wwwave is a new concept (currently in beta-testing stage). A self-generating, ever-growing library of percussive samples, with a public sample generator, always available online, with an online sequencer and a few special features. Plus an unique, experimental, navigation system to pick samples in a virtually infinite library. Available in your browser and with online-sharing features.
Access it here: wwwave – Online Infinite Drum Machine
This is a quick video showing the construction of a simple rhythm:
The small “body” icon in the top-right region is the log-in icon. Click on that and use your username and password to log-in. Use your Webshop username and password.
This is extremely important because whatever you do is stored only if you are logged-in, otherwise is lost at the end of the session (when you close the page or the browser).
First module is the Sample Generator. It lets you add to the online library. We’ll see it later.
Four lines below are the sound control modules for the four available drum sequencer channels. For each channel we can select:
- Active sample.
- Attack setting (dynamics).
- Release setting (dynamics).
- Pitch transpose, from -12 to +12 semitones.
- Sound, from more “harmonic” to more “noisy”.
Tha’s all about the sound generator.
Going down there is the drums sequencer.
Green lines are for triggering notes and setting the accents. Click on a button to lit it and activate a note. Hold “Ctrl” key while clicking to set an accent (you’ll see a lighter colour on accented hits).
Each line corresponds to a sound control line above.
The two blue rows are for the filter. It is a set of four lowpass filters, one for each green row of notes, that share cutoff frequency and resonance values, as set by the two blue rows. First row is for Frequency, second row is for Resonance. Value changes are steped, so a value is hold until a different value is set from a new lit button.
Click on a blue button to set a new value for frequency or resonance, drag vertically to set the value. The higher it goes the higher is the value set for frequency or resonance.
The row of controls on top of the sequencer are:
- Play/stop control.
- Beats Per Minute (BPM).
- Clear Grid control (removes all the notes and the settings for the filters from the current phrase).
- Empty Phrases (removes everything from the whole set of 16 available Phrase slots).
The 1-16 row selects the active “Phrase” within a list of 16 available slots. THey are 16 memory slots. Once filled with notes, Phrases can be switched “on the fly” from the interface while the sequencer is playing.
An unique and experimental feature of wwwave is the sample navigation system.
When you click on a sample field (sound control rows, see above), the navigation page is open. Samples are shown on a “correlation” plane. You can see a number of “reference sounds” (currently five) and subsets of available samples grouped in positions spread on this plane, as close to a specific reference as the more “correlated” (similar) to that reference it is.
Hovering on a sample you can see some data about how it refers to the references.
When you click on it, it becomes the center of the plane and all the other sets of samples are zoomed in and shifted on the plane accordingly. THe values on top show how close the sound of the selected sample is to each one of the references.
Currently selected sample can be auditioned by the play button or, if choosen, loaded in the sample slot by the Load button.
The magnifying glass with a “-” symbol lets you go back one step on the navigation plane.
Another unique feature is the Sample Generator section, at the top of the page. The Sample Generator lets you generate new samples to the database. The new samples are _not_ the content you upload (which is deleted at the end of the process) but uses the file as an “inspiration” for the synthesis of new content. You can load whatever audio file you want, even though simple clean loops or single hits will work better.
When you select or drop a file, the system processes it while showing a progress bar. At the end of the processing phase, the list of newly generated samples (if any) is shown on the screen. You can audition each one of them.
Everything you compose on your page, Phrases, Sounds, can be shared. Also, you can access all the stuff people shares with you or make public (available to everybody).
The Share section is accessed through the menu in the top-right corner of the page.
Every Preset (which includes Phrases and Sound settings) can be shared or made public. On the other side, from this page you can access all of your stored presets and everything other users have explicitly shared with you or made public.
New: a simple and quick song composer is now available. This video shows how it works: drag phrase numbers and drop them on sequence slots. Click on the slot to clear it. That’s all!