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Anarchy SwarmSynth released
10th February 2003
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Anarchy Sound Software have released SwarmSynth, "the only synth ever to use a flocking algorithm to control a bank of oscillators as they move through an envelope-constrained 5 dimensional parametric hyperspace!"

SwarmSynth comes as as a Windows VSTi for £59.99 and a demo version is available.

Anarchy have also just released upgrades for AnarchyRhythms and AnarchyEffects. These are free to registered users.

More information about SwarmSynth:
  • Makes sound by mixing output from a user-sizeable bank of oscillators.
  • Oscillators are controlled by five parameters - volume, pitch, pan, resonance and noise.
  • Values of each oscillator's parameters continually change, equating to movement through five-dimensional hyperspace.
  • Movement through hyperspace is constrained to a bounding box specified by a home position and permissive range for each parameter.
  • Graphical envelopes modify the bounding box through the duration of each note.
  • Within the bounding box, each oscillator follows a rule-based flocking algorithm - a 5D equivalent of AI simulations of 2D and 3D animal flocking behaviour.
  • 3D visualisation of the oscillator's movement through hyperspace, using hue & luminance to represent the other 2 dimensions.
  • Mouse-clicking the hyperspace visualisation affects the sound by causing oscillators to veer towards or away from the mouse.
  • Hotkey powered sticky-mouse for moving the cursor in 5 dimensions.
  • Controllable reseeding to make the algorithm deterministic or non-deterministic.
  • IIR resonant lowpass filter.
  • Overdrive.
  • 101 automatable parameters, controllable through VST automation or fully remappable MIDI control messages.
  • Collection of preset sounds.
  • QWERTYUIOP control - SwarmSynth can be played with the computer keyboard.
  • Anarchy button to randomise current settings.
  • Context-sensitive help system.
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