Releasing a Caustic 2 album now may seem counter intuitive but as is said on the Bandcamp page is that he made it with Caustic 2 but before it got finished he got disrupted and so the release got delayed.
It is a good listen and it is for free!
There is a concept behind the album but I do prefer that you read it on the bandcamp page instead and so you can listen to his other music released to.
There is very little folk music from any part of the world represented in Android mobile music land. So was very happy when I heard these two songs and tried to contact the creator to see if there is other musicians that he knows that are using Android to make African or African inspired music but without success so if you have heard or make music that is culturally inspired from folk music around the world please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, My name is Nishit and as some of you might be knowing few months back i created a music video for an short film competition held in my city which had Caustic Created Track in it. Now i am planning to create another video with a different theme. New theme is mostly about the Nature and things like that. Almost the shooting has been done only some parts are remaining to be shot.
Now the reason for writing this post is anyone who wants to lend their Caustic created track for that video then i would be grateful.Only thing is the music should be Ambient,kinda slow or even freestyle slow piano sort of thing would also do and it should be Caustic created!!... As the shots of the video would be slow and things like lake. ocean, etc.. And if anyone has created a ambient slow track in the past in caustic then please point me to it so i can listen it.
And yeah the video will be mostly done by me apart from the Cameraman and other staff but its completely non commercial and something i am doing for fun and would like the community members to be together on it... but yes the track which will be used will be credited in the video and will give links to your Soundcloud profile apart from that i wont be able to do anything lol! Lastly Now i dont know about licensing or stuff like that. Hope you guys guide me as can we use any of your track on the video? And any legal issues will be involved if the track is used?
So please let me know if anyone wants to create new track or lend their previous created one for the upcoming music video.Here is my email: email@example.com
The video he is talking about got posted here on Musical Android before but here it is again.
It is cool that something handheld are used to create this shorter soundtrack!
Here is an album that is dedicated to the millions of dead in the Paris catacombs.
It is an nice midnight excursions in ambient territory and a good antidote to all the christmas music.
Made using Caustic 2 and 3 and is downloadable for free or help the artist out by donating...
Nice song that will put a smile on your face and even better,
made with two different applications (except the vocals).
Yes I am all for mixing the applications together, stretch the limits!
It is also nice that the video is made with a Android application called StickDraw.
Just looked it up and it looks like a nice and easy way to do animations and since the last update you can; import png / gif files plus create and reuse backgrounds.
And best of all for free with ads and there is a version that
for a small sum of money is ad-free.
So here is some videos of what Teoti Graphix has been up to lately.
So for you that do not know, Teoti Graphix is using the Core of the Caustic application and implementing into new functions / applications that will be totally integrated with Caustic. The first project that will be released is Causticlive and as you can see in the two first videos with it you will be able to open tracks directly into pads that you can trigger and much more. The idea is that you also can take the recorded remix and open it again in Caustic as a new song file and so on. This is getting closer to completion but not finished yet so the interface is not going to look like in the video and according to the video commentary it is just about half of the functionality implemented.
But ain't it lovely and Causticlive is just one of many possibilities that will be coming.
So if Caustic 3 soon to be released is already a monster,
with Caustic core in full swing it will sprout tentacle and eat small children to!
So the last two videos is just showing what he is doing as a programmer using Caustic core and could be interesting if you are a programmer or even as a non programmer to get some insight into the process.
Myself, I do lose the thread after a while...
Link to Teoti Graphix:
Do you play any instruments?
--Not really but I like to sing.
What musicians or bands have inspired you in your music making?
-- Well besides my dad, the Caustic Warriors who make really cool music.
How long have you been using Caustic?
-- about a year now....
In Caustic 2 what is your favorite module and why?
-- I like the PCMSynth because you can have lots of cool sounds, like flutes and drums and other stuff.
Was Caustic hard to learn?
-- Ummm haha not really.
What was the hardest part to understand?
-- probably making my patterns sound right.
What is your first impressions of Caustic 3 Alpha?
