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This file is an introductory overview of Darwin Arts Calymene, a software audio instrument and effect plugin for playing modular synthesis patches created with the Trilobite Modular Synth Evolver. This file contains important information about the plugin binaries and resources distributed with the Calymene installer, and includes links to the software license and documentation. Please read carefully before installing or using.
What is packaged with Calymene
Often referred to as the “Little Trilobite” by
paleontologists, the Calymene
was a genus of the Trilobite family from Earth's Ordovician Period.
In a relative sense, Calymene the plugin might be considered the
"little" version of the Trilobite Modular Synth Evolver.
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Although it was originally conceived and developed as a stand-alone desktop application, Trilobite is also released as a set of fully-featured audio plugins which can be used in most Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Trilobite will work either as a software instrument or as an audio effect, but since most plugin architectures differentiate between the two, we release both effect and instrument plugin versions. The following table indicates the different plugin flavors, and refers to VST and Audio Unit versions interchangeably:
These are the effect versions of Trilobite, which allow
These are the instrument versions of Trilobite, which allow
The procedure for making Calymene visible to your DAW plugin host software may be application specific; you should read your host software documentation to determine this. In general you can take the following manual steps to begin using the included plugin(s) right away:
For Audio Units plugins on OSX, copy the Audio Units plugin components to the shared plugins folder /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components on your hard drive. See the Apple support page for more details and other options. System administrator privileges will be required.
For VST plugins on OSX, copy or move the VST folders in your installer volume to to the shared plugins folder /Library/Audio/Plugin-Ins/VST. System administrator privileges will be required.
For VST plugins on Microsoft Windows systems, there are just about as many different options for installing plugins as there are VST hosts which can load them. In most cases, you will need to copy the plugin files from the Calymene installation folder to a VST plugins folder specific to the host software manufacturer. Please consult the VST Host user documentation to determine the best option.
Note that 64-bit versions of Calymene will only be recognized by 64-bit plugin hosts.
Calymene has been successfully tested with with a number
of VST and Audio Unit plugin hosts including Ableton Live 9, Reaper
v. 4.78, Logic Pro X, Tracktion, and Garage Band. If you're
having difficulty installing with a different DAW, please report your
experience on the bug and/or support forums.
The manifest of the Trilobite Professional and Free installations include:
This readme file.
CalymeneReleaseNotes.txt, an overview of what has changed and a disclosure of known issues with the software.
DarwinArtsCalymene_License.html, a copy of the license agreement included with the installer.
VST (for Windows) or AU (for OSX) instrument and effect version(s) of Calymene,.
Demo_Instruments_Free.da_trbank, a bank of patches intended for basic demonstration of Trilobite synthesis capabilities and patch design (previously shipped with Trilobite 0.9.3, 1.0, and 1.1).
Keyboard_Instruments_Free.da_trbank, a bank of patches manually designed and evolved for usage with Midi keyboard instruments (previously shipped with Trilobite 0.9.3, 1.0, 1.1).
TrilobiteDemos.da_trbank, a bank of patches which show ways to exploit new professional version modules (contains some keyboard instrument patches and effects).
Sound_Colors.da_trbank, a bank of patches featuring the Sound Color vocal filter/synthesizer module.
You should copy the bank files included with the Calymene installer to a preferred disk location.
Check out the Quick Start section of the online Calymene user guide for instructions on making your first sounds.
You will need the following in order to successfully install and run Calymene:
A conventional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) plugin-in host application which supports VST2 and/or Audio Units plugins.
Microsoft Windows 8 or later.
OSX version 10.8 or later
Intel compatible PC
1GB RAM or higher
1.5GB available hard disk
1024x768 or higher screen resolution
Please be aware that administrator rights may be required for installation.
At this time Calymene supports no known 3rd party audio synthesis media formats, and there is no implied guarantee that such support will be provided in the future. Any 3rd party compatibility found to exist is purely coincidental and is not supported by Darwin Arts in any way.
Calymene will load bank files from versions of Trilobite (both free and professional) dating back to 0.9.3.
Darwin Arts will endeavor to maintain media compatibility in future releases of Calymene and any derivative product, but reserves the right to make improvements which may disable such backwards compatibility. Any future loss of compatibility known to Darwin Arts will be documented in future release notes or readme files.
Calymene has an on-line user
guide which will cover most questions.
Other than the online User Guide, Darwin Arts provides no official support for Calymene. If you have questions not covered in the user guide, please feel free to post on the appropriate forum at our web site, and the user community (or our harried engineer) will provide assistance if and as soon as possible.
Use of Calymene is done at your own risk. To minimize the risk of personal injury when using this software, DO NOT WEAR HEADPHONES when first listening to new patch banks. The often unpredictable nature of Darwinian Evolution, as used to create Calymene patches, may produce painfully loud and sometimes gratingly harsh sounds, even with conservative audio compressor settings.
For more details regarding your rights and limitations when using this software, please consult the license agreement consented to when this software was installed.
For more information about Darwin Arts, L.L.C., our software products, and our rationale for nurturing oblique creative processes, visit our web site. A link to a contact form is provided.
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