I have a Nord Modular synthesizer, by Clavia. It is really a fantastic synthesizer; 4 DSPs and there is a nice GUI to create your synth patches with.
There are a plethora of software programs that do the same thing, such as SynthEdit, OpenSoundWorld, MaxMSP, and PureData. I've used them all, and I constantly find myself wishing that there was a more powerful sequencer module built-in to all of these synthesizers. I don't like using multiple programs to make music (sequencer/tracker, audio recording, synthesizer, etc), because I find all the switching modes to be distracting. I like the MSP and PD approach of building it all from scratch and keeping it all together, but the interface is very important to me, and the one thing I don't like to mix are the controls in the same place as the "code behind".
So, early in my computer science career, I decided to write my own modular synthesizer, with a heavy emphasis on the sequencer. First, I played around with C++, then I learned Java, and I tried that, but neither of those languages really seemed very nice for creating a modular synthesizer. I really loved the Scheme programming language, and thought that its functional style and emphasis on tail-recursion would be ideal for DSP and modularity. However, I didn't want to have to build my own MIDI and audio libraries from scratch, and I wasn't a good enough programmer to figure out how to write a foreign-function-interface (once I started mixing C pointers in with Scheme, I just got confused). So, along comes Python. Python has extensive libraries, many related to MIDI, audio, and music, and it has a nice, elegant style somewhat reminiscent of Scheme. I am looking into PySndObj and Csound right now. I'll update here as things progress, if they do.
- ▼ April (5)