BeatSpace

Magnus Lidström13 127 views154 posts
  • Magnus Lidström

    Happy holidays everyone!

    We have a very special gift for you this year - a script for Microtonic called BeatSpace.

    beatSpaceVideo7_600x600.mp4

    Using data from nearly 30000 Patternarium presets, we trained a neural network to create stellar-sounding beats and to spread them on a 2-dimensional map. We then converted this neural network into a Javascript for Microtonic that lets you drag eight points around this map to morph and combine sounds and rhythms into your own unique creations.

    BeatSpace is included in the latest version of the Official Microtonic Script installer, available for registered Microtonic here. Simply run the installer and use the little puzzle button in Microtonic to open it.

    We hope you will have as much fun with this tool as we had creating it.

    / Magnus & Fredrik Lidström

  • Magnus Lidström

    Additional info:

    • Each point is a drum channel in Microtonic.
    • There are 1000 * 1000 unique points.
    • Every point contains sound and pattern data for one channel.
    • Together, they form a constellation, an eight-channel beat.
    • You can right-click to copy and paste constellations. Paste your coolest findings here. 🤩
    • The dice randomizes the eight points.
    • Alt-click for solo, shift for fine, and command/control-click for mute/unmute, as it says in the UI 😉
    • You can undo/redo with the standard Microtonic undo/redo buttons.
    • If you change a channel in Microtonic and the resulting sound differs from the neural network's output, the point will be marked with an X, and its coordinate will be struck through. Touching the point again will reset the channel to the neural network's output.
    • You can also right-click and choose "Enable All Points" to remove all X's.
    • Bright areas in the spacy background represent existing Patternarium data, while dark areas represent points in the map that have been extrapolated from this data. The colors indicate how the network has grouped different types of sounds and pattern data.
  • AAV

    Thank you so much. Very generous and much appreciated!

  • JBDS1

    Thank You so much for your gift !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JBDS1

    Thank You again :) !!!!!!!

  • Bru Franco

    Amazing Magnus ❤️💕

  • Joey Luck

    This is incredibly cool! Thank you so much and happy holidays!! :)

  • AB459

    Thanks ! Looks interesting.

  • jeff

    Another wonderful holiday gift from Sonic Charge. Thank you so much!

  • Steven Sauve

    Thanks Magnus, uTonic is still my favourite!

  • Motion

    Hello Magnus.

    BeatSpace script, what a right little Xmas cracker!, just superb. Thank you.

    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

  • Martin Walker

    Wow - thank you both for this inspirational add-on to my favourite beatbox.

    Happy holidays!

  • loco john

    For me the little puzzle button is greyed out. Am I missing something?

    Screenshot 2022-12-27 at 22.24.08.png
  • Steve R

    In a world where 'lifetime' licenses seem to be mysteriously losing the 'f' ...

    I thank you for your honour and integrity and your ongoing continued support of this wicked little drum machine. I forget when I bought it, it is a loooooooong time ago, and here we are, 2022/23 still getting updates.

    This script is super cool - thank you :D

    Best wishes to you and all the other Microtonic fans out there.

  • Georgios Isakidis

    Thank you 🙏🏼 wishing you and everyone here a very happy new year

  • Mike Bosch

    Thank you soo much, this is fantastic, Happy New Year

  • Andrew Purdy

    Excellent update. TY!

  • Raph

    That looks amazing! But I have the same problem as john unfortunately

  • Juhana Lehtiniemi

    Wow this is amazing! It's so much fun to play with. Is there a way to automate the points btw?

  • GBP

    yes its greyed out for me too, no options for this new beat space, just installed 3.3.4 mac intel vst3, vst2 is the same....

  • Joey Luck

    - loco john wrote:
    For me the little puzzle button is greyed out. Am I missing something?

    Did you have access to it before? Did you install the scripts in addition to Microtonic?

    I can replicate what you're seeing by removing the scripts folder.

