LSDJ Feature WishlistEdit

These are mostly actual requests from users - so feel free to add or comment upon this. /Johan

Stuff to consider:Edit

  • Allow transfering LSDJ sync master on four channel adapter
  • LSDJ sync: arming LSDJ LIVE sync slave (through marking in song screen?)
  • Wave channel detune (like pulse)
  • Control speed of C and noise P (by some groove?)
  • Make an XL version of LSDJ(e.g. 2MByte) to contain more kit samples(Kinda hard to do because in order to do this, ROM patcher will also need to change).
  • Synth: Add adjustable dist threshold 0-F
  • DRM tuning not affecting notes or transpose (to enable kicks that end on a specified bass note)
  • Wave frame offset for wave instruments (e.g. set to 6 default begins playing frame 06 instead of 00)
  • Wave instrument play mode: interpolate frames vs. play in order (e.g. length 3 plays frames 0, 8, F vs. 0, 1, 2)
  • Range copy-paste in instr 40 (speech)
  • MERGE in addition to LOAD/SAVE/ERASE, which will copy all patterns, chains, and instruments from the current song into unused locations of another song in the save
  • I command to set Instrument Length via hardware length counter
  • Sample offset switch to toggle between F80 being longer forward offset (previous functionality), or stepback/backward (current functionality)
  • Sample player, which plays back a tonal sample with proper pitch. It might work over an octave or so with variable interrupt distances
  • Force to mono in project screen: for people who use lsdj as a dual mono synth live, but track in headphones, it would be cool to have a way to override panning settings temporarily with a global option.

...these are somewhat older suggestions:

  • The ability to skip the first chain when the song repeats
  • Move around songs in file screen (besides LOAD/SAVE/ERASE button, also add MOVE)
  • Build-in-mixer feature in LSDJ, where you can adjust the different 4 channel's volume.
  • Open source player
  • Show both WAV samples being played in border.
    • Must remember to move the MUTE/LR/SYNC indicators down a row so as to maintain visual separation from the "N" line
  • PC keyboard: record what's being played
  • An indicator on the main screen, blinking at the rate of bpm (for a visual aid on the tempo).
  • The ability to save instruments I've made through the wavetable for use in other songs.
  • Add more default kits.
  • Sync: if starting song play from phrase, try to sync chain position. Possible??
  • Noise channel for keyboard.
  • Super Gameboy special features (border graphics??)
  • Speech channel for keyboard (should work but seems buggy? or?)
  • Prelisten now only works when sync is off or keybd, fix it in all modes?
  • Player that supports multiple songs on .sav
  • Reset automated tables with A cmd + 80 + tableno
  • PC keyboard table select (maybe with num keypad)?
  • ADSR in wave synth
  • PC keyboard: fake polyphony switching between pu1, pu2, wav
  • Wave synth: would be nice with wave banks that are 32, 48, 64 frames long...


(removed stuff here to make the page tidier)

  • Bug: D command in phrase with I-- note will kill the sound - fixed in 5.5.0
  • Unify pitch/slide/vibrato control, so that kit/wave/pulse have the same settings - 5.7.0
  • Allow HF sqr/saw vibrato - 5.7.0
  • Investigate if it is somehow possible to reduce clicks from table volume column - improved in 5.6.5
  • Bug: FFF can jump before sample start - fixed in 5.5.4
  • transfer instruments/phrases/songs over link cable and infrared port - possible to transfer groove/phrase/instr/table/synth data from 5.5.7
  • Add "shift" in addition to "fast/slow" pitch type in kits to allow P command to offset kit pitch - added STEP mode in 5.4.8
  • Add way to exclude instruments from chain transpose
  • C command in noise channel - added in 5.4.3, P command added in 5.4.4
  • Pre/post-5.1.0 pitch switch - it's kind of fixed with DRM tuning
  • Using L commands in table with 00 in TSP column should bend back to base pitch - L bends use relative pitch
  • After deleting a song, auto-remove the empty slots in the middle - added in 5.3.4
  • Provide page-by-page scrolling via D-pad left and right - actually B+up/down does this already
  • Detune/finetune command - F commands in pulses (5.0.0), or P commands using STEP mode (5.7.0) are now possible
  • CMD's to change synth characteristics (eg. Speed, Repeat, Length) - W commands added in 5.0.0
  • Bug: in phrase screen, first set vibrato, then pitch. Won't work unless HF mode selected.
  • Bug?: L and C command don't work together - same with P and C. - they now do (since 4.9.7)
  • Bug?: L/P and transpose don't work together. - they now do (since 4.9.7)
  • Custom color palette (TODO: mention LSDpatcher again in lsdj docs?) - this is now possible in LSDPatcher
  • Add Command to modify KIT playlength [ nice effects and even melodies ] - already exists through S command

