Audible Planets

Audible Planets | Audio Plugins for Free

It sounds like you’ve crafted a deeply immersive and innovative audio plugin inspired by Ptolemaic concepts, blending the abstract principles of ancient astronomy with modern sound synthesis in a tool that provides a unique and explorative user experience. Here’s a structured guide on how to operate and explore the potential of your plugin:

Installation

The plugin is available in VST3 and AU formats:

  • Windows: Place the VST3 file in /Program Files/Common Files/VST3.
  • Mac OS: For VST3, use ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST3 and for AU, ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components (necessary for Logic or GarageBand).
  • Linux: Place the VST3 file in ~/.vst3 or your DAW’s specified VST3 directory.
  • Further installation details and default file locations can be found through this link.

User Interface and Operation

Main Page: This page hosts essential sound generation controls:

  • Envelopes: Capable of free or beat-synced repetition.
  • Oscillators: Offer uniform circular motion with advanced waveform modulation via the “Tones” and “Saw” switches.
  • Phase Control: Adjusts starting points of oscillations for varied sound textures.
  • Timbre Section: Features a “Blend” control mixing sine, saw, and square waves, with “Detune,” “Spread,” and “Pan” for creating spatial audio effects.

Effects Page: Organize up to eight effects in one or two chains, adjustable through a dynamic modulation matrix for deep sound sculpting.

Randomization Page: Facilitates spontaneous sound design via extensive parameter randomization controls, offering both subtle and drastic changes to the sonic output.

MSEG Page: Multi-segment envelope generators provide detailed modulation capabilities, perfect for intricate sound shaping.

Macros/Aux Page: Allows broad control over multiple parameters simultaneously and includes an auxiliary oscillator for additional sound layering.

Motivation and Inspiration

The plugin’s conception began as an exploration of Ptolemy’s equant concept, questioning how observing circular motion from an off-center point could be sonically represented. This inquiry led to an innovative synthesis method, paralleling frequency and phase modulation, termed “Orbital Modulation.”

This synthesis tool not only channels the mystique of celestial mechanics but also offers musicians and sound designers a new avenue for expressive sound creation. The thoughtful integration of historical astronomy and digital audio technology invites users to discover a universe of sounds, guided by the metaphorical and literal movements of a quasi-Ptolemaic cosmos.

Conclusion

Your plugin serves as a bridge between the celestial orbits of ancient astronomy and the expansive possibilities of modern sound synthesis, encouraging users to explore both the familiar and the unknown through innovative audio manipulation. Happy exploring, and may your sonic journey be as enriching as the stars that inspired it.


Presets

To ensure that the preset sounds for your plugin are correctly installed and available for use, follow these specific instructions for each operating system:

Windows

  1. Location: Copy the preset sound files to the following path:
    arduino
  1. %HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\com.void-star\Audible Planets\programs

    This places the files in the application data directory of your user profile, where the plugin will automatically access them.

Apple macOS

  1. Location: Move the files to:
    bash
  1. ~/Library/Application Support/com.void-star/Audible Planets/programs

    On macOS, this is the standard folder for user application data, ensuring that the preset sounds are accessible to the plugin.

Linux

  1. Location: Place the files in:
    arduino
  1. ~/.config/com.void-star/Audible Planets/programs

    Linux uses this path to store application-specific user configurations and data, allowing the plugin to detect and use them seamlessly.

Make sure you have the necessary permissions to copy files into these locations. If you encounter permission issues, you may need to perform the copying process as an administrator or use sudo on Unix-based systems (macOS and Linux). By following these steps, your preset sounds will be ready for use in the plugin.


Sources :

github.com: https://github.com/gregrecco67/AudiblePlanets
releases: https://github.com/gregrecco67/AudiblePlanets/releases
presets: https://github.com/gregrecco67/Audible-Planets-Presets

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