Sapling 1.1: Standalone Sound-Mangling Application Built With Max/MSP 5 (OSX)

This free application has a lot going for it and with a little practice, some very unique sounds can be found in it. The only disadvantage that I can see is that it takes only aiff audio files, but there are free and inexpensive audio converters out there if any conversion is necessary.  Here are the key features as listed by the web site:

•control loop start time, size, and playback speed of four audio files
drag and drop a folder of sound files for quick access to custom libraries of sounds
• randomizing of various parameters for unexpected results
• built-in stereo reverb and filtering effects
• record output to disk for further processing or conversion to other file formats
• store your favorite presets quickly and easily
• cpu monitor gives you realtime feedback concerning Sapling’s tax on your machine
• independent effects sends for each file and panning/balance control
• freeware (but <a title=”https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=k@sineqube.com&item_name=sineqube+software&method=”post”donations welcome)
• On/off toggles for each individual file, with hotkeys
• Ability to save and load presets to and from disk
• Access to I/O settings (Note: this feature was added to fulfill user requests. It has had minimal testing by the beta team, but all reports were positive).

Press Here To Enter The Web Site: Sapling 1.1

Here is a quickly recorded 2 minute piece using this software: Sapling

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MU.LAB: Hi-Quality Music Application for Mac OSX and Windows

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  • Create, record, edit and play audio & MIDI
  • Integrated hi-quality synths, samplers and effects
  • Supports VST plug-ins, both audio & MIDI
  • Easy workflow
  • Flexible modular architecture
  • Hi-quality audio engine
  • Sample accurate sequencing
  • Automatic mono/stereo handling
  • ReWire Master
  • Available on Mac OSX and Windows
  • Can be used from a USB memory stick

 

cfxr (OSX) sfxr (Windows) – Sound Effects Software

OSX Version At This Page:

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Original Windows Version:

Enter: sfxr

Info From Web Site:

“This is a little tool I made in connection with the 10th Ludum Dare competition held in December 2007. Its original purpose was to provide a simple means of getting basic sound effects into a game for those people who were working hard to get their entries done within the 48 hours and didn’t have time to spend looking for suitable ways of doing this.
The idea was that they could just hit a few buttons in this application and get some largely randomized effects that were custom in the sense that the user could accept/reject each proposed sound.

It turned out to work rather well and a lot of the entrants used it, which is cool. Anyone else in the same situation (need some basic sound effects, don’t really care about top quality, have no idea where to get them) should find it pretty useful, if nothing else then just as placeholder sounds to kill the silence until final content has been produced.

Basic usage involves hitting the randomize button (or one of the other buttons to your left if you need a specific standard sound), listen to the generated sound, then deciding if it sounds ok or not. If it does, then export it to .WAV and you’re done, if not – just hit the button again and get something different.
All the parameters used to create each sound are manually tweakable to allow fine-tuning if you feel like getting your hands dirty. Space is a useful shortcut to play the current sound.

There will probably be a minor update of this in the near future, adding some convenient features.

Source code is available and you’re free to use it for anything you please. I’ve put it under the MIT free software license.”

SunVox – Multiplatform Modular Music Creation Studio-All Platforms

Interesting New Synthesizer

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Key features
  • Modular interface.
  • Highly optimized synth algorithms.
  • Flexible architecture: SunVox can working on variuos devices. For example: PDA with slow CPU – 16bit sound (fixed point arithmetic); or big PC with powerfull CPU: 32bit sound (floating point arithmetic).
  • Built-in synthesizers:
    • FM synthesizer;
    • Generator (saw,triangle,square,noise waveforms);
    • Kicker;
    • Sampler (supported formats: WAV, XI, AIFF);
    • SpectraVoice (FFT-based synthesizer for analog-like pads);
    • DC Blocking Filter;
    • Delay;
    • Distortion;
    • Echo;
    • EQ;
    • Filter (Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass, Notch);
    • Flanger;
    • LFO;
    • Loop;
    • Reverb (with DC Blocking Filter);
    • Vocal Filter;
    • Vibrato.
  • Supported systems: Windows, Linux (x86/x86_64), Mac OS X, PalmOS, WindowsCE (Windows Mobile), iPhone/iPad.
  • Export to WAV.

 


WiiToMidi: Use A Nintendo Wii To Control MIDI Equipment (OSX)

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WiiToMidi allows you to convert signals from a Nintendo Wii controller to MIDI signals. It is a Cocoa application for Mac OS X and uses the DarwiinRemote WiiRemote framework to decode Wii controller signals. It also supports the Nunchuk controller.

ImageJ 1.43: Powerful Image Processing And Analysis In Java (Cross Platform)

ImageJ Site Here

Runs Everywhere:
ImageJ is written in Java, which allows it to run on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes.
Open Source:
ImageJ and its Java source code are freely available and in the public domain. No license is required.
User Community:
ImageJ has a large and knowledgeable worldwide user community. More than 1700 users and developers subscribe to the ImageJ mailing list.
Macros:
Automate tasks and create custom tools using macros. Generate macro code using thecommand recorder and debug it using the macro debugger. More than 300 macros are available on the ImageJ Web site.
Plugins:
Extend ImageJ by developing plugins using ImageJ’s built in text editor and Java compiler. More than 500 plugins are available.
Toolkit:
Use ImageJ as a image processing toolkit (class library) to develop applets, servlets or applications.
Speed:
ImageJ is the world’s fastest pure Java image processing program. It can filter a 2048×2048 image in 0.1 seconds (*). That’s 40 million pixels per second!
Data Types:
8-bit grayscale or indexed color, 16-bit unsigned integer, 32-bit floating-point and RGB color.
File Formats:
Open and save all supported data types as TIFF (uncompressed) or as raw data. Open and save GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, PGM, FITS and ASCII. Open DICOM. Open TIFFs, GIFs, JPEGs, DICOMs and raw data using a URL. Open and save many other formats using plugins.
Image display:
Tools are provided for zooming (1:32 to 32:1) and scrolling images. All analysis and processing functions work at any magnification factor.
Selections:
Create rectangular, elliptical or irregular area selections. Create line and point selections. Edit selectoins and automatically create them using the wand tool. Draw, fill, clear, filter or measure selections. Save selections and transer them to other images.
Image Enhancement:
Supports smoothing, sharpening, edge detection, median filtering and thresholding on both 8-bit grayscale and RGB color images. Interactively adjust brightness and contrast of 8, 16 and 32-bit images.
Geometric Operations:
Crop, scale, resize and rotate. Flip vertically or horizontally.
Analysis:
Measure area, mean, standard deviation, min and max of selection or entire image. Measure lengths and angles. Use real world measurement units such as millimeters. Calibrate using density standards. Generate histograms and profile plots.
Editing:
Cut, copy or paste images or selections. Paste using AND, OR, XOR or “Blend” modes. Add text, arrows, rectangles, ellipses or polygons to images.
Color Processing:
Split a 32-bit color image into RGB or HSV components. Merge 8-bit components into a color image. Convert an RGB image to 8-bit indexed color. Apply pseudo-color palettes to grayscale images.
Stacks:
Display a “stack” of related images in a single window. Process an entire stack using a single command. Open a folder of images as a stack. Save stacks as multi-image TIFF files.