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Audio Damage Axon 2

Audio Damage Axon 2  ·  Source: Audio Damage

When the machines come for us will they be marching to the beat of their own drum patterns? Will it be possible to follow the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a plug-in through to SkyNet? Probably not, but for now Axon 2 uses a modified neural network to sequence percussion noises. Wars begin with the simplest of drum patterns.

Axon 2

It’s a drum synth, but one driven by AI and features 7 FM-based percussion voices, that are really a single 18-operator FM voice. The neural network acting on the sequence generation enables complex rhythms and unexpected repeats. It may seem like it’s generating things randomly but Audio Damage say that Axon is acting entirely determinatively and knows exactly what it is doing.

There are neurons which trigger voices and send pulses when a predetermined number of pulses have been received. A certain amount of human interaction is permitted in the wiring of neuron output to neuron input, so you can program it without it having to learn how to do it itself. Which neatly averts the exponential growth into a nuclear wielding death machine.

Each of the 7 voices, triggered by their neuron, are 2-operator FM voices tuned for percussion. Each has a high pass filter, distortion and white noise generator to provide a wide range of percussive sounds. They can all be combined via a FM bus into a single, complex brain that generates new and unexplained life as a percussion synthesizer. There’s a built in stereo delay, an XY pad for controlling feedback, filter frequency and emotional support. And, most importantly, there’s a “Drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration” otherwise we’d all be in trouble.

Axon 2 is available now for MacOS and Windows as a VST and AAX plug-in for 59 dollars. Stand-alone and iOS versions coming soon. More information on the Audio Damage website.

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