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Airwindows is one guy: me! I am an audio hacker and computer programmer from way back. I seek only to continue my life up here in Vermont, inventing things and putting them onto the internet, sometimes for free and sometimes for pay. My hope is that people richer than me (i.e. most people) don't rob me. My other hope is for another cup of Aeropress. One out of two ain't bad!


64 Bit Audio Units

By December 19th (in time for Christmas!) of 2011, I’d rebuilt all of my plugins for 64 Bit.

Technically, what that means is I’d revised my compiling techniques, updated XCode very cautiously (I don’t trust updates not to break legacy stuff that MUST remain working), tested everything out and set up a new build structure that made plugins not just dual binary, but triple binary.

Everything from Airwindows gets compiled as 64 Bit Intel, and 32 Bit Intel, and also 32 Bit PPC.

Everything I could recompile, I did recompile, including all the legacy stuff like the plugins downloadable from here dated 2007. If it’s there, it’s 64 Bit and futureproof, while also being past-friendly in the form of PPC. (no 68k, sorry!)

PowerPC Macs are very capable, and deserve industry support. If we aren’t prepared to put tools in peoples’ hands then what good are we? I’m not in the business of selling the latest Powerbooks (in fact I’d like to upgrade myself, but not if it means squeezing my own customers). Recording tools can and should be widely available at all price points. Using Airwindows plugins, you can take very old copies of Logic on old PowerPC Macs (or Reaper, for that matter, or various other programs) and still get totally up-to-date sounds out of it.

Everybody who’d ever ordered anything from Airwindows got an update for free in email, no matter how old their plugin was.

Please support Airwindows by buying new stuff. :)


While I was coding plugins in 2011, I attempted something ahead of its time. Specifically, it was ahead of the time that I SHOULD have tried it. It was a set of drumkits that I’d sampled.

This was miked with Studio Projects SDCs which I’d modded, through API mic pres, into the guts of an old 20-bit ADAT which I had rewired so intensely that the API’s transformer outputs ran through 1/4″ TRS jacks, and heavy(ish) point to point wire, directly to the balanced inputs of the converter chips themselves. Considering how small this circuitry was, it was an amazing feat of hacky ingenuity to wire the ADAT this way, and it let me do multi-miked drum kit recording.

It also picked up a bit of digital noise from inside the ADAT, which is a problem I didn’t fully appreciate at the time. (I’m using an old Apogee Rosetta now, not hacking apart ADATs to try and make them tolerable…)

The kick mic was various things including an Audix D6. The drums themselves were everything from Gretsch to Ludwig Acrolite to Slingerland, typically not that fancy. Cymbals mostly Zildjian.

Antialiasing Plugins

You’ll see a heck of a lot of updates around this time: it’s because I’d hit on a thread on Gearslutz about aliasing in plugins, and it caused much consternation in Airwindows-land.

I dropped everything and started devising ways for my plugins to alias less, or differently, in hopes of stepping farther away from ‘ITB sound’.

So, the fall of 2010 saw many plugins getting upgraded to ‘antialiased’ versions. Some of these legitimately existed earlier than this, but the version I’ve got is often from this period. Since I went through later and made ’em all 64-bit, what’s on the site is what we’ve got. I don’t want to dig up even older builds if they’re not going to be 64-bit, considering that everything currently available including the old versions and the freebies are all 64 bit without exception.

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