-- Wow! It's really amazing! The new machines! especially Pad Synth, I can make my sound just right very quickly to then make a pattern for my song!
What was your biggest surprise?
-- Everything looks sooo different, but in a great way, and all the new synth machines were great too!
Is there anything that you miss in the new version?
-- well no! Hello! It's new! It's just more of everything!
To work with music is that something that you want to do when you are older?
-- Well I like to do art and things, I like to draw and write stories, and yes also like to make music, but I'm still learning.
What do you feel is missing from your musical knowledge that you would want to study more?
-- Music theory which I really haven't learned much yet, but I really want to.
If there are any tips for someone that just is starting with making music, what would that be?
-- Take your time and learn.
As a final note, of the music that you produced is there one specific piece of music
that you want to share with the readers of Musical Android?
-- Oh yeah! Drum Break!
So am happy to have interviewed the only eight year old doing serious music using Caustic for Android!
For some time there is a man called Mike that have been toiling away for some time independently besides the development of Caustic, working on a project under the banner Teoti Graphix Labs.
Using the same Core as Caustic making his application totally integrated with Caustic he has been working on the idea of expanding and being able to use Caustic for direct/live arrangements.
Yes of course you can use Caustic for live playing but CausticLive will take it to another level and you will be able to easily use CausticLive in a live setting or just for arranging things on the fly and many more things.
For example you do a bunch of loops, beats or one shot samples but when you open them up in CausticLive they will not be Wav. files but with all the different parameters of the soundengines/effects intact as they were in Caustic. Transferred into CausticLive you can make arrangements in direct time plus manipulating effects volume etc,
save and then take it back to Caustic where it will open in its new guise. (If you so desire).
There is many functions planned for this and it will be made for using in P.C and on Android tablets and if you think that SPC music sketchpad is interesting this together with Caustic will blow your mind.
The video that you are about to see is the first real showing of it,
but it is still a long time before it will be ready for using with Android.
But it will be a good thing when it comes!
Here is what is planned for version one:
It is not updated right now but to get an idea of what Mike are doing at Teoti Graphix Labs:
This is music made by Jblann's eight year old daughter.
She did it without help of her father and he reports that she is already knee deep and ready to swim in the deep waters of Caustic 3.0.
Stay tuned for her exploits in the future to come.
More about Jblann and his involvment in Caustic go here:
And here is her first swim in Caustic 3.0:
I am knocked out!
This announcement came two days ago and must say it took two days to recuperate!
(Still a little bit groggy!).
From the Caustic Website:
"Two mixers (1 + 1 expansion), 14 instrument slots, 10 synth types, dedicated mastering section, automation editing, mic capture for sampling, keyboard note recording, MIDI import, new effects ... the list will be huge. "
This version is now in ALPHA and the serious testing of everything is beginning
then comes the BETA with small beauty adjustments so it will take time before it comes out.
Probably at least four months but could be even longer.
But time flies and in the meantime we can use these images as porno for our musical pleasure grooves in our minds.
JUST LOOK AT THESE PICTURES!
So if you have been curious about Caustic but did not take the plunge maybe now is the time to get into it and so learn the possibilities before this new craziness gets unleashed!
Also of course and totally justifiable the price will go up after the upgrade but not for existing users. Just a tip to save some money for a beer or two.
So this is a simple and nice way to do a video!
Have a couple of times played around with an application called Clayframes.
You could easily do something similar as in the video below.
Being a animation program it of course takes the photographs directly in the device having residual overlay to see where the last image was before taking a new one and you can trigger it in time lapse fashion or by sound like handclaps and lastly like a normal shot to.
You would need to synch up the music and the video the developer recommends a free program called VirtualDub- Think that one reason that it works good for animation is that it reads and places the images for the animation in order if the images comes labeled in a numerical way which it does in Clayframes.
Otherwise if it does not need to synch up with something external you can record audio directly to the animation with the film running.
