hypercyclic ~ LFO-driven, MIDI-mangling Arpeggiator


what is hypercyclic?

  • an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect and step sequencer
  • for mangling sustained MIDI input chords
  • the output of which can then drive other MIDI instruments
  • acts either as a VST or Audio Unit plugin for your DAW, or as a standalone application
  • the original hypercyclic won 2nd place in the KVRAudio.com Developer Challenge ‘07
  • the sweet spot for hypercyclic is the narrow border between chaos and regularity. Or, in other words, how to induce a certain pleasant randomness and syncopation, yet forcing everything to align again on the bar or beat boundaries

how do you use it?

  • the main use for hypercyclic is to generate midi that can be recorded and/or sent to other plugins. However it also features a simple built-in synth for testing purposes
  • you can use two tempo-synced LFOs to modulate various parameters for creating interesting rhythmic effects and chord variations
  • a unique feature is the possibility to modulate the sequencer step size itself, which is useful for creating glitchy stuttering effects
  • another thing you can use is a groove function for playing slightly off the beat. The groove parameters can also be modulated over time by the LFOs, adding to the rhythmic variation

hypercyclic

www.mucoder.net/en/hypercyclic

ZX Spectrum ~ Computer Sound Chip Emulator


This is Windows or Linux program, designed for playing music for AY-3-8912 sound chip (or its analogs are AY-3-8910 and YM2149F). Emulator emulates these sound chips and does not require real ones. Additionally emulator can play CD’s audio tracks and MIDI-files. Optional BASS by Ian Luck can be used for playing MP3 and MOD music.

bulba.untergrund.net/emulator_e

Red Dot Forever ~ Simple MIDI Recorder


Red Dot Forever is an extremely simple program to record MIDI files. It has no advanced editing features — but if you just want to RECORD, listen back to what you PLAYed, and finally SAVE your recording to disk, then Red Dot Forever is all you need.

red dot

sourceforge.net/projects/reddot

Swami ~ MIDI Music Composition


Project SWAMI, Sampled Waveforms And Musical Instruments, is a collection of free software for editing, managing and playing musical instruments for MIDI music composition. Current focus is primarily the SoundFont format, which is an open file format for digital audio “sample” based instruments.

Swami-2_0

www.swamiproject.org
sourceforge.net/projects/swami

Protoplug ~ Scriptable Audio Plugins


Create audio plugins on-the-fly with LuaJIT.

Protoplug is a VST/AU plugin that lets you load and edit Lua scripts as audio effects and instruments. The scripts can process audio and MIDI, display their own interface, and use external libraries. Transform any music software into a live coding environment!

Cross-platform: builds for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This means that all protoplug scripts are compatible with these platforms and can be loaded into a huge amount of audio software (glory to JUCE).

Fast: Use the speed of LuaJIT, and perform DSP tasks as efficiently as old school C implementations.

Free and open source: Want a new feature? Add it yourself. The source is MIT-licensed and available on Github.

protoplug_example_5-6

www.osar.fr/protoplug
github.com/pac-dev/protoplug

Open Metronome ~ Customizable Windows BPM


Free open source GPL metronome (a “branch” of “Weird Metronome“) for Windows, Windows Mobile, & Pocket PC. Uses user-definable multi-voice WAV or MIDI (PC only) sounds for the beats. Has a blinker & allows user defined bpm & fine measure control.

Features:

  • Accurate metronome sound! No skips or variation in audio output!
  • Custom rhythm patterns: use it as a (very basic) drum machine
  • User definable beats per minute
  • Set measure to any length, with emphasis on any beat(s)
  • Over 40 MIDI voices, optionally available as WAV samples
  • Up to nine simultaneous voices per beat
  • Add your own WAV samples to use whatever sounds you like
  • Highly customizable parameters
  • Define HotKeys to perform functions such as increase tempo
  • Set the Maximum & minimum tempo available via the tempo slider

open metronome

openmetronome.sourceforge.net
sourceforge.net/projects/openmetronome

PyKaraoke ~ Cross-platform Karaoke


PyKaraoke is a free karaoke player for Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Windows, OSX and GP2X.

You can use this program to play your collection of CDG, MIDI and MPEG karaoke songs. No songs are provided, you must obtain these from elsewhere.

Visit here to find out more about what a CDG or MP3+G file is. In short, CDG is the format of professional karaoke CDs. These CDs can be ripped to your hard disk, and turned into a .mp3 file together with a .cdg file. This player gives you the ability to play those mp3+cdg files.

PyKaraoke Features:

  • CDG (MP3+G, OGG+G, WAV+G) playback – Play standard CDG karaoke files
  • MIDI (.MID/.KAR) playback – Play MIDI format karaoke files
  • MPEG playback – Play karaoke songs and movies in MPEG format
  • Other formats – Play any other video formats by launching an external media player
  • Playlist – Queue up songs, sit back and enjoy
  • Searchable song database – Easily find your songs from the main screen
  • Search inside ZIP files – Play MP3+G/MIDI files wrapped in ZIP files
  • Cross-platform – Runs on Windows, Linux, BSD, OSX and GP2X
  • Mini Frontend – Additional mini-frontend for low res displays and handhelds
  • Export to MPEG – Convert CDG and KAR files to MPG files (command line only)

http://www.kibosh.org/pykaraoke
https://sourceforge.net/projects/pykaraoke