Gemma, Pd, and making things

I’ve been meaning to post this update to Gemma for a few days, but then I got to thinking about it and about what it means so I’ve held off for a while. When I first heard about Gemma I was quite intrigued by the idea of it, but I didn’t really get it. When I saw the latest release it started to fit into place though. So what’s in the latest release? I’ll tell you.

  • Overall Improvements
  • Minor bug fixes
  • GemmaLib launch (for developers)

And this GemmaLib intrigued me, so I headed over to the Gemma site, clicked on the link for ‘developers‘ and watched this video.

Which was to say the least very impressive. So now we have a number of different options available for anyone who wants to use Pd. We have Gemma, we have MobMuPlat, and of course if you’re interested in developing a full app you can take a look into libPd.

It’s all starting to make a lot of sense right? But all with Pd at the core. What’s more, if you’re a zMors Modular user you can use Pd patches there too. So is it really worth it to learn Pd? Could be that now’s the right time.

Video: Delta [C64] – on Teenage Engineering PO-28, PO-14 & PO-16

Video description:

“Here I do yet another live performance of a Commodore 64 SID classic: Delta, by Rob Hubbard from 1987.

Three Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators are used:

  • PO-28 Robot: main lead, blips and drums.
  • PO-14 Sub: bass and extra percussion.
  • PO-16 Factory: secondary lead.

Both leads are played live, but some special tricks had to be done in order to overcome the “fixed scale” of the PO’s, in this song that actually uses two scales. The PO-16 runs a few patterns where some notes on certain occasions are raised a half step. That way the range gets much wider.

Due to the 16-pattern limit of the PO-14 and PO-16 I had to break up the mid part and cut the parts together. Everything is done live though, so it’s totally playable.

Hubbard borrowed quite a bit from Philip Glass’ “Koyaanisqatsi” for this theme :)”

Video published by tubesockor.

Video: moodscaper for iOS demo #9 (loopers x 2 and revised UI)

So this is a ‘coming soon’ I guess …

Video description:

“I’ve added an additional looper and revised the UI.

A big part of what moodscaper is all about is its semi-generative randomness and not repeating itself too much, even though that’s exactly what loops tend to do! For this reason, I’ve deliberately chosen not to sync the two loops. There are plenty iOS apps that do that already anyway.

In this demo, the first loop is in the upper range, then I create a bass part loop. Once the two loops are running, I simply turn “auto” mode on and off for the other voices to add a bit of interest.

Note that contrary to previous demos, I’ve decided *not* to record the auto switching as loop events. It just got really confusing and I want to keep this version of the app super simple.

I think the next big update will be additional “moods” – basically sounds and styles.”

Video published by Crème Douche.

So what is new in PlayGround?

Having mentioned PlayGround a few times today I thought I should really say what was new in the latest version of the app.

  • New scene by the L.A. producer Free The Robots
  • New Video Recording mode (default option) using ReplayKit (You can switch back to Audio recorder in the Settings)
  • Update of Menu Button animation to help understand it’s behaviour (you have to hold it to open the menu)

FieldScaper 1.3 is amazing!

FieldScaper 1.3 brings a lot of new features, here’s what you get …

  • New improved waveform controls.
  • Added feature of edit the sample.
  • Zoom and scroll waveform.
  • View of one or both channels.
  • Split and trim sample.
  • Cut, copy and paste part of sample.
  • Align selected part on measures.
  • Editor supports audio clipboard.
  • Fade In / Out applied when editing.
  • Built-in description updated.
  • Minor bug fixes.

Fieldscaper on the app store:

Video: Sample editing in NanoStudio

NanoStudio might be fairly old, but I know that a lot of people really rely on it a lot, and it is still one of the best apps around in a lot of people’s opinions. So this is a very handy video.

NanoStudio on the app store:

New things coming to SoundBow

Looks like this is because of some new stuff in open frameworks, which looks pretty cool.

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