Expert Sleepers has announced the release of three new Eurorack synth modules.
The Expert Sleepers range of modules (including the ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface, offering ADAT connectivity instead of the ES-40’s S/PDIF) offers a highly configurable range of computer/synthesizer interfacing solutions, supported not only by Expert Sleepers own Silent Way software but increasingly used in conjunction with e.g. Max/MSP or NI’s Reaktor.
Because the modules connect over an audio interface, rather than say USB or Ethernet, they are able to offer rock solid timing and deep integration with standard audio environments.
New Expert Sleepers Eurorack modules
The ES-40 SPDIF Interface (£94.80) converts a standard S/PDIF input to five channels of expansion headers, which are used in conjunction with the Expert Sleepers ESX range of expanders.
The ESX-8CV CV Expander (£130.80) is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding eight CV outputs from one expansion header.
The ESX-8GT mk2 Gate Expander (£54) is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc. from one expansion header.
All modules are available to purchase immediately.
Kevin Holland and John Staskevich have launched a Kickstarter project for the Luminth, which lets you generate melodies, percussive grooves, and ambient soundscapes.
The Luminth USB controller: click, turn, push+turn!
The Luminth is a minimalist USB control peripheral. To use the Luminth, simply click, turn, and push+turn. The Luminth changes color with the music.
Luminth Orbiter is a generative music software application. Make dramatic changes to the music with a single click. Dive deeper to make refined, subtle adjustments. Or, let Orbiter work autonomously to create music that morphs over time.
The Luminth is the best way to control Luminth Orbiter software, but Orbiter is fully functional with or without the Luminth.
The project is aiming to get $8,000 USD by June 13th, 2013. The Luminth software is available for a pledge of $30 USD, the USB controller is included with pledges of $100+ USD.
Justin Dolby has released Smack My Batch Up, a free Max/MSP application for generating new sounds from samples with plugins.
Smack My Batch Up is a software tool designed to batch process audio files.
A folder of WAV files can be loaded into the software along with up to 5 VST plug-in effects. When the programme is activated each WAV file in the folder is loaded and played through the VST FX rack and the resulting sound is recorded to disk. In addition to the VST rack, the speed of the sample playback can be altered, as well as the sample rate and bit depth of the new files. A folder location can be specified for the new sounds to be stored in, and a word can be added to the end of each file name to differentiate them from the original files.
The main purpose of Smack My Batch Up is to automate the process of creating new sounds for musical composition or sound design work. By chaining together different effects a folder of boring drum loops can be turned into evolving pads, or a folder of field recordings can be turned into percussion loops. A tempo box is provided allowing you to use tempo-sync’d FX so the resulting files will fit the tempo of your song.
Smack My Batch Up is available as a free download for Windows or Mac.
Robert Tubb has released The Wablet app, a physics based synthesiser and noise toy.
An animated mesh of springs can be vibrated with the fingers. The Mesh’s displacement around a path on this mesh is read as an audio waveform, and hence your gestures are turned into sound.
Complex evolving drones, chiptunes bleeps or full on noise can be produced, and beautiful undulating patterns created.
The physical properties of the mesh can be changed using the sliders, new sound-paths can be drawn onto the Mesh and the App comes with a Max/MSP patch for wireless MIDI control and more in depth adjustable parameters.
The Wablet is available to purchase for 0.89 EUR. Note: the app is currently not available in the US because of a patent on the underlying algorithm.
Sound designer Alessio Mellina has released r0b0.coder, a free effect processor for Windows and Mac. r0b0.coder is a standalone multi-effect processor created using Max/MSP. It features a series of different real-time processing techniques that can … read more
Christopher Konopka has announced wiiAirDrum, a MaxMSP application for triggering samples with a wiiMote controller. An example of the wiiAirDrum system that connects two wiiMotes to MaxMSP via bluetooth. I just finished working on a … read more
Percussa has announced Synthor, a modular software synthesizer for the AudioCubes platform. We’re working on a new application for the AudioCubes: Synthor. Synthor is a modular synthesizer application for 8 AudioCubes made in Max/Msp. We … read more
88888 has announced the release of the 0800 Rhythm Machine, a virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac. The 0800 Rhythm Machine, from 88888, is an eight-channel multi-voiced stepsequenced groove-shaping wood-panelled instrument. It is designed … read more
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. SOUNDOR allows users to explore … read more
Percussa has announced the launch of its AudioCubes Discussion Mailing List, a chance to discuss and learn more about the AudioCubes musical interface, and related hardware of software. A few minutes after launching it, the … read more
LOM has released JONO, a software musical instrument inspired by modular synthesizers. By providing mixture of classical and experimental elements it can serve as an interesting addition to your setup or as a standalone tool. … read more
CsoundForLive is a suite of audio plugins that combines the real time performance capabilities of Ableton Live, the stable and customizable interface design of Max/MSP (through Max For Live), and the synthesis power of Csound. … read more
Grame – Centre National de Creation Musicale – has released version 0.9.43 of Faust (Functional Audio Stream), a functional programming language specifically designed for real-time signal processing and synthesis. This version provides a major reorganization … read more
Cycling ’74 has announced version 6.0 of its Max media development software. Accompanying this announcement is a retail price reduction for Max, with Jitter now included in all new Max sales. The new pricing and … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Muze by Joshua Maruska and Adam Kumpf Muze is an Arduino instrumentalist who creates melodies that evolve over time. Muze has a palette of notes that it can … read more
Sineqube has released version 1.1 of Petri, a generative sample player & drum machine for Mac. Petri is a sample player that generates its own sequences and selects up to eight random samples from a … read more
Sineqube has released Petri, a sample player that generates its own sequences and selects up to eight random samples from a folder of your choosing. It was designed to create glitchy, IDM-inspired drum patterns very … read more
Micah Frank has announced the release of Tectonic, a free sound library. The Tectonic compilation includes almost an hour of earthquake sonifications that can be listened to as a full length album, or played as … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Touchscreen or Tangible? Use Both: A Practical, Affordable, Playable PC Rig with Usine Peter Kirn writes: Touchscreens? Good, old-fashioned faders, knobs, and pads? Why not just use what … read more