Developer Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert has released Zupiter, a new browser-based modular synthesizer.
Zupiter uses a visual programming language, inspired by Pure Data and Max/MSP. Instead of using a skeuomorphic approach – imitating the look of physical hardware – Zupiter lets you create patches by connecting building blocks, each representing a basic element of synthesizers.
Zupiter also lets you map physical knobs on an external MIDI controller to virtual knobs in the app, by double-clicking on a virtual knob and then moving the knob you want to map on your device.
“I created the app because I wanted to have a powerful tool that would allow me to experiment and understand exactly how specific sounds are made,” notes Chevalier-Boisvert. “I also created it because, to my knowledge, there is nothing else quite like it. Yes, there are already other browser-based music apps, but to my knowledge, at this time, no other browser-based music app offers this degree of flexibility and power.”