One thing that I liked was to put the trigger at one second release hold the camera steady in front of your face for example, now keep your face still and move slowly around while the camera snaps the photos. Compile it into an animation and you have a
glitchy background / still face moving weirdly through space...
Anyway enjoy the video-
Thought that this was an interesting sample pack for Caustic...
There is a smaller free demo version to.
Julie Resynth for Caustic
This man is beyond dedication to the application Caustic. It seems to me that the passion he feels for Caustic is close to what many would reserve for a human being.
He makes intricate sample packs for Caustic and I will let him explain it himself and for our enjoyment he has given us a sample pack to try and there is some packs for free at the Playstore- links at the end of the post.
In the end he is ohh so slightly mentioning CausticCore-
Well the people that are involved and as I understand it, it is around three...or more...
I don't know!!! They are so goddamn secretive about it!!!
It is a project that have the blessing of the Developer of Caustic but as I understand
with a 90 % certainty that he is not directly involved in it.
(Yes I know I should ask but want to post this now and am too lazy to wait for answers.
YES irresponsible journalism is my forte.)
All that I can gather from following threads at the Caustic forum that it is to take the core of Caustic and build it into a Monster of functionality...
Seen some pictures and heard angels whisper unholy rumours
when walking through cloudy moonlit night-
colour me intrigued!
So here we go!
In his own words JBLANN!
I bumped into the Caustic 2 App by Single Cell Software, about a year and a half ago, by mistake actually. And at first, I thought that it wouldn't really amount to much, and nearly dumped it... But as I poked into it a little further, I began to realize its sheer potential in its capability to let me create music in a new, refreshing way that I never thought could be possible.
Now, we are pushing this app beyond its boundries with new revolutionary techniques and crazy ideas, that really puts Caustic above the rest, in regards to being able to efficiently and quickly lay down a groove with minimal effort; thus, the Builderz Project is born.
What, exactly, is the Builderz Project for Caustic? It is a concept and structure, that takes the limits of this app on a mobile device, and expands your creativity to new territories you never thought you could imagine.
In this current version build, the Caustic 2.1 App gives you six Synth Machines to create your tracks; but the Builderz Project, takes those six Machines, and exapnds them to twelve or even 18 virtual machines and beyond. Taking MultiSamples to a new level, allows you to be able to load up Presets, that feature more than just a single sound or tone element; now giving you two or three or more elements in a single preset. For example, one particular Preset may have a atmospheric pad type sound, with a lead sound, and an array of sound effects, all mapped out on the keyboard, all crammed into one Synth Machine.
On top of multi-plexing many different sound elements on a single Synth Machine, I also employ what I call SBT -- Sonic Balance Technique. This goes along with a personal theory of mine, that I find to be a flaw in most synthesizers and samplers, that plaque musicians and studio engineers trying to incorporate their sounds and performance in the mix, and keep it clean and balanced. Certain sounds may sound harsh or shrill or just "too loud" as you play up higher notes on a keyboard; or they may start to get dull and muddy and disappear as you play lower notes on the keyboard. This creates an imbalance of tone, that I believe causes alot of frustration for the musician, or song writer, or audio engineer trying to get a good solid clean mix, without incorporating an array of rather expensive tools and hardware to get the Sonic Balance to ride well in the final mix.
EIPStudiosOhio is the first to tackle this problem at its roots, as we create our presets exclusively for Caustic 2 and future CausticCore projects and apps. This is a painstaking multi-step process that goes beyond what most other content providers put together for their samplepacks, which usually will only include one, maybe two or even three multisamples for each preset... that's it. EIPSO Content Packs are created in a fun, crazy, and complex, yet maintaining SBT, so that YOU, the musician, can simply load it up, and get right to making music right away -- not spending hours in sheer frustration tweaking EQ's and Levels and effects and filters, trying to get your sound to fit in the mix somewhere.
CausticCore is the engine of the Caustic App and future projects that will be slowly making their way to the surface from the depths of the sea of imagination from many minds that are involved in it from the SingleCellSoftware Forum Community. I am proud to be a part of the Project, and very proud to be part of the most unique group of people on the SCS Community Forum, I have ever had a pleasure to know.
