my latest forays into computer generated music:
This was last updated in 2007...since 2002 i have been experimenting with computers as musical instruments.
i am currently using NI Reaktor, Propellerheads Reason, CoolEditPro, Stylus RMX, AAS Tassman , a bunch of freeware/shareware such as Triple Cheese and String Theory, and various plug-ins. i'm particularly pleased with physical modeling software synthesizers. Tassman, and the modeling suite, from Applied Acoustic Systems, certain PM Reaktor stuff, and String Theory all sound fantastic to me.
i am not all that fond of 16bit/44.1k digital audio quality but i think the situation is much improved with 24bit recording. i can hear the difference between 16bit/44.1Khz and 24/96. that stated , i often do things at 24/44.1k. and, unfortunately mp3 for internet perusal. mp3 is the scourge of music, imo.
i'm using PCs with windoze XP as they are cheap. i mostly buy them used, then slap a new hard drive or two in them. my main desktop pc (the Dragon) is a cheapo Gateway with an AMD6000 (a 3Ghz processor) and a Native Instruments Kore V1 audio interface. my newest laptop, portable noise-maker is dragonfly, an HP with a core duo processor, 2 hard drives, and a strong constitution.
in the interest of actually creating some music i try not to spend too much time doodling with new softwares. if i was just learning to play the violin i would rarely fiddle around with say, the clarinet, or harpsichord. i consider each piece of software as a complex instrument that will take years to master.
Since i originally wrote that last sentence i have purchased Native Instruments Komplete, ableton live, the full AAS modeling suite, and Camel Audio Alchemy. so now i am experimenting with Absynth and Kontact and Battery and FM8...etc...so much for mastering just one or two softsynths.
Wow, it's now 2023, a decade and a half have passed. Just after that 2007 update i found an opportunity where i had a four bedroom house to occupy and i built a large electro acoustic jam room which had two homebuilt modulars, piles of old synths, and piles of weird noisemaking stuff. I'm now back to mostly all virtual synthesis as my hardware is sitting in a storage unit temporarily. I'm using three laptops, one old Win 7 (which now functions only as an instrumant, a Win 10 Razer gaming laptop (junk, but it has the graphix), and a cheapo i3 which does internet, music, and other computerly duties. I have a Win 10 i5 desktop waiting for upgrades. As for virtuals i'm still using everythng named above plus a few more (Kaivo, Omnisphere, Zebra...) It seems that i did go back to "using what i have" instead of buying the new, shiny, shiny. I haven't bought a synth in years. That said i will likely be acquiring some new stuff (Plasmonic and other PM synths).
just recently i have started Reaktoring again. It seems that generative audio is all the rage, when i started doing it there was no term for it. i always called it "Autopilot." i have started building synths for this purpose.
cloud of sounds
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