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SunVox AUv3 Update

Alexander Zolotov updated the iOS version of SunVox with AUv3 support! You can now use SunVox inside of any AUv3 host as an instrument. As with all SunVox updates, this one arrives with a ton of other features too!

What's new in SunVox v1.9.5:

* Audio Unit Extension (AUv3 instrument) has been added - SunVox can now be used inside any AU host;
* Main menu -> Export/import: additional export/import functions provided by the system;
* extended set of supported MIDI sync commands (slave mode): Start/Stop/Continue, MIDI Clock, Song Position Pointer;
* full support of 65534 modules per project and 32 tracks per pattern;
* optimization of graphic and sound engines;
* Distortion: new type "overflow2" (symmetric overflow);
* Loop: incoming notes (Note ON commands) restart the loop;
* Delay now also delays the incoming events (note, pitch, phase, velocity);
* MultiSynth: new option "Generate missed Note OFF cmds";
* Pattern Editor: new function "Cyclic shift";
* new pattern effects (column EE):
* 15 - change the relative note and finetune of the module; XX - relative note (00 - ignore; 01 = -127; 80 = 0; FF = 127); YY - finetune (00 - ignore; 01 = one semitone lower; 80 = 0; FF = one semitone higher);
* 31 - jump to line XXYY (address) right after the end of the current line;
* 32 - set jump address mode YY: 0 - absolute address, relative to the start of the timeline (default); 1 - ( pattern beginning + address ); 2 - ( pattern beginning - address ); 3 - ( next line + address ); 4 - ( next line - address );
* new set of destructive effects (irreversibly change the contents of the pattern):
* 38 - delete an event on track XX with a probability of YY (00..FF(100%)); see simple_examples/pat effect 38 self destructive.sunvox
* 39 - cyclic shift of track XX down by YY lines;
* 3A - generate a new iteration of YY-line polyrhythm on track XX; see simple_examples/pat effect 3A polyrhythm.sunvox;
* 3B - copy track XX to a pattern named YY;
* MutliCtl, Sound2Ctl, Pitch2Ctl, Velocity2Ctl: "OUT Controller" range has been increased to 255, so now it's also possible to address the MIDI controllers (CC0 = 128, CC1 = 129, ...) of the connected module(s);
* new module visualization settings: background options (outline/fill), level scale (linear/logarithmic(dB)/RMS), peak meter;
* Project properties: "Sync" settings allow you to specify the types of synchronization commands that the project accepts;
* Preferences -> Main: new option "Autosave" (disabled by default);
* Preferences -> MIDI: "Module preview channel" - MIDI channel that will be used to receive notes during module pre-listening (when selecting a file);
* Preferences -> MIDI: "Sync source" - MIDI device for receiving synchronization commands;
* Preferences -> Timeline: new option "Hexadecimal line numbers";
* Preferences -> Interface -> Shortcuts: delete buttons [x] have been added;
* improved text fields (long text scrolling has been added) + improved virtual text keyboard;
* simple copy/paste (ctrl+c/v) in all text fields;
* Wi-Fi export/import: additional file information fields: size and modification date/time;
* export to WAV: new mode "File per module (connected to selected)" - export modules connected (as sources) to the selected module;
* new keyboard shortcut: SHIFT + 7 - cyclic shift up (for the selected region in the pattern editor);
* new keyboard shortcut: SHIFT + 8 - cyclic shift down;
* new instruments and effects from other users (see the instruments and effects folders);
* new examples (SunVox Compo 2019.03 winners): Trackerbound - its over now; make a wish; Logickin Lambda - Soar Beyond; manganoid - Dash of Wind;
* new examples: NightRadio - 5100, 5101, 5102, Sines of Night, Au; Manwe - Aquar.io Ambient; Philip Bergwerf - Venaya;
* bug fixes.

Reader Comments 8

Works really well. What a treat!

Remember to set sync to AU in sunvox settings.
January 23, 2020  | person_outline VGA Port Authority
Awesome! it would be great to have it as an effect also
January 23, 2020  | person Pablo
Several of us have had a hard time getting into SunVox. It almost feels “aspirational” as in “One day, maybe, I’ll learn how to do cool things with these Zolotov apps”.
A friend uses it in performance. In the right hands, it’s quite powerful. Same with Caustic, actually, which is another one that people think should come to AUv3.
My impression is that, with the AUv3 version, it’ll be easier to use it as an “instrument” and process externally, especially with notes and control signals coming through AU MIDI. From there, it might be relatively easy to expand that knowledge into more of the SunVox “philosophy”.

