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Monday, November 07, 2022

NETWORK-ERROR - LIVE - AV #040 - Suzuki OMNICHORD OM-36 Folktek circuit bent synth improvisation

video upload by NETWORK-ERROR

"Playing with a Susuki omnichord OM-36 circuit bent synth
modified by Folktek, Ben Houston."

Sunday, July 08, 2018

First SSP Software Update 08072018

via the Percussa Kickstarter:

"Hi everyone,

It’s time for the first update to the SSP software! We have been working crazy hard the past week on the software :-) Below is an overview of all the stuff we implemented:


New and better Preset Format (with backwards compatibility)

We developed and implemented a brand new preset format, which allows us to add new modules, parameters and modulation inputs/outputs more easily. The file format also drastically reduces preset file size, and thus the load / switching time of presets. We built-in backward compatibility, so you can still load your current presets. Once you save them, they will be saved in the new format. As long as you don’t save them, they will stay in the old format. Doing this was a major project, because we had to make sure we could load both the old and new formats.

Improvements to the Sampler Module

The sampler module has now 8 gate inputs and 8 sample playback outputs, which means you can trigger each of the individual slots in the sampler using a gate input. The input is a trigger input, meaning that it only cares about the signal rising about a certain threshold, and doesn’t care of the signal falls after that. The layer feature was removed because it is no longer necessary (you can send multiple sampler outputs into one output in the grid, which is the same thing). The slot selection feature was also removed since selecting an output using a modulation signal is a job for a different module (e.g. a signal switching module). Finally we changed the Coarse/Fine settings in the sampler to TuneC/TuneF, which is tune coarse and tune fine. Those two parameters can be used to set the original pitch the sound was recorded at. The Sampler now also compensates for sample rate differences (system sample rate vs sample rate from the sample) and I also worked on the pitch/frequency modulation inputs so it now tracks correctly (hopefully :). One other change I made is that now you can trigger the sampler, even though it might be in looping mode. So the looping mode does NOT ignore the trigger input now.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

HexaChrom Adds Support for The Missing Link and OSC

HexaChrom - Somascape

"HexaChrom turns your iPad into a musical performance controller, enabling you to play your OSC or MIDI (#) electronic musical instruments — virtual instruments running on a laptop/desktop computer, or hardware MIDI instruments.

HexaChrom takes an alternative approach to the majority of MIDI keyboard controllers in that it uses an isometric note layout, where the notes are presented as a hexagonal matrix of keys. There are many such isometric layouts, though HexaChrom uses the Harmonic Table layout, which is a modern variation of the Tonnetz (tone network), devised by the famous mathematician Euler.

This note layout has particularly useful musical intervals between adjacent keys, ie along the 3 major axes : minor thirds, major thirds and perfect fifths. In the Western musical tradition, the intervals of the major and minor thirds dominate chordal structures. Consequently, this layout offers a number of advantages over the more conventional clavier-style keyboards : consistent chord shapes irrespective of key, the ability to span several octaves with one hand, and to play basic major or minor triads with a single finger. Together resulting in an easier learning curve.

It also encourages the user to approach music differently, just as the different note layouts of pianos and guitars engender different playing styles.

(#) HexaChrom can send MIDI data either via the OSC protocol (wirelessly), or via CoreMIDI (wired or wirelessly). When using OSC to control MIDI devices (whether hardware or software based) you will need to translate the OSC messages to MIDI, using either additional software (eg OSCulator on a Mac) or hardware (Jabrudian's Missing Link).

- Isometric 'harmonic table' note layout keyboard, based on a 52-note matrix (just over 4 octaves).
- Play simple chords with a single finger.
- Consistent chord shapes irrespective of root key.
- Octave transposition provides a total span of just over 7 octaves.
- Dual view : Portrait mode offers a single 52-note matrix (easy play); Landscape mode has a 104-note dual matrix, with optional split channel operation.
- Assignable controllers (sliders and buttons).
- Control any software or hardware MIDI synthesizer, sampler, drum machine, etc. using OSC or MIDI protocols (additional software and/or hardware is required - see Requirements).
- OSC (wireless) support for both the 'M' data type (as used by OSCulator), and the Missing Link's proprietary message format. With automatic connection using Bonjour, or manual connection when Bonjour is not an option.
- CoreMIDI support (wireless or wired).
- Multitouch interface.
- iOS 4 multitasking compliant.

- iPad running iOS 3.2 or later (4.2 is required for wired MIDI, whilst 4.3 is required for wireless MIDI).
- To use wired MIDI : A CoreMIDI compliant MIDI interface (eg Yamaha's i-MX1), or Apple's Camera Connection Kit along with a class compliant USB-MIDI interface.
- To use wireless MIDI : a wireless network with access to a MIDI Server.
- To use OSC : a wireless network with access to an OSC Server, eg OSCulator or a Missing Link device.
- A Mac running OS X 10.4 or later (if using OSCulator or wireless MIDI).

- HexaChrom is a dedicated iPad app and cannot be used with iPhone or iPod Touch.
- HexaChrom is a controller. It does not of itself produce any sound.
- OSCulator, Missing Link and Camera Connection Kit are 3rd party commercial products."

Note the bottom image if from Hans of The Missing Link who gave it a try. He had the following tip for others that might want to give it a spin: "When I tried it out, the "Connect to Missing Link" slide switch put the right numbers in the boxes but it gave me an error as if they weren't there so I had to slide the switch back to 'OFF' and enter them manually. Not a big chore, but it's not necessarily an obvious workaround."

HexaChrom - Somascape
iPads on eBay

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Folktek Insectarium

via the Folktek Arts blog via The Wonderloop Session where you will find more images and words.
Folktek on Ebay

Friday, July 25, 2008

CLARICON Four Transistor

via Pascal
"Hello Bonjour from Paris
Here is the link to a small video, I made this night.

the sound of a 'Weird sound Generator' recorded on a old CLARICON reel to reel recorder. Weird, isn't it?

MFOS Weird Sound Generator

Best Regards,

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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