Friday, January 21, 2022

Learning Synthesis: Sequencers

Outside of the world of sound generators and noisemakers, few types of electronic music gear inspire as much excitement as sequencers. They come in many shapes and forms, sometimes as complex stand-alone units, other times as a feature in music-making hardware or software...and on the macro scale, they can be viewed as an electronic substitute for a composer’s old friends: staff paper, and a pencil.

>>> Learning Synthesis: Sequencers Part One: A Brief History of Sequencing

>>> Learning Synthesis: Sequencers Part Two: Basics and Beyond




Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Exploring Electronic Music and Karlheinz Stockhausen

In partnership with EMI and EMI Music Sound Foundation the London Sinfonietta worked with 7 schools from across the UK in March and April 2006. This project aimed to introduce the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen to students from KS4, preparing them for a concert by London Sinfonietta of Mixtur.

>>> SOUNDSCAPES: Exploring electronic music and Karlheinz Stockhausen (PDF)



Welcoming Recorded Music to the Public Domain

Approximately 400,000 sound recordings made before 1923 will join the public domain in the U.S. for the first time due to the Music Modernization Act (read more at copyright.gov). You can peruse about 38,000 of them in our collection of digitized 78rpm records.

>>> blog.archive.org



Friday, December 17, 2021

Movement of Time (BeatCutter)

This composition was generated by BeatCutter app from four sound sources in real time. The sound sources were four hardware synthesizers on which chord progressions were played. Additional output (channels 3,4) from the app was passed to the Classic FX app for processing, then mixed with main output.

>>> BeatCutter app on App Store

>>> Classic FX app on App Store








Tuesday, December 14, 2021

AltiSpace 2 app updated to version 1.2

This update brings significant additions to the app. AltiSpace now supports MIDI controllers (also Bluetooth) for all parameters with learn mode or assigning CC / RPN controls manually. Added a parameter that sets the fade out point for a smooth end of the impulse response. Added the option to filter the list of presets by part of the preset name (search for a preset). When importing impulse response files, you can now select multiple files at once. Improved UI scaling when use as audio unit. Updated built-in app description.

All new features can be found in the built-in description. This description is available as a PDF file.

>>> More about AltiSpace

Free acoustic impulse responses for auralization:

>>> Open Air Library



This demo shows the sound of different presets (impulse responses of real reverb devices) with different types of instruments. First, the original sample is played, then the same sample processed by the preset with the original impulse response, and finally the sample processed by the same impulse response, but with modified processing parameters. The result is two variant of sound with the same impulse response.








Thursday, December 2, 2021

Sense #6216. Hardware and apps together

This experimental chaotic ambient was made in home studio with using a several of my apps together with hardware audio equipment. When using high-quality external audio interfaces, many iPad apps provide great sound quality and can be used in both home and professional recordings. What were used:

Drum machine Hammond Auto-Vari 64 processed by SoundSaw app.

Chaotic rhythmic ambient generated by BeatCutter app from a many sound sources. Rhythm defines by drum machine.

Reverb output from BeatCutter processed by Classic FX app instead of internal reverb. BeatCutter app can use up to 4 external inputs and playback up to 8 audio files (without limit of file length). For external input / output was used audio interface Focusrite Scarlett 6i6.

Synth theme was played on a Korg MS2000 and processed by AltiSpace 2 app.

Mixed on console Allen & Heath GS3V. Main reverb AKG ADR68k. Group compressors DBX, final processing T.C. Electronic Finalizer 96k.

The final recording was done on the tape recorder Sony TC-510-2.









Thursday, November 25, 2021

Black Friday Sale! All apps!

