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about me

I am an audio developer enthusiast, based in Leuven, Belgium.
when not working on audio stuff, I devote my time to a little but cool ISV startup, a modest IT consulting business and a family.

mission

mixing MIDI + plugins + crazy ideas
learning music theory, mostly by trying to explain it to a machine
share the output with fellow enthusiasts.

Products by mucoder

Latest reviews of mucoder products

tonespace
Reviewed By MarkyMark
December 28th, 2019

Great job! Absolutely awesome. I can't believe it's free. A must....end this guy some beer money.

Great for drummers and guitarist that do not know how to play keyboards.

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tonespace
Reviewed By mixyguy2
January 31st, 2019

As someone else said, great for trying out chord progressions, whether you're well-versed in chords/music theory or not. A great niche plugin to have handy and highly recommended.

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hypercyclic
Reviewed By DJark
December 30th, 2017

Great vst. Thanks so much for providing this free. Great work. I especially like it when using for drones or ambient pieces, gives the sound structure a whole new level of greatness.

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tonespace
Reviewed By Enkerli
January 31st, 2017

This plugin (and associated app) can really do wonders for monophonic instruments like Wind Controllers (Akai EWI, Yamaha WX-5...).

Sure, some DAWs have MIDI chord support: you play a note and it plays a chord based on that note. In some cases, it even makes it so that the chords always fit the scale in which you are. (In Ableton Live, this is achieved by using both the Chord and Scale MIDI effects. Nice trick!) So, it's not like there aren't already solutions to play chords with a monophonic input.

What tonespace does is much deeper. For one thing, you have much more control over chord types and voicings. Plus the visualization in "spaces" is much more useful than simply letting a DAW build chords based on preset intervals. The plugin has an educational side and it manages to help you learn about chords even if you don't pay attention to that aspect.

Where tonespace shines, in my perspective, is in opening up the diversity of chord choices to a performance context. DAWs typically only allow for one chord type at a time, in my experience (though you can obviously change that type, possibly with MIDI control). The way tonespace does this through two distinct modes of "assist". Much easier to use that a separate MIDI control, such as a foot pedal.

In one mode, "Fit chord to scale (cycle)", tonespace will let you play different chords from the same note by cycling through the choices, from the most-fitting chord through the least fitting ones ending with a unison. The effect of this can be quite interesting as you can quickly play different chord types. It can get a bit repetitive, as you need to repeatedly play the same note to reach other chords, but it can add a bit of variety to your musicking.

In "Fit chord to scale (rand)", tonespace builds random (but scale-fitted) chords on top of the note you input. With a bit of practice, you can use that to play with tension and release, as you can move from a dissonant chord to a more consonant one. Since it's random, it can get a bit tricky, but it's really fun and creative. And since non-scale notes don't build chords in that mode, they work as passing notes. Again, the effect can be fun and creative. If, for instance, you're playing in a mode based on the C major scale (the "white keys" on a piano), you can use a pentatonic scale of passing notes (the "black keys"). These notes play solo, so you can play a melody based on them and add some chords for effect by playing one of the scale notes. Since tonespace supports several scale types, you could even do the reverse (play melodies on the "white keys" and have simple chords play when you hit the "black keys"). Life is full of possibilities.

Obviously, there are other chorders out there. One of them has explicit support for what we may call the "Michael Brecker Effect", after the well-known sax player who really put wind controllers on the map. In performance, Brecker was playing random chords through the Oberheim Xpander driven by his EWI but instead of having the chords built on top of the input note as a root, his melody was supported by chords built under it. The difference may sound a bit subtle, but it's rather large in terms of output. With tonespace, you basically play root notes for diverse chords, so you end up with different top notes from what you play (either randomly or deterministically but distinct from what you play). In the "Brecker Effect", you simply play melodies and other notes are added below it to provide accompaniment. Really wish tonespace supported this type of top note input to allow for a "Brecker Effect".

A huge advantage for a struggling musician is that we can use tonespace without paying any money. Since it exists as a standalone app, it can even be used without a DAW. It even has a Linux version, which can open up interesting possibilities (though it probably doesn't run on ARM-based boards, like the Raspberry Pi). If there were a mobile app with similar functionalities, it could make for a very compact setup. But, as it stands, tonespace will probably be my excuse to bring a laptop on stage.

(And speaking of my setup: either a Mac mini running macOS Sierra or a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 or Ubuntu; Yamaha WX-11 wind controller plugged using a generic USB-MIDI cable; Alesis VMini for MIDI controls, triggers, and inexperienced keyboarding; Ableton Live Lite on macOS or Windows; iPhone 6s Plus or 3rd generation iPad running Sunrizer, iWavestation, etc.; Studiomux/MIDImux to connect iOS devices to Live; tonespace to play chords in realtime.)

In other words: love tonespace. So thankful to mucoder for making it available at no cost! Will surely give them money if it allows me to get a paid gig. ;-)

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hypercyclic
Reviewed By data salad
June 24th, 2016

Crazy hypnotic tool for controlling my analog synths, i checked alot of those arpeggiator plugins and this one is real dope plus its free.

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hypercyclic
Reviewed By jacobh
December 3rd, 2015

Love the fact that this is free! There is a shortage of innovative arps out there, and this one is very interesting. I like the concept of an arp which can be controlled by an LFO. Most arpeggiators don't have LFOs.

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tonespace
Reviewed By anp27
March 15th, 2015

An amazing plugin! And it's free! It generates chords and so much more, great for trying out chord progressions. Especially useful for musicians who aren't necessarily good at playing chords on the keyboard.

Note to the developer: As mentioned in my review for moocher's other fabulous plugin 'Hypercyclic', please port this wonderful plugin over as a MIDI FX insert in Logic X, that would be killer.

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hypercyclic
Reviewed By anp27
March 15th, 2015

Hypercyclic is a step sequencer that can give you interesting glitchy type effects when used effectively. It is free so it's a no-brainer to check out.

Note to the developer: Please port this wonderful plugin over as a MIDI FX insert in Logic X, that would be amazing.

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tonespace - still being maintained?
by chwistophe at 22 Jan 2022, 06:35
Suspended Chords in Tonespace?
by sj1 at 26 Dec 2020, 07:59
Tonespace Chord CC Automation
by micmak at 17 Jun 2019, 15:18
Tonespace major and minor chords?
by uncle808us at 8 Nov 2018, 14:49
How to get Hypercyclic working in Logic Pro X 10.4
by nordickvr at 20 Feb 2018, 08:20
How to set up Tonespace to play harmonised chords in the Key?
by Hermetech Mastering at 27 Jan 2018, 09:05
How To Configure Hypercyclic for Pro Tools in Mac OSX
by spoilthechild at 10 Sep 2017, 07:20
Dare's noone else out there.
by Synapse2k at 21 Jun 2017, 06:26
Ableton Live 9 Suite Tonespace VST Help
by Low Fye at 7 Jun 2017, 16:12
Michael Brecker Effect (Top Note Input)
by Enkerli at 31 Jan 2017, 09:30
Create a scale or adding a scale.
by Fujosej at 23 Oct 2016, 23:33
using tonespace and hypercyclic in Logic X
by mainloop74 at 3 Jul 2016, 17:22
TONESPACE ABLETON HELP PLEASE
by plasticRolex at 21 Sep 2015, 20:49
tonespace Ableton help?
by elgrayso at 9 Sep 2015, 21:05