Won't happen... or?:Edit

Comments by me (Johan)

  • R commands reset P bends in tables - use L00 for that
  • Random vibrato - toyed around with it a bit, but on the whole it does not seem particularly useful besides making kettle whistle sounds.
  • "Clean instrument data" reduces duplicate instruments with identical parameters to the same instrument - how often does this really happen?
  • E commands not alter noise shape (this may likely break noise instruments - may be better to leave as is) - it is unclear if and how this should be changed
  • "Extra deep clone" to clone instruments within phrases - the number of instruments are very limited so they might be eaten up too fast for this to be really useful?
  • Volume column in the phrase screen - there simply is not enough RAM.
  • Separate clipboards for different stuff - probably not, RAM is limited
  • External arpeggio notes in tables; allow tables to reference the note pre-increased by parameter 1/2 of the Cxy effect (c.f. effect 10xx in klystrack) - I'm sorry, but I don't immediately see the big advantage with this.
  • Customizable duty cycle/"shape" parameter for synth - I don't understand how this is different from the already available sync settings
  • Shape distortion for synth; more options besides clip and wrap - please describe in greater detail what you want
  • Keyfollow/keytracking in a wave channel synth - the CPU is too slow to adjust filter settings live
  • Second CMD column in PHRASE screen for complex work - not enough RAM
    • I suggested repurposing the table RAM, so each sacrificed table would make room for a couple two-CMD phrases, but this would dramatically increase code complexity, and the DMG CPU is likely too slow to handle the added load
  • keyboard mapping tool, allowing a user to custom map a keyboard to lsdj, especially for special keyboards with extra buttons - seems like something very few people would be interested in
  • ADSR for the Wave instruments with control of it in the Phrase screen - that's really two requests in one. ADSR - maybe. Phrase screen control will not happen, because the wave synth is just too slow to change instantly while playing.
  • Ability to randomize a phrase - this actually existed in versions 3.4.4 - 3.9.2, but wasn't a very popular feature.
  • video - what's that supposed to mean? Maybe check out
  • A timer on the main screen showing elapsed seconds and minutes of the song - there's not much screen space for this. Check project screen instead.
  • A function like Ctrl+z -UNDO- (in windows) for correct errors such as accidentally deleting notes. If you delete notes, they should be in the clipboard - just press select+a to paste them back in.
  • A NDS LSDJ sequencer with touch interface and the ability to create gb sav files to be used in LSDJ on the Game Boy. Why would you want that?
  • Reverse sample play. I would really like this, but unfortunately it's not an easy thing to do - it's very difficult just to play two channels forwards. Instead, one will have to prepare reverse samples... (now added as kit stepback!)
  • Startup demo song. Is this really a good idea? It would be pretty nice for new users to quickly check if the setup is working by pressing start... but at the same time I just think it's pretty nice to start from a clean slate.
  • Command for changing kit speed - this could be done, but there are so many commands already... not sure how to fit it in.
  • Groove entry in chain screen - this kind of makes sense... but not sure there is enough RAM to put a new column in chain screen.
  • Use PC keyboard keys for launching chains/phrases - somewhat nice idea, but would be a lot of boring/tough work for me. If you want this, maybe one option would be to just use Ableton and sample LSDj..?