Cycling ’74 releases Max 7

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Cycling ’74 has released Max 7, a full kit of creative tools for sound, graphics, music and interactivity in a visual environment.

Cycling '74 Max 7

Now with a new interface optimized for speed and simplicity, major performance improvements, and a collection of powerful new tools to realize your ideas faster than ever.

Max 7 features

  • Full support for MIDI devices and modern audio hardware.
  • Limitless audio options including basic DSP building blocks, VST, Audio Units, and Max for Live devices.
  • Flexible support for multi-channel audio.
  • Realtime input from webcams, digitizers, and built-in hardware.
  • Serial and HID support for a wide variety of electronic prototyping boards and controllers.
  • Interactive OpenGL graphics and GLSL shaders, including realtime shadows.
  • Support for multiple displays and tools for live projection.
  • Efficient realtime HD playback and hardware-accelerated image processing.
  • Transcoding and interaction between audio, video, graphics, and control data.

Max 7 is available for purchase for $399 USD. An upgrade from previous Max versions is $149 USD, and you can also subscribe for $9.99 USD/month. Ableton Max for Live or Live 9 users can crossgrade for $299 USD.

More information: Cycling ’74 / Max 7


NM Labs releases Alphabeat sample sequencer for Mac

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NM Labs has released Alphabeat, a free step sequencer instrument for Mac.

NM Labs Alphabeat

Alphabeat is a 16-step sequencer with built in samples ready to use, and customizable with your own samples – WAVE/AIFF/MP3 file types.

Built-in Frequency filter, Reverb, Delay and Compressors with DSP Scripting from Software Designer and MAX/MSP contributor.

The Rewire should be OK, but there’s been an issue with several DAWs. Although the standalone mode would give you satisfaction.

Alphabeat was created for KVR Developer Challenge 2014.

More information: NM Labs


Expert Sleepers releases ES-40, ESX-8CV & ESX-8GT mk2 Eurorack synth modules

Expert Sleepers Eurorack modules

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.

More information: Expert Sleepers


Kevin Holland & John Staskevich launch Luminth generative music system at Kickstarter

Kevin Holland and John Staskevich have launched a Kickstarter project for the Luminth, which lets you generate melodies, percussive grooves, and ambient soundscapes.

Luminth USB controller
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

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.

More information: Luminth


Justin Dolby releases free Smack My Batch Up audio processing application

Justin Dolby has released Smack My Batch Up, a free Max/MSP application for generating new sounds from samples with plugins.

Justin Dolby Smack My Batch Up
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.

More information: Justin Dolby / Smack My Batch Up


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