I’m always looking for functional, free, and standalone programs that give me an excuse to turn off the familiar interface of Ableton Live and dive into something different and inspirational. The excellent Paul Stretch is a perfect example of this sort of thing, and SoundDoodle definitely follows in those same footsteps.
A Mac-only app (as of this writing), SoundDoodle accomplishes a lot behind its unassuming interface. In brief: You load up your sound, process it through 4 flexibly routed effects units, and record realtime parameter modulation by mousing around in the interface. Your movements leave little trails that are then followed when you choose to play back the modulation either looped or one-shot. It reminds me a bit of using a Korg groovebox like the ER-1 where you are recording a realtime modulation “performance” rather than dialing in exact values as you would in a DAW.
The result is a huge dose of inspiration with absolutely no barrier to entry in terms of either cost or ease of use. I can’t recommend this tool enough to anyone with a Mac and some interest in sound design and processing. I put together a video showing off the features of the program below, although there’s still more to explore that I just didn’t have time to get to:
Many thanks to the creative people who contributed to building this software!
Download and read more about SoundDoodle from this post on the Sound + Design blog: http://www.soundplusdesign.com/?p=2607
SoundDoodle - A Brief Video Intro To A Free Sound Design Tool For Your Mac by Nick Maxwell