See tutorials, reviews and demos for apps below

>>> All apps in App Store






AltiSpace 2 - Advanced Convolution Reverb >> App Store

AltiSpace 2 is a convolution reverb app with advanced controls that provides realistic sounding natural acoustic space or vintage reverb devices for any track or mix. >>> More about this app






SoundSaw - The Art of Sound Destruction >> App Store

SoundSaw is a complex sound processing app with easy-to-use controls designed to distort the sound of musical instruments or voice, and give the sound the aesthetics and atmosphere of noise, lo-fi, chiptune and experimental music scene. >>> More about this app





BeatCutter - Rhythm slicing & recombining >> App Store

BeatCutter is an experimental multi-channel app for slicing and recombining sound based on rhythm. In the center of the app is a matrix of sample cells with smoothly reconfigurable recording, playback and control busses. This app is best for those who would like to experiment with large audio files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples. >>> More about this app

>>> BeatCutter - A great series of step-by-step tutorials





Classic FX - Reworked classic audio effects >> App Store

A complete sound effects processor and a mono to stereo converter with equalizer, effects and reverb, based on specially designed high-quality processing algorithms and suitable for any kind of audio sources. This app will add brightness and expand the sound space of any instrument from recorded musical instruments to software and even modular synthesizers. >>> More about this app





SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer >> App Store

Synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between. >>> More about this app

>>> An excellent series of tutorials for the SynthScaper app






SynthScaper LE - Multitimbral atmospheric synth >> App Store

The special lightweight version of SynthScaper LE lets you easily create and modify your own multi-timbral pads and atmospheric soundscapes. >>> More about this app





FieldScaper - Field recorder & Scapes constructor >> App Store

Advanced field recorder combined with a sound warp engine and a collection of ready to use dynamic presets for iPad and iPhone. Discover new ways to create and construct unusual and exciting sounds from any environmental audio recordings or samples recorded from other apps. >>> More about this app






SoundScaper - An experimental sound mini lab >> App Store

SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles. >>> More about this app


Thursday, November 11, 2021

SoundScaper app updated to version 1.9.8

This update improves compatibility with new devices with different aspect ratios and compatibility with new versions of iOS. Also added support for bluetooth midi controllers, the sound engine has been slightly optimized and the description of the app has been updated. Description also available as PDF file.

And this app still works on previous generation devices starting with iOS 9.0 like iPhone 4S / 5 / 6 and iPad 2, iPad Mini / Pro 1st generation!






>>> App Store Preview: "The redefinition of noise"

Finding beauty in an unlikely place.

The word “noise” generally conjures up some negative connotations. Synonyms could include “loud”, “abrasive”, “unnecessary” and “non-essential”, whether it’s audiovisual in nature or in reference to something modern like sorting large amounts of data through a computer.




Battle with mushrooms! Generative tripchaos demo with SoundScaper and BeatCutter.




SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.

>>> More about SoundScaper







Sunday, November 7, 2021

SoundSaw app updated to version 1.2

This update brings new presets, improves the app's audio engine and makes some of the controls more convenient. Also some minor bugs were fixed.

In this demo: Casio CZ-101 with Akai MFC42 (analog filter module) processed by SoundSaw (distortions) and AltiSpace 2 (convolution reverb) apps on iPad.

>>> More about AltiSpace 2 app





SoundSaw is a complex sound processing app with easy-to-use controls designed to distort the sound of musical instruments or voice, and give the sound the aesthetics and atmosphere of noise, lo-fi, chiptune and experimental music scene.

>>> More about SoundSaw









Saturday, November 6, 2021

SoundSaw. Crash the sequence!

This distortion app will add lofi, chiptune, distortion and vaporwave atmosphere to a single instrument like guitar or synth, drum machine rhythm or even synth sequence. In this demo the default presets make the regular sequence more alternative. This app is great for creating overload and oversaturated sound, experiments and eerie howls.

Synth / sequencer app in this demo: AudioKit Synth One.





SoundSaw is a complex sound processing app with easy-to-use controls designed to distort the sound of musical instruments or voice, and give the sound the aesthetics and atmosphere of noise, lo-fi, chiptune and experimental music scene.

>>> More about SoundSaw