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A real time audio synthesis engine, and an object-oriented programming language specialised for...

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  • Ask HN: What audio/sound-related OSS projects can I contribute to?
    Https:// "A platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists and researchers working with sound.". - Source: Hacker News / 5 days ago
  • Is there any alternative to sonic pi?
    Sonic pi is basically a wrapper for the amazing language Supercollider ( I highly recommend watching Eli Fieldsteel's excellent tutorials on it ( to see some of what its capable of (I think he is almost a finished a new book on it as well). - Source: Reddit / 11 days 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
  • Live coding languages
    For sound live coding/algorave sonic pi and tidal cycles are great, both based on supercollider. - 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
  • Hacking Perl in Nighclubs (2004)
    SuperCollider is still around and really mature, Sonic Pi and Overtone are build on top of it. CSound and Faust are more than mature also. - Source: Hacker News / 8 months ago
  • Racket for Computer Music?
    Overtone, in clojure and using the SuperCollider engine. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Racket for Computer Music?
    It uses the OSC protocol to drive ‘scsynth’ – A real-time audio server that is part of Supercollider: - Source: Reddit / 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
  • Cascade: CSS to sound live coding system
    Thank you for the thorough explanation! Sorry if I sounds blasé, that’s actually quite of an innovative project (but still I want to call it weird). ;-) The video is very interesting, btw. But!.. The examples don’t show how interactive it can be (and the results are fucking brutalist; looks a bit like living Kandinsky paintings), related to other audio/live coding interfaces I bookmarked recently (not comparable... - Source: Hacker News / 12 months ago
  • Please forgive my ignorance, but what is python useful for? I've been thinking about learning it because it seems like a lot of people are interested in it, but what kinds of things could I do with it?
    You can make cool music with FoxDot and Supercollider. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Is there something modern like Max MSP, but text syntax, like C-Sound?
    Supercollider (and possibly Faust) might interest you. Eli Fieldsteel's Supercollider tutorials are great. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • TidalCycles controlling MPC
    First install SuperCollider. Instructions here. It doesn’t hurt to read a little of the documentation and familiarize yourself with sclang, but not totally necessary. I personally can’t really code anything useful in SC directly. But that’s the cool thing, there are many toolkits built on top of SC (Tidal, Foxdot, Sonic-Pi, others…) that simplify the process of writing musical patterns, and give you a runtime so... - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Does a Sound Effect engine exist? Like what Blender does for visual renders, but using physics for soundwaves?
    SuperCollider (or a wrapper like Sonic Pi). Once a commercial MacOS application, it was open sourced some 20 years ago and runs on everything now. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • A Quick Introduction to Supercollider
    First download Supercollider from the website. Use the installer for Mac and Windows, for linux there's a source tarball or repo packages that can be used. Next startup supercollider and you should see a code window with a console window to the right and documentation. The documentation window just contains all the documentation which you can browse and the console window contains the server status and standard... - Source: / about 1 year ago
  • Literature on multichannel sound design
    I'm now working as a developer so I feel like I have some additional skills to bring to the table. Am using SuperCollider which is manipulating sound in code, very powerful but requires solid "theory" knowledge for what I'm trying to achieve, hence the post. Again sorry for misrepresenting my scenario and many many thanks for all your posts. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Best DAW and VST Synthesizers for making Ambient music
    If you want to sound like everyone else, follow the suggestions of people who post here and make 'insta-ambient'. If you want to start sound like yourself, capture your own field recordings, generate your own synthesis or instrumental audio and learn Super Collider, which is free. Celer used Audacity, and their ambient is pretty awesome. Celer also made their own sounds. You can use whatever, a multitrack tape... - 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
  • live-coding ambient music in SuperCollider
    Supercollider, a good free, opensource program that works on Mac, Linux and Windows, among other operating systems. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • A Binary Musical Instrument
    Do you mean building something like this software demo, or turning it into a real instrument? In software, honestly the MDN docs for the web audio API is a pretty great starting point. Assumes very little prior knowledge, and goes into a lot of detail about how to do things. I've used a software synthesizer called... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Looking to start making ambient music. Completely new
    Everyone has her/his own path. Jason van Wyk, who did the Threads (2021, N5MD) album started off making trance music and then transitioned into ambient-atmospheric when he began to do commercial and film work. An interview with him starts at 20 minutes here. The upshot is van Wyk uses a lot of instruments and field recordings to get his sounds. Steve Wilson of Bass Communion also uses field recordings to process... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago

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