Interview with Gilzad- Sunvox- metamodules and more...plus download of his metamodules at the end of the interview.
Gilzad has been a recent force in the Sunvox community and has won the hearts of many Sunvox users by using his knowledge of audio, building up very useful effects in something called metamodules inside Sunvox-
Sunvox is a modular Daw / working environment and since the last big update a new module came into play which allowed users to pack the other modules inside the metamodule and make them into a new module.
The great thing about the metamodule is that you can build complex instruments mixing synthesizers / samplers / and effects,
or do what Gilzad has been doing, build really useful mixing / mastering tools...
So the decision was made on a rainy day to meet over the internet and discuss him and what he has been doing.
Also I have a confession to make,
to make him comply to this interrogation I am sorry to say that I had to stoop so low as to threaten to eat his cat...
Just finished interview with Gilzad and Nightradio just posted this fine example of Gilzad's Vocoder metamodule for Sunvox...
First of all what is Pixivisor.
It is an application that uses two devices-
one that sends and one that receives-
Then you use a image or a video (the video sent just uses a short part of the video)and transmit the image / video transforming the image / video into sound frequencies that the other device will pick up and de-codify into a
image / video again.
So in-between you can manipulate the sound signal in different ways-
guitar pedals for example, well basically just manipulating the sound in different ways, and by manipulating the sound signal you end up influencing the image / video.
This is something original and new and it is still early stages and it will be really interesting to see where this application goes.
So finally to what I wanted to show,
this is the first video that uses this technology (with the help of video editor to edit the pieces together) as a longer piece and also gives some inclination to what is possible with the application.
P.s- the sound in the video is music made by Proteus and have nothing to do with the signal being transmitted by the application itself...
OTG usb cable turns your phone midi compliant and makes it possible to record sound with your audio interface...
Not exactly news,
but if you are not aware of these possibilities it's pretty good to know.
So if you have any apps that supports midi-
you should just like in the video below be able to connect your midi keyboard
and play / record directly into your phone / tablet...
In the video he mentions that the only app he found that is working with midi is one of the piano apps,
but if you want to step up the game- Caustic is also midi supported...
There must be more midi compliant music apps out there and from now on I will try to pay more attention,
and if you know of any other ones please let us know in the comments.
According to what I read it is should also be possible to record into your device directly with a USB microphone but it seems doubtful and I don't have USB microphone to try it,
if anyone have experience with this please leave a comment.
And finally there is another way if you have an USB audio interface you can in some cases depending on phone and your audio interface be able to record directly into your telephone tablet-
altough being a little bit limited,as it only records one track,
but at least it will be a good sounding track!
There is three apps that is supposed to do this-
The first one is not supposed to work on any of my devices so I cant try it out but it is for free!
The second one is from the same developer but you need a rooted phone for this to work and then it should work on most devices at least it says that it should work on both my devices,
and it is also for free...
Then finally there is USB Audio Recorder Pro.
That should work on one of my devices...
As you can tell haven't tried these programs out yet,
but there will be a purchase very soon of a OTG USB cable and maybe finally there will be rooting of my phone!
USB audio Recorder (Daniel Sobe)
USB Audio Recorder Root (Daniel Sobe)
USB Audio Recorder Pro
The best of all is that the OTG USB cable is not very expensive from 3-4 $/€ up to around 10 $/€
it seems to be a good thing to have around as it is useful for other connectivity purposes to.
Here is also a small link to a post that the developer Nightradio put up yesterday:
Nightradio on recording sound into phone / Tablet
And finally movie time!
And remember to not cry there will be a new weekend soon.........................................................
A couple of days ago wrote a little bit of this new synth,
and mentioned that the vst integration that it was supposed to have wasn't working,
well now it is updated and you can download the new vst versions here:
It is a new concept and a maybe a little bit weird as it is not a vst in itself that you can load up in your DAW and use independently of your phone / tablet,
it means that you need to have the telephone / tablet connected by wifi and the interface will only be visible on the phone / tablet,
but think that it will click with some people and you can in this mode also use it for the keyboard to play / record.
And even without vst integration I do think that it is one of the best synthesizers you can get for Android.
Link to overview:
Spectrumgen and Pixelwave
This has been on Caustic 2's website for awhile, but if you missed it...
It is a modular synth the developer Rej has been working on and released for Pc / Mac so it can get presets done by early users and I guess additional testing / input.
