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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.


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

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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.
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
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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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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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 took one of my new songs and made it the target, two other new songs for the brain contents, then I recorded a jam, messing with the parameters until I found spots I liked. Then I edited out some bad parts and quantized the results in Reason and added a couple audio-to-CV devices that cause peaks in the volume to trigger drum hits. I also did this to trigger random brass samples from the factory library.

I also added the BeatMap rack extension which triggers drum hits based on coordinates of a few preset map images and had that trigger a sort of simplistic/retro drum machine, Rytmik.


Update - more evolved version:


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