Houdini’s tricks: inspiration and tutorials for the essential free-to-start visual tool

It’s time to become a visual escape artist. Houdini, the 3D procedural tool from SideFX, is vital secret sauce in visuals, including live and immersive AV. But what’s it about – either technically how to use this thing or why and how to get inspired? There are some great recent videos from the Houdini folks with just that in mind. Don’t forget, too – it’s free for Unreal and Unity use.

Quick tips: changing oscillators while live jamming with Arturia MicroFreak

Arturia’s pint-sized weirdo is full of tricks. One of the best ways to get maximum freak-age is to make use of its multiple oscillator types, which is why this tip comes in especially handy.

Peter Kirn - May 2, 2022

Psychedelic Soldier: a burnt-out Russian tank headlight made into a synthesizer

Swords into plowshares … invading Russian tanks burnt up and made into synths. Sherman Drozd did just that, salvaging a destroyed part from near Kyiv. He shares the full story, and how the instrument was made. Well… Слава Україні! Музикантам слава!

Peter Kirn - April 28, 2022

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