April 2, 2015

A Little Context...

by Chris Randall
 



As you've no doubt seen if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook or down the street in real life or whatever, we've been busy shipping our new module, Odio, which is a little 2-in, 2-out audio interface for using iOS devices in your Eurorack kit. Entirely coincidental to this, but alarmingly convenient, Chris Carlson finally updated his excellent Borderlands granular synth for iPad to v2.0.

Never was a match more made in Heaven than Odio and Borderlands, as Marcus Fischer's post yesterday on his excellent Dust Breeding blog proved. I thought a little video demo of using Borderlands with Odio might be appropo, so after my shipping chores were done for the day, I busted the above out.

In the video, the analog synth melody is coming from my full boat of WMD/SSF modules I just got this week, the hi-hat is coming from our Mad Hatter module, and the speech synthesis is courtesy of a prototype module I'm currently researching that runs a full emulation of the TI speech synthesis chip. (In other words, those aren't samples, at least in the traditional sense of the word.) The whole mess is sequenced via Sequencer 1.

You can hear in the beginning that the synth line is passing through the iPad via the AudioBus app. After a moment, I instance Borderlands. Since Borderlands is a synth, and not a real-time effect, the audio is interrupted. I then flip to the Borderlands instance, and record a couple measures of the synth line.

After fooling with that for a bit, I then move the speech synthesizer's output from the mixer to Odio, and record a bit of it, while I'm twiddling knobs on the prototype. What happens after that should be pretty self-evident from watching the video.

Anyhow, I think the video shows how powerful the Odio/Borderlands combination is. If you'd like to see videos of other iPad-based software in use, let me know your specific requests.
 
 
 

7 comments:

 
 

 
Apr.08.2015 @ 12:35 PM
rollmottle
Borderlands looks fucking bananas!
 
 

 
Apr.09.2015 @ 1:35 AM
gw
could this or another thread possibly be used as a thread for cool ipad apps (musically / visually)? would that be alright?

i would love to read about favs from the people around this forum ...
and i would love to hear about unusual stuff, even little tricks inside apps, that make them useful for weird stuff.

supposingly this thread is more about odio than anything else there might be another chance in another dedicated thread.
 
 

 
Apr.09.2015 @ 3:13 AM
lazenbleep
modstep looks pretty good
 
 

 
Apr.09.2015 @ 6:43 AM
Chris Randall
@gw: I don't have any problem with that. Knock yourself out. With Odio and my Euro, I use Borderlands 2, Flux:FX, and the Dedalus delay, all with Audiobus. I don't generally use the iPad in my music-making endeavors otherwise, as it's generally more of a pain in the ass than it's worth, at least in the context of what I do.

-CR
 
 

 
Apr.09.2015 @ 12:57 PM
gw
Discovered Sector, which has a very nice UI and a very nice approach

link [youtu.be]
 
 

 
Apr.09.2015 @ 1:06 PM
gw
How useful & handy is FluxFX? Experience?
 
 

 
Apr.09.2015 @ 1:15 PM
Chris Randall
You need a potent iPad to run it. My iPad 3 wheezes a bit on more sophisticated patches. That's my only real complaint.

As far as usefulness, it depends on your goals. Flux:FX isn't quite FSU, not really, at least as we quantify such things. But it's not for real straight-ahead effects sounds either. Some of the effects have semi-odd parameters when you go to edit them.

All that said, as a multi-FX box, it's remarkably useful. Very "playable."

-CR
 
 

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