As some of you will know, recently I have been hacking on effects support in Jokosher. Well, it is all working pretty well, and figured I should try and make the dialog a bit nicer and roll in some Cairo goodness. Now, I am completely new at Cairo, so this effort has been my first shot. I thought it might be nice to stick a few shots online to show you the current progress.

When you want to add an effect to an instrument, you see the Effects Dialog. This dialog allows you to add a bunch of effects, and this is what it looks like with some effects added:

Let me explain what is going on here. The top left combo box lists the effects on your system, and you can select an effect and click the Add button and it will add one of those little orange boxes. In the image above we have three effects added. The little red circle will eventually have an ‘X’ in it and delete the effect. You will also be able to drag each orange box and re-organise the order of the effects, which is crucial in many situations. Finally, you can double-click each orange box and tweak the individual effect settings. When you click it, you see a settings window pop up:

Here you can adjust the sliders in the settings dialog, and if you clicked the Play button in the first dialog, you will hear the effect change in real-time as you configure it. This makes it simple to get the effect just right. Oh, and the Preview button in the image above will be removed by the way, thats a little cruft left in to make sure those of you at the back are awake. 😛

In both images there is a presets combo box where you can easily load and save effect settings as a preset. In the first box the presets are on an instrument basis, so you can easily view all of your guitar, drum, vocal presets etc. In the effect settings dialog, it will list presets for that individual effect. All the presets code is complete.

So, still plenty to work on and bugs to fix, but its really starting to sit well now. As ever, we need more helping hands with the project, so if you fancy getting involved, do get in touch. You can test this code by heading over to our Subversion server here and check out the development site at here.

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