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Psycle is a free software music studio originally designed to clone Jeskola Buzz, although its pattern editing interface is more like that of a classical tracker. As in Buzz, users engineer mixes by wiring together "machines": generators such as synths and sample players make sound, and effects take input sound and modify it. Free software, as defined by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), is software which is free as in freedom, not as in beer (also referred to as libre or freedom software). ... Jeskola Buzz is a proprietary modular software studio environment centered around a modular plugin-based machine view and a multiple pattern sequencer tracker (as opposed to a single pattern sequencer tracker). ... Tracker is the generic term for a class of software music sequencers which, in their purest form, allow the user to arrange sound samples stepwise on a timeline across several monophonic channels. ...


History and license

Version 1.0 of the program was released into the public domain by its author, a coder known as Arguru, when he lost interest in the project. Since then, Psycle has been maintained by several programmers, whose modifications are likely to eventually be licensed under the GNU GPL. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The GNU logo For other uses of GPL, see GPL (disambiguation). ...


Most of the program's plugins are free software.


Comparisons to Buzz

Psycle is often compared to Jeskola Buzz, a more well-known program that shares the "machine" idiom. Jeskola Buzz is a proprietary modular software studio environment centered around a modular plugin-based machine view and a multiple pattern sequencer tracker (as opposed to a single pattern sequencer tracker). ...


One notable difference is that, while Buzz allows patterns to be made per-machine and the patterns sequenced together side by side, Psycle only uses one set of patterns to control all machines. In this respect, Psycle is closer to trackers such as Impulse Tracker. Some Buzz enthusiasts point to this as a step backward, while others maintain it makes Psycle better suited to pop music and Buzz better suited to experimental music. Impulse Tracker is a multi-track digital sound sequencer which proliferated on the DOS platform. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. ...


Psycle, being younger and less widely used than Buzz, has far fewer machines for it. On the other hand, users generally describe Psycle's synths as being smoother and easier to work with than Buzz's.


Psycle tends to require more CPU power than Buzz. The central processing unit (CPU) is the part of a computer that interprets and carries out the instructions contained in the software. ...


External links

Psycledelics (http://psycle.pastnotecut.org/) is the Psycle homepage and community.


Psycle is also the name of a club promotor who run psy-trance nights in Nottingham, UK. The nights happen either in Blueprint club, Alfreton Road or in a warehouse in the area somewhere.


They have a website at [1] (http://www.psycle.info)


 
 

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