gmorgan is a rhythm station, a modern organ with full editable accompaniment for play in real time emulating the capabilities of commercial rhythm stations “Korg”,”Roland”, “Solton” … also has a small pattern based sequencer like “Band in a Box”. Uses the capabilities of ALSA sequencer to produce MIDI accompaniment.
Seq24 is a minimal loop based midi sequencer. It was created to provide a very simple interface for editing and playing midi ‘loops’. After searching for a software based sequencer that would provide the functionality needed for a live performance, such as the Akai MPC line, the Kawai Q80 sequencer, or the popular Alesis MMT-8, I found nothing similar in the software realm. I set out to create a very minimal sequencer that excludes the bloated features of the large software sequencers, and includes a small subset of features that I have found usable in performing.
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
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.
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.
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.