Does Your DAW Have The Jitters?

Reader Geert Bevin has been doing some testing of DAWs to learn more about their MIDI performance. And based on his testing, some DAWs are more prone to MIDI ‘jitter’ than others:

Musicians using software instruments might be delivering sub-par performances and not even know why. Many popular plugin hosts introduce MIDI jitter at the final step, causing the timing to be subtly off during live performance. Read why this is happening and which hosts to avoid in this article.

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Practical Max – Making A Beat Factory

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In his second set of Practical Max videos, Matthew Davidson, aka Stretta, demonstrates building a ‘sweet-sounding and performance-friendly’ Beat Factory.

Beat Factory slices up and processes drum rhythms in real time.

Watch the Practical Max 2-B video, below, to see inside the Beat Factory Max patch.

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iDensity Brings Desktop Granular Synth Tools To The iPad

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Densitygs has announced iDensity for iPad – a new software synth that brings all the granular synthesis tools of Density/Pulsaret (Mac/Win standalone) to the iPad.

iDensity is real-time software designed for asynchronous sound file granulation, a ‘granular playground’, able to generate a wide range of usual and not so usual effects:

  • time/pitch shifting
  • time/pitch jittering
  • intricate textures
  • grain fountain/pulverizer
  • recording and manipulation of buffers
  • complex scrub pad exploration
  • dynamic envelope shape

iDensity allows you to record audio directly with your iPad mic and load up to nine built-in sound sample or add your own WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP3, M4A or MP3 files via iTunes.

With iDensity it is also possible to record the stereo output (of granulation) into the documents folder while scrubbing in the wavepad or moving granulation parameters in real-time. The mixdown/audio results can then be syncronized with/in iTunes.

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Practical Max, With Matthew Davidson – ‘An Embarrassing Amount Of Fun’

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Cycling ’74 has teamed up with Matthew Davidson (Stretta) on a new video series, Practical Max:

Cycling 74 debuts a new video series in which I demonstrate some practical uses of Max and share the patches I make.

In this first episode, I’m exploring what can be done with some inexpensive piezo mic elements and Tristan Jehan’s analyzer~ external.

But really, I’m just having an embarrassing amount of fun.

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Music For Violin & Subatomic Particles – Cloud Chamber

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This video offers an overview of Alexis Kirke’s Cloud Chamber – a work for violin and subatomic particles.

The first two minutes of the video are a discussion of the technical aspects, which is followed by a preview of the effect created by the cloud chamber processing. Continue reading