Sunday, October 7, 2007
Harpsichord almost completed
The full prim harpsichord is almost completed. It has internal polyphonic midi, but not yet external. If I put it for sale before the polyphonic midi is working, there will be a free upgrade to the mid version. The keys and strings both animate. Still left to do is the quills, which will be attached to the keys.
The picture here is in the mode with very colorful strings because it is easier for me to fix problems: there is a more subtle one that looks more like a string vibrating. The keyboard is communicating with the strings in MIDI. Such detail does cone at a price. The base has 58 prims, and the keyboard and strings have 123 prims each, for a fully rezed total of 304 prims, 426 when the quills are added. There will be multiple rezzing options so that different prim budgets can work with it.
Also being tested is a series of playing demo styles to that the look of the keyboard's animation can match the mood of the piece. But that's not in my hands, so I don't know if it will be done in time for the first version.
The player piano is still for sale, but that doesn't have midi, and won't be midi (ized? fied? It is all geek to me!)
There is also the guitar to finish, and then on to the grand piano. After that the family of string instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass.