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Richard D James and Dave Griffiths present Samplebrain


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Aphex has designed an audio plugin/vst/device of sorts called Samplebrain for sample mashing. There are builds for Ubuntu, Windows, and Macintosh alike. Check it out here.

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Dave Griffiths' site for his general projects etc. is here.

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I put it in the free software thread too. Worth mentioning the m1 binary is broken. The intel version installs on m1 systems though. Seems fine. 

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From user18081971 soundcloud:

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Richard mentioned an idea he had about something like a giant brain that you could feed samples to. If you gave it enough, it would be able to take all the right bits to recreate a new sound you fed it. We talked it through a bit, I remember asking that surely something like this had been done before, and he said: "well probably, but not quite like this". A few sketches and prototypes later we started putting entire tracks through it to see how it interpreted them using different random instruments and sounds - and we knew we were on to something...Dave.
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This idea came about a long time ago, not sure exactly when, 2002 ish
but when mp3's started to become a thing, when for the first time there
were a ton of them sitting on my hard drive and the brilliant Shazam had
recently launched.

Started thinking hmm all this music sitting there, maybe it can be used
for something else other than just playing or dj'ing [hi Atomixmp3 &
rudimentary max/msp patches]
I had originally contacted the founders of Shazam to discuss further
creative uses of their genius idea but they were busy making an
automatic dj program, I still think Shazam could be re-purposed for
something incredible but in the meantime we have Samplebrain.

What if you could reconstruct source audio from a selection of other
mp3's/audio on your computer?
What if you could build a 303 riff from only a cappella's or bubbling mud sounds?
What if you could sing a silly tune and rebuild it from classical music files?

You can do this with Samplebrain.
We soon realised after Dave had started to get
things going that with a few cheaty sliders you could actually re-make
anything from just one source file, so the options are all there to play
with.
Since funding this project I seemed to have found very little time to
explore it properly and the time has now come to let you lot have a
fiddle with it to.
Richard James.

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29 minutes ago, perunamuusi said:

Has anybody done anything with it yet that isn't dismal?

so far only skipping cd sounds that descend in pitch.  also took to lifetimes to examine/process some samples. 

might try again later

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I am using M1 MacOS on dark mode and none of the parameter values show, because the input boxes background is not dark as it should be. At least this version managed to create some sound.

I think it's interesting for when you want to generate some samples to build a drum kit out of, but then I am not a bleeps person so much.

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Yeah, at some point I'll mess with it and see if I can come up with anything that's worth sampling a couple seconds from, that seems like the kind of thing it could be useful for.

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i was messing with version 0.18.3 today and used a full track as the target and the same track as the brain contents.
i'm thinking it should be fun to try with various stuff like sine sweeps, synth wavetables, single cycle waveforms, etc to resynthesize vocalizations.

 

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On 9/30/2022 at 7:13 PM, perunamuusi said:

Has anybody done anything with it yet that isn't dismal?

yes. I "remade" the amen break using rave stabs

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it was nice to see that Arch Linux has it in the repos. runs better natively than with the windows on WINE.

one thing i'm not sure about is why the bounced output is split into dual mono files rather than one stereo one.

it's fun to zone out to and play with. has anybody tried with the mic input yet?

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I thought about using this to make some sample material today, but I ended up just recording some mixer feedback through a Roland EF303 instead and got the results I wanted.

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