  • GBP

    ah no i have never installed scripts ! I will investigate thanks

  • paradiddle

    Brilliant! Thank you for this!

  • GBP

    Yes thank you that has fixed the problem with an easy install of the scripts download.

  • raymond franklyn

    Cool update. Thank you. Happy New Year.

  • Solidtrax

    Oh yeah! Congrats on this release and also a BIG thank you for keeping MicroTonic still updated( via scripts)!!!

  • Joey Luck

    Kitty beat. "meow"

    beatspacev1:[233:489|288:92|829:97|558:301|335:345|567:692|877:507|786:353]

    Screen Shot 2022-12-27 at 4.45.28 PM.png
  • jean-pierre zing

    Thank you ! that's a great gift , Happy new year

  • pete

    After all these years, Permut8 and Microtonic are STILL my two favorite plugins of all time..

    .. and #3 is still SupaTrigga (SmartElectronix). :)

  • Géraud CANTEL

    Insane update, thanks so much ❤️

  • Raph

    Found it :) I just had to scroll down on the download page. Thanks!

  • Kristijonas Lučinskas

    Wow, guys, this is mind blowing, thank you so much!

  • JFrank

    holy smokes!! Microtonic really is the gift that keeps on giving! unfortunately I am still on Sierra so imagine I won't be able to enjoy this until I upgrade?

  • Tom Valdez

    You guys are AWESOME! Thank you so much! Patternarium is absolutely terrific, and BeatSpace is an amazing quantum leap further. Happy Holidays to you all, and thank you again!!!

  • David Loh

    WOW, just wow! Big thanks to everyone at Sonic Charge!

  • O.Z

    what a mindblowing gift. I have to be honest after so many years of Microtonic, somehow it started to get dust lately, BUT this will definitely get me back to it. Cant wait to explore the BeatSpace.
    THANK YOU and happy holidays🥳

  • Kiks Canto

    Thank you guys! This is absolutely insane! Happy new year 🎉

  • Alexander Dorendorf

    oh yeah, it's a great gift.
    Thank you!

  • Michael McMorris

    Thanks very much, unexpected treat! I will be enjoying this greatly.

  • Akod

    So great! Thank you & happy holidays!

  • Dan Landis

    You guys are great! Thank you so much!

  • Eichi

    Thank you soo much :) Happy Holidays ^^

  • Ali Z

    My favorite plugin just keeps getting better. Thank you guys so much for making this. Genius and inspiring work.

    My first beatspace:
    beatspacev1:[255:45|125:367|687:486|912:218|801:466|68:942|775:622|393:985]

  • Sunny Levine

    yall give good gift… love this

  • Aesthete

    Very nice, like having a built in Patternarium with random now! Merci and Merry Christmas boys.

  • Gabriel Pepici

    😲🙏💗🤟

  • Rod Staples

    Thanks a lot. Happy New Year.

  • C.A.P.

    sweeeet....thank you

  • aoVI

    Thank you!

  • Dumbo

    This is so incredibly cool! And as a free gift! Thank you very much!!! Happy New Year!

    Cheers
    Dumbo

  • Ovidio Moreno

    Genial, microtonic suena cada vez mejor, muchas gracias.

  • Rojo Negro

    Thanks so much for this! Brilliant!

  • Robert W Hanline

    Awesome, thank you! Happy New Year!

  • Micah Sam

    Amazeballs! Thank you, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • mike Arnold

    My first VST ever was Synplant, you guys have been awesome from day 1

  • Bryan Collins

    This thing is brilliant, thank you so very much. I want to request that the window be larger and that I can view it separately from the rest of microtonic, because it is so cool! Also visually appealing! But I love it, thank you so very much! You have really won me back to Microtonic I think. I have to see what's up with all the scripts. It's all just very exciting.

  • Rohan J Shah

    Beatspace is insane!! Can't wait to explore it! Thank you so much!