It's only going to get better from here... as more people discover, and start to get hooked on the Finest Pocket Music Workstation on the Planet.
Are You a Caustic Warrior?
Jason M Blann EIPStudiosOhio
So here is two different files for download and they are full of Builderz pack demos-
One file is in the form of an APK and you just install it as you would with any non market application and it will find its way to your Caustic folder- The second is the Presets that you place manually in the folder for PCM Synths and so you can use them in your PC-
Yes hope that you are aware that there is a PC version for free download at the Caustic site-
So you can produce on your computer too! With the added advantage of transferring files between device to PC / PC to device.
Playstore link for the Builderz packs
EIPStudios YouTube Channel
EIPStudios Soundcloud channel
Of Course there has to be some music too!
Love the Artist name, it could be on repeat to wake up slowly...
mniip mniip mniip mniip mniip mniip.
Would work as a name for a record label-
Have you heard the last album from mniip records?
But mniip is neither a alarm clock or a record label but in his words:
I am a male 16 year old student from England and I have just finished secondary school,
I love to make music and I consider it a hobby that could have a lot of potential in my future.
I really love caustic, it is a wonderful app that has allowed me to express my musical creativity!
So here is a nice interview where you can get some insight in how he creates his music and there is also possible to download the Caustic file to study closer.
It is nice to see is how he uses the Automation...
Which leads me to another point on the Caustic Web page you can access and download a lot of the songs that people are making and lately there is a active amount of material being remixed in between different users. Users also being super friendly you can easily contact them directly for questions etc.
This can be an interesting way to use Caustic -
to learn music production even if you rather use other application / Software, as the application have all the basic music production tools that you need so you can see it as taking a very cheap class in music production. But for sure you would end up using the application for work later too in some or all of it's aspects.
SHUT UP AND LETS GET TO THE INTERVIEW FRANK!!!
So you used Caustic to do Fading Entropy, did you use any other Android applications?
Nope! :D everything you hear in Fading Entropy is entirely made in Caustic, with exception to the drum samples which I think we part of the default kit sets available. But yes, all the synthesised sounds you hear are made using the subsynth machine and one bassline machine.
What other Android applications have you played with?
I have experimented with a few apps available on the android market before I got Caustic, particularly synth emulators took my interest ( I have a keen interest in synths).
Do you use any software and in that case which?
I do not own any mainstream music making software however. That's something to consider for the future, as I am really happy with Caustic :)
I do not own much music hardware, I have a 61 key Yamaha midi keyboard, but it's standalone and I only really use it for playing. I have a good pair of headphones for when I am making music though (Samsung in-ear).
If there was one feature that you could implement in Caustic what would it be?
One thing that I would love available in Caustic would be the ability to control automation instantaneously. The way I do this currently is by decreasing the tempo extensively. And then manually, I quickly change the setting of the parameter, which takes a bit of effort, but the intended effect is achieved somewhat.
What do you like the most in Caustic?
That's definitely a good question. I really do love every aspect of Caustic. But one thing that I have always enjoyed is the subsynth because of how much freedom I have making sounds. Just the ability to draw a wave on a screen and hear it play fascinates me. Finding a good virtual synthesizer was what led me to finding caustic in the first place.
Could you talk about how you went about making Fading Entropy- Was it melody or drums first or... Also how you work with Automation during the song or in the end or..?
So fading entropy basically began with a quick 1 bar bassline segment I came up with, and then I built on the idea by adding compressors side-chained to the drum beat to make the pumping tune. Before I started making fading entropy, I realised what a compressor actually did and associated it's function with many upbeat dance music, and so I was inspired to continue to make the song. I experiment with automation during the making of patterns and then I will fine-tune, or add various other automation parts once the song is fully sequenced. I will probably spend half of my composing time adding and experimenting with automation.
Any tips in production that you use regularly in your music making?
