Quartz AudioMaster Freeware 4.6 (Windows)

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Impressive Freeware For Windows

“Quartz AudioMaster Freeware is a powerful, yet easy-to-use audio and MIDI sequencer for Windows 95/98/NT/2000. It features four stereo audio tracks, 16 MIDI tracks, effects plug-ins, a per-track EQ, Aux buses, video sync, score, GM/GS/XG, and piano roll editors. It also has all the capabilities required to easily share musical projects across the Internet.”

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GUidMachine: Step Sequencer/Sample Player (OSX)

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“The Guid Machine is a Step Sequencer combined with a sample player. The Step sequencer has 4 X 16 steps while the sample player can load 4 samples simultanuously. Nothing new so far, but what makes the GUIdMachine special are a few unique features.

First of all you can easily shift any of the sequences up and down by any number of steps and you can decide the length of each raw. But even this is not news. What’s special about it is that you can randomize this modifications and so the pattern will never be constant if you want.

“The velocities can be randomized too so the accents will also change during time
and make the loops more interesting. But the most unique feature is that the 4 sequences can play at 4 different BPMs!

The Sample Player section is a fairly straight forward 4 voices sample player with a good envelope section and the possiblitly to change the pitch , the length , the start point all on the fly.

It also features a 4 tap delay section, a master Vst insert and the possiblity to record audio files of what you are doing.”

 

AudioTool Firestarter: On-Line Sequencing Powerhouse

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Extremely well done site, share setups, there are templates to start from, a WIKI support site and much more, all free

“Two years ago we started with a simple idea: Everyone should be able to make music online through their browser without the need to install any additional software. This proof of concept was a great success and since then we have continually updated Audiotool with new features, as well as, pocketing a Red-Dot Award and a German Design Award.”

Elysium: An Interactive Generative MIDI Sequencer (OSX)

I haven’t had much time to work with this application but I can see a lot of potential here. The interface is so different than a standard MIDI sequencer that it forces you to adapt yourself to a new style of composition.  It’s not hard to use and the MIDI data flowed nicely into Logic.  There are a lot of options with this software and if you are a Mac user, give it a workout.

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Hypercyclic: An LFO-Driven MIDI Arpeggiator for Mangling MIDI

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“hypercyclic is an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect and step sequencer for mangling MIDI input chords. It won 2nd place in the KVRAudio.com Developer Challenge ’07.Two tempo-synced LFOs can be used to modulate various parameters to create interesting rhythmic effects and chord variations. A unique feature is the possiblity to modulate the sequencer step size itself, which is useful for creating glitchy stuttering effects.

The sweetspot for hypercyclic is the narrow border between chaos and regularity. Or, in other words, how to induce a certain pleasant randomness, yet forcing everything to align again on the bar or beat boundaries.

The product is further complemented by 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.