  • Oliver Franck

    microtonic is my actual radiostation together with your new beatpsace script. Thank you.

  • Rob Taylor

    Beatspace is cool, Thanks and Cheers!

  • eXceptionCodeInfinity

    thanks so much best licence i ever bought 🎅

  • fran_ky

    Thanks for the generousness!

  • e@rs

    Thank you for the gift! I love you, Sonic Charge!

  • Gazteroid

    Sadly Greyed out for me too. Was looking forward to trying.

  • Wolfgang Kroon

    thank you....

  • Fabian Longo

    Hi, Great ! Thank you. Cannot use it as the little puzzle button is greyed out. Can someone help and explain please ? Thank you. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year !

  • Dylan Martin

    incredible

  • Fabian Longo

    - Fabian Longo wrote:
    Hi, Great ! Thank you. Cannot use it as the little puzzle button is greyed out. Can someone help and explain please ? Thank you. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year !

    SOLVED WITH THE SCRIPTS ! THX

  • Peter L

    Wonderful, thank you.... :-)

  • Gazteroid

    Solved with the scripts here too. Thank you I LOVE it!

  • Renger Koning

    Brilliant! Thank you.

  • Robin Pamdeth

    Thank you for presents! Have a wonderful holiday

  • Antonio Grazioli

    very nice gift. I still use microtonic on almost every track I create

  • Eric S. – Mr. Rico

    Nice, look forward to test it ! All the best everyone !

  • OSCAR CARRERA DIAZ

    Thank you so much….amazing

    I always use Microtonic in all my Tracks…sounds like no other

  • Marc de Jong

    puzzle icon not available it is grayed out... so no access :s seems i am missing some script files

    uninstall and install doesn't work either or solve the problem that is

  • Benson Fables

    :O Shockingly good. I already had Microtonic Vs Microtonic set up in a Combinator 2(Reason) So I loaded that up and hit BeatSpace on both Micro's which are both controlled by two X-Touch Mini's and Maaannn, that was so good akin to DJing. Thank you for the time and effort for this script, it is highly useful

  • Carlos Natale

    Thanks a lot!

  • Marc de Jong

    - Fabian Longo wrote:
    - Fabian Longo wrote:
    Hi, Great ! Thank you. Cannot use it as the little puzzle button is greyed out. Can someone help and explain please ? Thank you. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year !
    SOLVED WITH THE SCRIPTS ! THX

    how?

  • Jose Eulogio Sanguino Payan

    Great Christmas gift!!! Thank you!

  • Sebastian Ramos

    Thank you! This is really useful!

  • Marc de Jong

    - Marc de Jong wrote:
    puzzle icon not available it is grayed out... so no access :s seems i am missing some script files
    uninstall and install doesn't work either or solve the problem that is

    nevermind fixed it, was not reading

  • Roman Gutarev

    First of all, thank you for this awesome addition.
    There is one issue I found though, if you open Microtonic window, then open BeatSpace, it'll instantly switch to BeatSpace preset, which is fine when you're setting it up first time. but then if you close the window and open it again, it'll switch to random BeatSpace preset once you open script again (and undo doesn't recover previous script state), so it doesn't seem to save BeatSpace state upon closing window, even though it does save script state if you just close script window and open it again, without closing Microtonic window.

    One other thing, I would love to be able to automate the points, or just bind them to external controller. personally I would just map it to bigger XY pad with multi-touch support, to be able to adjust many points at once.

  • Stan Magendanz

    Brilliant! This will now be my go to beatmaker for inventive & unique beat creation :D

  • Manuel Senfft

    Thank you. Just great and good to have! (=

  • Marcel Ziegler

    So cool, thank you very much!

  • Jacques MEURISSE

    Hi everybody, it is well installed but my micro tonic is in 3.3.3 and I don't know how to switch to 3.3.4!?

  • Lex

    Thank you all. Happy holiday.

