Robert Henke releases free MicroDrum for Max for Live

Robert Henke has released MicroDrum, a free drum machine instrument for Max for Live.

Robert Henke MicroDrum

MicroDrum is a rough emulation of an old school 8 bit drum sample cell with some ideas borrowed from Roger Linn.

Samples can be truncated at the beginning, facilitated by the zoom (Zoom) function which displays only 10ms of the drum sample, starting from the start point. Samples can be tuned up and down two octaves (Tune). Tuning can be quantized to semitones using the step function (S). There is a volume envelope for shortening the decay (Decay), and an anti aliasing filter (HiCut).

What makes the specific sound of 8 bit drum computers is the low sample rate, which can be emulated with the (Down) parameter, a value of 2 means at 44.1kHz that the sample rate of the non-detuned drum sample equals 22.05kHz. The higher the (Down) parameter, the lower the sample rate and the more gritty and low-fi the sound will become.

The other important factor is bit resolution. With 8 bit there are only 256 steps for the amplitude value at a given moment. With 16 bit there are 65536 steps!

The device is a free download at Robert’s website.

More information: Robert Henke / MicroDrum

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Robert Henke releases LFO 2.0 for Ableton Live

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Robert Henke has announced the release of LFO 2.0, a free device rack for Ableton Live.

Robert Henke LFO 2.0 for Ableton Live

LFO 2.0 is the result of trying to build the best general purpose swiss knife LFO for myself. It needs Ableton Live 9.x with Max4Live installed.

It offers three basic ways of modulating a target: Directly via Live’s engine, (Engine) which disables manual control of the target parameter and is perfect for fast modulations. Or via a method similar to manually turning a knob on the user interface (GUI), which can create automation data when recording.

And, as a third mode it can put out the modulation as audio signal (Audio) which is useful for creating control voltages for analog synthesizers.

The device is a free download at Robert Henke’s website.

More information: Robert Henke / LFO 2.0

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Robert Henke releases Granulator II for Max For Live

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Robert Henke has released Granulator II, a free Max for Live synthesizer based on the principle of quasi-synchronous granular synthesis.

Granulator II
The Granulator II instrument for Max For Live & Ableton Live 9.

It creates a constant stream of short crossfading sections of the source sample, and the pitch, position and volume of each grain can be modulated in many ways to create a great variety of interesting sounds.

Granulator II also offers two multimode filters in series to further shape the resulting timbre. Granulator II is the latest incarnation of a series of granular based synthesizers I wrote for my own usage since the invention of MaxMSP in 1997.

The instrument is a free download (CC BY-NC 3.0 license).

More information: Robert Henke / Granulator II

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mo-seph updates Simple Max for Live Granulator

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mo-seph has released an update to Simple Max for Live Granulator, a free granulator instrument for Max for Live.

It’s very much inspired by Robert Henke’s excellent granulator external. In particular, the extra audio unit for grabbing source material.

I’ve used the GMEM GMU external granulator as the basis, as a relatively modern and fast granulation external.

mo-seph Simple Max for Live Granulator
mo-seph Simple Max for Live Granulator

Changes in Simple Max for Live Granulator

  • Fixed some trigger setting issues.
  • Added grain size link.
  • Fixed all instances starting in ON mode.
  • Interface tweaks.

The Granulator is available as a free download (Grabber audio effect and GrainPlayer MIDI instrument). Requires Live 8.2.x, Max and Max for Live.

More information: mo-seph

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Short links for September 30th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Skale Tracker

Tracker goes online with a Flash based web version.

Skale Tracker is a music tracker developed by Ruben Ramos Salvador (baktery) in the year 1998. The first version was released for Windows, later a Linux version was presented and now a web version is here.

Skale online
Skale Tracker web version

Brings me right back to my FastTracker 2/GUS days. I feel like pulling up some of my old .xm files and doing some remixes.

via CDM

# Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke (aka Monolake)

Mark Mosher of Modulate This! writes:

Robert Henke of Monolake and one of the creators of Ableton live came through Denver and performed his work "Intersection" on Monday and then delivered a lecture at Denver University on Tuesday. This invitation only event was hosted by The Digital Media Studies program at the University of Denver.<br />
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This was a real treat as this was one of only a small number Robert's performances in the US. Here is a show report.

# Making music on a microscopic scale – University of Twente

Strings a fraction of the thickness of a human hair, with microscopic weights to pluck them: researchers and students from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente have succeeded in constructing the first musical instrument with dimensions measured in mere micrometres – a 'micronium' – that produces audible tones. A composition specially written for the instrument will be performed in Enschede on Sunday 26 September.

via Matrixsynth

# little-scale and Poppi Doser: Antia (2010)

"A recent project saw little-scale collaborate with electronic music composer and researcher Poppi Doser. Antia – the resultant eight track EP – is best described as ambient and smooth sonic landscapes, interrupted by harsh and rhythmically complex lo-fi beats.

A work of contradiction, Antia manages to create a convincing merger of various stylistic elements. Poppi provides field recordings, plays piano and sings, and little-scale is on the SEGA Mega Drive and Atari 2600."

Available as a free download.

# Fallon and Timberlake give rap history lesson

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