Category: Audio

Sounds and music.

Open Source: Sigmatizm, A Virtual Additive Synthesizer

Back in 2012 I wrote the most complex audio application I had ever written. It’s called Sigmatizm, and is a standalone additive synthesizer. Additive synthesis works by adding together sine waves of different frequencies (harmonics) to create a more complex sound. This particular application adds up to 128 sine waves together in real-time, while transitioning from

Proxima Controller, a Virtual MIDI Controller

Back in 2008 I created an app called Proxima Controller. It’s a virtual MIDI controller that runs on Windows, OSX, and Linux. I wanted an easy way to control external MIDI hardware (synthesizers, etc.) from my PC and there wasn’t an app that I liked available. It started out as a Windows-only app. A few

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner for Windows

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner are the first desktop Windows apps that I wrote. I don’t recall how long ago, but it was certainly more than a decade. They’re super-simple apps that let you sound notes to tune your guitar or bass to. They only support standard tuning and use the default MIDI device for

SpaceTheremin, a Virtual Theremin

Back in 2007 I wrote an application called SpaceTheremin. It is a simple app that lets you use your mouse to control a virtual theremin by moving it over a beautiful public domain image from the Hubble Telescope to control pitch and volume. Over the years I also released versions for Linux, webOS, and OSX (via

Open Sourced: RoboBlather, a Text to Speech Application for Windows

Back in 2008 I released the first version of a simple text-to-speech program for Windows called RoboBlather. Over the years it has enjoyed some popularity among a small niche of users due primarily to its uncomplicated interface. Today I finished open-sourcing it under the MIT license. If you’re interested, it’s available here on GitHub. You

My History As A Musician

Like many Americans, I was exposed to the recorder in grade school. I didn’t much care for it, and the terrible traditional public domain songs we played like Hot Cross Buns made me not really care for music. Later, in middle school, there was a choir class. At least one mandatory semester. Didn’t like that

(Player Profile) Michael Manring

Michael Manring is a pretty well-known soloist among bass players, but less so among mainstream music listeners. He’s known for his custom fretless Zon Hyperbass guitar shown in this video performance/interview from Bass Player LIVE! 2013: He was the youngest of four in a musical family. He took classes at the Berklee College of Music

(Video) Davie504 Plays 100 Amazing Bass Lines

“Davie504” is an Italian bass player with a great selection of YouTube videos. In this video he plays 100 famous bass riffs in 13 minutes: There’s also a sequel “100 Amazing Bass Lines 2” that will show up as a related video. It includes riffs from a nice variety of bands, though it does have

Quora Answer: Are analog synthesizers overrated?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. To put it simply, yes. Analog synthesizers are absolutely overrated. I’m referring specifically to subtractive synthesizers. The differences in sound quality really ARE quite minor, so don’t feel bad if you can’t much tell them apart. That’s not to say they’re not useful.

Not Winamp’s Fault

So, the upgrade to Vista didn’t turn out to be 100% successful. It turns out that the Winamp crashing I experienced was caused by Vista’s epic failure in the audio realm.  Since they changed the way audio drivers run (user mode instead of kernel mode now), no driver from an earlier version of Windows will

Mud Sound Protocol

Today I added the framework to support the Mud Sound Protocol (MSP). I don’t have any sounds and haven’t added support to the client yet, but when it comes time to add sound it’ll be very easy. I figure I’ll do the sound design myself and/or enlist help from some of my friends over at

Review: Suicide Commando – Mindstrip (2000)

I originally wrote this review for, which no longer exists. Track List: Jesus Wept Hellraiser (Psychopath 01-Version) Body Count Proceed Raise Your God Mindstripper Run Comatose Delusion (Overdose Shot Two) Blood In Face Love Breeds Suicide Slaves Sounds: 3.5 of 5 Vocals: 3 of 5 Composition: 3 of 5 Overall Rating: .633 My overall

Review: And One – Virgin Superstar (2000)

I originally wrote this review for, which no longer exists. Virgin Superstar Wasted You Don’t Love Me Anymore Goodbye Germany Wet Spot Panzermensch My Story Life To Lose Not The Only One Don’t Need The Drugs Mr. Jenka Vocals: 4.5 of 5 Sounds: 3.0 of 5 Composition: 3.5 of 5 Overall: .733 And One

Review: Cat Rapes Dog – Trojan Whores (1992)

I originally wrote this review for, which no longer exists. Trojan Whores Everything’s Gone Green (New Order cover) 909 Whores Sounds: 3 of 5 Vocals: 1.5 of 5 Composition: 2.5 of 5 Overall Rating: .467 Most people probably have not heard of this Swedish group. The name might have something to do with it. The