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hydrogen0.9.5_free_setup ( new windows installer )

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wolke
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hello,
after booting windows several times and around one week work, i am glad do announce a new hydrogen0.9.5-free-windows-installer.

this windows installer is based on the svn undo branch in rev. 1641.
beside all functions from trunk, its include undo/redo functions for pattern-editor and song-editor.

i have compiled with:
* jack driver for windows
* portaudio driver
* portmidi driver
* ladspa ( experimental )
* libsndfile 1.0.21 ( ogg, flac, aiff, wav and several other formats )

new, and only into the windows version available, is ogg drumkit support.
to demonstrate this, i have include two ogg based drumkits. the Kawai XD-5 kit and ratmilk_1.0.4 kit.

the whole package includes:
* drumkits ( gmkit, tr808EmulationKit, Kawai XD-5 Kit and ratmilk_1.0.4 )
* rubberband executable
* around 90 ladspa plugin dll's
* the sources

the sources directory and files will installed into the h2 installation top level directory.
the system drumkits will installed into the h2 installation top level directory /data/drumkits/.

and after all the blablabla,
here you can get the package:
http://popez.org/~wolke/hydrogen/winbin/hydrogen0.9.5_free_setup.exe

greetings wolke

known issues:
* only a few ladspa plugins will do something you expected from them.
* really bad(big) midi latency caused on the portmidi driver.
i am working on jackmidi support, but in moment i don't know if it solve the midi latency problem under windows.
alternative i try to include directsound or asio support. but this is unfree. no gpl. so it's not possible to publish a package under gpl.
and also, in moment, i don't know if i get it working. my windows coding experience is ~ one week old.

edit:
with jack on asio the latency problems are done :)

wolke
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the new windows installer solve all problems during drumkit installation, which the old windows version from 2006 caused.

now you can install drumkits:
* simply using the internet installer
* manually, by using the local file installer

both works without any trouble.

generally, the drumkits which you install beside the system drumkits will all stored in the hidden directory '.hydrogen' into your home directory:
\.hydrogen\data\drumkits
.
here a list of directory's under different windows versions.

[i]Microsoft Windows NT: My Documents \WINNT\Profiles\
Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and 2003 \Documents and Settings\
Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 \Users\[/i]

ok, and is mostly you installations drive. typically C:\

her an windowsXP example path for the user karl.
c:\Documents and Settings\karl\.hydrogen\data\drumkits

wolke
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IMPORTANT.
the installer move tomorrow to the official SF hydrogen download page.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/hydrogen/
after this move, i will delete the file from my server.

edit:

i also solve a 100% cpu workload bug and a workdir error in the desktop icon into the installer. since i have edit this text, you download the new version.
all others have to update the installer. sorry for this noise.

i also noticed if you start jack with a corresponding asio driver for your soundcard. hydrogen can work with really less latency under windows two.
with jack on asio and portmidi as mididriver you can play drums without latency problems over a connected midi interface.
great. so i can revert my plans to write a asio or ds driver for hydrogen.

the way to use hydrogen under windows really professional is:
asio->jack->hydrogen
+midiinterface->portaudio->hydrogen
------------------------------------------------------
= usefully :)

greetings wolke

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KBWood
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I have about 40 songs from 0.9.4 svn that I have saved. If I get this new version, can I keep all them songs and load them in the 0.9.5? If so, when I delete the older program, should I save my song files into a seperate temporary folder to save them?

wolke
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you can install the new version beside your old version to test the backward-compatibility.
the installer ask you for an installation directory. typically in c:\Program Files\Hydrogen. you can modify this to for example
c:\Program Files\Hydrogen095, to know which version is where installed. easy:). and to be sure that no desktop-icon will overwrite a old one, disable 'create desktop icon' if the installer ask you. thats all, and for sure absolutely save.

now you can start the new version directly from the installation directory. try to open an old song and enjoy.

KBWood
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After running the .exe and creating a folder, it wouldn't launch. It came up with error 'the application failed to start because libjack.dll was not found. relaunching the application may solve the problem'

I don't know. I erased everything I had just downloaded, closed all programs, and tried to dload it again. Same problem though, so I dumped it all again for now till I hear what's wrong.

wolke
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install jack for windows.
you can find it here:
http://www.grame.fr/~letz/jack-1.9.5.tgz

KBWood
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Thanks Wolke. Everything is running now, including being able to load old songs from 0.9.4.svn if anyone else wants to know. Nice to add some kind of effects at least with this version.

wolke
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small bug.
i found a bug in export drumkit function.
the export to .h2drumkit don't work in this windows version.

i simply forgot this :). sorry

a workaround is to use 7-zip on windows.
simply zip a drumkit directory into a zip archive and rename the extension to h2drumkit.
i know, to rename extension under windows is tricky. imo, the simplest way to do this is to use the cmd "move" command.

i have fix this bug i a newer version. but before this version will be available i plan to wait some weeks to collect more bugs. so the new release can fix several problems.

so, PLEASE REPORT BUGS HERE.

thijz
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hi all

best not to use this 0.9.5 setup since it contains some bugs

use the 0.9.6 snapshot instead :

http://sourceforge.net/projects/hydrogen/files/Hydrogen/0.9.6%20Binaries/hydrogen_0.9.6-snapshot1.exe/download

grtz
Thijs