Friday, February 27, 2009

DIY Video Tutorials: Buidling a Phaser pedal

Well, I'm back after a nice winter's break and ready to start some foot-stomping DIY pedal making noise, inspired by the good people at Build Your Own Clone and Beavis Audio, home of the Beavis Board DIY stompbox. So, to kick things off, here are a few DIY video tutorials on building a clone of the EH Small Stone Phaser pedal...

DIY Video Tutorial: Building a Phaser pedal - part 1

DIY Video Tutorial: Building a Phaser pedal - part 2

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

TX Modular audio engine (OS X)

TX Modular is a standalone audio engine, written in SuperCollider (not required) for OS X, that facilitates building fully interactive (generative, improvisatory, etc...) audio systems. The system includes some of the basic modules that you might find in synths and samplers, such as: sample & loop players, envelope generators, filters, and step sequencers, etc. (See List of All Modules for more details). You can choose which modules to use, as well as samples and loops, and build these into a "system" which can then be saved. Audio and modulation signals can be sent around the system allowing for all kinds of ways to link and control modules.

The TX Modular system is free software released under the GNU General Public License (version 2).

Monday, December 22, 2008

Alchemy Tutorial Part I [MatrixSynth]

Alchemy Tutorial 1 - Part 1

YouTube via CamelAudio
"This is part 1 of the 1st tutorial on the features of Alchemy - the new ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer from Camel Audio."

Alchemy Tutorial 1 - Part 2

Alchemy Tutorial 1 - Part 3

Thursday, December 4, 2008

AirWindows Audio Unit Plug-ins

Chris Johnson is the brains behind the AirWindows audio units plug-ins, which he breaks down into the following groups: tape/tube, dynamics, effects, eq, emulation, mastering, modulation, spatial, bizarre and EXS24 (the sampler for Logic Pro). On the main page, there is also a large number of FREE plug-ins, such as the useful channel, an analog simulation plug-in.

Chris forgoes the faux vintage knob thing, but focuses on good sounding plug-ins, such as the Iron Oxide tape simulation plug-in or his LA2A compressor emulation, Smooth.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Comparing Kyma, Max/MSP and a Nord Modular [GearSlutz post]

As a long-time Max/MSP user (since the MIDI only days of 1990) and a long-time Kyma/Capabara longer-for, I read with some satisfaction this useful post comparing the learning curve of sound quality of these environments.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Max/MSP: AU object for using audio unit plug-ins

From Michael Norris software: a beta version of a Max/MSP object that lets you use installed AudioUnits audio plug-ins [ Mac ]. If you've got a fair number of plug-ins this can be really useful, similar in spirit to some of the prior Vst~ objects.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Online Text: The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music [ Miller Puckette ]

Miller Puckette, the original instigator behind Max and the author of the open source version, Pd, has posted an online HTML version of his text, The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music.

Also, here is a Page With Links to Examples