  • roger teeling

    - Jacques MEURISSE wrote:
    Hi everybody, it is well installed but my micro tonic is in 3.3.3 and I don't know how to switch to 3.3.4!?

    Same problem here!

  • electronic drum

    Fantastic! Thanks so much!

  • Pascal Niemeier

    This opens worlds of possibilities! Thank you!
    Better - for orientation - than the little circles within the Beatspace would be the number of the associated drum note.
    And it would be great if we could undock the Beatspace window from the main window, just comfortable for editing purposes.

  • Pascal Niemeier

    @Roman Gutarev - great points!

  • duplabe

    Thanks! <3

  • roger teeling

    - roger teeling wrote:
    - Jacques MEURISSE wrote:
    Hi everybody, it is well installed but my micro tonic is in 3.3.3 and I don't know how to switch to 3.3.4!?
    Same problem here!

    Solved
    Use the Sonic Charge Installer

  • Vladimir Pashkin

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  • gerard de la chanson

    youre real friends :)

    if youd live in my neighborhood id bring you cake.

  • sam burford

    Thanks Magnus! I think I bought MT in 2004 (anyways way back) and its still one of my go to drum apps.

    Would be super cool if there was a mode where the 8 drum select buttons (top left main interface) could be coloured and those corresponding colours would also appear in the white circles in the BeatSpace window.

  • Riccardo Coen

    Thank you!

  • viudu

    Outstanding!

  • Bryan Unke

    I've only played with it for a few hours now, but this is implemented so beautifully! Consistently
    great results while still feeling like an exploration. Thank you!

  • David Noller

    Wow this is amazing ! Super excited to use this !!!!!

  • Alex Abajian

    XLN’s XO is requesting a Dance Off…. 🤣

  • Dave Ashford

    Thanks for this cool script! :) Please do not allow it to evolve into Skynet.

  • James Gregory

    Wow, just incredible - thanks so much for this labour of love ❤️

  • Greg Jobes

    Absolutely AMAZING!!

    I hope you know BeatSpace could be a NEW product that MANY people would buy. I know I would :) It kind of reminds me of XO, but in a different, cooler, AI kind of way.

    ALSO, I'd love to see the window bigger. It's soooooo small on my 4k screen ... even with zoom at 200%.

    Thanks a ton for this completely unexpected gift!!

  • Sebastian Ramos

    - Roman Gutarev wrote:
    if you close the window and open it again, it'll switch to random BeatSpace preset

    I can confirm this. You can use the workaround to right click in MicroTonic "Undo Randomize Beatspace" whenever this happens to retuirn to previous MicroTonic preset..

  • Jason Anderson

    dudes...duuuuudes!!! 😵🤗🙏 god fortsättning

  • thorsten puttenat

    Wow, simply wow! That's one fantastic addition. And wait, what's that?! Euclidean beats! I love this and will explore it. Magnus, you're really one of a kind. Thanks so much. <3

  • Aesthete

    Dear Lidstrom brothers: Might we see Synplant2 in 2023 ? Merci Ae

  • Fredrik Lidström

    - Aesthete wrote:
    Dear Lidstrom brothers: Might we see Synplant2 in 2023 ? Merci Ae

    Yes.

  • Costas Anton

    Brilliant! Unexpected & very cool of you.
    All the Best for the New Year!

  • Costas Anton

    - Fredrik Lidström wrote:
    - Aesthete wrote:
    Dear Lidstrom brothers: Might we see Synplant2 in 2023 ? Merci Ae
    Yes.

    Whoa... nice!!

  • Aesthete

    - Fredrik Lidström wrote:
    - Aesthete wrote:
    Dear Lidstrom brothers: Might we see Synplant2 in 2023 ? Merci Ae
    Yes.

    Woooo hoooo!

