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2020 is a next generation semi modular beat-machine standalone software for beat making and real-time compositions.
2020 is a next generation semi modular beat-machine standalone software for beat making and real-time compositions.
2020 is a next generation semi modular beat-machine standalone software for beat making and real-time compositions.
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2020 THE SEMI MODULAR BEAT-MACHINE

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2020 THE SEMI MODULAR BEAT-MACHINE
2020 THE SEMI MODULAR BEAT-MACHINE

Hello! I’m Yotaro Shuto, an electronic musician who performs in DUB-Russell.

DUB-Russell is a Japanese electronic music group, started in 2010. All of our original sounds are created with Cycling ’74 Max software, and alongside our live performance, we use real-time computer improvisation - non-reproducible music.

DUB-Russell has performed frequently in Tokyo, along with international events including Sonar Sound Tokyo (2012), ELEKTRA16 (2015, Montreal), meme city (2015, Hangzhou), BRDG and more.

And now, I will introduce you to the beat machine that I have been developing for the past 6 years. This development has been based on past performance experience, as well as my philosophy for beats and sounds.

The concept of 2020 is very simple:

1. Generate a million sound/sequence variations from a single, small idea.
2. Make entire beats in just one screen. (without scrolling or switching windows) 

The user interface is designed like the console of a spaceship - all functions can be controlled in one simple screen.

CLOCK

  • Signal based punctual clock.
  • BPM 30 - 1000.
  • Swing

SAMPLE SLICER

  • Redesign any type of sound using a step sequencer.
  • Max 32 Beats.
  • Resolutions per beats : 1/4,1/8,1/12,1/16,1/20,1/24,1/28,1/32.
  • Overdrive.
  • Highpass/Lowpass Filter.
  • LFO.

GRID SEQUENCERS

  • Triggers, Accents, Volumes.
  • Max 32 Beats.
  • Resolutions per beats : 1/4,1/8,1/12,1/16,1/20,1/24,1/28,1/32.

12x ONE-SHOT SAMPLERS / KICK SYNTH

SAMPLER GROUP 1 with KICK SYNTH
SAMPLER GROUP 1 with KICK SYNTH
SAMPLER GROUP 2
SAMPLER GROUP 2
SAMPLER GROUP 3
SAMPLER GROUP 3
  • Amp Envelope.
  • Pitch Envelope.
  • Overdrive.
  • Ring Modulation.
  • Highpass/Lowpass Filter.
  • Bit Crusher.
  • Overtone Filter.
  • LFO.
  • Simple sine wave kick synth to improve kick, or bass sound.

2x FM SYNTHS

  • 3x Operators, 5x Algorithms, 5x Waveforms.
  • Highpass/Lowpass Filter.
  • Bit Crusher.

EXTERNAL INPUTS / HIGURASHI GENERATOR / 3x SOUND LOOPERS

  • EXTERNAL INPUTS
  • HIGURASHI GENERATOR
    - Pretty nice beeper.
  • 3x SOUND LOOPERS
    - Loop players without dependence on a timeline.
    - Overdrive.
    - Highpass/Lowpass Filter.
    - Ring Modulation.
    - LFO.

9x CV TRIGGERED EFFECTS / EFFECT PATCHER

  • Controlled by Beat Trigger (CV).
  • On each effect, you can patch freely.
  • 2x Highpass / Lowpass Filters.
  • Comb Filter / Short Delay.
  • Ring Modulation.
  • Granular Scratcher.
  • Trick Generator.
  • Beat Repeater.
  • Bit Crusher.
  • Glitch Generator.
  • 3x LFO (can modulate dials).

PITCH TRANSPOSER

  • Transpose Pitches of sound sources.
  • You can set the scale, octave range, and probabilities.

3x SEND EFFECTS

  • 2x Delay Effects and Reverb.

BUS MIXER

  • Mixed signals can be routed to OUT BUS 1 and OUT BUS 2.

MASTER EFFECTS / AUDIO OUTS

  • OUT BUS 1:
    - EQ
    - Bit Crusher
    - Highpass/Lowpass Filter
    - Beat Repeater
    - Compressor
    - Maximizer.
  • OUT BUS 2:
    - EQ
    - Bit Crusher
    - Highpass/Lowpass Filter
    - Reverb
    - Compressor (enable to toggle side-chain)
    - Maximizer.
  • AUDIO OUTS
    - If you use multi-channel I/O, you can have OUT BUS 1 and OUT BUS 2 separated.

RANDOMIZING FUNCTIONS

2020 has many randomising functions built in, allowing over 500 parameters to be manipulated freely. By controlling the probabilities and variation ranges of these functions, you can perform and produce as a live conductor.

IN FUTURE

You can easily record your performance (WAVE, AIFF). I am also planning a new recording format with stem sounds and clock data - this will take a few months before it is featured, but once this is done, you will be able to overdub to you (or your friends’) records, perfectly in sync.

  • OS: Mac with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • CPU: Core i5 1.7GHz or higher
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Display: It's possible to switch Fullscreen mode on any display. 13-inch or bigger display recommended. (it's really tiny GUI on 11-inch)

Depending on your sets, CPU usage can be changed dynamically.Try increasing latency value in the audio setting in order to reduce CPU usage. 
MacBook with Retina display could perhaps have a high memory usage.

NOTICE FOR MAX USERS BACKERS: Max Objects will be sent to you when 2020 released. I'm planning that will contain 2020's GUI objects, some sound effector objects (like real-time granulation), and help patchers.

Risks and challenges

- About System Requirements
I've built the second prototype in last October, and It works very fine on my MacBookPro 13' Retina ( 3GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM ).

Alpha tested on:
* MacBookAir 11' (1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookAir 11' (1.7GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookAir 11' (1.7GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookAir 11' (2.2GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookAir 13' (1.7GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookPro 13' (2.7GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookPro 13' (2.9GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* MacBookPro 13' (3.0GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM) : WORK
* iMac 27' (2.8GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM) : WORK

Please check your system.

- About Development
All of the development is running by myself.
I think technical risks are very low but Schedule might be delayed, if unexpected trouble occurs.

- About Feature
The file format of project files might be change between BETA version and RELEASE version.

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