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All I can say is that I wholeheartedly agree with this recent post by dfyans
I supported the kickstarter campaign for the same reasons. The spec for arches is impressive, but the many shortcomings of the manufacture and software design, and the lack of support from Davide and soundmachines have undermined our reasonable expectations. As a result, arches is scarcely ‘fit for purpose’. It’s a massive let-down.
Is there no-one at soundmachines who is able to take the time to respond to our requests – even a simple acknowledgement?
It’s very poor behaviour from a so-called ‘professional’ company.
What about the reported bugs which need attention, and the promised functions which don’t work…?
I think it’s time for some social media action.
And the bugs which need attention, and the promised functions which don’t work…?
I think it’s time for some social media action.
Yes – many of us feel justifiably upset. There are issues with Arches which need to be fixed and we haven’t seen any responses for several months now.
Yes – I’ve been experiencing those same instability problems with ‘free mode’ light strips, e.g. they won’t record. They can only be fixed with a power re-cycle.
Your’e right of course about the HOLD statuses – my mistake.
Really looking forward to the web editor.
I bought arches for all of its valuable features, but I’m using it mainly as a controller for my synths. What I really need, for all sliders and buttons which are programmed as FREE, i.e. not part of a keyboard, are these functions:
1 an arches preset should save the current position/value of all sliders and the status of all HOLD buttons.
2. when such a preset is loaded, those values/statuses should be recalled, but not immediately sent to the MIDI Out port.
3. a button which sends all MIDI CC values for all FREE slider/buttons from the MIDI out port.
Is this possible? It would really increase the functionality of arches as a MIDI controller.
(current firmware 1.0.10)
The arpeggiator is still difficult to program. You have tov hold down the central Hold button while holding the notes you want to arpeggiate. However, there’s no way to edit the arpeggiator. Each time you want to make a change, you have to hold down all the notes and start again.
Why use the central Hold button to record arpeggiation, when you could use the individual Hold buttons for each note? If you did that, we would be able to select and de-select notes independently while the arpeggiator is running.
Is it possible to program the Play LED to flash (in time with the current internal or external tempo) whenever anything (Arp, Trig Arp or Arpeg) is playing? It would be a great help when working on sequences, etc.
Whenever you look at a screen for e.g. Sequence or Arpeggiator, it would be really useful to be able to see the current values next to each item, e.g.
CLOCK DIV 1
GATE LENGTH 16%
When you hit Load or Save, it would be good to see the currently loaded preset number.
Hi Davide – I’ve checked a few items with firmware 1.0.10
• Tempo, Sequencer and Trigger Sequencer status and data are now saved with each preset – excellent!
• The problem with the XY pad Hold LEDs coming on randomly seems to have been fixed.
All good…BUT – Arpeggiator status and data is NOT saved with the presets.
Firmware 1.0.10 brings some improvements (thanks!) but there’s still a ways to go…
Thanks Davide – if I copy just the archesim.hex file to my micro SD card, it doesn’t load and arches operates under 1.0.7.
But, if I also copy the autoprog.bcm file, (the one which gives us the crazy lightshow, which I love, by the way) then the firmware loads and I now have 1.0.10.
Hi Davide – when I unzip the archesim1.0.10.hex file, it gives me the 1.0.7 version of the firmware.
XYZ pad Hold buttons:
I’ve noticed that, whilst experimenting and re-configuring my presets, the 2 Hold buttons associated with the XYZ pads will occasionally enable themselves – quite randomly, and not while I’m operating other controls.
Selecting Expression CV output for a Keyboard:
This is unfortunately disabled – if you hit the aux button in order to select an output, it declares that it’s EMPTY.
So – you have to disable the keyboard group (set the FUNCTION to FREE) then select the aux output to your desired position.
Then re-select FUNCTION to KB. The aux output selection will be retained.
This is hardly a slick operation. The aux output parameter should be available whilst KB is selected in the FUNCTION menu.
I think this qualifies as a bug.
The parameters of Trig Seqs 3 4 and 5 are saved with the preset, but not Trig Seqs 1 & 2
My comment above also applies to the Hold function, i.e. some lightstrips hold buttons don’t work occasionally. This is fixed with a power cycle.