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Peter Dines releases ParamDrum

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Peter Dines ParamDrum

Peter Dines has released ParamDrum, a Reaktor drum machine with Machine Drum style parameter locks.

Peter writes:

This is a drum sequencer for people who want a fast, easy way to create unique sounding electronic beat sequences. It doesn’t have a compressor or reverb – surely you already have these things yourself, right? – what it has is a fun and fast workflow, and the ability to produce sequences that will surprise you as you create them. It’s not a one-button “tada, here’s your beat” randomizer, nor is it a traditional sequencer that expects you to painstakingly determine every detail. It’s a nice balance between the two. I put a lot of effort into the usability and workflow and I hope you’ll find it as much fun as I do to work with.

ParamDrum features

  • Note velocity represents probability a step will trigger.
  • Enter and delete notes with a MIDI keyboard.
  • Record per-step automation with MIDI CCs.
  • Independent sequence length for each of the three sequencers.
  • Extremely low CPU usage.
  • Fun beat sequences practically fall out of it.

ParamDrum is available for purchase for $12.50 USD (includes an instructional PDF, access to updates, and occasional bonus downloads like custom sample maps).

Visit Peter Dines for more information.

Short links for March 11th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Peter Dines Booper

# Reaktor Tips – Peter Dines recently posted some nice new Reaktor stuff.

Tada! The initial release of the Frame looper, made to emulate the realtime-manipulable start and loop points of Ableton’s Simpler instrument. It’s a powerful and convenient way to play with samples, which makes the dearth of samplers that can do it so shocking.

There's also a peek at a Reaktor drum machine he has been working on. Sounds lovely to me!

# Cigar box sitar (tamboura)

Insructables user dingolishious created a cigar box sitar:

This is an easy variation of the cigar box guitar but with a buzzing bridge to make sounds reminiscent of a sitar drone. One of the great things about this project is that there are no critical measurements, almost any configuration will work just fine. The resonating cavity doesn't have to be a cigar box, It can be anything from cookie tins, hardhats to the traditional gourd.

Inspiration for the project: http://dennishavlena.com/tamboura.htm

# Radiohead – Paranoid Android on Mario Paint Composer w/lyrics (YouTube)

Wonderful rendition of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android by Adolfo Baez.

Adolfo writes:

Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and this is their best song IMO, This song is from the album Ok Computer, it´s considered by many one of the best rock albums of all time.

This is the most difficult song I´ve made using Mario Paint Composer but because of the hype that I´ll see Radiohead live on March I decided to make it.

I slightly modified some chords in the middle part to make them sound better with the original MPC soundfont and I left out 15 seconds of the end because that part just didn´t sound right with the MPC instruments, oh and I also made the song a little bit faster, more like when they play it live.

# Hand Claps Randomizing Kore Settings, with Pd

Peter Kirn writes:

Guiliano Cantini sends this patch he’s put together with Kore Player and Pd. He uses transient detection in Pd to trigger randomized parameter changes in Kore Player. That rig is entirely free (as in beer), but the same ideas could apply to Kore, too – and if you’re not into the clap metaphor, you could find other audio-reactive or controller-reactive approaches. (You can also just slap the mic on your laptop.)

Short links for December 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Blackbox Recorder

# BlackBox Recorder — Free Reaktor tool to Enhance Spark and Kore.

Peter Dines has created a handy motion recorder designed especially for use in Kore in conjunction with the recently released Spark synth (REAKTOR SPARK).

Peter writes:

The three knobs are mapped to the three macro controls in Spark, and record your movements, then play them back. Since the motion comes from you, from your reactions and musical intuition as you play, it’s a live and human kind of modulation source – but it also gives you three extra hands to perform.

# softmachines @ DaWanda – Couch pedals & fuzz bags for sofa rockers.

This girl is selling some sweet pillows.

softmachines pillows
Pillows by softmachines – a RAT pedal, TR-808 and a Big Muff.