I have never really had to give advice, but one thing I would advise keyboardist trance makers is begin your ideas in A minor, but transpose your musical ideas up or down until you are satisfied with the overall effect of that key. You will know what I mean if you have played a piano, the white keys are all part of the C-major scale, which is parallel to A-minor. I just find it easier to arrange all of my ideas in a familiar key... Also, try to balance the amount of minor or major chords within progressions so the song is both uplifting, but also has the edge to it.
So on Soundcloud you already have a substantial amount of music made. Which one of those songs would you say is your favorite or one of your favorites?
A few of my most recent songs I would consider my best. But I would definitely say that Pulsar is my favorite so far because of the contrast in ideas and the general uplifting sense created by the melody. However, I think wrath of the strawberries is a pretty close runner, I like the harshness of the sounds.
Read that you want to dedicate your life to music do you have any plans or ideas/strategies to make that happen?
Okay, I definitely will continue to dedicate myself to making music. I am taking music technology in college, which should give me a really good deal of experience in mainstream music software. After that, we'll just have to wait and see! ;)
Have you managed to get any serious interest to what you are doing outside of friends and family?
Apart from the people on the Caustic forums, and a few followers on soundcloud, no not really. But I am looking to expand that. I have thought about uploading my creations to Youtube to promote myself further.
Do you play any instruments?
I play the keyboard! Infact, I have played the keyboard as long as I remember. It's something I have always loved to do and has influenced my passion for music.
Do you think that it has helped you with your music making and if so how?
Yes definitely, most of my ideas begin at the keyboard before being compiled into caustic. I normally play around for about an hour every day experimenting with different chords and melodies, as well as playing existing songs too.
Can you mention some musical artists that you like?
A few I like their music: Deadmau5, Imagine Dragons, Avicii, Skrillex... though I do like rock music too, so also Led Zeppelin, Deep purple, Rush, Boston...
Who influenced you the most in your music making?
Nobody in particular influences me most. I think my inspiration is the result of the collaboration of many electronic names like Euphoria, system F, Royksopp from the 90s onward, to some of the pop music heard today.
Any other Caustic users that you want to promote here?
Yes definitely! I apologize if I forget anyone, but I definitely am feeling the groove with AndyBones, Skarabee, ImpulseGame, Pan65 and Bojeroo
What are you working on now music wise?
At the moment, I am concentrating most of my work on a piece that I am "finishing off" inspired by a fragment written by a user called Lorwy. But I also have a few other projects that I wish to continue when my exams are finally over.
Any last things you want to share?
I think thats about it!
So hope that gave you some inspiration!
It gave me some... and thanks a lot to you mniip for participating in the contest providing great music and taking time to share with us your thoughts in the interview...
Interviewed by Frank Malm / Musical Android
mniip Soundcloud page
Caustic on the Playstore
The Caustic Song file:
So it is with pride that I present a interview with the first winner of a first ever
Android Music Contest!
Skarabée and Musical Android creating History!
How long time have you been using Caustic?
I think I really started one year ago. I followed the updates and have been one of the beta testers for 2.1X. Rej is an awesome dev, and he made a really good app.
What do you like about it?
Very intuitive app, good sounding synths, the ability to tweak sounds, to load my own samples.
I first used it to put some drafts on the road, but after creating a soundcloud account, I tried to put some tracks made in pure Caustic, as a challenge, just to see how far I could push this little beast.
I'm always impressed with the results, coming from a phone app.
And the community around Caustic is very cool.
Is there any other Android applications you use?
I think I have tried almost every musical apps on my Acer 500, but the only one I really play with is Caustic. No other daw or composition tool can beat it. I also use Pitchlab, a chromatic tuner, and I played on PlasmaSound during a concert: with my band, we were playing a Led Zep cover and I used it as a theremin.
What is it that you like about them?
Plasmasound is a fun tool and a new sort of instrument, and can produce some crazy sounds. Pitchlab is reliable and as a multi pitch screen, every note is displayed, you have 12 tuners! very useful for open tuning on guitar.
