Mucoder: LFO-Driven, MIDI-Mangling Arpeggiator
What is Hypercyclic?
- An LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect, and step sequencer
- For mangling sustained MIDI input chords
- The output of which can then drive other MIDI instruments
- Acts either as a VST or Audio Unit plugin for your DAW or as a standalone application
- The original hypercyclic won 2nd place in the KVRAudio.com Developer Challenge ‘07
- The sweet spot for hypercyclic is the narrow border between chaos and regularity. Or, in other words, how to induce certain pleasant randomness and syncopation, yet forcing everything to align again on the bar or beat boundaries
How do you use it?
- The main use for hypercyclic is to generate midi that can be recorded and/or sent to other plugins. However, it also features a simple built-in synth for testing purposes
- You can use two tempo-synced LFOs to modulate various parameters for creating interesting rhythmic effects and chord variations
- A unique feature is the possibility to modulate the sequencer step size itself, which is useful for creating glitchy stuttering effects
- Another thing you can use is a groove function for playing slightly off the beat. The groove parameters can also be modulated over time by the LFOs, adding to the rhythmic variation
- Available as VST, AU, or standalone app
- For Windows, Mac, and Linux
- Now with 64-bit support
Installing on Windows
1. First extract the windows .zip archive to a directory on your file system.
On Windows, you can use either the:
- Standalone 32-bit version (tonespace.exe) or 64-bit (tonespace_64.exe). This needs no installation, just run it and you are set.
- VST plugin 32-bit version 32-bit (tonespace.dll) or 64-bit (tonespace_64.dll). Copy this dll into your VST directory of your DAW host and run your VST host.
Please Note: if you plan on using the older 1.0 VST version of tonespace side-by-side with tonespace 2, it is recommended to rename the VST dll of one of these versions. This is only an issue for Windows users, as tonespace 1.0 was Windows-only.
- Rename the v1.0 tonespace.dll to tonespace1.dll if you have no old projects that depend on that plugin version
- Or (less preferred) rename the v2.0 tonespace.dll to tonespace2.dll if you have old projects that depend on tonespace 1.0
Installing on Mac OS X
1. First mount the OS X .dmg archive on your mac by double-clicking it
On OS X you can use either the:
- Standalone version (tonespace.app). This needs no installation, just run it and you are set. This is a universal binary containing both 32 and 64-bit versions.
- Audio Unit and VST plugin version (tonespace. component). This is a universal binary containing both AU and VST versions, in both 32 and 64-bit versions.
- Setting up the AU version: Copy the tonespace. component file into your AU directory (/Users/your name/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/Components) and run your AU host.
- Setting up the VST version: Copy the tonespace.component file into your VST directory (/Users/your name/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST) and rename it to tonespace.vst. Then run your VST host.
Installing on Linux
First, extract the Linux .zip archive to a directory on your file system.
On Linux, you can use either the:
- Sandalone version (tonespace). You first need to set the executable bit on this binary using the command 'chmod +x tonespace'. Then just run it and you are set.
- VST plugin version (tonespace.so). Copy this file into your VST directory of your DAW host and run your VST host.
- All binaries for Linux are currently 64-bit only.