Doh. Got the HTML screwed up here — now updated and fixed.

Okay, I expected I’d get called down by a reader for criticizing Csound. Instead, electronica legend BT is here to set the record straight. And, as the hackaday post said, part of the reason Csound is popular is because it’s so easy to learn, right? Wrong. BT says, “”It’s a b****, the learning curve on Csound but once you get in there . . . I’m just like, I’ll build an oscillator that splines between rhythm and pitch.”

“Literally, we have a class in my studio where we study Csound every week. We have homework and everything.”

BT is also a fan of the free Mac audio software Super Collider. Now, in my defense, BT’s audio gurus have been telling him many things are easier to do in Cycling `74 Max/MSP. That’s next on his learning agenda, so stay tuned. And incidentally, another advantage of Max — easier to perform with than Csound (though, believe it or not, the latter is possible, and as I said in the last post, you can integrate the two if you want to go uber-geeky with sound).

Bottom line: if you want to get deep in sound design, regardless of the tool, leave some homework time. And on that note, I’d better get back to Max patching. More geeky tutorials coming soon.

Previously: Hackaday working on cool Csound tutorial, I complain about Csound, everyone waits for the “how to build your own hardware tutorial”

  • Guest

    Hmm, I can't get these links working — they seem to be from BT's site but I can't get them there either. 😕


  • admin

    Thanks for the catch, Roz. All fixed now; enjoy!

    I hard-code the stories on CDM and occasionally leave out a quotation mark. Which I suppose illustrates the point of why GUIs are our friend, doesn't it?


  • Guest

    year Csound, that's gravy bc it was created for making music. REAL geeks hack Perl in nightclubs (Slashdot discussion here).