[Ardour-Dev] Thoughts on OSC in Ardour

Maurizio Berti maurizio.berti at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 07:07:38 PDT 2015

Hi Guy.
As I have understood, that's the power (and weakness) of OSC is that it
doesn't put a standard for anything.
It's some sort of XML, it just gives you the means, doesn't tell you how to
use them.
Maybe a good idea would be to have a generic "base-query" for clients, that
can receive a list of capabilities and how to handle them, a sort of OSC
It would be a little bit complex in the beginning, but once the main idea
is done, every OSC "maker" will be able to use its set of commands and
queries, without the need to release every single aspect to the OSC clients
programmers, that won't be forced to add every single compatibility
interface for every device they have around.
What do you think?

2015-08-20 19:38 GMT+02:00 Guy Sherman <guy at guysherman.com>:

> Hi Maurizio,
> I'll have a read of that. The big problem with OSC seems to be that there
> is no standard for querying, and none of the proposals that have been put
> forward have really had widespread support or effort put behind them, so
> they all seem to fizzle - whatever the solution, the challenge will be
> adoption.
> Thanks!
> Guy.
> On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 5:38 PM, Maurizio Berti <maurizio.berti at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Hello,
> as mentioned by Robin and Tom on #ardour, I made a little proposal for a
> more comprehensive support of OSC about a year ago, with some help and
> considerations from Tom himself.
> It's not completely related to what you are talking about in this thread,
> since my proposal was more user-need-related than hardware specific,
> nonetheless it can be useful to join the efforts of both programmers and
> needs of "simple" users like me.
> The proposal can be found here:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AIjbIEGwYAdZriugYN-PUgfdR4jhroi8uPye9kscak0/edit?usp=sharing
> Cheers,
> MaurizioB

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