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A Good PlaygroundFreewheeling has been an inquiry into the nature of creativity. How do we play? And what makes a good playground? How can we organize an environment to create space for the Muses?
Continuously variable feedback on multiple overdubbing loops- so you can journey through your soundscapes, while weaving in more solid, consistent grooves.
Loops can be syncronized to a common time pulse, and can also time-drift freely.
You can begin by just improvising- with no concept of tempo- and build from there.
Multiple MIDI interfaces can work together on a common set of loops. Try multi-player looping teams.
Plug Freewheeling in. Freewheeling provides the instrumentalist-focussed zen-like environment for your initial inspirations. Speak to your Goddesses, channel your Muses.
Then, when your groove appears, sync up via MIDI clock, and you are online with your sequencer. Now, JACK moves your audio in tempo with your sequencer, so you can move your inspirations to a timeline gracefully.
Or, start with a semi-sequenced or DJed vibe, and pull back gently into something more organic, like your voice and a bass. Layer and overdub your acoustic sounds lightly, as your sequence dissolves into something completely new.
Under Linux, Freewheeling can also use the JACK transport for sample-level syncronization with other apps.
With the integrated MIDI-controllable patch browser, you can change your whole sound quickly.
Patches can cause your MIDI keyboard, guitar, or drum signal to be routed to different synths or plugins. Combi patches can be setup to split your performance controller into several zones, each feeding a different synth. Freewheeling brings your studio modules together to work in a live setting.
FluidSynth is a SoundFont-based synth, and it is open source.
Right away, we have a big palette of sounds to work with. Your FluidSynth patches are folded in and can be easily browsed along with your other synth patches.
Free hands? Free feet? Freewheeling can be set up to capture, trigger, and play with loops in new ways. Here, we go beyond parameter X controlled by MIDI Y. You can link several pedals to control feedback for different loops, or control volumes for a bank of loops with a single fader. Setup toggles and shift keys to vary the function of common buttons. Control many synth plugins from one hardware controller. Show loops in an onscreen piano keyboard, or define a visual layout for loops assigned to your MIDI drum kit. Go under the hood to make it fly.
Multiple time pulses can exist concurrently.
Polyrhythm, donkey time?-- go for it!
Live mixdown is streamed direct to disk.
Many supported input/output formats: OGG, WAV, AU, and FLAC
Loops and scenes are easily named, browsed, and reloaded.
Freewheeling includes integrated patch, loop and scene browsers, or you can browse directly on your filesystem.
Both individual loops and live mix streams can be imported into other
audio tools for remixing. Full timing information is striped to disk,
and can be converted to provide time markers within Ardour.
Grab loops from vocals 1 & 2 together, or just tabla, or synth and guitar.
If you punch record a bit late, Freewheeling is forgiving and grabs the missing audio from before your punch.