SOUNDOR—Free open source FM Synthesizer for Max4Live & AudioCubes + AudioCubes featured at Electro-Music Festival 2012

Percussa has announced the release of SOUNDOR, a free and open source FM Synthesizer for Max for Live, the visual programming environment in Ableton Live based on Cycling 74’s Max/MSP.

Percussa Soundor
SOUNDOR allows users to explore FM Synthesis using hand and finger gestures, through AudioCubes’ high speed and low latency sensors, requiring no MIDI mapping or programming.

SOUNDOR features 4 oscillators each with their own waveform mixers, allowing the user to mix sine, square, sawtooth, triangle and noise waveforms to create totally new kinds of waveforms. Each oscillator section also features a state variable filter (SVF), and can modulate any other oscillator in pitch and/or amplitude. Each oscillator’s output can also be sent via its own ADSR to a master out, for lots of sound possibilities. Oscillators can overdrive each other through the built in waveform mixer, and can be controlled through the MIDI Keyboard as well as manual settings.

SOUNDOR integrates seamlessly with AudioCubes: rather than having to MIDI map the AudioCubes onto parameters in SOUNDOR, the moment an AudioCube is plugged in, it is automatically connected to any of the waveform mixer parameters and filter sections, through an easy to use connection matrix in the synthesizer. The 4 high speed low latency sensors of AudioCubes can control multiple parameters simultaneously and can even be inverted. A pedal input allows the user to keep the sensors values in place, while the hands are near the sensor, allowing exploration of the parameter space of the FM synthesizer while at the same time allowing rigid locking of parameters to keep the sound steady once an interesting combination of parameters has been found. SOUNDOR supports the well known preset system of Ableton Live and Max4Live, so presets can be saved and recalled just as for other Max4Live devices.

SOUNDOR is available as a free download from Percussa.

Percussa has also announced that its AudioCubes will be featured at the Electro-Music Festival 2012, New York.

Mark Mosher
Mark Mosher performing live with AudioCubes at Electro-Music 2011 festival (picture by Hong Waltzer, visuals by Project Rouri).

The festival organized by electro-music.com takes place in Huguenot, New York at the Greenkill Retreat Center.

Last year over 60 artists performed live at the festival, and this year’s edition is expected to be even greater. The event will span 3 days in September (7-9), and alongside the musical performances, workshops, jam sessions, laptop battles will take place.

The Electro-Music festival is also called “the Woodstock of electronic music” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Shivasongster
Jeremy dePrisco aka Shivasongster (picture taken during live performance with Explorophonic).

It is an annual event festival organized by electro-music.com, a “cooperative community where
artists and enthusiasts participate and benefit together” as they describe on electro-music.com.
One of the highlights of this event will be the live performances with Percussa AudioCubes.

Lux Seeker
John Morley aka Lux Seeker.

Electronic musicians Mark Mosher, Jeremy dePrisco aka Shivasongster, and John Morley aka Lux Seeker, will bring their AudioCubes to the festival to perform live with the cubes.

In addition, Jeremy will demonstrate the AudioCubes during a workshop he’s organizing about Reason 6.

More information: Percussa / SOUNDOR

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Take to the Trees – Arbor Day Music Compilation

Sound for Good Take to the Trees

Sound for Good has announced Take to the Trees, a music compilation in support of Arbor Day’s tree planting efforts.

Electronic Music Artists join forces on Arbor Day 2012 to raise support for trees on our planet by offering more than 4 hours of good music to everyone who donates to a good cause of saving our trees.

In celebration of Arbor Day on April 27th 2012. Sound for Good is giving you a lot of great music for your donation of just $1 USD (or more) to help plant more trees. Download a large collection of wonderful music from various artists with 100% of your donation going to the National Arbor Day foundation to plant trees.

The 20-track album includes tracks by Ian Boddy, Mark Mosher, Jack Hertz, HG Fortune and Inner Dreamer and many more.

More information: Sound for Good

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Mark Mosher launches “Project: INIT” Modulate This Video Series

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Mark Mosher of Modulate This has announced the Project: INIT video series.

Project: INIT is a new video series I’m kicking off today. In the videos I will offer real-time behind-the-patch footage taking you on sound design missions from INIT using a variety of sonic weapons. By simply coming along for the ride you’ll learn more about synthesis and how to make unique sounds for your productions.


First Project: INIT video – Vocal Formant Lead in Tone2’s ElectraX

The Project: INIT videos are free of charge, donations are most welcome.

More information: Modulate This!

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Zebra Attack II free Ableton Rack by Mark Mosher & AfroDJMac

AfroDJMac has introduced the free Zebra Attack II Ableton Live Rack, part two of AfroDJMac’s collaboration with Mark Mosher.

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Using the same sample from the original Zebra Attack Rack, I’ve set this one up to be a bit less random and offer you more control over the different sounds. What permits the wavetable to be played as a melodic instrument is the very short loop of the sample. I’ve set up a control that allows you to alter the starting point of the sample, which lets you to severely alter the timbre and harmonic structure of the sample. There’s another macro knob that controls which portion of Mark’s wavetable you will be hearing. I’ve added a bit crusher, chorus and flanger, which can be added to taste. Finally I’ve stacked this synth with Ableton’s Operator.

The device allows you to control the Operator’s waveform as well as volume. This will allow you to mix in another layer of sound until you achieve your desired sound. The resulting instrument is one that is dramatically different from the original Zebra Attack Rack, and is also one that can yield an extremely wide array of sounds. At one time soft and mellow and at other times, harsh and biting, I think you’ll find the Zebra Attack Rack II an exciting instrument to play with! Enjoy!

Zebra Attack II for Ableton is a free download.

More information: AfroDJMac

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Short links for December 27th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Spotify Apps are here!

Now there’s even more to discover thanks to free Spotify Apps. In a nutshell, apps bring you new and exciting music experiences built around your music tastes. Intrigued? Then say hello to Spotify Apps.

# tj voicenoise kit

Thomekk aka Thomas Kallweit has posted a free sample pack with recordings of himself and his son.

The tj_voicenoise-kit is a sampleset with shorter or longer human voices with wave-files in 16Bit format (slightly processed through a compressor) for Battery 3.1 (+) and Kontakt 3.5 (+).
If you want to use the samples in another drum-sampler please use the wav-files inside the Voicenoise-Samples folder.

Have fun being creative merry christmas and a hippie new year!

Jonas the Plugexpert - Los

# Los by Jonas The Plug Expert

Upitup Records has released a free compilation album with tracks by Jonas The Plugexpert, winner of the first rekkerd sample remix contest back in 2008. Poekie, Jonas’ entry for the 2011 Moving contest, is also included on this album.

50:00 minutes of quality rythms, covering the whole range of BPMs.
This is Jonas’s long awaited third release and second full lenght album for Upitup.

Jonas The Plugexpert is a very prolific artist with more than 10 albums to date and a very distinctive sound. He has been part of Upitup since the early beginning and we are really proud to release this quality album.

Includes tracks like Yannis, Blij, Poekie and the epic ending combo Ragg2 and Jah Is For You, that are already big classic anthems at the Upitup Headquarters!

# Mindmap of DIVA Anatomy

Mark Mosher has created a visual mindmap for the various modules of u-he’s DIVA software synthesizer.

I created a mindmap showing the anatomy of the oscillators, filters and envelopes in relationship to the model template.

u-he DIVA mindmap by Mark Mosher
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