AudioMulch 2.1: Time signature support from AudioMulch on Vimeo.

Does music production need more software with more features? Probably not. Could it use a little spice in its rhythms and time signatures? Absolutely! So, while I already have great respect for the idiosyncratic, underground-favorite AudioMulch, the addition of custom time signatures in the video above is especially good news.

And that brings us to the latest updates in AudioMulch, the cult-hit Windows-only app that’s grown up and now runs on both Mac and Windows. 2.1 adds dynamics processing devices, support for Mac Audio Unit plug-ins, an optional light grey color scheme (for those who missed the earlier skin), and updated help. Why use AudioMulch? This modular patching environment is packed with a carefully-selected array of useful objects, called “contraptions,” which make it relatively easy to patch together custom performance and production creations without the usual mucking around with low-level objects.

What’s New In AudioMulch 2.1?
Release Notes

Whether you’re likely to be sold on trying AudioMulch or not, interviews with users make for great reads:

Shadow My Dovetail – excerpt by erdemh
Turkish electroacoustic musician and composer Erdem Helvacioglu talks bout combining the software with his acoustic guitar live, complete with sound snippets on SoundCloud.

Octo Test (excerpt) by Jet Jaguar by AudioMulch
Jet Jaguar, aka Michael Upton, is behind some of AudioMulch’s example patches, and jams with loop players in the tool live and on the radio. (Part of what I like about this is that it’s sometimes the simple approaches that make people most satisfied.)

When you are ready to get started, or hone your chops in AudioMulch, there’s an excellent set of tutorials. I’ve chosen the introduction to AudioMulch’s MetaSurface below, because I think it best represents what’s unique about the tool, but you’ll also find other sound basics, MIDI control, plug-in use, in-depth details on a filter and waveshaping “contraptions,” and even tutorials and lesson plans.

http://www.audiomulch.com/content/tutorials

AudioMulch introductory tutorial 4: Using the Metasurface from AudioMulch on Vimeo.

Download a trial version (or update) of AudioMulch for Windows (XP/Vista/7) or Mac (10.4, 10.5, 10.6):
AudioMulch Downloads

And if you’re using the tool, we’d love to hear from you.

  • Seamus

    I used AudioMulch for a while back when it was in its relative infancy and it was a really cool program. Very tempted to dip back in at some stage!

  • Art

    Very underrated music machine. Love it.

  • Tom

    My main noise-maker is Audiomulch. It provides the simplicity of a graphical environment without the need for coding and the like. I tried Pd and Max on numerous occasions only to find that I have little patience for code, of course, thats my problem.

  • Rolf

    I have been using AudioMulch to compose and perform electronic music for about a year now, and love it. Compared to other music softwares, it is very user friendly, and its depths I have not come close to plumbing. It is a brilliant piece of design.

  • strunkdts

    +1 for Mulch. Personally my favourite bit of software and when its able to be imported as VST plus ReWire capabilitites it wil be a giantslayer.

    Simple, fast, intuitive, sexy.

  • http://www.lazytrap.com Aaron

    Buzz and Audiomulch have been my favorite music apps of choice since they both respective came out. I've always referred to the both of them "mid-level" modulars due to their focus on complete effect, generator and control modules, with just a sprinkling of the low-level visual programming element thrown in here and there. An ironic bit is Buzz recently added a custom time signatures as well. Both apps are very similar and very powerful in as many ways as they are different. There's a special place is AudioDev Heaven for Audiomulch and Buzz developers ;]

    Glad the light theme is focused on again [sic], the dark one was nice but after awhile I got wore out on it.

  • http://www.infradead.shiftwave.org infradead

    yup..

    i still love audiomulch.

    i'm really glad about the light theme. that was the only part that bugged me when 2.0 was released

  • http://soundcloud.com/rooftopsonfire Tom J / rooftopsonfi

    I performed my first – very crude! – live set using Audiomulch and some effects I'd built in Plogue Bidule. It was far from perfect but I think the crowd were into it.

    AM2.1 is by far the best update that's been offered on digital audio software for some time. The 'Arpegiator' contraption alone makes the upgrade worthwhile!