Making Music with SunVox on PocketC.H.I.P.

Here at the office we have some really, really big ALTEC Lansing speakers we found online. We’ve had a bit of a tough time agreeing on what to blast. That was until we got SunVox working on PocketC.H.I.P. and gave it to Peter.

(Grab Peter’s CHIPTRON track and listen while you read!)

Peter is one of the NTC crew. He writes code, projects, and documentation, but he’s also an accomplished electronic musician. Having never used SunVox before, we gave him a PocketC.H.I.P. running the software. Now Peter is hooked and we finally can agree on office music!

SunVox is an intriguing electronic music application and tracker written by Alexander Zolotov. It gives you an entire studio in one place. No joke! I mean almost everything is there. From a full keyboard to digital theremin, Zoltov’s packed it all in one program. Tune your snares, modify sound characteristics on-the-fly, or simply grab someone else’s track and mix on it.

SunVox Beat Basics

PocketC.H.I.P. running SunVox with headphones (banana for scale)

PocketC.H.I.P. running SunVox with headphones (banana for scale)

SunVox on PocketC.H.I.P. takes advantage of the 4.3″ touchscreen and audio out. It’s easy to control with your finger and SunVox is lightweight on the C.H.I.P.’s CPU. Best of all, the sound quality is good at 14-bit, 32k, though Peter did note it wasn’t “studio quality.” Artists!

At the core of the SunVox is a tracker. This provides a terse composition environment. Use it to sketch out notes, dynamics, and any parameter changes you want to make and add to your track. Patterns, a looping collection of notes, make controlling the aural chaos much easier to handle. And unlike a traditional recording workstation, SunVox permits a track to have many instruments in it. Once you have a pattern you like, you can clone it in your timeline, build up your song, then share it with your friends.

Another use for the software is as an effects processor. Take an input, process the audio input on PocketC.H.I.P. with a chain of effects, and output to speakers.

Or just play the SunVox theremin like Peter! It’s easier than building one from scratch

SunVox is more than just a cool application, it has a seriously active community of electronic music enthusiasts. Check out their tutorial section, download SunVox, and while you’re at it, grab the CHIPTRON.wav track.

And as always, make sure to tell us what you’re planning to do with PocketC.H.I.P. over on our BBS and be sure to tweet us @nextthingco.

PocketC.H.I.P. running SunVox

PocketC.H.I.P. running SunVox

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