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MONOLITH enables you to create your own beat making environment by connecting modules. You can select your favorite modules freely.
MONOLITH enables you to create your own beat making environment by connecting modules. You can select your favorite modules freely.
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MONOLITH
MONOLITH

Hello! I’m NOEL-KIT, an electronic musician who plays 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, also in our live performance, we are doing real-time computer improvisation - non-reproducible music.

DUB-Russell performs frequently in Tokyo as well as other international events including Sonar Sound Tokyo, ELEKTRA (Montreal, Canada), Meme City (Hangzhou, China), BRDG, VRDG and more.

And now, I will introduce you to the beat-machine that I have been developing for the past decade. This development is based on my performance experiences, as well as my philosophy for beats and sounds.

Select your favorite modules freely
Select your favorite modules freely

MONOLITH is software that enables you to create your own beat making environment by connecting modules. You can select your favorite modules freely.

CASES

For Production and Mastering: You can create the original environment with multiple sequencers and synths, samplers and effects.

For Live Performances: MONOLITH supports Ableton Live Link. You just connect to the same network and jam with others using multiple devices running Link-enabled software without MIDI cables.

For Musicians: MONOLITH can be used just as multiple effectors. Using an external input, you can create your original programmable effects set-up.

OPERATIVE MODULES

You can operate manually like normal synths or effects.

GENERATIVE MODULES

You can operate manually or generate sounds by the algorithm or random functions.

A. ALGORITHM: generated by the unique algorithm

B. RANDOM

  • COMPLETE: randomized completely
  • PARTIAL: randomized based on numbers in the number box

SEQUENCERS

ALGO SEQ: Algorithmic Sequencer (Chain Reaction w/ 1 Master Module + 8 Master/Slave Modules)
ALGO SEQ: Algorithmic Sequencer (Chain Reaction w/ 1 Master Module + 8 Master/Slave Modules)

This sequencer counts one by one according to the master clock. You can set the maximum value of the count as COUNT, and use THRESHOLD to determine the bang timing.

When SLAVE mode is on, the COUNT of that module is controlled by the top and left modules. Also, if you turn on AUTO mode, the THRESHOLD of that module will be controlled by the top and left modules.

You can easily make constantly changing beats and grooves freed from the grid.

  • Generative Module
  • Count: 1 - 16
  • Threshold: 1 - 16
  • Speed: 1/1 - 1/16
  • Direction: Up, Down, Up & Down
  • Send: Multiple send, Random send, Mute
GRID SEQ
GRID SEQ
  • Generative Module
  • Grid: 2 - 32
  • Speed: 1/1 - 1/16
  • Direction: Forward, Backward, Forward & Backward
  • Send: Multiple send, Random send, Mute

SYNTHS & SAMPLERS

ALGO SLOT: One Shot Sampler linked with ARGO SEQ
ALGO SLOT: One Shot Sampler linked with ARGO SEQ
  • Generative Module
  • Folder management
  • 9 Sound slots
  • Play: Forward, Rewind, Mute
  • Wide range PITCH

ALGO SEQ can send bangs not only to ALGO SLOT but also to all sound modules.

KICK / DRONE GENERATOR
KICK / DRONE GENERATOR
  • Generative Module
  • Key: C - B
  • 2 Oscillators (Sine, Saw, Square)
  • SubBass
  • Retrigger: Phase
  • Overdrive (based on Schmitt trigger)
FM NOISE GENERATOR
FM NOISE GENERATOR
  • Generative Module
  • Key: C - B
  • Octave: 7 Oct.
  • Wide range RATIO and INDEX
SAMPLER
SAMPLER
  • Operative Module
  • Folder management
  • Mode: Select, Move, Scale, Draw
  • Play (Real-time Time-stretch): Forward, Rewind, Loop
  • Wide range PITCH and TIME
WARPLER: You can set markers and scale anywhere you like.
WARPLER: You can set markers and scale anywhere you like.
  • Operative Module
  • Folder management
  • Mode: Warp
  • Play (Real-time Warp-stretch): Forward, Rewind, Loop
  • Wide range PITCH and TIME
LAYERED SLICER: You can combine 2 sounds to create varieties of sounds.
LAYERED SLICER: You can combine 2 sounds to create varieties of sounds.
  • Generative Module
  • Folder management
  • 2 Sound slots
  • Mode: Manual, Random
  • Grid: 2 - 16
  • Speed:1/1 - 1/16
  • Direction: Forward, Backward, For & Back
  • Play (Real-time Time-stretch): Forward, Rewind, Mute
  • Wide range PITCH and TIME

EFFECTORS

COMB (2 Comb Filters)
COMB (2 Comb Filters)
  • Generative Module
  • Connect: Serial, Parallel
  • Both Feedforward and Feedback are possible.

