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Linux Arpeggiators, Part 2

Mar 19, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)


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"Part 1 of this series introduced arpeggiators in general and profiled the QMidiArp application. This week we conclude our survey with a look at two more arpeggiators for Linux musicians: Hypercyclic and Arpage.


"Mucoder's Hypercyclic is a different kind of arpeggiator than the others profiled in this survey. The author describes it as "... an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect, and step-sequencer for mangling MIDI input chords." In audio terminology an LFO is a low frequency oscillation that acts on an input signal in some musically pleasing manner. A common musical use for an audio LFO is the addition of a vibrato to a steady tone. The waveform of the effect animates the tone and gives it a more lively character. The LFO itself can be modulated, i.e. its entry may be delayed and its intensity can be gradually increased or decreased. A MIDI LFO acts upon an incoming MIDI data stream in a similar manner, upsetting or rearranging the data with a musical effect."

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