Same happens with things like Pure Acid or EG Pulse or Playset. You use them with other plugins even if they’re self-sufficient. scratching the surface a bit. Then you get into their own internal workflow.
In fact, this is a way KORG Gadget itself could become a really neat AUv3. You could encapsulate stuff as you wish instead of relying on the “DAW paradigm”.

Some of Bram Bos’s plugins are very neat examples of integrating an “instrument” with a special kind of sequencer or generator. Especially since these can then be used with other synths. So, the Ruismaker Noir seq can control another synth, leading to unexpected results. The Mononoke pad controllers become pretty powerful with pad sounds in other synths. The Troublemaker/Ripplemaker and Ruismaker seqs became plugins in the Rozeta Suite (Bassline and X0X). Very neat approach.
To everyone who wants to drive it with MIDI, it works really well. However.. Spend one evening, take a deep dive into trackers. It’s really an eye opener when you realize what Trackers can do. Knowing how it’s made is worth it alone :)

There are "effects" in trackers.. this is the most powerful part. These are not audio effects, they are "things that happen to notes or tracks etc." You can do absolutely amazing things with this. You can set the probability of effect happening.. effects include

Ratchet(trigger same note a number of times in one beat)
Arpeggiation (sub sequencer ) (all the rapid blirrp arpeggios you heard in those .mod files, this is what made it)
Slide up and down
Vibrato
Note probility
Delaying notes and lots more.

There is no end to the awesomeness people make with these things. I’m not great at them, but damn.. they are very powerful sequencers.

I suggest checking out Cuckoo’s Nerdseq tutorial just to get a really good understanding of basic tracking. It’s probably the best intro to tracking I’ve seen. Trackers are much easier to understand than their excel style interface might suggest. They are so worth understanding :)
January 24, 2020  | person_outline VGA Port Authority
Trackers are where I got my start in computer music (MOD Edit 2.0), and therefore they remain close to my heart (I’ve used at least four different ones). However, I never enjoyed them. They’re way more aggressively technical than most other music-making tools, and I find them terribly tedious and clumsy.

Still, Alexander Zolotov is so clever (and generous) with his tools that I couldn’t resist buying this when it came out on iPad. I have an old version on my PalmOS-driven Tapwave Zodiac, and it was super impressive for what it accomplished there, but it wasn’t exactly an ideal experience at that size (and with a poor battery that seems non-placeable now). Having it on iPad as an AU will let me use the semi-modular synthesis engine at least. I wonder if he has any plan to do the same on desktop operating systems...?
January 24, 2020  | person dysamoria
On January 24, 2020 - @dysamoria said:
I wonder if he has any plan to do the same on desktop operating systems...?

I read somewhere that he plans on making it VST later. Hope this ain't misinformation lol
January 24, 2020  | person senhorlampada
On January 23, 2020 - @Enkerli said:
Several of us have had a hard time getting into SunVox. It almost feels “aspirational” as in “One day, maybe, I’ll learn how to do cool things with these Zolotov apps”.

Exact sentiment here. I end up asking, "Well, IF I learn it, will it be worth the investment?" and "Will I run into the exact kinds of limitations that make me tap out?"

I'm such a fan of piano-roll editing, and when a grid is flexible (a la LumBeat or G-Stomper) then grids are fine, too. I don't think I'd mind the line editor, as long as the things I "aspire" to are within the range. I can't remember what the options are rhythmically with SunVox's stepper.

On January 24, 2020 - @VGA Port Authority said:
To everyone who wants to drive it with MIDI, it works really well. However.. Spend one evening, take a deep dive into trackers. It’s really an eye opener when you realize what Trackers can do. Knowing how it’s made is worth it alone :)

There are "effects" in trackers.. this is the most powerful part. These are not audio effects, they are "things that happen to notes or tracks etc." You can do absolutely amazing things with this. You can set the probability of effect happening..

Thanks for sharing this. That is a powerful argument not only for the app itself, but for why this seemingly tedious workflow has a built-in advantage over piano-rolls & grids.
January 24, 2020  | favorite_border stub
On January 24, 2020 - @senhorlampada said:

I read somewhere that he plans on making it VST later. Hope this ain't misinformation lol
I wouldn’t be shocked. He’s amazingly competent and completist about platforms. I meant to check out his forum but forgot. Any chance that’s where you heard this desktop plugin rumor?
January 29, 2020  | person dysamoria
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