Thursday, April 22, 2021

Abstract LoFi IDM (BeatCutter app)

This track was created using the BeatCutter app (iOS). Eight samples from free libraries were used as source audio material. Samples are completely different both in content and in rhythm. The first sample sets the rhythm and, in addition to processing, passed directly to the output. The initial idea was generated using a random template, then individual parameters were tweaked. Mainly, the trigger parameters have been changed to reduce the triggers activity and make the sound less dense. The sound is recorded directly in the app without additional processing.

Free samples for this app can be taken here:

https://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/free-music-samples-royalty-free-loops-hits-and-multis-to-download





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 long sound files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.>

>>> More about BeatCutter (demo, reviews and guides)








Sunday, April 18, 2021

Shortwave Universe

Sound abstraction created with BeatCutter app. Eight different tracks with records of shortwave radio stations were used as source material. Final track recorded in this app without any additional processing.





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 long sound files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.>

>>> More about BeatCutter (demo, reviews and guides)








Friday, April 16, 2021

SynthScaper - Let’s Play - iPad Live

SynthScaper - Soundscape Synthesizer - Let’s Play - iPad Live (The Sound Test Room)






>>> SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer

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

>>> SynthScaper app series of tutorials

An excellent series of tutorials for the SynthScaper app from SoundForMore channel.

Also you can get a detailed description of this app here:

>>> Complete description of SynthScaper 1.7 (pdf)

>>> SynthScaper LE - Multitimbral atmospheric synth

Lush pads, psychedelic synths and atmospheric soundscapes in an easy to use app with a powerful sound engine.






Monday, April 12, 2021

BeatCutter app updated to version 1.1

BeatCutter - Rhythm slicing and recombining app updated to version 1.1

Changing the fade in and fade out operations makes the sound smoother even with use bitmask and very short recording times. And the improvement of the algorithm for selecting a cell for recording makes sound constructions more varied.

A popup with the parameter title and its value allows you to better navigate the app at the beginning of learning and improve the visibility of the parameter value.

Double tap on any control opens a panel in which you can change the parameter value step by step or select one of the predefined values. While the panel is open, you can tap once on another control to switch the panel to it. When you start changing the value of any parameter with the control, the panel will close.


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 long sound files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.>

>>> More about BeatCutter (demo, reviews and guides)



All changes:

  • The algorithm for applying fade in / out has been changed. The time is fixed at the start of recording, but the fades are applied during playback. This gives a smooth start / stop of playback even when using a bitmask.
  • Added a panel for step by step change and quick setting of predefined parameter values.
  • Added popup with a short description and value when changing parameters.
  • The parameter "Skip cell playback" now applies after the first playback.
  • Improved the algorithm for selecting cells for recording on the same trigger bus.
  • Parameter values in beats are displayed in whole and fractional parts.
  • Added option to app settings: "Display decimal part of beat as non simplify fraction".
  • Added option to app settings: "Start audio unit instance in the initial state".
  • More accurate display of the signal state with channel marks on the main screen.
  • The current state of all parameters is saved separately for standalone and audio unit.
  • Reduced the maximum time of fade in / out for more accurate setting of small values.
  • Reduced the maximum time of the module "Echo" for more accurate setting of small values.
  • Fixed an issue with the parameters "Step" for changing the playback speed and bitmask offset.
  • Fixed problem with saving the current state after applying a preset.
  • Several user interface improvements.







Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Matrix Decoded: BeatCutter for non Rocket-scientists

A very detailed and straightforward overview of the BeatCutter app. Great explanation on how to set up buses and how they work with the sample matrix.


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 long sound files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.>

>>> More about BeatCutter



The Matrix Decoded: BeatCutter for non Rocket-scientists








Monday, April 5, 2021

BeatCutter - A series of step-by-step tutorials

This is a new series of step-by-step tutorials and demos from SoundForMore Tutorials that detail the features and work with the BeatCutter app. This series will be updated as new part become available.


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 long sound files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.>

>>> More about BeatCutter



BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 1: Getting Started, Core Concepts


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 2: Play FileDirect to the output


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 3: Setting up BeatCutter inside AUM


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 4: Quick Preset Management


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 5: Process one Input Bus


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 6: Process Multiple Input Busses


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 7: Process Multiple Input Channels in AUM


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 8: Triggers, inputs, filter, length, attack, release


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 9: Input Options and Automation


BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 10: Feedback


BeatCutter - Music Demo 1


BeatCutter - Music Demo 2 Forest Sounds


BeatCutter - Music Demo 3 Transform an iSem arpeggio preset








Friday, April 2, 2021

BeatCutter - Rhythm slicing & recombining

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.

