Monthly Archives: November 2013

Granular Primer part 2: Control Data, Statistics, Reaktor Ensembles

When there are hundreds of grain events happening every second, generating enough control data for all the grains is an interesting challenge.  Most software approaches this problem in a straightforward, but somewhat boring way.  For instance, a common approach with all grain software is the “jitter” or randomization of parameters between certain values–randomly selecting a read more »

Granular Primer: Part 1

Granular tools for sound have become so ubiquitous that they are available to anyone, and often we are using granular algorithms in our software without even realizing it–for time stretching, or pitch shifting for example.  I found this magical tool back in the day as a teenager when Audiomulch was free and running on windows read more »

Kill your DAW! MIDI sequencing and modular sound software.

Here’s a list I’ve compiled of useful software for making music in an unconventional fashion, and also a collection of useful MIDI applications and plugins.  I’ve left most of the normal stuff out–I am more excited about software that lets me play around with ideas and try new things. Using something different encourages exploration, and read more »

Catching Up (tracks!)

I’m feeling motivated to post more regularly here again.  Over the past year I have been mostly silent, but there’s been lots of tracks.  I’ll post a couple to get the juices flowing again.  I’ve also started doing a collaboration with my friend Kenric, alias BigPhone.  We have some finished tracks but are still trying read more »

Golden BPF-FM for Reaktor (bandpass Filtered FM)

Hello all, I’m back!  Here is a new Reaktor patch that Iv’e been using lately.  It is a 4 oscillator FM synth, with bandpass-filtered modulators (with noise), a comprehensive modulation section, and a filter after the four oscillators.  That may sound fairly simple or boring, but there are a lot of options in this one. read more »