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News - September 2009

 

Impromptu v2.0 released (Intel Only)         08th September 2009

Impromptu version 2.0 is now available for download. This is a major release with three significant architectural changes:

  • A new impromptu x86 compiler.
  • Audio signal processing directly in Impromptu.
  • A new concurrent garbage collector.

The new impromptu x86 compiler uses LLVM for backend code generation and supports runtime compilation of scheme functions to x86 machine code. In particular the compiler has been added to impromptu to support the efficient compilation of scheme code for data processing tasks such as image processing, audio signal processing and OpenGL. The compiler is exposed at runtime through the sys:compile call which accepts a scheme closure and returns a foreign function which may be called freely from scheme. (help sys:compile #t) will give you a bunch of examples.

On-the-fly audio DSP programming is now supported directly within the impromptu scheme environment by allowing x86 code (i.e. compiled scheme code) to be hot-swapped into the kernel of a custom code AudioUnit. You may use one or more of these custom code audiounits anywhere in your audiounit chain - as both generators and or effects. Code is hot-swapped into an AU kernel by passing a given scheme closure to the au:code:load function. There is also a mechanism for sharing memory between the AU and the scheme runtime. (help au:code:load #t) will give you a bunch of examples.

The primary motivation for the new GC is to provide greater performance with larger heap sizes.

v2.0 also adds support for Snow Leopard but is no longer provided as a Universal Binary. Intel only from v2.0 forward.

Impromptu is a Mac OS X programming environment for composers, sound artists, VJs and graphic artists with an interest in live or interactive programming. Impromptu is a Scheme language environment, a member of the Lisp family of languages.

Impromptu is freeware.

 

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