Beatbox to midi

Written by Durk Kooistra on Sunday the 08th of March, 2009
The idea of tapping a beat on your desk, beatboxing a groovy break and then tweak the hell out of it with plug-ins... I like it! Let's check out some free stuff claiming to enable you to intuitively rap&tap a beat:


Unlike other audio-driven systems which require a lot of parameter tuning to be able to discriminate the sounds you are playing, BillaBoop incorporates an efficient Machine Learning component which enables the system to learn by demonstration. In a few seconds you show the system what are the sounds you aim to use and you can start using them. The program is fast enough to enable real-time expressive performance. The amplitude and pitch of each drum hit can be controlled automatically without the need of adjusting any slider. Furthermore, the BillaBoop technology can be used in a range of applications for enabling direct interactivity without the need of a dedicated controller, and for offering personalised controls to a user.

OK, so BillaBoop’s website does not say anything about downloading or even buying this software, nor does it provide any information about why this is missing.

[ Edit: as requested I tried to update the links, but the new BillaBoop website doesn't provide a download link, neihter did extensive Googling yield any results ]

Check out the Website

Smart electronic´s KTDrumtrigger

Smart electronics are known for their Livecut glitcher plug-in. KTDrumTrigger is a VST plugin with a custom editor that triggers MIDI notes based on the sound level of the incoming audio stream in different frequency bands. It allows you to “detect” occurrences of percussive sounds in an audio stream and send out a MIDI event whenever that happens. Basically the same as BillaBoop only with more parameters.

Check out the KTDrum Trigger Here

There is a non-freeware version called the Drumagog. I have no idea if it is any good. If you know a fair share about MAX/MSP you can have a look at Bonk, a percussion follower for Max/MSP

Bonk Audio Driven Controller

by Miller Puckette, MSP port by Ted Apel.
bonk~ version 1.3 for Macintosh Max/MSP OS X Mach-O Universal Binary with source.

bonk~ version 1.3 for Macintosh Max/MSP OS X

bonk~ version 1.2 for Macintosh Max/MSP OS 9

For information about fiddle~ and bonk~, see the paper “Real-time audio analysis tools for Pd and MSP”.

Paper as postscript document.
Paper as Adobe Acrobat file.


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