  • Sam H

    Any chance you can allow the points to be mapped in the near future?...Thx

  • Aesthete

    - Benson Fables wrote:
    :O Shockingly good. I already had Microtonic Vs Microtonic set up in a Combinator 2(Reason) So I loaded that up and hit BeatSpace on both Micro's which are both controlled by two X-Touch Mini's and Maaannn, that was so good akin to DJing. Thank you for the time and effort for this script, it is highly useful

    don't forget to add in a Permut 8 amigo's!

  • c0nsilience

    This is wonderful! Thank you and wishing the entire Sonic Charge team a safe and stellar holiday!

  • Adam Lipper

    Thank you so much for this, really looks amazing! Given the age of this plugin, and the fact that I'm relatively new with it, I truly appreciate your continued support and innovation with it.

  • gentleclockdivider gentleclockdivider

    Sigh ...more scripts
    What about some actual new dsp stuff or long standing user requests ?
    It's been over a decade now since since microtonic had a new feature ( morph slider )

  • Chris Hardin

    Thank you! I use MicroTonic in most every project.

  • Eric S. – Mr. Rico

    Oh yeah this is really awesome… !!

  • Bru Franco

    I am using Microtonic in all my tracks. BeatSpace makes it so easy to work with. When I am using the pattern length 8 everything sounds TECHNO!!!!
    I can't wait to see Synplant 2 out!

  • Joey Luck

    - Pascal Niemeier wrote:
    And it would be great if we could undock the Beatspace window from the main window, just comfortable for editing purposes.

    Depending on what is possible, maybe Microtonic could just have an optional pane to open as a scripts workspace?

    So the scripts would technically behave the same as part of the Microtonic window, and could be moved around within the window freely. But the pane that the user could open would just be expanding the window size with empty workspace.

    Or is it possible to create a skin that is wider than the GUI to add that pane? That empty space could be covered in stickers :)

    Maybe something along the lines of this? Where you would choose in the menu to show and hide the workspace pane (or whatever it would be called). Is that possible? Is that a dumb idea?

    Workspace_pane.png
  • James McIntosh

    this tool is inspiring and fun. thanks so much!

  • Kaspar Torn

    Excellent, thank you!

  • Marco Raaphorst

    I have installed Microtonic Script but no glue where I need to start this. Is there a manual for this?

  • Pascal Niemeier

    - Marco Raaphorst wrote:
    I have installed Microtonic Script but no glue where I need to start this. Is there a manual for this?

    At the right top of the plugin window there's a "jigsaw" button. Click on it to see all the scripts. You can select all the Yummies than, like Beat Space, Euclidean...

  • Pascal Niemeier

    - Joey Luck wrote:
    - Pascal Niemeier wrote:
    And it would be great if we could undock the Beatspace window from the main window, just comfortable for editing purposes.
    Depending on what is possible, maybe Microtonic could just have an optional pane to open as a scripts workspace?
    So the scripts would technically behave the same as part of the Microtonic window, and could be moved around within the window freely. But the pane that the user could open would just be expanding the window size with empty workspace.
    Or is it possible to create a skin that is wider than the GUI to add that pane? That empty space could be covered in stickers :)
    Maybe something along the lines of this? Where you would choose in the menu to show and hide the workspace pane (or whatever it would be called). Is that possible? Is that a dumb idea?

    Yes, also a great idea - depends on which task is simplier to do for an update, it would just be great, if the plugin gui itself is not covered anymore during use of a script.

  • Sean8877

    Awesome gift, thanks.

  • Marco Raaphorst

    - Pascal Niemeier wrote:
    - Marco Raaphorst wrote:
    I have installed Microtonic Script but no glue where I need to start this. Is there a manual for this?
    At the right top of the plugin window there's a "jigsaw" button. Click on it to see all the scripts. You can select all the Yummies than, like Beat Space, Euclidean...

    Found it! Thanks!

  • Tom Mosler

    This is so fun! :D
    I wish the random dice was MIDI mapable or exposed to host as parameter.