Comb filter mixes the current input sample with earlier input and/or output samples. If the delay is set to a few milliseconds, Comb Filter can be used to model the effect of acoustic standing waves in a cylindrical cavity or in a vibrating string.

ECHO (3 Delays + 1 Reverb)
ECHO (3 Delays + 1 Reverb)
  • Operative Module
  • Mode: 12 Combinations (similar to Roland RE-201 Space Echo)
  • Time: 1 - 16 (w/ Dotted, Triplet)
  • Feedback: Overflow enable (w/ Saturation)
GLITCH MACHINE
GLITCH MACHINE
  • Mode: Glitch, Squeeze, Bubble, Crash
  • Grid: 2 - 32
  • Speed: 1/1 - 1/16
  • Direction: Forward, Backward, Forward & Backward
  • Blend: Mix, Ins, Gate
  •  Generative Module
LAYER GENERATOR (Resamples in real-time & generates multi-layered sounds)
LAYER GENERATOR (Resamples in real-time & generates multi-layered sounds)
  • Generative Module
  • Key: C - B
  • Scale: Chromatic, Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian, Wholetone, m7 9 11 13, Dim7, Octatonic 2-1, Octatonic 1-2, Major pentatonic, Minor pentatonic, Octaves
  • Pitch (Real-time Time-stretch): 0.0 - 4.0
  • Grid: 2 - 32
  • Speed: 1/1 - 1/16
  • Direction: Forward, Backward, Forward & Backward

CONSOLE

  • Operative Module
  • BPM: 10 - 999
  • Swing: 50 - 75% (w/ Wonky Mode: With this function, the value of swing always fluctuates between several% by LFO.)
  • Patterns: 8th A, 8th B, 16th A, 16th B, 16th C, 16th Alt, 8th+16th Alt
  • External Input: Mono, Stereo
  • Mix: Mid-Side, Left-Right
  • EQ: 5-Band EQ
  • COMP: 5-Band comp (w/ Enhancer, Expander)
  • Recording: 2-Mix, Stems (Each module)

ALL SOUND & EFFECT MODULES

All sound and effect modules have 16-Band sidechain EQ and Multi-Send

  • Key: C - B
  • Ratio: Golden-ratio
  • Sidechain source: All sound modules
  • Interval: 1 - 9 (Calculate the average value)
  • Self-Ducking: Enable
    *16-Band sidechain EQ can be sent signals (RMS ≒ -6.540db) to itself.

This EQ is an aggregate of bandpass filters. It can be used as an editorial filter that operates with the sidechain.

ALL MODULES

All modules can save presets with a name.

SYNC: Ableton Live Link

MONOLITH supports Ableton Live Link.

NOW DEVELOPING...

  • FILTER MODULE: multi-filter module controlled by node
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  • MIDI CONTROLLER & LFOs: You can map MIDI controller & Built-in LFOs to module values on one screen.

Now I'm developing the prototype on Macintosh (2.2GHz Core i7 / 8GB RAM).

RECOMMENDED

  • CPU: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 (or higher)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM (4GB or higher recommended)

Macintosh

  • OS: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.x (or later)
    *You can use MONOLITH as standalone software. If you are Cycling '74 Max user, you can reprogram MONOLITH. (files in .maxpat format will also be shipped)

Windows *Cycling '74 Max 7.2.2 (or later) or Runtime (Free) required

  • OS: PC with Windows 7 (or later)

Depending on your sets, CPU usage can be changed dynamically. Try increasing the value of vector sizes in the audio setting in order to reduce CPU usage.

DELIVERY SCHEDULE

  • November '17: Alpha version to Backers
  • January '18: Beta version to Backers
  • March '18: Release

DEVELOPMENT STATUS

  • Design: 50/100
  • Sequencers: 80/100
  • Sound Modules: 75/100
  • Effector Modules: 70/100
  • Console: 60/100
  • Recording System: 80/100
  • Ableton Live Link: 50/100
  • MIDI Controller Mapping: 20/100
  • Documents: 0/100

For Ableton Live Users: Max for Live (M4L) Plugins will be sent to you when MONOLITH released.

  • KICK/DRONE Generator
  • FM NOISE Generator
  • GLITCH Machine
  • LAYER Generator (Real-Time Processing)

Risks and challenges

- About modules
The images of this page were taken when the product was still under development. The design may be changed due to new features and updates etc.

- About system requirements
If you use all modules at once, it might be crowded on 11-inch display. (15-inch or higher recommended)

- 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.

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