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  • The NOATIKL Driven Ambient Drone Jam

    Last night, I'm sitting in front of the computer, wanting to work on some kind of music and waiting for the muse, when I decide to fire up Noatikl inside of my

    DAW and fart around for a while. I've had Noatikl for a long time, and I have a love-hate relationship with it. I like using it to generate ideas and "noodles",

    but I find it frustrating that its core parameters are so arcane. To me, anyway. I also find it frustrating that there seems to be such a small user-base, that file

    -sharing and tip exchange is non-existent. But I digress.

    So I have Noatikl fired up, and I reach for Absynth, but change my mind and instead I find myself with Drone-E loaded. I load a few more instances of Drone-
    E, and off I go. I was gob-smacked:eek:! Using Noatikl to drive the drones, basically non-musical entities, seemed to free Noatikl from the usual "sameness"

    that plague its output. But this, this was very cool indeed. After tweaking some parameters, I had Noatikl spewing out these incredible drones, which I

    quickly recorded for future use. I am obviously going to continue working down this path, and I will post a result soon, but I am very encouraged by what

    has happened. By freeing it from "musical" constraints, Noatikl has become more musical, and possibly, even useful.

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    Noatikl can do neat stuff if you dive into it and tell it what to do-- this track
    is entirely Noatikl driven-- using I think Synplant and a couple of other plugins (one of which was cranked up waaaay too loud, you can hear me turn it down at the beginning). The problem I had with it is that the diving you end up doing is basically the same thing I would end up doing if I just flat out picked a key and started composing-- though the variances can be interesting from time to time. They switched to an 'annual update model' at some point, and I wasn't interested enough in it to pay for updates.

    If you're MAX inclined, Karlheinz Essel has written some realtime composition libraries for it that do interesting things ( is the link). I haven't done any generative stuff in a while though, so I am rusty with it.
    Last edited by Toaster; 03-18-2014, 01:15 PM.


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      And it is on sale for $37.50 'til 3/22 (49.99 reg)


      • #4
        I've had Noatikl for a while now, but I'm still struggling with it to be honest. I've had some interesting results from it (the 'orchestral' part on my track 'Contemplation' was generated by Noatikl), but I know I'm only scraping the surface of its capabilities. I'll persist with it though because, like a true Yorkshireman, I hate to waste money :D

        I agree that the learning resources are very thin on the ground, beyond the absolute basics like setting it up as a plugin within a DAW. The only way I can think of, to get deeper into Noatikl's workings, is to use the included templates (of which there are shedloads) and try to reverse-engineer them. Oh well, it keeps us off the streets...;)
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