Fifth Degree: MIDI Sequencer

fifth-degreeDeveloper Bernie Maier has released Fifth Degree: MIDI Sequencer, a free iPad MIDI Sequencer based on the circle of fifths.

Fifth Degree aims to be a simple but playable source of MIDI notes for looping, jamming and experimenting, but especially post-processing.

According to the developer, I”ts underlying philosophy is that from a few simple elements complexity can arise. Flexibility is great and has its place, but sometimes it can be liberating to work to a set of constraints. The main constraint in Fifth Degree is that it sends out a fixed sequence of MIDI notes, stepping through the circle of fifths in the key and mode / scale you choose.” Continue reading

Free Bass Guitar Instrument For Ableton Live

univox-free-ableton-live-instrumentAfroDJMac has released a free Ableton Live instrument, made by sampling a 1970’s Univox bass.

The instrument was recorded coming through a guitar amp, a bass amp, and a room mic picking up both amps. You can mix between the two.

Controls on the Device rack allow you to morph the bass into something totally new.

Here’s a video demo of the free Live instrument in action: Continue reading

Free NexusUI Turns Your Web Browser Into A Music Controller

free-open-source-javascript-music-controllerNexusUI is a free JavaScript library of audio interface components lets you turn your Web browser into a music controller.

NexusUI is not a ‘canned solution’, but is a set of components that can be used to build custom interfaces.

Because they are built with Javascript, interfaces based on NexusUI can run in a Web browser. And they can be used to integrate directly with the Web Audio API in the browser, or to transmit OSC to apps like Max, SuperCollider or Chuck. Continue reading

Solid State Logic Offers Free ‘Offline Setup’ Software

SOLSA - SSL Live Console Offline Software
Today Solid State Logic announced that its Offline Setup software for the SSL Live console is now available for free download.

The SSL OffLine Setup Application, or SOLSA, allows creation and editing of Live console Showfiles on a laptop or desktop PC. SOLSA developers assert that “[a]lmost anything” that can be done on a Live console can now be manipulated and configured ‘offline’ when access to a console is not possible.

SOLSA is intended to enable engineers to configure Showfiles in preparation for shows but it is a simple way for anyone to explore and learn about the SSL Live console. Continue reading

Free Cannabis Offers Two Types Of ‘Funny’ Effects

cannibisBitsonic has released Cannabis vocoder for WIndows –  a ‘funny plugin’ that they say can completely change the sound of your vocal track.

The mono version is an effect plugin, meaning it works as a VST effect, rather than as an instrument. Using the effect on the vocal track, the software automatically tracks the tune of the vocal track, and calculates the pitch of the changed sound as well.

The poly version is a VST instrument application, where you can load the vocal track into the software and, using, the MIDI channel you can use it as a polyphonic vocoder.

Here’s a demo of Cannabis in action: Continue reading