Sonic Faction has released a new dynamic sound bending device for Ableton Live and Max For Live. Hypermorph layers and transforms sound, morphing and mutating on the fly.
Using the big XY pad in the centre of the GUI you can morph between the 4 sound sources that sit to the left and right. Each sound source is based upon samples of new and old synthesizers and features oscillators, one shots, textures and wavetables. The XY “Morph Matrix” pad allows you to keep the balance between the sounds. There’s a number of ways of interacting with it. You can click, you can draw, you can use a gravity/physics engine or you can sequence it.
At the bottom is a sequencer that can morph between settings in the Morph Matrix. This is capable of producing some dynamic and interesting chopping and changing. Create patterns and phrases, mess them about – that sort of thing.
Push and Launchpad
This being Ableton then it’s, of course, all about Push. The Morph Matrix has an 8×8 grid on it that corresponds perfectly to Push and also the Novation Launchpad. You can use the hardware to completely manipulate the Morph Matrix. It’s a very cool feature. The “Gravity” mode, which as I say is more physics than gravity, works great with hardware. You can fire off nodes with the flick of a finger and have them bounce around in a ping pong styli.
Hypermorph looks really cool and certainly has some potential for evolving and kinetic sound generation. It’s available now for $59 for MacOS or Windows and requires Ableton Live 9.7.1 Suite and Max For Live 7.3.1
More information on the Sonic Faction website.