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

Aria Maestosa ~ MIDI Editor & Sequencer


Aria Maestosa is a midi sequencer / editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.

Aria Maestosa

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ariamaestosa/
https://github.com/ariamaestosa/ariamaestosa

Giada ~ Your Hardcore Loop Machine


Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. How does it work? Just pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host. Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac and Windows for production use and live sets.

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www.giadamusic.com

Rosegarden ~ Music Composition & Editing


Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio. It’s an easy-to-learn, attractive Linux application that is ideal for composers, musicians, music students and small studios or home recording environments.

rosegarden

www.rosegardenmusic.com

 

Frinika ~ Complete Music Workstation


Frinika is a free, complete music workstation software for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and other operating systems running Java. It features a sequencer, soft-synths, real-time effects and audio recording.

frinika

/www.frinika.com

OpenSebJ ~ Real-time Sample Mixer


OpenSebJ is a free real time audio sample mixer that runs on Microsoft Windows. The source code for OpenSebJ is released under the GNU General Public License.

  • Supports loading of 255 audio samples, in wav format, which can be played in real time.
  • Sample properties such as volume, pan and frequency can be adjusted individually for each sample. (even during mid-play)
  • A composition tool is provided and presented in a familiar multi-track sequencer environment. Looping compositions are also supported.
  • Samples can be linked to keys on a keyboard and triggered in real time when a key press occurs.
  • Each sample can also have the play cursor position adjusted while the sample is playing, to provide a virtual needle to be moved.
  • Stream to disk recording, allows all audio played from OpenSebJ to be saved.
  • Pitch shifter roll, allows an order to be set up, so that each time a sample is played, the next pitch shift in the sequence is undertaken before the sample is played. i.e. set up a sample to key ‘1’, then set up a pitch shift sequence, high, mid, low, higher, etc. (using frequency values which are transposed onto screen ‘ranges’ to allow easier utilization).

opensebj

evolvingsoftware.com/opensebj

Qtractor ~ Audio / MIDI Multi-track Sequencer


Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

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qtractor.sourceforge.io
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qtractor