Category Archives: Audio And Synthesis

Live Set Recap

I recently had a show at the Upstairs in Belltown, and I thought i’d provide a few tracks here of material I was working on for the show.  I used my lemur+numerology setup that is detailed in my previous post.  My friend nick made an awesome poster for the show too, I thought i’d show read more »

Vector R’ector Reaktor Modding

Edit: ensemble updated as of 12-14-13.  Same file, overwritten, same link, found below. Ah, sweet memories of my TG-33 and the vector control joystick that brought me so much PCM bliss.  This week I found a reaktor ensemble by John Bleech called R’ector, which gave me the warm fuzzies.  So first of all, Thanks Mr. read more »

Reaktor Selections: Noise Toys, Sequencers, Samplers

Here’s part two of my list: everything but effects and synths.  Here you’ll find more of the strange sound generators and tweaked noisemakers, and also some useful samplers and drum machines and loop sequencers. For MIDI/control sequencers ensembles for Reaktor, see my post about it here. Noise Toys, Drone Makers, Grooves: Asonis by Donovan Stringer: read more »

Reaktor Selections: Synths and Effects

A first look at the Reaktor User Library is a baffling proliferation of sounds and tools that are visually incongruent and hard to understand.  Even the factory content that comes with Reaktor, alone, is a massive pile of ensembles that are hard to figure out and get through–I think this is one of the main read more »

Michael’s VOSIM Noise Generator for Reaktor

An old friend of mine, Michael, got back in touch with me lately, and shared some great VOSIM work he’d done in Reaktor.  I especially liked his VOSIM remix of a Lazyfish Ensemble called “StereoDigitalRandomNoiseSource.”  The original ensemble was pretty brilliant, but the use of VOSIM for the sound engine creates a crusty organic quality read more »

Granular Primer 3: Audiomulch and the Metasurface

The metasurface is the best shit ever.  Really.  I use it primarily for granular synthesis, but it has all kinds of uses.  Like I mentioned in my previous granular synthesis posts, the difficulty with granular sound is the large amount of control data necessary.  I’ve found great sounds with single settings, but using the metasurface read more »

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 »

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 »