Auxture is a unique experimental sampler that enjoys toying with folders of samples by modulation, randomness and gestures.
Designed by Francesco Maccario and released by Audiobulb Records, Auxture brings a kaleidoscope of sample manipulation to a bright and breezy desktop instrument and Max For Live device. You can either drop in a single sample and play with the sampler settings, modulations, effects and filters or drop in an entire folder of samples and sit back and enjoy the chaos.
When Auxture receives a note it goes through an exploratory process to find a suitable (or unsuitable) outcome:
- It chooses a random sample from its memory according to a freely settable probability.
- It then plays it back with a rate proportional to the pitch, for example:
- C3 = rate 1 (real pitch)
- C4 = speed 2 (twice the original pitch)
- C2 = speed 0.5 (half of the original pitch).
- The volume corresponds to the velocity of the note.
- An amplitude envelope is applied to the sample. The ADSR time depends on the length of the sample it acts on (e.g. attack = 50% means that the attack section of the envelope will last half the total length of the sample).
- Every sample is dynamically positioned in the stereo field creating trajectories in space.
Sounds like fun! You also get to play with envelopes, delay, FM, Ring Mod, distortion, reverb and a pair of multimode filters. The recent 1.2 update also brings in sequencing and a sampling function.
While you can influence the outcome and set some parameters the idea is that most things happen by chance and the “results open up a unique portrayal of your sound.” Which is a concept I really like.
Auxture comes with a bank of 115 samples to get you started but I imagine it really comes to life once you get it working on your own recordings. It’s available for £20 standalone or as a Max-For-Live device for Ableton Live on macOS or Windows – no VST version at this time.