Expert Sleepers Intros Max/MSP External Objects

Expert Sleepers has announced their first Max/MSP externals.

These native Max objects support the ES-4, ES-5 and ESX-4CV modules, so it is no longer necessary to use the Silent Way plug-ins to drive these modules from Max. Continue reading

rePatcher Adds A Modular Synth Interface To Your Computer

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This video, via FSK1138, takes a look at unboxing and testing the rePatcher.

The rePatcher is a $25 Arduino shield that basically lets you add a physical modular synth controls to Pure Data and MAX/MSP patches. It offers 6 general purpose potentiometers for modifying parameters in your patch and a 6 x 6 patchbay matrix.

rePatcher is available at Open Music Labs.

‘Concatenative Synthesis’ Lets You Play Anything With Anything

This video, by Rodrigo Constanzo, explores ‘concatenative synthesis’, an approach to synthesis that lets you play anything with anything:

C-C-Combine is a corpus-based audio mosiacing application, built in Max/MSP, based on concatenative synthesis. Concatenative synthesis is a technique for synthesizing sounds by concatenating short samples of recorded sound. It is essentially a type of granular synthesis that, instead of playing back grains based on position/windows, plays back grains based on analysis of incoming audio. In order to do this you must have a corpus (the pre-analyzed body of sounds) and an input sound source (either incoming audio or file playback).

You can get more info or download the patch at Constanzo’s site.

The Beatdown Step Sequencer For Akai APC40

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Sonic Faction has introduced The BeatdownThe Beatdown Step Sequencer for the Akai APC40 and Ableton Live.

This custom device comes with the Beatdown library and lets you program beats and note velocities,while saving and recalling patterns in realtime. It also features realtime looping, FX and groove manipulation for killer live performances.

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Awesome Oscillographic Synthesizer, de/Rastra, Made From Old TV

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Here’s another cool project from Kyle Evans, creator of the electroacoustic didgeridoo.

The de/Rastra oscillographic synthesizer is a real-time audio/video instrument and computer-interfacing device that lets you generate visualizations intrinsic to cathode ray tube technology while simultaneously creating the acoustic analog of the displayed imagery.

Here’s what Evans has to say about the de/Rastra oscillographic synthesizer:

Through hacking and exploiting the capabilities intrinsic to all CRT devices, the technology becomes repurposed as a performative interface, breaking down the device’s ‘consumption only’ nature. The performer is given control over the technology by removing it from the intended application and forcing it into an active state through a combination of physical and mental effort.

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