Want to roll your own effects and synths? SonicBirth is a tool for constructing VST and AU plug-in instruments and sound processors, via a graphical patching interface. It’s a bit like a friendlier, Mac-compatible SoundEdit. And now, it’s completely free and open-source.
Even ignoring its open-source nature, there are a few elements of SonicBirth that set it apart:
- It works directly in the host. Boot up your favorite host software, and build effects and instruments live without leaving the program.
- It works with your existing AUs. Modify an existing third-party AU by adding to it whatever you want.
- Check out the examples. SonicBirth comes with a number of useful examples, from MIDI to audio, instruments to effects, valve simulator to convolution reverb to bass drum synth.
- Build Cocoa UIs. With a compatible host, you can build a Mac-centric interface.
- 64-bit support, Intel Mac support.
The old site hasn’t been updated, so go check out its new home on SourceForge:
I have to admit, my initial reaction to SonicBirth was “another patcher”? But its new open-source status could make it really take off. Anyone interested in helping crack it and make some great plug-ins using it, drop us a line.
How about a CDM forum for exchanging tips, embarrassing ourselves with newbie questions, and sharing our work? Interested? Join the SonicBirth thread on our forums and let us know.