A pre-release version of Cycler Looper has been announced. Its makers tell us that the software has been created to support all aspects of sound performances (playback, looping, remixing) and gives musicians a simple yet extremely powerful set of looping tools. Here’s their press release wih all the details:
Cycler Looper software gives musicians a simple yet extremely powerful set of looping tools. Created to support all aspects of sound performances (playback, looping, remixing), it can be learned in one hour, and does not require expertise in digital audio. Nicolas Lacoumette, a musician who designed award-winning audio software like the GURU rhythm system and the Krishna synthesizer, is behind this bold new product. Cycler Looper excels by providing musicians with an extraordinary sense of freedom, far surpassing other computer-based solutions. Users create their own personalized loop station (like a turbocharged RC-50), with clear, engaging on-screen visual feedback. Refined and field tested at numerous live shows, Cycler Looper speeds and facilitates the set-up and sound check. It eliminates trouble-prone connections between the sound board and the stage and automatically sets levels for all recorded loops. A built-in playlist system automatically manages loading, sequencing and fades while eliminating the risk of computer-related operational errors. It comes with a full range of standard looping functions. In addition, users can explore the musical potential of a particularly comprehensive suite of new functions: double, half, infinite undo/redo, resample, as well as full control over loop time. Cycler Looper’s effects are specifically designed to solve problems that occur in live performance situations. Its practical library of stock effects, executable in real time with a single command, can be augmented with modular user-defined effects. A brilliant innovation, Cycler Looper’s “temporal effects” modify a loop’s timebase, yielding effects like slowdown, repeat, scratch, reverse and time stretch. In brief, Cycler Looper is an instinctive creative tool that enhances the pleasure of performing live, while freeing the user from technological constraints.
Summary of Cycler Looper’s main features
- Easy installation
- Quick learning curve
- Reliable and stable (Cycler Looper is a closed system, like Reason)
- Synchronized multi-user support
- Lightning fast project loading
- Efficient user interface
- Clear, elegant on-screen feedback
- Very rapid set-up for live shows
- Reduces overall equipment requirements (cables, preamps, mixers…)
- 8 loopers et 8 players per user
- Auto Level correction on Record
- Internal Playlist system with various crossfade modes
- MIDI Board adaptive to any controller brand
- Advanced looping functions
- Peak detection on first loop (Perfect Match)
- Free looping time, or adaptive to music (from 16th to 16 bars)
- Easy and accurate Global latency detection
- 16 ins (stéréo/mono), 16 outs (stéréo/mono) manager
- Odd signatures
- Basic and graphical side chain compression effect system
- Base Effects : Delay, Resonnant Filter (hpf/bpf/lpf), Overdrive, Flanger/Chorus,Phaser, Reverb, Volume/pan/mute, Ring/Amp Modulator, Bit/Samplerate reduction, compressor, Sample/Loop Player
- Base Time Effects :Incarn, Reverse, Smooth, speed up, speed down, time stretch.
- Modular and programmable effects
Minimum system requirement :
Mac or PC, Audio sound card. MIDI controller is welcome, but Cycler Looper also supports keyboard assignation.
Pricing and Availability:
Circular Labs has announced a major update to its cross-platform looping software, Mobius.
Mobius is a free application for Mac & WIndows that was inspired by the hardware loopers of the past. But Mobius offers 8 synchronized stereo loopers that can be used in any combination with extensive MIDI and computer keyboard control.
Here’s what’s new in Mobius 2.0:
- Redesigned synchronization engine for improved sync.
- Support for Audio Units host sync (Logic, Garageband).
- Support for other sample rates besides 44100.
- Redesigned UI button window that works like other binding windows.
- Improved OSC support.
Mobius is available now as a free download for Mac & Windows.
These are some new features that will be in Chipsune 2.0.
More info and downloads can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chipsune/124212437700974
The songs that are demo here are property of Nintendo and Gamefreak, and are not included in the future update.
“This is a video using the Fastfingers Lead Synthesizer software for Commodore 64 and my drumming. I added a new Lightshow feature to Fastfingers, which changes the color of the screen in time with the music.
All of the sounds are C64 Fastfingers sounds except for my drumming.”
This is a very cool demo of the AudioGL modular, check it out
Another update on the AudioGL project. This video features a crowdfunding announcement, and a software demonstration.
AudioGL is a Modular Software Synthesizer and Sequencer. It is designed to allow musicians to create complex compositions with ease. AudioGL has a dynamic 3D interface which focuses on streamlining workflow, so composers can spend less time navigating the interface, and more time writing music.
Here are the specifications of the computer I have been using to develop AudioGL
Make/Model: Lenovo X61 Tablet
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8ghz
Graphics: Intel X3100 (low quality integrated graphics card)
Audio: M-Audio Fasttrack Pro & ASIO4All
Display: 1024×768 (Laptop) – 1280×1024 (External)
As you can see, AudioGL does not require a high performance computer. If your system specifications are close to or higher than mine, AudioGL should run just fine for you.
Although the interface is rendered in 3D, it does not consume any more resources than a typical 2D interface. Furthermore, the graphical quality of the interface can be raised or lowered, depending upon your preferences.
