Short links for August 26th, 2009
Some interesting things I found recently:
# B4 Controller – MIDI Organ Controller for Native Instruments B4 (II) Virtual Organ Software
The goal of this project was to build a MIDI Organ Controller to play and control the Native Instruments B4 (II) virtual organ software.
Just like the software this project attempts to replicate the 'real thing'—the classic Hammond B3—as much as possible. All of the software's functionality known from the original instrument can be controlled from this controller. There is no need to take a look at the computer display or to control the software with the mouse or computer keyboard at any time.
Link via CDM
Every cell (pixel) in the playing field controls an oscillator. When a cell is alive (coloured), the oscillator turns on. When it is dead (black), the oscillator turns off. A cell's position from left to right will determine its position in the stereo field. A cell's position from top to bottom will determine its frequency (pitch) with a bit of randomness thrown in for good measure. As the playing field reaches a more complex state with more and more living cells, the cpu load increases dramatically, as the audio is being output in real time. The size of the playing field is 100 pixels by 100 pixels.
Musician, designer and developer Christian Bannister wondered what it would be like to touch a bass in NI Massive and manipulate it directly and visually in real-time.
I really wanted the form to be more about the characteristics of the sound than something that only responds to the audio of the sound like what has become the standard fft based sound visualizer.
For example, the filter is being modulated here and when the rate of the modulation increases so does the rate of vibration of certain aspects of the form. Easy to see… hard to explain.
# SpringBox Reverb – matt the modulator @ Flickr: My home made spring reverb unit using modified maplin audio pre-amp kits
sounds a little noisy but then spring reverbs doo
# modo [pre-release] midi CC/LFO sequencer – Modo stands for -modulating oscillators- and is basically a midi CC-sequencer.
In detail, the sequencer try to mimic a LFO behaviour with ability to modulate each other. It lets you create fancy animation curves, you wouldn't want to draw these by hand.
# 64 (Video) Fingers. – New monome app called 64 (Video) Fingers. It works very similarly to Dovemouses 64 Fingers with some slight differences.
Peter Kirn takes a closer look at the V-Synth GT, the Elastic Audio Synthesizer which Roland dubs The World’s Most Expressive Synthesizer.