Pd is now on your iPhone (and iPad) with PdParty

You may have been overwhelmed by the launch yesterday of Korg’s new Arp Odyssei, which you can find details of here, but quietly in the background this little app got launched too.

PdParty is an open-source iOS application for running Pure Data patches on Apple mobile devices using libpd. Directly inspired by Chris McCormick’s PdDroidParty and the original RjDj by Reality Jockey, PdParty takes a step further by supporting OSC (Open Sound Control), MIDI, & MiFi game controller input as well as implementing the native Pd GUI objects for a WYSIWYG patch to mobile device experience.

Various scene types are supported including compatibility modes for PdDroidParty & RjDj and both patches and abstraction libraries can be managed via a built-in web server. Unlike the rise of the single-purpose audio application, PdParty is meant to provide a platform for general purpose digital signal processing via Pure Data patches.

Getting Started

New users, check out the User Guide and download the PdParty Composer Pack which contains the abstractions you need when composing on your computer as well as scene type templates.

See the PdParty webpage: http://danomatika.com/code/pdparty

Who Is This App For?

PdParty is meant as a platform for running patches created in Pure Data, a graphical programming environment for multimedia. Related to Max MSP, Pure Data allows computer musicians and non-programmers to create custom DSP routines by connecting objects with virtual patch cables.

If you don’t intend to create your own PdParty scenes or run scenes provided by others, you may not find this app very useful. Please _do not_ download this app and give it a bad rating because you are unsure of what it’s for or how to use it.

How Can I Support PdParty?

In the spirit of the open-source Pure Data community, PdParty is provided for free on the Apple App Store. If you wish to support its author and or PdParty development, consider having your institution sponsor a PdParty workshop, specific development, or a robotcowboy artist residency.

PdParty is on the app store now and is free:

Now libPd apps can be Link enabled

yesterday Peter Brinkman of Patchfield fame tweeted this link. I’m guessing it’ll be useful for anyone working in libPd right now?

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: n-Track Studio 8 – Pure Data

Video description:

“Short video demonstrating Pure Data use inside n-Track. With n-Track Studio 8, you can load your favorite Pure Data patches, whether instruments or effects, directly inside your DAW environment.

n-Track Studio is a cross-platform DAW, available for Windows and Mac and for Android and iOS in its mobile version. Main features include unlimited audio and midi tracks, advanced editing and mixing capabilities, built-in effects and instruments, and advanced metering tools. n-Track Studio 8 also includes exciting new features such as the step-sequencer, streamlined recording and internal routing, support for Pure Data patches and integration with Songtree, the new online music collaboration app.”

Video published by nTrackSoftware.

n-Track on the app store (iPhone and iPad):

MobMuPlat 1.7 arrived (a few days ago)

MobMuPlat keeps getting better, and overall support for Pd is growing all time. Here’s what’s new in version 1.7:

  • Open Pure Data files (.pd) with “native” Pd GUI rendering.
  • New “Ping & Connect” networking protocol support.
  • Improved layout on newer devices.

MobMuPlat on the app store:

Musical Android on Pd party developments in Android …

And if you’re an Android user then you really want to take a look at this article a video on the Musical Android site about Pd party. Things have really moved forward and it seems that there’s a lot happening in the Pd world and mobile now, especially on Android.

I think I’ll have to take a bit more time over this too.

MobMuPlat Patch::Polysine (video)

Video description:

“My third patch I want to share. A polyphonic sine wav synth with some nifty effects. Enjoy!”

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