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Axon 2 by Audio Damage, Inc.

Audio Damage, Inc. released Axon 2 for iPad. This is another excellent iOS port of an existing desktop AU/VST. Axon 2 is an FM drum synth with a built-in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) engine powering the sequencer. This is such an insane combination. You get the weirdness of FM synthesis, with the AI sequencer, to produce truly inhuman sounding beats!

Axon 2 iTunes Description:

Axon 2 is a drum synth driven by artificial intelligence. (Well, "intelligence" might be a strong word. Artificial something-or-other.) An experimental instrument, Axon uses a modified artificial neural network as a sequencer, and features seven FM-based percussion voices, that are really a single 18-operator FM voice.

If that sounds weird, you ain't seen nothing yet. It is surprisingly intuitive once you get the knack of it, and is capable of all-new, complex rhythms that repeat in surprising ways. It often gets referenced as a "random sequence generator," but there is nothing random in Axon; it is entirely determinative.

The sequencer features seven "neurons" that trigger a voice and send a pulse when they have received a predetermined number of pulses. You can wire the output of any neuron to the input of any other (with built-in loop detection to prevent runaway feedback), and in this manner pre-program the artificial neural network without having to go through a "learning" phase.

The seven individual drum voices, each triggered by its attendant neuron, are 2-operator FM voices in a configuration to best make percussion sounds, with additional FM and AM busses that all voices send to and receive from. Each voice has a HPF, distortion circuit, and white noise generator to provide a full range of percussion-oriented voicing individually, while interacting with each other in new and unique ways.

Features

• Artificial Neural Network sequencer features seven neurons, and is easily programmed to create strange new repeating rhythms.

• Seven FM percussion voices that also buss together to create a single monolithic complex percussion synthesizer.

• Full mixer with pan, level, mute, and solo on each voice.

• Built-in stereo delay with X/Y pad control over feedback and filter frequency, for live playability.

• MIDI input, including Bluetooth MIDI, for driving Axon from DAW and hardware sequencers, and Virtual MIDI Output (standalone only) for driving other software with the Axon sequencer.

• Inter-App Audio, including transport synchronization, in standalone mode.

• Internal transport for non-synchronized playback.

• Resizable vector-based user interface.

• Drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration.

• XML-based cross-platform, human-readable preset system, with copy/paste, for easy transferring of your own presets and third-party offerings.

Please Note: This application will work fine on an iPad Mini, but the user interface may be difficult to use due to the size.

There's a flashy promo for the desktop version of AXON from way back in 2010, but embedded here is a Getting Stated Tutorial by thesoundtestroom.

October 10, 2017  | person_outline Tim Webb
Nice. Great vid by mr Soundtestroom, six Axons playing together!
October 10, 2017  | favorite_border Erik
i'd love to get an ableton-link update <3
October 10, 2017  | person_outline bruderkong
Does anyone have trouble connecting nodes in the sequencer. Sometimes i gotta press nodes like 5 Times before they respond ...? This sounds great tho !
October 10, 2017  | person_outline B b c
Are they ever going to fix the GarageBand audio engine-killing bug in their freebie FuzzPlus??
October 10, 2017  | person dysamoria
Loving this one - spent an hour playing about with this and it is awesome... and really cheap considering!
I can't find the "reciprocation dingle arm" that is listed in the features. Does anyone know how to activate it? I'm hoping it will enable retro-encabulation in AB3. Thanks!
October 10, 2017  | person BDBaker1958
On October 10, 2017 - @BDBaker1958 said:
I can't find the "reciprocation dingle arm" that is listed in the features. Does anyone know how to activate it? I'm hoping it will enable retro-encabulation in AB3. Thanks!

!!!
October 11, 2017  | person MikeV
Pleneration of sine waves in an FM-based synth engine could lead to really nasty noise spikes and other Very Bad Things similar to effects caused by neuron connection loops. It's a good thing AD has covered both of these hazards.

Oh wait, I have that backward. You totally want the sine waves from the oscillators to be fully plenerated. It's depleneration that's bad. It's one of those asymptotic effects you can't completely eliminate but reducing it as much as possible gives the cleanest signal path. Thank goodness they thought of it.
October 11, 2017  | person jimhanks
Ahh ... engineering jokes.

Am I the only one who thinks this thing is crying out for, piteously begging to have a RANDOM button? Tweaking is grand and all, but I'd love to just roll the dice, too.
October 11, 2017  | person Adam
Unfortunately not available in Australia. :(
October 11, 2017  | person That guy
Awesome! Axon was usually the first VST I’d load when starting a new desktop project.

I wish the Ruismaker drum apps had their Euclidean sequencers available when they’re used as Audio Units.
October 11, 2017  | person_outline Kerm
On October 10, 2017 - @B b c said:
Does anyone have trouble connecting nodes in the sequencer. Sometimes i gotta press nodes like 5 Times before they respond ...? This sounds great tho !

I have the same issue =\
October 11, 2017  | favorite_border Tony
On October 11, 2017 - @Adam said:
Am I the only one who thinks this thing is crying out for, piteously begging to have a RANDOM button? Tweaking is grand and all, but I'd love to just roll the dice, too.

This would make it a killer app. so few drumming machines out there as AU. This looks cool. Hope they implement the random button to. Love these...
October 11, 2017  | person_outline David
Went to buy it and "not available in your country"....!
October 11, 2017  | person_outline Simon
On October 11, 2017 - @Adam said:
Ahh ... engineering jokes.

Am I the only one who thinks this thing is crying out for, piteously begging to have a RANDOM button? Tweaking is grand and all, but I'd love to just roll the dice, too.

Another vote for randomize buttons!!!
- one for the sequence
- one for the synth
- one for the effects
- one just because
October 11, 2017  | favorite_border Tony
Not available over here either :-(
October 11, 2017  | person Joe Maron
Yes AD, we likey da DICE buttons for happy accidents music and sound creation. Please add in future updates.
October 11, 2017  | person synfiniti
Now available in Oz.
October 12, 2017  | person_outline Simon
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