The Soundmachines NS1nanosynth is a miniature modular synthesizer that’s priced about the same as one module of a full-size modular synth. It’s cheap, as modular synths go, because it dispenses with custom screen printed panels, jacks, knobs – leaving you with the essence of a modular: a circuit board. Developer Davide Mancini describes the NS1nanosynth as ‘A powerful, deep and hacker-friendly… Read More The Soundmachines NS1nanosynth Is A Tiny, Powerful Modular Synthesizer
Csound – an open source user-programmable software sound synthesizer is now available on Android. Csound contains a full complement of digital oscillators, samplers, filters, envelope generators, random number generators, physical models, sound granulators, phase vocoders, and other unit generators. Users write instrument definitions in Csound’s orchestra language to render notes written in Csound’s score language, played… Read More Csound Now Available On Android
Among this year’s entries into the Australian National Film & Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia are sounds of the Fairlight CMI. Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia. Here’s what they have to… Read More Fairlight CMI Honored Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive
Free Music Friday: Future World, by Norah Lorway, is an album of ambient soundscapes creating using music programming and digital synthesis tools.
Reader Phillip Stevens let us know about a Kickstarter project he’s running to develop a new Arduino, just right for audio projects, Goldilocks Analogue. Arduino is an open-source computer platform, designed for creating microcontroller-based devices. The goal of the Goldilocks Analogue is to bring sophisticated analog and audio input, output, and storage capability to the Arduino environment. Here’s… Read More Goldilocks Analogue Combines Arduino With Audio I/O, Is ‘Just Right’ For Music Projects
Professor David Wessel, Director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at the University of California at Berkeley, passed away on October 13, 2014, at the age of 73. Wessel was a musician, composer and mentor to many electronic and computer musicians. He was also known to some as “The Patron Saint… Read More Professor David Wessel Has Died
MusicTech magazine recently published a guide to tuning your computer for audio. It covers topics like the performance benefits of hard drives, CPUs, additional RAM, SSDs and decluttering your hard drive. One thing that’s striking about the article, though, is that it’s mostly stuff that OS X users never think about. As the article notes: Mac will provide… Read More What’s The Best OS For Doing Music & Audio Production? (Poll)