  • Kenneth Lyon

    Many thanks for the fabulous present! You remain, as for more years than I can count, my favorite music software developers.
    If you ever come to Los Angeles, lunch is on me)

  • Bryan Collins

    Okay Magnus, it is fabulous.

    Special request, I'd like to have it be fullscreen. I have this great little touchscreen computer I salvaged and I would love to dedicate that computer to this VST. It would be so great to drag the drums around with my fingertips!

  • Aesthete

    A bank of 32 Beatspace generated uTonic patterns. Enjoy!
    https://we.tl/t-hgP57m8c1Q

  • mao aona

    Awesome, thank you!

  • Max-Louis Raugel

    this is incredible

  • Atoms Apart

    excellent stuff. thank you!

  • Julien Duc

    Thank you very much ! After all these years Microtonic is still the best soft drum machine !

  • Thomas Mundeleer

    This is awesome !!!!!
    Thanks 😄

  • MyWhy

    🖤

  • Lautaro Marulanda

    - Joey Luck wrote:
    - loco john wrote:
    For me the little puzzle button is greyed out. Am I missing something?

    Did you have access to it before? Did you install the scripts in addition to Microtonic?
    I can replicate what you're seeing by removing the scripts folder.

    hello i have the same problem, i never touched any script, i am on macos 10.13...

  • Joey Luck

    - Lautaro Marulanda wrote:
    - Joey Luck wrote:
    Did you have access to it before? Did you install the scripts in addition to Microtonic?
    I can replicate what you're seeing by removing the scripts folder.
    hello i have the same problem, i never touched any script, i am on macos 10.13...

    You just need to download and run the scripts installer as mentioned by Magnus in the first post.

    BeatSpace is included in the latest version of the Official Microtonic Script installer, available for registered Microtonic here. Simply run the installer and use the little puzzle button in Microtonic to open it.

    Screen Shot 2022-12-30 at 9.28.38 PM.png
  • Lautaro Marulanda

    oh yes thank you, i thouth i just had to update microtonic,
    THanks!

  • Lautaro Marulanda

    It is fire

  • gentleclockdivider gentleclockdivider

    Found a bug ,
    When opening closing the gui of microtonic and then opening beatspace dialogue , it automatically selects a new beat .
    Steps to reproduce
    -Open beat dialogue
    -choose random beat
    -Opening-closing the beat dialogue meanu does NOT alter the selected beat
    -Now , close and reopen microtonic gui
    -Open beat dialogue
    Result : a new beat is automatically selected

  • frédéric Henrion

    Microtonic is still alive ! thanks.

  • Chris Hale

    Just took it for a spin. BeatSpace is killer! There seems to be no way to make it sound bad.

  • Greg FitzPatrick

    Fantastic, guys!

  • Scott E. Schneider

    Thanks so much for your amazing innovations, products, and generosity! Happy New Year 2023!

  • ossian moncreiffe

    really enjoying this. Is there any way to map the points to a midi controller?

  • JDBEE

    Hello i don´t have beatspace in the puzzle menu, any idea please??

    *Sorry i just read about de Script

    Thanks Magnum!! Loving Microtonic from 2004-2005!!! Yeaaah

  • Richard Kubina

    rad!

  • deeko

    Wow, I didn't realise how great BeatSpace was when I recently bought Microtonic. I know I'm very late to this party but this is a fantastic addition to what was already an instrument outstanding in sound and design. It's so engaging as a way to stimulate ideas and elegantly implemented. Your commitment to ongoing development is so much appreciated - thank you!

  • Peter Tinsley

    Any way to edit the script to be able to map the "Random" button to MIDI please?
    Also, how do I auto-load the script so that beatspace opens automatically when Microtonic starts?

    Thank you.

  • public_display_name

    This is amazing and should be a default feature of all hardware synth-drum machines :)

  • Nick Kaniak

    Are there any plans to make the points in the beatspace map Midi-mappable? Right now, it's the one reason I'm not pulling the trigger on it.

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