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Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical...

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  • Is there any alternative to sonic pi?
    You might also be interested in the very different Pure Data ( environment, which is also free and open-source. It uses a visual programming approach, which many people like but if you are already a programmer it might seem inconvenient in comparison. - Source: Reddit / 12 days ago
  • Generating sine wave audio tone in kotlin/Java.
    Personally I got started with pure data, which is open source and a good place to learn DSP basics. I think there are even a few wrapper libraries for building things into apps (libpd, mobmuplat, to name a few). - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • not really autechre related but probably someone here can help me out: I have a max msp patch that I want to import into ableton, but since I do not own a full max license I cannot change the patch. Can anybody help me?
    If you're looking for a free Max/MSP alternative, check out Pure Data. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Cheapest way to make music
    Pure Data, cSound, and SuperCollider are all free and opensource. Incredible possibility, though the learning curb can be steep. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Pico8 Music Synthesizer
    You might be interested in the Dirtywave M8. If you don’t want to buy or wait for the actual hardware, you are able to install the software yourself and run it in headless mode. In terms of actually making music, I think that probably just comes with both practice and experimentation. - Source: Hacker News / 3 months ago
  • What Music Apps use Faust Programming Language?
    You might take a look at PureData ( if you want to mess around. It runs on a lot of platforms and is pretty much free and there are a good number of youtube tutorials. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Which flavor is the most popular/supported one?
    Hi, total noob here. I keep landing on the Pure Data community site ( and every time I read my options for download, I end up confused as to which branch of Pd I should be pursuing. The website isn't very clear, and instead just kinda reiterates where each flavor came from. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • What is a little known subject/application/problem that you learned about recently or are involved in that you think is fascinating?
    If you're interested in ChuCK, there's also Pure Data (a FOSS cousin of the commercial Max/MSP) and SuperCollider and a lot of live coding algorave sorta music things are built on top of SuperCollider like TidalCycles so you can execute lines of code live via a REPL or evaluating blocks of code in a document and generate beats in realtime. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • [OT-ish] Standalone Software Synthesizers
    A couple projects I can think of that you might be interested in are Pure Data and Bespoke. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • My analogue video VJ set (with $lick King DJ set) at ‘VAPORAMA’ club night is on YT now! Recorded live on VHS. Feat. 3:41:35 of vaporwave & live video glitching using a Panasonic WJ-MX10 mixer, a circuit bent Sega Mega Drive, Ultramatta DV Keyer, a faulty VTG228 titler, & VCRs... Hope you enjoy :)
    So PureData/GEM is free and open source. GEM is a library for PureData that adds the CGI stuff so you'll need to either add it to the vanilla version, or just dig out and install the PD Extended version which is the version I use. here's the website - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Is there someone who can model it on an actual modular? I imagine short spring reverb before tape delay to get "diffuse" effect, similar to one in FabFilter Timeless plugin
    If you have questions like this often, you should learn how to use Pure Data. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • C app that can build C apps
    - I have used graphical programing languages before, and it is long winded to do anything in it compared to writing text (check out - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Is there an audio equivalent of SVG?
    Have you tried Pure Data? While the editor is GUI based, the saved files are some manner of markup language you can grok or synthesize programmatically. As a language PD was invented for artists and creatives to utilize the multimedia capabilities of a computer without writing procedural code. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • [QUESTION] I'm trying to make an electric guitar from scratch using an Arduino, and I need some help...
    It might be worth downloading Puredata and having a play with it. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Cascade: Open-source Node-based image editor with GPU-acceleration
    Which iirc, is contextually referred to as visual programming. Some notable examples I've briefly used include: PureData [0] and SunVox [1] and some dabbling in Bespoke Synth [2] and generative content of [3]. [0] - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • Ten Steps to Becoming a Synth Dynamo
    Agreed that Eurorack or modular synthesis isn't something that I would recommend for a beginner. Also agree that a Eurorack system _could_ be an overly expensive version of an existing fixed-architecture synthesizer. Eurorack's potential, however, is a way to explore synthesis after you've learned the basics. It can be a very open playground to try synthesis ideas that may not be possible on a fixed-architecture... - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • Best Software For Cut Up/Sound Collage/Plunderphonics?
    Max is awesome. Great integration with Ableton too. If that's too expensive for you there is a similar software that is free called Pure Data (PD). - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • How could I use a Wacom tablet as a midi controller?
    If you don't want to use a computer, tablet, or phone as a 'translator', you're going to need custom hardware. One computer that's almost invisible on stage is the Raspberry Pi, but you'd have to find or write an app to do the translation. PureData would probably work well. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Any programmers here that know about a library for manipulating the frequencies of pitches?
    For free alternatives to Max that let you manipulate frequencies, I’d consider Supercollider or Pure Data. I haven’t done as much with Supercollider, but Pure Data lets you multiply and divide frequencies so you can be more precise with just tuning than if you were working in terms of cents. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Go Replaces Interface{} with 'Any'
    I work on Pure Data ( which has been 0.x for 25 years now :-) The upcoming release will be 0.52. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • MIDI Triggered Audio Playback
    You could also do this with pure data. Pure data is a programming language, primarily for sound artists/composers, and can easily let you play a sound with some midi. Pd is also programmed with boxes and patches, so no need to program with text if that makes you uncomfortable. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago

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