible upon release of the sustaining pedal,
regardless of whether the notes have been released and re-played within the
period of time over which the pedal has previously been depressed. The
sustain object, on the contrary, recognizes only note-offs for notes held
at the time of pedal depression and does not respond to note-ons for the
same pitches, so long as the pedal-off message has not been received.



Date:    Wed, 30 Apr 1997 10:22:25 -0600

Dear Maxers and the CEO of Opcode

In reference to the following posting of MAX Digest - 28 Apr 1997 to 29
Apr 1997 Date:  Wed, 30 Apr 1997 00:00:35 -0400

> We have discontinued sending free backup disks upon registration of
> Opcode software programs as a way to cut costs and put the money towards
> development of future releases. You can always purchase an additional
> disk with 2 authorizations for $15.00 USD sent by first class U.S. mail.
> If you reply with a Visa or Mastercard, with expiration date, we can
> send the disk to you. Or, call Customer Support at 415-856-3333 to place
> your order.
> Thanks,
> Opcode Systems

Speaking personally, I am a strong proponent of the hard disk
authorizations used by Opcode, Motu, Steinberg, and even Emagic use of
the donkey system. In my opinion it is the only way to go to protect my
investment that I have made to buy all my high end software and to also
protect the future income of the music software industry to allow the
industry to create innovative software.

However I am rather dismayed and disappointed to read at this forum that
Opcode has made a corporate decision to sell for $15 two authorizations
which was and  should continue to  be issued as a free back up. It is
rather hard to understand after I and others have spent the big bucks to
purchase the software and in turn offer free free free promotion to
Opcode by talking about Opcode and showing for free free free to fellow
musicians the results of using Opcode versus other software. However if
Opcode has decided to make a measly fifteen bucks for additional back
ups I guess we just cough up but I will not hesitate to pass on the
comment about the rather cheap attitude of Opcode towards its customers
when I demonstrate the programmes.


End of MAX Digest - 29 Apr 1997 to 30 Apr 1997