The synthesizer is designed towards low CPU usage without compromising sound quality. To provide both, the instruments you create in AudioGL will only consume CPU when they are playing. This makes it possible to create a large composition on an underpowered laptop, provided that you only have so many instruments playing at one point in time.
ScoreCleaner is a live scoring tool that notates your music automatically. Just plug in your MIDI instrument/keyboard, play and let ScoreCleaner render.
ScoreCleaner changes the paradigm of notation softwares. Where earlier formats forced users to have a large pre knowledge of a piece of music to be able to notate properly ScoreCleaner allows the user so simply plug a MIDI based keyboard into their computer and play to render a notation. ScoreCleaner will automatically detect time signature, key, clef, tempo, note values etc. and simply notate the playing it receives. Virtually live. The user doesn’t have to rely on click tracks or other guiding tools in order for the software to understand the music and interpret it for notation.
“ScoreCleaner is unique in that will allow a user to play freely and end up seconds later with a useful score for a wide variety of musical styles” says Sven Ahlback. “ScoreCleaner will even notate non-metrical music, composite time signatures, rubato, something that has been quite unthinkable in decades past”.
Because ScoreCleaner notates on the fly rather than being designed for manually feeding the software with note values it becomes open to a number of uses.
ScoreCleaner can offer scoring and editing possibilities to become the main notation format for a user or it can work as a complement to other notation and sequencer formats. ScoreCleaner exports its notations and its interpretations to MIDI as well as MusicXML.
In Sven Ahlbacks words,
“ScoreCleaner is a wonderful teaching tool for students and teachers alike. It saves huge amounts of time and offers high accuracy compared to what has been available so far. But we also want to underline that ScoreCleaner is a great tool for any musician or composer who needs to quickly convey a piece of music to other musicians in the universal musical language of notes.”
For access to a time limited trial version of ScoreCleaner please visit
Emulator Modular Intro
Emulator Modular is the most flexible multi-touch software available to music producers and professional DJ’s.
- Convert your multi-touch device into a powerful MIDI controller.
- Build your dream interface in just minutes
- Emulator includes a complete list of objects so you can custom design your own multi-touch interface with buttons, sliders, circular knobs, jog wheels and many more.
- Share your custom templates with the Emulator community and benefit from templates and experience of our other users.
- Work at any resolution!
- Add multi-touch capability to your preferred DJ, VJ or Music Production software.
Scratchy is a standalone piece of software that produces noise. This noise can be manipulated by a tempo-synced Gating effect (at various degrees of note length) and by a Cutoff control to adjust the pitch. The result is something akin to scratching.
Other effects include Delay, Reverb, Bit Crusher and Comb Filter.
Controlled by a custom layout for TouchOSC for iPad – £2.99 from App Store http://goo.gl/xL714
The music used in this video is ‘Quantum Lock’ by Pete Di-Murro: http://soundcloud.com/mooyon/quantum-lock
Scratchy and the control templates for iPad and iPhone are coming soon as a free download from http://digitaldjtools.net. Check the website or Twitter / G+ / Facebook feeds for updates.
In my ludicrously ample free time, I’ve been working on this bad boy, Phaedra. It is an “analog” style four-channel MIDI sequencer for the iPad. Click the picture for the full-rez screenshot. In the interests of full disclosure, I borrowed heavily from the Moon Modular 568 Quad Sequential Trigger Source, which you can read all about up in here.
I still have a long way to go, but it is coming along nicely. Each step has note, velocity, gate time, and a pair of MIDI CCs of your choosing. I haven’t yet coded in the chaining feature, but it’ll be able to do 4 x 32, 2 x 64, and 1 x 128 modes. The steps can be 32nd note, 16th note, 8th trips, and 8th note, and each “bus” can run in arbitrary lengths. The “Live Control” knobs on the left can be used to modify one of the four destinations.
I haven’t yet conquered “MIDI background mode,” as used by many iPad synth apps, but I hope to include it, as well as Korg’s WIST. It already does normal hardware MIDI and Network MIDI fine, though, and can clock, or be clocked from, an external source.
I have no idea when I’ll have this done, as I’m only working on it in spare moments, but I hope to be done before Christmas. I’ll keep you posted. Note this is not an Audio Damage product. (I know that even though I say that, and it clearly does _not_ say “Audio Damage” anywhere on the UI, all the other blogs that pick this up will say it is. You can lead a horse to water…)
Cerberus Audio has released Volt Precision Fader, a high quality software plugin for fine control of gain.
Volt was designed to produce smoother fades and more precise gain staging than is possible with conventional DAW faders.
Volt Precision Fader features
- Shuttle and Transition Speed knobs.
- Linear gain control by “virtual voltage”.
- Logarithmic fader control by dB value.
- Memory banks to store and recall gain values.
- Text entry for directly entering or copy/pasting values.
- A/B between any two values using included memory banks or undo/redo.
- Half/double buttons for perfect signal splits.
- Unity/mute button.
- 300dB control range.
- 64-bit signal path.
- MIDI control for all major functions.
Volt Precision Fader for Mac (VST) is available to purchase for $15 USD.
More information: Volt