Remembering Lucky Frame: Wave Trip Teaser

Still one of my favourite games.

A bit more about the Black Box …

So hopefully you’ll have seen this video and might be wondering what the little black box is and what it does. If you have seen it then skip down and take you can find out a little more about what the thing is. If not, then have a quick look at the video first.

Various people have suggested what it could be. All good guesses too. But here’s a little more to go on.

In the first part of the video you can see the box being used by Mr Concreted0g alongside a Yamaha MU15. The MU15 is a nice little sound module that runs on batteries so it’s very portable, but it has no sequencing capability, and that’s where the box comes into its own.

The little black box is actually a MIDI looper. It listens on all 16 channels and records and plays back whatever it hears. So it’s very good for layering up tracks over lots of channels. Of course in the first part of the video it’s only controlling the MU15, but as the MU is a multi-timbral unit it is actually working over quite a few channels simultaneously.

In the second part of the video you can see that the looper is controlling the MU15, a Waldorf Rocket, and a Meeblip SE. It’s running all of them at the same time and getting its MIDI data from the CZ101 which is just being used as a controller for the purposes of the video.

But you may be wondering how the box knows when to record and on what channel etc? Well, that’s the clever bit. The box only has 2 buttons on it. One button is just the on/off. The other button is a control button. When you hold it down it stops accepting MIDI in and takes any key pressed on the controller keyboard as a command. Each musical key on the controller keyboard corresponds to a different command, i.e. start/stop recording, quantise, delete MIDI data etc. More about that another time though.

So, now you know a bit more about the box, what do you think? Would it be useful? Would it be fun? Would you buy one?

I plan to have another video out soon, so expect more details next week.

Remembering Lucky Frame: Pug Synth for iPhone and iPad!

This could be brilliant for discovering, and leaving, interesting sounds

I love the idea of this, at least the idea that lots of sound artists could take it and turn it into something very different from what it is meant to be. I’m going to give it a go myself and start leaving sounds around London soon, so if you are using it, or start to use it, please let me know.

Here’s the app’s description from the store:

Recho lets you record a sound and stitch it to where it was recorded. Your recording is now available for everyone, but to listen they have to be at that exact place.

Use Recho for stories, guides, poetry, games, tips and secrets. Your recordings on Recho will stay at its place forever, so future listeners can hear the echoes of the past.

What’s New in Version 2.0

Recho 2.0 is here! All essential features for the full Recho experience are finally integrated.

Private rechoes
You are now able to create rechoes that only selected friends can listen to. Great for your personal recordings.

New recording flow
Recording gets a big update, where you are prompted to share and recommend your content before placing it in the world.

Social media shares
You can recommend a recho to both facebook and twitter. The more active users, the more fun.

New categories
We have updated the categories to more compelling descriptions. Hope you find them inspiring.

There are a series of improvements all over the app.

  • Walk to a specific recho you selected, with a distance counter.
  • Swipe between panels in menus.
  • Log in without email verification.
  • Learn with a new tutorial.
  • Overall design improvements.

Recho is free at the app store:

Remembering Lucky Frame: Pugs Luv Beats: The Story

Remembering Lucky Frame: Pugs Luv Beats: Gameplay!

Noisepad update brings audio recording and more

Here’s what’s new in Noisepad:

  • Finally: Mic-in! Record your own samples with the built-in sample recorder/editor.
  • Fixes for iOS 8
  • Updated Audiobus to version 2.x
  • Fixed AudioCopy/Paste
  • Updated in-app icons
  • Several bug fixes and tweaks
  • Warning: Noisepad now only runs on iOS 7 and up, due to Audiobus requirements

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