Bit pricey at 99 EUR but very cool nonetheless. Link via Matrixsynth

# Serge Modular Spreadsheet – This useful spreadsheet is a labor-of-love by fellow Serge fan Ty Hodson. So much information gathered in one place – a multiplicity of notes and descriptions of Shop Panels, M-odules and Function Blocks culled from many disparate sources including old catalogs, brochures and various web sites including mine. Remember, this spreadsheet has multiple pages – click the tabs on the bottom. Link via Synthtopia

Short links for September 29th, 2008

Sound Wave by Jean Shin

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Sound Wave – Melted records on wooden armature – Jean Shin's installation at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

Records were melted and sculpted to form a cascading wave, dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete. The piece also aims to physically manifest the ephemerality of music as well as one man’s musical tastes, as represented by his personal record collection.

# GrooveStep – GrooveStep is a portable sample based step sequencer and that allows people to write music anywhere with the Nintendo DS. The first beta is out now!

# I Can Haas Stereo? Lolcat Reaktor Delay FX

Peter Dines writes:

Ladies, Gentlemen and Felines, I have created what is arguably the world’s first lolcat-powered Reaktor effect. I beg your forgiveness.

While working in Reaper I noticed it has a handy Haas effect plugin created in its native JS format. I thought I’d edit it to add some enhancements but decided I was too lazy to learn a new language right now, so I did it in Reaktor instead. It took minutes to throw together – the longest chore was finding, trimming and inserting the cheezburger cat graphic.

# FAKE presents: Pass the Dutch – Nice compilation featuring a track by rekkerd.org sample remix contest winner Jonas the Plugexpert.

# Best of Mother Earth: 1996 McDonalds Hamburger – I stopped eating at McDonalds a while ago. Not because I don't like the taste of their food, but because I don't like their business ethics much. This 12 years old burger makes me feel quite good about my decision.

# Mac anyone? New tracker on it’s way!

Seth Sandler writes:

For the last few weeks (with the help of my mentor Christian Moore) I’ve been working on porting over touchlib (the main tracker of the NUIGroup community) to openframeworks. A few reasons we chose to use openframeworks is because it’s (1) Cross-platform (it’ll work on windows/mac/linux), (2) It’s easy to add and develop on (minimal coding experience required).

If you didn’t catch that, this means we will have a new, full functional tracker that works on Mac! Many have been waiting for this! =)

Short links for August 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 25th, 2008:

Johannes Kreidler

# product placements (2008) – 70,200 samples in 33 seconds: nightmare for GERMAN RIAA

If you want to register a song at GEMA (RIAA, ASCAP of Germany) you have to fill in a form for each sample you use, even the tiniest bit. On 12 Sept 08, German Avantgarde musician Johannes Kreidler will —as a live performance event—register a short musical work that contains 70,200 quotations with GEMA using 70,200 forms.

# Audio Cookbook – AudioCookbook.org is a non-profit resource for music and sound enthusiasts made possible by contributions from Unearthed Music. The content has a slant toward the avant-garde or experimental side of audio production. Whether you have years of technical experience or you are just getting your feet wet doing sound design, you’ll find unique, interesting and useful information that might inspire you, give you an idea, or simply entertain.

# “Bird Box” sequencer – LFSR (linear feedback shift register) for drum sequencing. “Bird Box” is loosely based on the Triadex Muse architecture, but stripped down to two feedback taps and one variable-modulus divider.

# Music Is Math (Finished HD version) – Glenn Marshall's HD and finished version of his video ‘Music Is Math’.

I just let the program run till the end of the music, I felt reluctant to interfere too much by trying to sculpt an ending, and just let the code run its own natural course.

Phil Durrant by jolimatin @ Flickr

# Phil Durrant on Reaktor and the Laptop as Improvisational Instrument

Peter Dines talks Reaktor with Phil Durrant.

Phil Durrant is familiar to most Reaktor users as Sowari on the NI messageboards, a helpful and knowledgeable presence there. He’s also a renowned experimental musician, having performed with, among others, Ticklish, Trio Sowari and MIMEO, the music in movement orchestra – a collective that includes Christian Fennesz, Peter Rehberg and Keith Rowe.

# JamStudio – Create Music Beats – The online music factory – Jam, remix, chords, loops.

# Apocatastasis (feedback return for cheap digital delays) – Most expensive analog delay pedals have a feedback knob that lets you drive the output of the delay effect back into the input. My Ibanez DL5 Digital Delay did not have this feature, so I decided to make one and make it cheap. :-)

# DMGMITE-01: The Australian Chipmusic Compilation – A collection of tracks from some of the chippest blokes from Down Under.