What other software are you using and why do you like them?
I often use Reaper and Cubase. Both are big daws and complete production systems. I think all big daws offer the same, it's just a matter of workflow.
I also tried Reason, Live, FL studio, and recently Mulab: I was impressed by this one and buyed Mux, the modular part of Mulab, as a VST synth/fx. I like to tweak and build my own FX chains. I even made plug-ins with Synthedit: You can find some for free on my Skalooper site.
I also use Addictive Drums (VST), connected to my Roland TD6 E-drum, and lots of freeware VST: some are really good. I remember a blind test in a guitar forum, where I fooled everyone with a free VST amp.
Any Hardware you would recommend and why?
All depend of your needs. For the Android side, I think its a good choice to have a midi keyboard. I know that Caustic don't allow real time recording and Android is not very good on latency, but things are going better, and we can expect reduced latency soon. So, a good little keyboard with some knobs and faders for those who need to tweak ;-).
I was able to connect my Korg NanoControl to my Acer 500, as well as a M-audio Keyboard with internal audio card. Yes, we can also connect USB audio interfaces to our devices! (try USB audiotester for compliance). It means reduced latency and more channels soon. For playing live with VST instruments or multitrack recordings, I rather choose a laptop for now.
I know that you are a musician- what is your main instrument?
I started a long time ago (I mean a really long time ;-) with violin, but I am known as a guitarist. I also like to play drums, bass, and keyboard. In fact, I can't see an instrument without trying it!
What does your musical life looks like?
I should say: all my life is based on music...
Actually, I spend most of my musical time in my studio, making records for bands or in collaboration as arranger with solo artists. I didn't made gigs with my band for 3 or 4 months, but I played for TV shows as guitarist. Most of the time, I follow the artists who worked with me on stage.
What is the music that you play the most with others?
Since last year, I played with 2 bands, one for the Funk/Jazz/Groove (Soul Power), the other (Covers) for the Pop/Rock/Blues side of my soul. Some years ago, in 2008, I made a Pink Floyd tribute with Covers, on a small island in South Pacific, with video screens and fireworks. This was really magic, and we had to do this again in 2009 and 2010. We also made a Jimi Hendrix tribute in 2010.
I want to try something different and mix some of my musical sides in one concept: This means adding electro stuff to my band and mix it with my bluesy guitar.
The song that you did- summer beach dub
do you feel that would have been done if you were living in a nordic country ?
Almost everybody here in New-Caledonia love reggae music, but I'm not a big fan.
In fact, I made several dubs in winter when I lived in Paris, during the 90's...No matter where you are, when the music catch you. I just try to decorate some space-time around me, no matter the style and the climate.
On the opposite side, it's rather difficult for me to play angry music now, like metal or urban rap. Maybe it's the "Pacific effect", maybe it's my state of mind now.
And another reason is that I started a set called "Seasons" on soundcloud, and I needed a summer theme, having already autumn and winter. Hum, seems that spring is a little late, this year...
Any tips on making music that you want to share to a budding producer / musician?
Learn to listen, and listen to all kind of music: from the birds singing in the trees to the weird indus-noisy electronics, including classical and ethnic music.
As a producer, always have a look (an ear) to the intention of the artist.
Understand the technical rules before to break them. And don't focus on gear. Gear don't make music, only sound. Sound don't make sense by itself, you have to give it sense and/or emotion.
Make your dream longer than the night.
Any tips for the Caustic users out there?
Be patient for the next update ;-)
Frank Malm interview with Skarabée
Link to Skarabée Soundcloud page:
Link to skarabées software page
Pitchlab guitar tuner
And as bonus a dub documentary. It is French but so is Skarabée so a big part is in French..
If you know how to program and you like Caustic or are curious you should go here and check this out.
The guy that is in charge of this project is not the developer of Caustic but he is working with his blessings.
The work that he is doing will definitively be very interesting as there have been glimpses into some of the applications that is being worked on at the Caustic forum.
Here is a copy of the opening statement on his website:
Link to website:
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