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Re: MIDI Data looping (Go to buzztrack.com)

Noah, Thanks for the subtle tip on buzztrack.....pretty cool page.

>From: noah <fishmong@braincramp.org>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>Subject: Re: MIDI Data looping (Go to buzztrack.com)
>Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 02:11:59 -0400 (EDT)
>KeyKit is beautiful. I've been looking for something like this for eons.
>Thanks for the link! I've yet to try BuildingBlocks... it sounds like
>Buzz for midi. If that's the case, I'd pay a lot more than 100 bucks...
>Speaking of Buzz, I must must must plug it all I can. It's incredible.
>Everyone needs it. It's not useful for realtime, but having grown up on
>trackers, I couldn't live without it. It's been compared to ProTools, yet
>it's free! Anyone who composes anything must use it. USE IT.
>sorry. I'd describe it further, but the buzztrackers do a better job than
>I ever could.
>On Thu, 10 Aug 2000, Timoth E. Gard wrote:
> > >Tell me more about KeyKit and BuildingBlocks.  I've looked at both of
> > these in
> > >the past but have never had the time try them.
> >
> > KeyKit is the bomb when it comes to algorithmic composition. But I find
> > it's also good for some real-time processing. There's a mixed 
> > interface with lots of tools for dealing with tracks, controllers, 
> > etc. There's even more statistically advanced features like the 
> > create new tracks based on general characteristics of another 
> > (Markov Maker). The data stream is in text form, so it's quite easy to
> > manipulate. Plus, I think it's been ported to every platform but 
> > It's very small and efficient. Check out Tim Thompson's website. 
> > plenty more info there, plus he has some of the tools available in
> > web-accessible form. Cool.
> >
> > Whereas KeyKit is mostly programmatical and composition-oriented,
> > BuildingBlocks is mostly graphical and performance-oriented. You have 
> > modules that perform different tasks (note in, echo, arpeggiators) and 
> > graphically connect them, i.e. drag a line from the output of one to 
> > input of another. Oh, and it's also set up to allow input from the
> > keyboard, from mice and from joysticks (2 buttons or 3!). Since the
> > learning curve is shorter for me with BB, I tend to favor it for 
> > peformance ideas on the fly. It has a very LEGO feel to it. And don't 
> > it out for composing -- one fellow just used it as the major 
> > engine in a minimalist piece. I can't recall his name right now. It's 
> > the BB website.
> >
> > Wow. How's that for a sales pitch? Which reminds me, KeyKit is FREE, 
> > is under $100 (don't remember the exact price).
> >
> > >Probably not what you're after, but I've played around with combining 
> > >mouse-to-MIDI program (mouse movement generates two MIDI CC data 
> > with a
> > >wireless (infrared) mouse.  It's fun!
> >
> > That's a great idea! Sounds like fun. BB might be down your alley.
> >
> > >What kind of MIDI do you want to transmit (wirelessly)?
> >
> > I want the whole MIDI stream wireless. I have a WX5 wind controller 
> > sax) and I want to be able to walk around without dragging a cord 
> > me, just like guitarists get to do. MidiMan used to make one, but no
> > longer, and the company Aquila won't return my inquiries. Some people 
> > suggested using a wireless network card, but the mod on that seems a 
> > over my head. The primary issue is error correction. I've been 
> > about wireless modems (radio, not infrared, then there's no 
> > issues), but have been too busy on other projects to jump into that 
> >
> > Of course, if anyone else thinks this is a cool idea...
> >
> > Hope all of this helps somebody, anybody.
> >
> > Tim
> > http://www.quiltedfish.com
> >

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