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NuDSP releases Mod271 pre-alpha
NuDSP has released a pre-alpha version of Mod271, a modular synthesis environment with an intuitive interface.
Mod271 pronounced as “Mode” (the 271 being a play on Euler’s constant) is really a DSP playground with unified audio/MIDI support and functionally is supposed to exist somewhere in between Reaktor, reacTable and Reason (although this isn’t the case quite yet).
The idea is for Mod271 to become a total modular environment where you can easily make performances just as easy as a synthesizer or effect.
Here’s what Mod271 looks like at the moment:
- ASIO/MIDI support
- Built with portability in mind, a mac/linux version shouldn’t be terribly difficult.
- Everything is a full audio-rate signal which means you can do DSP type stuff to say a MIDI stream.
- There is a VSTi version in the works but it is still pretty unusable in a general case.
- Every node can be automated with unlimited control points and automation takes place right in the 3D environment.
- Nodes can influence any amount of other nodes or switched into a singular state.
- All signals are drawn at audio rate and with full hardware acceleration, although this can be disabled.
- The entire environment is rendered in 3D.
- Radial and linear influence modes are supported for every node.
- All envelopes and motion are completely sample accurate, meaning you can make an oscillator out of an envelope.
- Over 25 node types, of course this is going to grow.
- Python node type that will allow easy extensions.
- and most importantly it’s fun!
So currently Mod271 is only available as a Windows stand-alone application. A Mac OSX build is to follow soon, and eventually it should become available as a VSTi plug-in.