Ben Loftis intros Fishbowl – Dynamic Stage Lighting for Any Venue!

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Ben Loftis has launched a Kickstarter project for Fishbowl, a software program that lets you cast a professional light show with a spotlight, color washes, and dynamic scenes using your computer and a desktop projector.

Any musical or theatrical performance can be enhanced with stage lighting. But investing in colored lights, spotlights, and remote-control equipment can be expensive; especially if you only use it occasionally.

Fishbowl is a great solution … it’s a program that runs on your computer. Combined with a multimedia projector, you can mix a spotlight with colors and light effects for your performance. It sounds simple, but I was surprised to find that there was nothing like this available already, so I created Fishbowl. All you need is a laptop and a multimedia projector, which many people have already!

The project aims to raise at least $800 USD by Sunday Sep 16, 8:29pm EDT.

More information: Fishbowl at Kickstarter


Hervé Noury releases Dazibao for Mac – Create sounds with colors

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Hervé Noury has announced the release of Dazibao, a software synthesizer for Mac OS X.

It is easy to use Dazibao : first create some “sound colors” thanks to an analogy between colors and sound. The hue modifies the waveform, the saturation and brightness control the filters and the level of the noise generator. Even more, this color includes detune, vibrato and space effects. You just need then to associate these colors in a patch to create rich or complex evolutions of the sound.

The Dazibao app allows sound design using colors and graphs.

Dazibao features

  • 79 waveforms, including organ effects, bells effects, analog like waveforms, keys, FM waveforms, woodwind effects and more…
  • Low Pass Filter, High Pass Filter and Noise generator : the triangle of saturation and brightness of the editor will help you to control the two filters and the noise level with one click!! It works perfectly, and it is easy to control.
  • Detune and vibrato for each one of the two oscillators : control the depth and the speed of the vibrato with only one click!
  • Pan, “space effect” (short delay) and soft clipping for each voice.
  • DazibaoAU, Audio Unit plugin for use with the application, or with your favorite host sequencer:
    • Possibility to create personal sound banks (with the application) that you’ll recall in your host using MIDI Program Change messages.
    • Possibility to create your “preferred” sound bank that the audio unit will recall automatically when you’ll launch it.
    • Add expression to your patches using velocity or modulation.
    • The “pads” will respond to the MIDI General Purpose Controller 1 and 2 (MIDI Continuous controllers 16 and 17).
    • The sequencer is automatically synchronized to the host tempo value.

The Dazibao app (sound editor) for Mac is available to purchase for $28.99 USD. The free AU plugin is available to download at Noury Apple Software.

More information: Dazibao


Techné Media updates Pixound Jam Studio to v2.04

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Techné Media Pixound Jam Studio

Techné Media has released version 2.04 of Pixound Jam Studio, a creative Mac software that translates colors and images into music.

The software allows users of all levels, to translate colors and images into music and allows the user to “play” pictures with a mouse or graphic tablet.

The Pixound Jam Studio has an endless number of uses from education, toys and games, professional musical and dance performances, and aids for the visually impaired. Inventor, Peter McClard says of his creation, “The most important use for Pixound is to have fun. Fortunately, that’s a given if you like music, like pictures and enjoy new experiences because Pixound immediately delivers on all of these.”

Changes in Pixound Jam Studio v2.04

  • Six new drum patterns and three new bass patterns, which accompany the user while playing their pictures.
  • New capabilities to control how the red, green and blue components of the images are turned into music. This allows the tempo, volume and octave of red, green and blue voices to be set independently.
  • New features for MIDI synthesizer users to get more out of the program.
  • A number of bugs were fixed, making the overall user experience less frustrating and more fun.
  • Improved Groovology Desktop™ function, creating new musical mixes as the user navigates to different windows on their Mac. All performances can be recorded and imported into iTunes.

Pixound Jam Studio is available for purchase for $99 USD. A demo is available for download from the website.

More information: Pixound


Short links for May 13th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 13th, 2008:

# MAKE: Blog: Noise Toy – crash course in programming

Collin Cunningham writes:

The Noise Toy kit is fun to use, but if you’re like me – leaving that little “PROGRAM” port unused will drive you crazy. With little knowledge of AVR programming beyond some fun with Arduino, I taught myself how to upload and hack source code for it. Read on to see how the deed was done and listen to some sample audio.

Noise Toy - Program header
The Noise Toy PROGRAM header

# Happy Knobbing V3.0 2008 in Fischbach – Aliens Project has images from the 2008 "modular" meeting.

# Color the pitch & mod wheels on your Prophet ’08 – User selectable colors: Red, Green, Blue, White, Violet, Yellow, Turquoise and off (Colors can be independently set), compatible with DSI Prophet '08, DSI Poly Evolver, Moog Voyager

# Audio Shield for Arduino – Can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It’s low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer.

# The Get Out Clause, Manchester’s stars of CCTV cameras – Unable to afford a proper camera crew and equipment, The Get Out Clause, an unsigned band from the city, decided to make use of the cameras seen all over British streets.


Short links for January 14th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on January 14th, 2008:

COLOURlovers – create your own palettes
  • 10 MPH – an indie documentary about an ambitious cross-country trip (Seattle to Boston) via Segway, is now available for your viewing pleasure…free of charge!
  • Feltron Eight – Nicholas Felton posted his 2007 Annual Report. I happen to have a copy of the 2006 Annual Report and I have to say it’s even lovelier in print.
  • the stribe – an 8-channel multi-touch controller for music or video software.
  • Jun Murakoshi _ noisy instrument 01 – When you put a seashell on your ear, you can hear something strange noise. It is noise but it makes us feel good. This product is a wearable instrument for listening the noise like seashell makes.

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