Expressive E’s Touché is a multidimensional controller with a generous range of I/O capped off with a slick computer interface for even more finite control, and the ability to load/save and modify a huge amount presets onto the Touché, then unplug and go.
This week, Cycling '74 goes On The Road to the Gaudeamus new music festival and checks out a beginner’s book on practical sound design.
There are a lot of educational books on sound design, but it’s hard to find a good starting point that’s got both scope and detail. Andy Farnell has created a kind of encyclopedia on sound; it covers the creation of sound effects “starting from nothing” through four major sections including theory, tools, techniques, and practical DSP implementations.
Once a year, the Dutch Gaudeamus festival highlights the work of composers under 30, lines up kick-ass performances of more well-known works, and curates new experiences at the edges of the field. This year, it was close enough that I did more than read the festival program with envy.
This week, Cycling '74 investigates the humble button object and rolls out a package for Max and machine learning.
It's time to end our “My Favorite Object” series with a bang, and I knew I was just the guy to do it. I consider the button object to be my favourite objects of all Max time. It is humble and really basic, with a simple icon that hooks up anywhere in a patcher.
Read about Benjamin D. Smith’s exciting new machine learning package for Max, ml.star. Machine learning is a hot topic these days. It encourages flexible, non-linear approaches that direct you to unexpected--yet connected--places.
This week, Cycling '74 talks about WaveDNA, software development and Java, and starts a new series on Max Packages.
In addition to his development with the WaveDNA team and his life as a musician, Peter Slack is one of those people who uses Max as a kind of Swiss Army Knife. Join me for an interesting and wide-ranging chat.