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Sonic Pi Reviews

Sonic Pi is a new kind of instrument for a new generation of musicians. It is simple to learn, powerful enough for live performances and free to download.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Sonic Pi and what they use it for.
  • Clojure Turns 15 panel discussion video
    Overtone is interesting because the guy who really kicked it off went on to make Sonic Pi which is Ruby based[1]. [1] - - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • Common Lisp and Music Composition
    Don't think this is at a haskel conference, but this looks like fun: An explanation of sonic - Source: Hacker News / 2 months ago
  • Heya, I'm Brandon (32M), software engineer by trade, neurodiversity advocate and writer, and never met a hobby I didn't like. No, seriously, I should really stop adding more, send help.
    I've found a lot of interest in Rust lately myself, as I'm way over in high-level language land and need something lower level. Have you ever tried out Sonic Pi? You might enjoy it. The author, Sam Aaron, does live raves with it at conferences on occasion. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Ask HN: Alternatives to Scratch for a Blind Child?
    Https:// (Ruby based, designed for students). - Source: Hacker News / 3 months ago
  • I am not a old hardware guy/no knowledge of music production.i just heard some 8bit linkin park on youtube and thought it sounded cool. why chipyune sounds the way it is. can i make it with software only? (i am a python beginner)
    Try Sonic Pi - . Uses Ruby and you can edit code as you play to make the music. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Any programmers here? Curious how people have combined coding and music.
    I’ve been using THIS for a while now. Love it. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • If I wanted to write software that would make music, what programming languages would I be looking at?
    You don't make apps with this one, but it's neat for making music - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Live coding languages
    For sound live coding/algorave sonic pi and tidal cycles are great, both based on supercollider. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Dittytoy lets you code generative music with javascript in the browser
    Y'all should check out Sonic Pi! - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Revisiting Calling Sonic Pi From Ruby
    Sonic Pi is software to make sounds and music driven by code. Sonic Pi comes with an IDE of sorts. You can program the composition you'd like to play in the IDE. With one button, you get immediate feedback hearing how your code sounds. - Source: / 4 months ago
  • Hacker News top posts: Nov 8, 2022
    Sonic Pi – The Live Coding Music Synth for Everyone\ (34 comments). - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • The Way in Which Brian Eno Created Ambient 1: Music for Airports
    It's a quite different experience to a Web page, but if you want to play with messing about with music without becoming a musician as such, is absolutely fantastic as you can manipulate samples and sounds using a Ruby-like language. For example, this sort of fiddling: - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Any reccomendations on tools to explore generative music in Ableton?
    There are a lot of special purpose programming languages made for music if you want to start experimenting somewhere easier. Https:// is just an example (if you want real time sync to a transport/clock you have to get a little bit more sophisticated than the examples on that page. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • First year at college, getting a degree in software engineering so I am currently taking my first programming class. Although I want to build my very own digital synth from scratch. Where do I start?
    Sonic Pi may be worth checking out. It offers fundamental coding constructs through music and sound design. At the very least it’s a free creative tool to play around with for musical ideas and performance. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • How would someone who is deathly broke become a serious rapper?
    I'm also a programmer, and what I found very exciting is : - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Unconventional/experimental recording techniques??
    Live coding - if you have any programming knowledge, or feel like learning some of the basics, live coding can be great fun. You use language specially developed for musical applications to create sound in real time as you edit the code. Sonic Pi is one such language, there are others, but that's a good place to start. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Is there a "multiplayer" DAW?
    As for software, I think the 2 most popular live coding environments are FoxDot (which is Python based and works well with Troop), and Sonic Pi (which I don't think has "multiplayer"). Its been a while since I looked into this style of beat making, so maybe things have changed. But these are good places to start. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Ask HN: Are there any music composition programs for Linux beginners?
    Https:// might be of interest, cross platform. - Source: Hacker News / 9 months ago
  • Resources/Reading on Music Tech?
    Not really related but you may find Sonic Pi interesting. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • The Floppotron 3.0
    Check out [Sonic Pi]( It’s a self-described “code-based music creation and performance tool”. I’ve noodled around with it a bit, and it’s pretty cool. - Source: Hacker News / 10 months ago
  • Looking for specific drum pattern link.
    PureData is a hell of a rabbit hole! You might also want to check out SuperCollider which is more modern. If you want to skip to the fun stuff there's FoxDot and SonicPi. Both are live coding environments built on SuperCollider. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago

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