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List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:28 pm
by guillermotin
Since I started using the "randomize patch" function on the Blofeld, I've become addicted to it.

I've read in some other post that there is also a midi editor for the JD-800 (which I can't remember the name...) that works in a similar fashion. Korg's Microkorg software editor also features one.

Are there any other software midi editors or synths featuring the "randomize" thing?

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:52 pm
by Hugo76
guillermotin wrote:Since I started using the "randomize patch" function on the Blofeld, I've become addicted to it.
Just a question: is there anything I should be aware of when using randomizing on the Blofeld? Such as additional settings etc. I don't seem to get anything useful out of it other than harsh industrial sounds...

Regarding your question there are a lot of synths in the Reaktor user library that feature excellent randomising functions.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:18 pm
by projectwoofer
guillermotin wrote:Are there any other software midi editors or synths featuring the "randomize" thing?
Sound quest's Midi quest
http://www.squest.com/

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:19 pm
by Cumulus
I believe Synplant has some cool features for getting random sound settings.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:25 pm
by griffin avid
The Soft Editors from Soundtower (Moog, DSI synths etc) do.

Anything using MIDI Quest/SoundQuest will have a randomize feature and they have a long, long, long list of supported synths- new and old.

Certain VST hosts have random patch/soundbank options so if the soft editor is a vst then it could work like that in many hosts.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:35 pm
by guillermotin
Hugo76 wrote:
guillermotin wrote:Since I started using the "randomize patch" function on the Blofeld, I've become addicted to it.
Just a question: is there anything I should be aware of when using randomizing on the Blofeld? Such as additional settings etc. I don't seem to get anything useful out of it other than harsh industrial sounds...

Regarding your question there are a lot of synths in the Reaktor user library that feature excellent randomising functions.
Nothing really special, it's just trial and error.
Out of, say, a dozen generated patches, only one or two are barely playable.
I stick to these and use them as a starting point for editing.

Sometimes it's as time consuming as if I had started from nothing, but what I enjoy is that this approach helps me achieve more original results than editing from presets.

The randomize function on the reaktor synths are a nice touch, and I'm sure other soft synths will also have it. I was just curious to know if there are ways of doing the same thing with hardware synths.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:41 pm
by guillermotin
projectwoofer wrote:
guillermotin wrote:Are there any other software midi editors or synths featuring the "randomize" thing?
Sound quest's Midi quest
http://www.squest.com/
I've used Midiquest once on a Korg Z1 and tried the randomize feature... with terrible results. Hundreds of mute patches, not practical at all. It may be that with other synths it works better. I'm yet to try that again.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:43 pm
by griffin avid
Most of the editors have parameters you can choose from -so if you only randomize certain elements you steer clear of getting nothing but drones or scrambled noise ...etc.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:54 pm
by Mr Knesh
EZ Alpha and PG300emu both have really fun randomize features on them.

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:28 pm
by balma
EMU command stations have the randomize patch function.

I have used it a couple of times since I got them

Don't be lazy!

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:12 pm
by Offworld
guillermotin wrote:Since I started using the "randomize patch" function on the Blofeld, I've become addicted to it.

I've read in some other post that there is also a midi editor for the JD-800 (which I can't remember the name...) that works in a similar fashion. Korg's Microkorg software editor also features one.

Are there any other software midi editors or synths featuring the "randomize" thing?
The Prophet VS has a randomize feature as well!

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:07 am
by StepLogik
projectwoofer wrote:
guillermotin wrote:Are there any other software midi editors or synths featuring the "randomize" thing?
Sound quest's Midi quest
http://www.squest.com/
does it generate a random patch right before it crashes? :lol:

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:29 am
by Soundwave
Waldorf Pulse

NI FM7

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:24 am
by maelstrom_808
Virus series has it with variable strength and scope controls

Re: List of Midi Editors/Synths featuring the "Randomize" button

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:58 am
by Offworld
Hmmm putting a on/off switch on you synth's memory battery might generate some random patches :twisted: