The Noizefield Particle of God Effect

Free Music Software: Developer Max Pfetscher let us know about a free Reaktor ensemble effect, Particle of God, that he created as part of KVR’s 2012 Developer Contest.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

Particle Of God is an ensemble effect for Native Instruments Reaktor. The idea behind this effect is to create a delay where the delay time is accelerated. The single delays are getting faster (or even slower) for each time the delay is repeated. To get a “musical” result, the delay time and also the delay acceleration is synchronized in time and tempo.

Several parameters can be changed in real-time an tweaked by the step-sequencers.

There is also an template for hexler touchOSC available.

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Molecule Synthesizer Sneak Preview Videos

Developers of the Molecule Synth have released a pair of demo videos as a sneak preview of the new snap-together modular synthesizer.

The first video, above, demonstrates Molecule Synth with iPhone MIDI and Touch OSC.

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The Missing Link Wireless OSC/MIDI Translator (Review)

The Missing Link Wireless OSC to MIDI

The Missing Link OSC/MIDI Translator is a unique device, created by Jabrudian Industries, that lets you control MIDI devices wirelessly, using OSC over WiFi.

If you’ve ever thought it would be cool to be able to control your vintage MIDI gear wirelessly, The Missing Link can let you do it.

When you turn it on, the Missing Link creates a WiFi network that you can connect to with computers and other wireless devices, just as you would connect to other WiFi networks. It also has MIDI In & Out jacks, so you can connect it to your legacy MIDI hardware.

Hardware & Setup

The Missing Link is small (3.3″ x 2.2″ x 1.6″) box that has a jack for a wall-wart power connector, a USB connector & MIDI In & Out (standard DIN-5). The case is plastic.

Setup is a little geeky, but still easy.

When you power up the Missing Link, it automatically creates a WiFi network. To connect to the Missing Link, you need to configure your device. It’s not that different than setting up a laptop to access a WiFi network.

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TouchOSC Controller For FL Studio´s Step Sequencer

Reader J.Martins sent word of TouchOSC layout dedicated for FL Studio´s Step Sequencer:

This layout is for better handling automations via FL Studio´s Step Sequencer (When Muting/Unmuting Channels).

It comes with a feature that shows the Instrument Channel names from FL Studio (up to 12 Channels plus up to 4 characters from each Channel’s name) in your TouchOSC layout almost in realtime. That helps a lot the workflow of creating music in FL Studio plus sequencing it with an iPad

The layout sells for $.99 via Martins’ site.

Lemur For iPad Tutorial

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This series of videos, via DubSpot instructor Evan Sutton. takes a look at using Lemur for the iPad and making new control surfaces using the Lemur Editor.

Lemur Tutorial Part One:

In part one, basic setup of the Lemur and Lemur Editor are explained. To start, an Ad-Hoc network is created. Once the iPad running Lemur software is connected, it will automatically update with the changes made in the editor. As far as objects go, we’ll start with the Fader and MultiBall. A great thing about the Lemur is its physics engine, which we can use with both objects.

After MIDI is set up, it’s time to take a look at the Lemur Daemon. The Lemur Daemon brokers internal MIDI connections between incoming Lemur control signals and other programs running on your computer, such as Ableton Live. Here, we set up the connection manually.

The original Lemur was a hardware unit, introduced back in 2004. But the Lemur platform has achieved new popularity with the introduction of Lemur for iPad by Liine. Using the Lemur Editor, you can create custom interfaces for the Lemur.

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Serge Modular Synthesizer With iPad Control

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Sound designer and synthesist Ian Boddy experiments with iPad control of a Serge modular synthesizer.

The combination of open-ended multi-touch controllers with modular synthesizers is just beginning to take off, but I think it promises to revolutionize the world of modular synths. Only a small part of what you pay for in a modular synth is for the electronics. The bulk of the cost goes for knobs, switches, jacks, panels, design costs, overhead & shipping.

By rethinking modular synths with wireless touchscreen control in mind, you could have a relatively inexpensive modular synth that uses knobs as needed for tactile control, but is logically patched via a wireless touchscreen controller. Functions that are done effectively in software, like sequencing, could move to the touchscreen controller. This could combine the hands-on benefits of modular synthesis with things like patch recall.

What do you think of the combination of multi-touch tablets with modular synths?

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