[This explains the new firmware, Angry Robot. For the classic Glitch Storm MK2 explanation, scroll down] A N G R Y R O B O T * Angry Robot: Recursive Bytebeat Synthesis Angry Robot is a new firmw…Read More…
[This explains the new firmware, Angry Robot. For the classic Glitch Storm MK2 explanation, scroll down]
Angry Robot: Recursive Bytebeat Synthesis
Angry Robot is a new firmware for the Glitch Storm MK2. It expands on the concept of bytebeats with a whole new buch of technics that reach new sounds altogether, ranging form drones, to rhythms, polyrhythms, robot bablings, malfunctions and all kind of gliches that remind of primitive game consoles but somehow sounding totally new and futuristic.
The best way to get a grasp is to listen to the demos.
Angry robot at the moment is closed source and you can get it as an arduino preprogramed microcontroller, to expand your previous Glitch Storm MK2 hardware or with a brand new Glitch Storm MK2.
How to manage the instrument:
Pot A, B and C control a tridimensional position on the programs, like Glitch Storm did.
The rate knob alters the pitch in different ways. Sometimes higher will rise the pitch, in other cases will lower it and most of the times will mangle it and also change the ridms, times polyridms and what not. It will behave different in every program and be also affected by the modes engaged.
Left Button cycles throught the 16 programs. The leds shows in binary the program number. And from here, mostly everything changes respect Glitch Storm.
Right Button cycles thru 4 different algorithm. Every algorithm modifies the way the programs are processed. When you release the long press of the right button you engage the next algorithm and the leds flash 5 times to indicate in which algo are you using.
Long press of Left Button toggles on/off Angry Robot mode. When engaged it starts auto cycling between the 4 algos per step
Long press of Right Button engages looper mode. When in looper mode, a second light in the arduino will light. Long pressing again the Right Button toggles looper mode on/off
And finally theres the Recursive Mode. It cycles thru the 16 programs. To engage it you long press both left and right buttons, and the release first left and then right button. The leds will start counting in binary signaling that the mode is on. To toggle off just do the same. Both long press buttons releasing the left one first
All modes are recombinable, the 16 programs, the looper mode, the Angry Robot and the Recursive modes, so the amount of possible combinations is pretty much infinite.
GLITCH STORM MK2
This is the MKII of the Glitch Storm. It has many features that users asked.
The most obvious is a fourth pot that changes the pitch of the machine (RATE) so now you can tune it and making it to play faster of slower.
It also has an analogic clock out so you can synch external gear with. Finally it has 3 additional outputs available for you to hack with it. As Glitch Storm is open source you can hack the code in arduino to customize the behaviour of these input / output pins.
As example I have written an experimental port of Mutable Instruments "GRIDS" that runs on the Glitch Storm MK2. It has 4 outputs instead of 3 and some other differences.
I recommend to get another arduino nano v3 and flash it there, so you can change the firmware inserting the "GLITCHSTORM MK2" microcontroller or the "Glitched Grids" one.
The PCB of new MK2 version comes with the passives and the leds presoldered, so you only have to solder the pots and a few bits in the DIY version.
There´s also fully assembled versions available, ready to plug and play.
Glitch Storm is an exploratory synth that can be build and soldered even for total beginners. It produces a plethora of blips and blops ranging for chords, techno rhythms to alien soundscapes and FXs.
At its core is a Bytebeat synth but this one is interactive. You play it tuning into frequencies and soundscapes. You have four dimensions in it to explore, three ones via the knobs and a forth one via buttons, changing the equation that is playing.
The unit is able to be played as a standalone or in the context of one studio or modular.
Is quite good for pinging filters too and can enter in an easteregg mode for it to trigger gate outs for synchronizing external gear with it.
You can order the bare presoldered PCB, the Partial Kit, the Full Kit and a fully assembled unit.
Users ordering only the PCB will have to source the rest of components and program the Arduino Nano.
The partial kit includes a PCB + a preprogrammed Arduino Nano, so you will have to source the rest of components.
The Full Kit has everything needed to build the synth.
There´s a github link where you can find the BOM, the schematics of the project and the compiled file for programming the Arduino Nano.
Glitch Storm MK2 ships with no tracking number, so if you absolutely need one, please contact me before to arrange it.
A sweet demo from a friend: https://soundcloud.com/antonio-grazioli/glitch-storm-techno-demo
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