Digidesign’s New Groovemaking Instrument in Free Preview

Slicing, remixing, looping, "live performance-oriented features" … this is Digidesign we’re talking about, right? Digi’s Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) unit, the fruits of the acquisition of Wizoo, may have a pretentious name, but they’ve been doing some pretty great work on new instruments. The new project, Transfuser, will have to enter some crowded waters. Loop slicing and handling already works pretty nicely in Ableton Live (especially with Live 7’s drum racks), in instrument form in FL Studio 8’s awesome Edison and Slicex, and in tools like fxpansion’s GURU. (Superficially, at least, Transfuser bears more than a passing resemblance to the …

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Flickr Screen Grabs: Infinite Video Theremin, Odd, Free Musical Interfaces

Tommy responds to our call for screen grabs of software with this fascinating Jitter patch: He writes: used lloopp and jitter runtime to make this instrument that uses a firewire camera as a source for effecting sound generators. i like this shot because of the video feedback. What’s lloopp? Glad you asked. It’s a live improvisation / looping / performance tool built in Max/MSP and totally open source. That makes it ideally-suited to use if you’ve found other live performance tools to be overly restrictive on their own. lloopp Speaking of free, unusual interfaces, Tommy also sends along this elegant …

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Maker Faire: Giant Bicycle-Part DJ Looping Reel-to-Reel Tape Deck

Reel to Wheel is a massive sound-making device built from bicycle parts and a dismantled reel-to-reel tape deck. Move around the absurdly over-sized controls, and its analog inner workings groan and creak their way through recorded sound. Move the wheel at the right speed, and you get an effect quite like scratching — or, since it’s tape, it’s really “scrubbing.” Reel to Wheel Project Page, with wonderful hand-drawn illustrations featuring Hank the Dummy. The project, shown last weekend at the Maker Faire, is the creation of Sasha Leitman, Steven Backer, Jesse Fox, and Jen Carlile at Stanford University’s Center for …

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FlyLoops: In-Development Live Looper, Phrase Sampler Tool

Loopers and phrase samplers can be fun tools, but odds are you’ve wished a hardware or software looper would work more musically. Aaron Leese has designed a prototype system, combining a piece of USB hardware, wireless USB pedals, and Windows software, that intends to do just that: Imagine seeing a musician who could play a bit of music, loop it, add another bit, loop that ….then add a longer loop …… then some drums and a solo … maybe change the volume on that second loop …. turn the first one off … then play the third one backwards … …

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Musolomo: Free Sampling Instrument (Mac)

A new audio software collective called plasq has released Musolomo, a free Mac OS X AudioUnit instrument. It's designed for sampling, playing, and manipulating audio from a MIDI keyboard — so you can work from the keyboard instead of staring at your computer screen. That's right, finally your audiences will know you're doing something musical and not just chatting on IM. Congratulations to CDM reader Cris 'Atariboy' Pearson, who's on the plasq team! Cris tells us the best host for Musolomo is Ableton Live — and the streamlined MIDI interface means you can tuck Musolomo into the effects for a …

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