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Unsung / lesser-known software for musics?

Post by odditymedium »

Yes, musics in plural.

I'm talking of stuff like:

Xronomorph (any of Dynamic Tonality's warez, really, I just included Xronomorph cos its the best tool I've seen for Euclidean rhythms)

Top-notch VST/AU's also welcome. Madrona Lab's Aalto comes to mind.

The more obscure/niche the better.
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solaris wrote:marcohack

Re: Unsung / lesser-known software for musics?

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odditymedium wrote:Yes, musics in plural.

I'm talking of stuff like:

Xronomorph (any of Dynamic Tonality's warez, really, I just included Xronomorph cos its the best tool I've seen for Euclidean rhythms)
Thanks -- everything on this site is interesting. It's kind of a formalization of stuff I've worked out on my own by trial and error. I followed various links to a CMJ article explaining the theory behind this tool:

Computational creation and morphing of multilevel rhythms by control of evenness

The idea of "well-formed" hierarchical structures, tonal as well as rhythmic is quite interesting. I've been approaching polyrhythms more from the idea of phasing (horizontally) without realizing that there are very rich theoretical structures behind the content of such rhythms, and that there can be vertical as well as horizontal integration.

I found also a link to Guerino Mazzola's book -- Cool Math for Hot Music

It's hard sometimes to follow these developments because I'm not much a fan of the closed environment of software. Something like Max that I can program myself and use to control hardware, is the exception.

It seems that if one is doing interesting research in music theory the result is always accompanied by some app or plugin, because that's where the money is (people looking to get hired by large SW companies, so they develop skills mainly in these areas).
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I've been digging HISE a lot lately. It's a Kontakt-like sample player/synth, but the cool thing is that you can build your own instruments complete with scripts and custom interfaces, these can then be exported as VST, AU, AAX plugs on Mac, Windows, Linux as well as spitting out standalone instruments for all three platforms plus iOS apps. Open source and free if you don't want to commercialize the things you make.

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Not sure if it could be considered 'lesser known' or not, but Usine is also very cool:


I also like Trilobite quite a lot, though the free version is a bit buggy:

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Post by poppinger »

There's Hourglass and apparently he's working on a pretty cool looking piece of software that incorporates a bunch of things from CDP with the Hourglass granular stuff.

Spear is pretty interesting.

Also, Tapestrea.
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Virtual ANS is quite good fun.

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Post by dpcoffin »

Thanks all; fantastic thread:)

The fact that anything as simple, powerful and delightful as Xronomorph might still be obscure is pretty baffling tho!

Hypercyclic may not have the same depth or range as these others but is worth adding, I think…
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Post by mt3 »

sknote - quality for cheap
epic soundlabs - for morphing and maximizing CPU fan rotation
inear display - especially their freeware
twisted tools - all
flux trax - amazing
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Post by Swann »

Maybe not unknown, but worth mentioning.

It's a bit higher level than PD/MAX but still quite powerful.
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Post by Luap »

I was going to start a thread about this, but this one will do..

Oscistudio. Basically bespoke software geared towards oscilloscope music. Its a little crude currently, but still very cool.


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Post by Scolbio »

Thank you guys for all the links
I just had a little fun with DIN 8-)
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Post by justin3am »

I've had lots of fun with Gleetchlab and Berna
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Post by flippantminister »

solaris wrote:marcohack
th0nk was the best. Loved it. Didn't fool with software again for a long time after i upgraded past its usability...
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Post by Vortico »

All these suggestions are fantastic, especially the spectral editing software! I should add to the list some mod trackers: OpenMPT, FamiTracker, Psycle, etc. Good for sequencing MIDI quickly since you can specify which channel notes are played on with multichannel Eurorack MIDI to CV interfaces.
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Post by Riggar »

love this and use it muchly ...

Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch - http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/
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Post by astrodislocate »


Jinrai - A really interesting synth, admittedly with a pretty unintuitive layout. Even if you don't know what's going on though you can get some pretty unique stuff out of it with little effort.

Colugo's Blocks - All of them are criminally underrated.

SalamanderAnagram's "transform" ensembles - He made these about 5 years ago, and they don't seem to be on the user library for whatever reason, but they're great.


the "sound design with Max" patches Bunch of great stuff here, including Endjinn, one of the best asynchronous granular synths I know of. Also "Random Slice Container", which is probably the closest thing out there to a Max version of S-Layer.

"Modulate!" A standalone modular synth software made in Max. The standalone program is for OSX, which means I can't personally use it, but the source code patches for individual modules can be made into abstractions regardless of OS, and they're pretty good.


Glitchmachines plugins "Glitch" seems to be becoming a bit of a buzzword these days, but in this case it really is a decent descriptor of what a lot of the plugins do. Pretty good prices, too.

Variety of Sound plugins Damn fine tools for mixing and mastering, all of them free. Only caveat is that they're only for Windows
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Post by ignatius »



five12 numerology

recently updated Aeries verb. more than reverb. does weird shit.


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Post by secretkillerofnames »

ignatius wrote:
recently updated Aeries verb. more than reverb. does weird shit.
Gosh it's on Mac now?!?

This is the guy who worked for Creative Labs or Aureal or something?
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Post by wiggy81 »

+1 for Spear. Fair warning though, once you figure out how to use it - you will loose hours checking out your samples. :mrgreen:
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Post by Tobor »

Spear is poor men's audiosculpt, it was used to extract spectral data for Open Music.

I may suggest Gleetchlab 4... I want to release it in autumn
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