What's Psycle? A short introduction...[edit | edit source]
Psycle is a modular music creation studio, meaning virtual instruments, sound generators, and effects can be used and combined in a modular way to create the end result of a song. With Psycle, it is easy to create all types of electronic music, but Psycle is not limited to electronic music. Pre-recorded tracks (a vocal track and a guitar track for example) can be inserted as well.
Some Demo songs can be downloaded from the community website: Demosongs at psycle.pastnotecut.org
Overview[edit | edit source]
Psycle supports the VST2 instruments and effects as well as native Psycle instruments and effects.
The "Instruments" or "Sound Generators" are represented by blue boxes. The arrows determine the way of the sound signal, routed through several effects (the green boxes), which are eventually routed into the "Master"-box, the sound output. Both the blue as well as the green boxes can represent a VSTi or VST or a native instrument/effect of Psycle and are called "Machines".
The information for the Generators, when to produce sound, is stored in patterns, which can represent one or more measures of musical information. A pattern has several tracks. On the picture below you can see an example pattern:
Each vertical column in the picture represents one track. Up to 64 Tracks are possible. Each filled cell in a track is an event like "Play note C-4 on the Bass-Synthesizer-Instrument" or "Raise the reverb on drums". To fill in the information in the tracks you can use the keyboard as well as Midi-devices. This notation system may seem unusual compared to the common staves-system but allows a perfect control over even the smallest sound changes.
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