The HTML 5 Drum Machine is a browser-based virtual instrument, created by Jamie Thomson, that is inspired by old-school hardware. Continue reading
The BBC has published some online demonstrations that recreate the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using the Web Audio API:
Explore the BBC sound of the 1960s with our 4 demos of Radiophonic equipment, built with the new Web Audio API standard. Each demo comes with commented code, so you can learn how to build your own audio applications.
The demos include simulations of the Workshop’s gunfire effects, the ‘Wobbulator’, tape loops & a ring modulator.
Can your mobile device play this?
Alex Gibson’s WAVE-PD1, aka WavePad, is a basic synth toy that sounds a bit like a theremin, built with HTML 5 audio.
WavePad has a simple touchpad UI and generates sound based on the waveform and filter settings that you can select. It can also be affected using delay and feedback settings.
While it’s unsophisticated as a synth, it’s built with HTML and delivered via the Web, so it should theoretically be cross-platform. At this time, only about 25% of the smartphones in use support HTML5 audio.
Does this work with yours?
Browser-based virtual studio Soundation Studio has added support for external MIDI recording.
Now you can connect an external keyboard to one of the virtual instruments in Soundation and record directly to the “cloud”. Soundation Studio comes with 4 different synthesizers, a drum machine and a sample player. You can also use the virtual keyboard in Soundation to record a part.
Want to get your modular on in your web browser?
g200kg has released WebModular, a free browser-based modular synthesizer:
While an interesting proof of concept, WebModular suffers from limitations that plague most browser-based music software. Most notably, it runs like your computer is 10 years older than it really is.
Is there a future for browser-based music software? Check this out and let us know what you think!
Google is honoring Bob Moog‘s birthday with a special interactive Moog style synth.
Moog’s birthday is May 23rd, so the interactive ‘doodle’ was active in Australia and Japan first, and is now active in the US. The browser-based synth not only lets you play notes, but you can use the controls to shape the sound.
Here’s what Google has to say about their Moog tribute:
With his passion for high-tech toolmaking in the service of creativity, Bob Moog is something of a patron saint of the nerdy arts and a hero to many of us here.
So for the next 24 hours on our homepage, you’ll find an interactive, playable logo inspired by the instruments with which Moog brought musical performance into the electronic age. You can use your mouse or computer keyboard to control the mini-synthesizer’s keys and knobs to make nearly limitless sounds.
Keeping with the theme of 1960s music technology, we’ve patched the keyboard into a 4-track tape recorder so you can record, play back and share songs via short links or Google+.
We tested out the ‘MiniGoog’ in Chrome – so your results may vary in other browsers.
Soundation CEO Bil Bryant contacted us to let us know that Soundation Studio, a brower-based virtual studio, has added a social networking side to their service.
”Our users were demanding a more social element to Soundation and we are excited to now have this in place”, says Bryant. “We just put up the community and literally overnight there were thousands of songs posted”
Now users can post songs, form groups, leave comments, like, send personal messages and make contests while managing all aspects of their account.
Soundation has also developed a new widget player, with the options to embed the song link and/or publish your song to Facebook.