Lord Gogo have made some deeper incursions into SunVox and it is a good idea to check out his
Youtube channel for more material to inspire and incorporate into your own work.
In this video he is using the image loading function in the SunVox sampler to do interesting things.
Note that the fies are avaiable for download which is muy nice, as just following the video can be hard for a beginner (and people like me that have a hard time in general with anything more than two layers deep...)
His own explanation:
SunVox sampler module can load pictures. It recognize grey values of this images. I had the idea to create alternating bands of different grey values and loaded this pictures in the sampler. You can create custom LFO shapes and step sequencers. Then I use a Sound to Control module to transform the audio output of the sampler into datas I route to any parameter I want. In this case I show how to control the pitch and the filter, and restrict the notes in a scale module. I use the sequencer effect 7 (time stretch) to sync the LFO to the project tempo.
Thanks to Mattew R. Scott for giving me the tip of using the sampler module as an LFO.
Get the files, projects and images : https://www.dropbox.com/s/lw95xct4d2w...
Dreamed about mobile music making in the late 90’s when Yamaha released their battery powered portable small but chunky QY 100 General Midi multi track Sequencer. It was way too expensive for me though, going for about 600$.
Years passed by with me interested in electronic music making and dabbling occasionally with some programs but essentially more painting than anything else.
Then a Sony mobile came into my possession around nine years ago and it had a small app that could be installed with General Midi and multi track. My excitement spiked and did a lot of fighting to get anything out of it taking care of one lovely newborn daughter with one hand and pushing buttons with the other. God damn it was not easy going!
No touch screen so arrows+buttons and having put in some notes you had to skip out of that to listen to how it sounded with the rest of the tracks… God Damn it was not easy going!
After a month of fighting realized that it was tooo hard to get anything going…
But a beautiful thing happened, got an HTC for free with Android 2.2. The problem was of course that the only decent app that worked was Nanoloop which is not bad just that app in itself as a standalone hardware is worth a lot and it is unique in all kinds of goodness.
But it had less functions than today and not enough for what I wanted to do even though people create all kinds of beauty with it. (Do love the sound of Nanoloop it can sound like nothing else and have a strange digital mystery to it in a very good way).
Luckily enough a month or two later the phone got upgraded to 2.3 and it still was not enough for using Caustic or G-Stomper which to be honest were in their infancy and not too exciting but SunVox that was already a full blown monster… worked!
Ahhh SunVox with its intriguing tracker interface, modular setup and general esoteric attraction. I was in love and it did not hurt that it was working for PC as well being able to move files back and forth… Yes my real journey into electronic music making had started!
After a slight steep learning curve it is one of the coolest pieces of music software that you can get into if you never tried it take some days with it and be blown away by the experimental possibilities that does not exist on any other apps for Android. It is a gift that keeps on giving if given attention and could talk about it for many pages.
And now here we are with SunVox turning ten and it have just been getting better and better and better with each update.
SO HIPP HIPP HOORAY AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNVOX!!!
MAY YOU LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!
THANK YOU MR NIGHTRADIO FOR SUNVOX AND YOUR OTHER UNIQUE APPS!!!
To read what CDM have to say about SunVox'es birthday go here:
And finally a music/video that Pavel Ti made for the birthday. Pavel Ti being one of the most prolific SunVox users with videos appearing regularly showing all kinds of things that can be done and steady stream of compositions that are good and well worth a listen!
To get the patch he is playing go here:
To download the album go here:
I like synthesized string instruments and this one sounds more expressive than most.
Here is the explanation stolen directly from the post in the SunVox forum (where also a link to the instrument is.
SloBo - a synth made purely with SunVox modules, no samples involved. It's my personal study case of synthesizing a raw approximation of bowed instruments and learning about the articulation techniques of cellos, violins & Co. It's called SloBo because as of now it allows only relatively slow bowing articulation. Future versions or derivations might include other playing styles (need to dig deeper into the topic).
Important note: The patches below were not tested with any traditional MIDI keyboard. They were designed for Linnstrument in first place. They expect ModWheel and Aftertouch action for successful expression.
ModWheel - sets the vibrato speed, from rather slow to faster, both set by ear to sound as human as possible
Aftertouch - tries to imitate harder bowing
While playing a single voice, you should avoid playing legato otherwise it will sound too synthetic while 'gliding' between notes, so always lift one finger before pushing another note. But this prevents faster playing.
Ideally you would play the 4 voices patch, each voice on it's own channel (1-4). This will give you smoother overlaps between notes and will sound more natural.
All resources about cello/violin synthesis I've studied so far are having one thing in common, they all state that the key is the playing technique. And it seems to be true. Sometimes these patches can sound pretty acceptable, other times, when screwing the technique, they simply sound too artificial. Anyway, SunVox is so much fun! Thank you Alex for the latest update which opens the MPE world!
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