Played around with it for awhile and it seems really stable and interesting,
not totally convinced about flipping to the backside every time you want to connect a new cable though,
as it would cramp my workflow, ( and me being pretty lazy, all that flipping ohweee ).
This would be really cool addition to Caustic 2,
it is not clear when it will be ready as another machine inside Caustic 2 but we can be ready by learning it before hand!
Actually to just have racks with modular synths and the sequencer, mixer and effects would be awesome!!! ( at least for me ).
Also it doesn't come with any manual and it can be intimidating if you are new to synthesis or to more advanced forms of synthesis,
and he recommends you can learn more about synthesis through a good set of articles here:
and you can read about that tip and get more information and of course download the synth for Pc / Mac here:
Well like I said at least we can play with it already on the PC / Mac...
This looks and is really interesting, just came out a couple of days ago.
It is still in Beta and having used it a couple of days it still has some small squiggles,
but as it is-
it is still really cool and very ambitious for being on the Android platform.
It is a pure synthesizer with a really cool feature list for example,
eight modulation slots with almost any parameter to modulate,
more so than in any other synthesizer seen for Android.
The other interesting thing is the idea that you can download a vsti version for free and totally control with you tablet / telephone or in my case more interesting interchange presets that you been working on either in the computer or the telephone / tablet.
At least that is the idea as it did not work for me in the Daw I use (Reaper), but hopefully it will any day now.
So lets see if the next couple of upgrades will make it into something crunchy spectacular.
This chinese electronic musician is one of many that have taken Nanoloop and used as a basis for music composition,
if you're a purist it should be done with a game boy,
but just do it on the phone and if some god damn hipster asks you-
Link to Sulumi's Soundcloud page:
This is a very cool resource that I first read about on the forum of Sunvox.
The only thing to be aware of is that if you download all of them at the same time is that there is a lifetime of sound creation to be made with these waveforms-
so maybe download part by part and get to know them better.
So a big thank you to Adventure kid that have made them available to use for our pleasure.
In Caustic 2 the Developer Rej formatted them to work on subsynth in Caustic 2,
that you can download here:
I made sounds with some of these waveforms in the Sunvox sampler and it's just to load them up as any sound and don't forget to loop the sound.
These waveforms are formatted to work in many synthesizers so they are really handy to have laying around and its interesting because if you have waveforms that you really like you can always get that same sound as long as you can loop it or have a synthesizer that can load waveforms.
It's also interesting to realize that you can create sounds just micro looping any part of any sound file.
I got some really nice sounds out of these waveforms,
and they are perfect to play with on a rainy day.
Well I saw it and couldn't help but share...
It seems to be one of those apps you play with for a minute before you uninstall it-
but this video shows that maybe we don't need things to be too advanced and still do something cool.
It was around 1998, a friend had got a new kind of machine it was small and battery operated with a tiny two octave keyboard built in-
Yamaha had made small sequencer/synthesizer units.
There was a want in my soul that did'nt want to go away,
but the money was non existant and have continued to be so all the way to this day-
so when finally there was a opportunity to get a smart phone for free-
there also was the portable music studio thats been there waiting out of reach for all those years.
Still have the phone its a HTC wildfire S,
but before the operating system got upgraded there was'nt to much that could be done with this phone except one brilliant small application called nano loop-
a synthesizer/sampler/sequencer made originally for gameboy.
Then android got upgraded and true love hit my phone and me in the form of Sunvox-
Deep and incredible-
specially working on an intermidiate phone-
with a sound quality to boost!
Later as a gift there came into my possession a 10 inch tablet with one gb ram / 1000 mhz.
It's not the highest specs but it's enough for almost all the different music applications
and Sunvox runs like a charm.
And the applications that you see in the header/menu will run on those specs-
Something being close to my heart is the ability to do great things with small means,
and thats what really attracts me to android-
As the phone / tablets can be get for free or not too much money-
I've seen 7 inch tablets
( noticed that 7 inch tablets work better for many applications as you can reach everywhere with you thumbs and being easier to hold )
one gb ram 1000 mhz for around 80 euros and that's not bad for hardware combined with studio/synthesizer/sound generator applications that can be had for a couple of euros or in many cases for free-
and some of the best synthesizer/sequencer applications are for free,
That is more advanced and flexible than the Yamaha I lusted for-
That one cost 600 $ /550 €...
And with the telephone plus applications I guess I spent around 20 $ / 15 €!
Well lets explore the world of android music applications together and lets forget the expensive Daws and hardware and conjure up something together
equally great with next to nothing!!!
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