# AudioWeevil08 – After many months of refinement, I can finally announce the new AudioWeevil08! This version really raises the bar in terms of response, feel and design.

Short links for June 24th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 24th, 2008:

OpenStompTM Coyote-1

# OpenStomp(TM) Coyote-1 open source audio effects processor built for guitar players – With the Coyote-1 users can develop custom audio effects in software (like distortion, echo, chorus etc.), mix multiple effects to build "patches", and exchange those effects and patches with the OpenStompTM community.

A companion Windows application (OpenStompTM Workbench) allows users to combine effects into patches graphically, and to move patches and effects between the Coyote-1 device and their PC’s disk.

The Coyote-1 O/S is open source so users can tweak it to behave any way they like, and the hardware is fully documented so that developers can take control of the whole pedal, dedicating all available system resources toward the implementation of unique custom solutions.

The Coyote-1 is not yet available, and pricing is TBA. You can sign up for the mailing list to receive a notification when it’s released.

# Download Free Reaktor-Powered Step Sequencer; Reaktor, Kore Performance Tips – Peter Dines has built a really fantastic tool called Frankenloop. It’s a "step sequencer with a twist" — probability settings for each step so that it sounds different each time.

# Beat the Heat: Build a Reaktor – And if you don’t know anything about Reaktor, read Michael Bierylo’s article on one of my favorite audio applications ever.

Tapehead Inspector

# Tapehead Inspector – A manual tape player, ie. one in which the player can directly control the movement of the tapehead against the audio tape.

Roy Mohan Shearer writes:

Simply a hack of the increasingly hard-to-source cassette walkman, I took out all the mechanics, hard-wired the tape circuit to ‘on’, lengthened the cable to the tapehead and housed the whole thing in a videotape casing. Jonnie built the instrument case/playing surface and then we made up a few audio tape ‘slides’ by recording some of Jonnie’s choice vinyl to tape and getting crafty with scissors and sticky tape!

More images @ Flickr.

# ARTEMISIA – Artemis Orchestra – The Artemis Music Orchestra is an automated-music contest for technical students to demonstrate to the general public what embedded systems can do.

# MTmini – How To – Use a piece of paper and a camera to create a camera-based multi-touch interface. All you need is a box, a webcam, and some graph paper.

# Whisper – wearable synth wristband – An interactive and wearable synth using an AVR ATTiny45 chip programmed to run a simple FM routine using a 256-point sine wave table.

# Midify now shipping – Add a MIDI port to just about anything – Can be installed directly into a GBA, GBA-SP, DS or DS Lite, or with some extra parts you can interface it with other devices.

# STEIM Director Michel Waisvisz passed away – Michel was a musician, visionary and occasional gardener – touched by sound and forever happy to be surprised. He was the source of an enormous surge of energy that continues to flow through STEIM into the world.

Short links for May 30th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 30th, 2008:

# Mainstream Multi-Touch is Coming, And It’ll Rock for Music

Peter Kirn writes:

The video above, showing multi-touch integrated with the next version of Windows 7 (expected at the end of next year), demonstrates one thing to me: multi-touch is coming, and it’ll be mainstream. And that’s huge for creative performance.

# GetLoFi – Abelincoln live looper – The “abelincoln live sampler” utilizes 3 Yada Yada Yada voice recorder circuits and simple passive 3 channel mixer for the Output signals.

# LittleGPTracker Hits 1.0; Free, GP2x, Linux, Mac, Windows, Does Lots of Stuff – LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x but there's a version for windows & mac too.

# 8bitcollective.com Compilation CD “Hello World!” OUT NOW! – Free CD includes 16 creative commons licensed 8bit tracks.

# Kontakt Tutorial Video: Creative Abuse with Modulation, Scripting – Peter Dines’ tutorial on scripting and modulation in Kontakt 3.

# The C1 has landed! – Casper Electronics circuit bent C1 is available in three styles: CS1 Speak&Spell, CM1 Speak&Math, CR1 Speak&Read. You can get one for $250.