Free App, PhonoPaper, Lets You Create & Play ‘Audio Barcodes’

Developer Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app that explores using graphics as tool for manipulating sound, PhonoPaper.

PhonoPaper is a free platform for representing sounds as graphics. It combines a PhonoPaper-code generator to convert sounds into images that you can print on paper and a realtime reader that runs on smartphones (iOS & Android).

Because PhonoPaper turns audio into a tangible object, it lets you tangibly control playback. You control playback speed by the way you move the smartphone ‘playback head’. You can play it forward, backward or ‘scratch’ it.  Continue reading

What’s the Sexiest Musical Instrument?

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Here’s one more reason not to trust corporate news media: CBS News reports that, according to their 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair music poll, the guitar is the sexiest instrument to play, followed by the saxophone and the piano.

The synthesizer did not even make their list. How is that even possible? Continue reading

Free Software Update Brings Wavetable Synthesis To Atmegatron

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Soulsby Synths has released Atcyclotron – a free software update that brings a new type of synthesis to the Atmegatron synthesizer.

\Atcyclotron is the first major alternative software release for the Atmegatron. It turns the Atmegatron into a wavetable cycling synthesizer. The key difference is that the sound now consists of 4 waveforms rather than one, which allows for more complex timbres to be created.

Here’s a video that demonstrates the new synth engine and how to install it: Continue reading