>>> Get this app on App Store

With this app you can create sound textures and abstractions with the atmosphere of cyberpunk, industrial ambience or alien jungle. BeatCutter has an almost unlimited range of options for transformation of source audio. The kind of original sound does not really matter. It can be any tracks, external musical instruments or sound from other apps. The content of the source material and your settings will define the final result, which can range from futuristic IDM to abstract music for fill the living space and soundscapes for relaxation and meditation.

Please note that BeatCutter does not contain exact presets for a specific result. It has a large set of parameters that are adjusted by experiment depending on the source material. But for a quick start and search for ideas, this app has a convenient template editor, which consists of a set of numbers, where each number defines values for a group of parameters. You can change numbers in the template and listen to the result, or use the randomizer for the entire template, then change some specific parameters and save the current state as a preset.

One of the most interesting and experimental features of this app is the Feedback mode. This is not like analog feedback when positive loop gain occurs at some more or less stable resonant frequency. It looks more like fractals when the next level is similar to the whole structure, but in this case with constantly changes. We can say that it works like a sound structure that evolves and changes itself. This is an incredible ability to create perfect sound abstractions, unrelated to any external samples or signals and it opens up a huge potential for experimentation and inspiration.

The BeatCutter works on iPhone and iPad standalone and as audio unit. Supports up to 4 external input and output channels, playback up to 8 files at once, works as a multi-channel audio unit, and is compatible with Audiobus. The app interface is designed for convenient work with the most common MIDI controllers containing 8 faders and 8 knobs.










How it works:

At the core of the app is a matrix of 64 (8x8) cells in each of which a sample can be recorded. The sample matrix is controlled by 5 types of buses - Inputs, Triggers, Controls, Sequencer and Outputs.

The audio signal for recording takes from 8 input buses, each of which can playback a file or be assigned to one of 4 channels of an external sound card or audio unit.

Cell recording start and stop is controlled by 8 trigger buses. Each trigger can be assigned to a signal from any input bus or external channel. The trigger is activated when the signal exceeds the threshold. Each trigger has a band pass filter which selects frequency range in which the trigger will activating. The length of the record in the cell is defined either by a fixed value in beats or by activating and deactivating the trigger.

The sequencer controls the playback of the cells. The sequencer can sync with the main BPM clock or change the step when activating its own trigger. The played sample is fed to one of the 8 output buses on which the cell is located.

The output bus also process the signal with one of the audio effects, filter and echo modules. Next, for each of the 8 output signals, can set the output level, stereo panning, EQ and level to send to the main reverb. The output buses and main reverb are mixed for the external stereo output.

Each cell has a set of parameters that define the playback speed of the sample, a bit mask of playback addressing that implements a kind of glitch effects and other parameters. For each group of 8 cells, these parameters are set by one of the 8 control buses.

Another interesting feature is that for all 5 types of buses, 8 different modes of combining cells in the sample matrix can be set. This allows to create completely unusual configurations for recording, playing and controlling sample cells. Changes mode of buses and value of parameters are performed smoothly and it is possible to set the duration of this change. This options makes the transition sound even more amazing.


>>> Complete description of BeatCutter 1.3 (pdf)


Demo and reviews:

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 1: Getting Started, Core Concepts (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 2: Play FileDirect to the output (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 3: Setting up BeatCutter inside AUM (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 4: Quick Preset Management (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 5: Process one Input Bus (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 6: Process Multiple Input Busses (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 7: Process Multiple Input Channels in AUM (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 8: Triggers, inputs, filter, length, attack, release (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 9: Input Options and Automation (SoundForMore Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Tutorial Part 10: Feedback (SoundForMore Tutorials)

The Matrix Decoded: BeatCutter for non Rocket-scientists (MarkH / Almost Aviation)

BeatCutter - App Deep Walkthrough Review (Gavinski’s Tutorials)

BeatCutter - Possibly The Most Experimental App Ever (The Sound Test Room)

BeatCutter | so easy to use (one of the way from Ed The Outcast)




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