Isotonik Studios have released Octopulse by Manifest Audio, a flexible and powerful generative rhythmic device for Ableton Live, available for £35.00.
Did you know the otherworldly octopus has a uniquely distributed neural system? Its central brain is connected to brains in each of its eight arms: nine brains total.
Inspired by this unique lifeform, Octopulse is designed by Ableton Certified Trainer Noah Pred to combine eight individually adjustable pulse generators with global controls that manipulate them in unison — while retaining distinct characteristics, directions, and behaviours.
Each activated pulse “arm” is driven by its own clock, defined by a base musical rate and multiplier, along with controllable length, at a specified MIDI note. Trigger, octave, and velocity can all be randomized to add a wealth of variation. Note values, base rates, and rate multipliers for all arms can be randomized globally, within set ranges; click the global dice to instantly produce a unique starting point. Velocity, duration, and multiplier can be controlled for all steps simultaneously, as well as trigger, octave, hold, and velocity randomization.
Advanced mode provides access to pulse divisions for polyrhythmic tuplet timing independently for each pulse, Euclidean sequencing, individual loop reset in bars, and discrete offset delay, with locks to exempt certain parameters from global control or randomization. Euclidean fills can be set per pulse, and controlled globally via uniquely proportional percentage slider. Pulse divisions can also be set globally for all unlocked pulses.
Outgoing MIDI can be transposed via incoming MIDI clips or real-time input for uniquely interactive musical results — all of which conforms to a selected scale and key. An optional cycle reset interval constrains otherwise endlessly sprawling polymetric structures to more predictable bar-length patterns, while a base offset and multiplier can stagger the entire pattern offbeat.
Four playback modes allow it to interact with other MIDI elements in a project — or be deployed as an unconventional, retriggering arpeggiator. Optimized for Push with full Info View annotations and bundled Global Hub integration, Octopulse provides a fresh approach to probabilistic polyrhythms. Whether generating unique drum patterns or expansive melodic patterns, Octopulse is applied biomimicry in action.
Watch the demo HERE.
Octopulse requires Ableton Live 10/11 Suite or Ableton Live 10/11 Standard with MaxforLive installed.
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