Beta testing iMPC Pro Version 1.5 (19420)

Thanks to Retronyms Support I'm testing iMPC Pro beta pre-release Version 1.5 (19420) for iPad since yesterday. 

What to test 1

What to test 2

What to test 3

The new pad effect, Bit Crusher

My first test results: greatly improved stability; finally a good CPU and RAM management; some bugs still present, but that does not make it impossible operability. Nice work, Retronyms.


Unconventional Tools for Sound Design 1: SPEAR

SPEAR by Michael Klingbeil

SPEAR (Sinusoidal Partial Editing Analysis and Resynthesis) is an application for audio analysis, editing and synthesis. The analysis procedure (which is based on the traditional McAulay-Quatieri technique) attempts to represent a sound with many individual sinusoidal tracks (partials), each corresponding to a single sinusoidal wave with time varying frequency and amplitude. Something which closely resembles the original input sound (a resynthesis) can be generated by computing and adding all of the individual time varying sinusoidal waves together. In almost all cases the resynthesis will not be exactly identical to the original sound (although it is possible to get very close). Aside from offering a very detailed analysis of the time varying frequency content of a sound, a sinusoidal model offers a great deal of flexibility for editing and manipulation. SPEAR supports flexible selection and immediate manipulation of analysis data, cut and paste, and unlimited undo/redo. Hundreds of simultaneous partials can be synthesized in real-time and documents may contain thousands of individual partials dispersed in time. SPEAR also supports a variety of standard file formats for the import and export of analysis data. Spectral files produced by SPEAR can be used to generate pitch and other data for use in AC Toolbox, an algorithmic music composition program.



The Art of Electronics - Paul Horowitz, Winfield Hill

At long last, here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics. It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design. In addition to new or enhanced coverage of many topics, the third edition includes 90 oscilloscope screenshots illustrating the behavior of working circuits, dozens of graphs giving highly useful measured data of the sort that is often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits, and 80 tables (listing some 1650 active components), enabling intelligent choice of circuit components by listing essential characteristics (both specified and measured) of available parts. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular. It is an indispensable reference and the gold standard for anyone, student or researcher, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits.


12 awesome and useful maxforlive devices

Sufi Palmas
Up to 32 pairs of hands that clap with varying stereo position, velocity, playback speed, and attack when any midi note-on message is received.

The Point Blank Riser features some neat controls, and makes it easy to set the duration of the rise, as well as sculpt its shape using the customisable envelope and controls. It features a filtered noise section for noise sweeps, and a Synth section for those long pitch rises, and both these can be modulated by the on-board LFO.

This device is a creator of complex polyrhythms. Can be used in two ways: using master tempo and strict tempo subdivision (parameter on beat) or free mode using (parameter off beat.

DSP Keyboard Control 2
A device to help add features that Push is missing to help control external devices. Mod Wheel, Breath, Sustain, After Touch, Foot Expression, Patch and Bank selection. As well as mod reset and panic buttons. Also includes a nice note and midi cc display.

Provides 8 automateable knobs that can send MIDI CC messages. Makes it possible to edit CCs in Arranger. Live 9 does not support this natively. Text fields can be used for own notes. If device is turned off, no CCs are sent out.

An effect to shape the transients of your audio signal. It works very well.

A beat repeat which reverses the slice. Top maxforlive glitchier.

August was inspired by the fat sounds of classic analog synthesizers. This two-oscillator subtractive synthesizer is simple to program, but provides great results. The first oscillator produces a pulse wave with an adjustable pulse width control, which allows for various types of sawtooth and square wave timbres. The second oscillator can be switched between a sawtooth wave and a noise generator, and a Mix knob adjusts the balance between the two oscillators. August's resonant lowpass filter can be switched between 12 and 24 dB per octave and modulated by a dedicated LFO and/or envelope. August even includes its own dedicated chorus effect for even more warmth and fatness.

One of the most popular Max for Live devices, Robert Henke’s impressive Monolake Granulator has been updated for Live 9. Transform any sound with this versatile instrument. An amazing device for creating your own textures, pads, and atmospheres, the Monolake Granulator II uses granular synthesis to create a constant stream of short crossfading samples from a source sound. The size, behavior, modulation, envelope, and other properties of the short samples can be tweaked via the Granulator’s controls.

String together four modular oscillators to weave fantastic and bizarre results. Twelve custom effects modules included. Create your own patches and mix &` match effects to create your own self-oscillating contraptions. Dope Matrix includes a free Max for Live Step Sequencer for Push, APC40 and Launchpad. It’s realtime control matrix allows for instant access to any parameter with a push of a button. 

Modular Video Plugins for Ableton Live. VIZZable2 is a suite Max for Live plugins for video manipulation and performance in Ableton Live 9. Originally based on Max’s VIZZIE devices, VIZZable has been rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of gen which allows for very fast and efficient video processing on the GPU. VIZZable is suitable for live audio visual performance, VJing, interactive installations or audio visual composition and production. OSX users can use syphon to route video between VIZZable and other applications.

The Haas effect (actually Localization dominance) uses extremely short delays to better position your instrument in space. The pan pot only shifts volume, but this is not as naturally sounding.


Early Rave Music

Decimus effectus est: Musica extasim causat.
Unde postquam David in Psalmo LXVIIo cecinit: "Praevenerunt principes coniuncti psallentibus, in medio iuvencularum tympanistriarum." Et paulo post subdidit: "Ibi Beniamin adolescentulus in mentis excessu." [Profecit] illud philosophus in octavo Politicorum: "Melodiae Olympi faciunt animas raptas." Ad cuius confirmationem referente Quintiliano in primo Institutionum oratoriarum ponitur: "Tibicen, qui sacrificanti Phrygium cecinerat, acto illo in insaniam et per praecipicia delato accusari, quod causa mortis extiterunt."

Johannes Tinctoris - Complexus effectuum musices (1473-74)


Interactive Composition: Strategies Using Ableton Live and Max for Live

Interactive Composition empowers readers with all of the practical skills and insights needed to compose and perform electronic popular music in a variety of popular styles. This book focuses on the implementation of compositional and production concepts with each chapter culminating in a newly composed piece created by the reader using these concepts. The book begins by introducing Ableton Live and Max for Live as the key tools involved in the creation of interactive composition. The following chapters describe particular musical styles ranging from ambient to chiptune to house to dubsteb and the ways one might compose and perform within these styles through the software. As readers progresses through the book, they will learn to use the software to facilitate their compositional objectives.