Adrian Moore (2016). University of Sheffield Sound Studios. A tutorial book for all students of sonic art contextualising a number of toolkits made at the sound studios. Published by Routledge.
- USSS Tool kit download (ZIP 37.6MB) - now for pd 0.5. Get external libraries from Deken or download bundle here (ZIP 43.3 MB)
- USSS Tool kit download (ZIP 37.6MB) - fine for pd 0.47.1
- USSS Tool kit download (ZIP 37.7MB) - suited for purr-data with slightly revised graphical abstractions
Sonic Art: An introduction to electroacoustic music composition. Download (PDF 1.44 MB) a brief example from chapter 2 explaining some of the ussstools. NB. This free-to-view chapter is from a very early edition of the text. Many new updates including multi-channel tools have been added to the book.
Although there is no accompanying CD, the vast majority of the audio examples used come from the Empreintes DIGITALes streaming site, electrotheque.com/abonnement (9$ a month, 23$ for 3 months, 79$ a year, that's £5.60 a month, £14.24 for 3 months, £49 a year).
16.09.2020 - USSS tools with Pure Data Vanilla 0.51.1
This screen capture shows the external libraries required to run the USSS tools.
These were all downloaded by using Deken BUT be super careful to get the right set for your OS and 64/32bit etc. If you are running into problems, do give me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can maybe post a video on this.
25.10.2019 - USSS tools with Pure Data Vanilla 0.5
For those that know how, here is a version of the tools which seem fairly stable in Vanilla 0.5. Thanks to Alexandre Torres Porres for his else library with a very useful slider2d object which replaces the grid object in a number of tools. Furthermore, you can now easily install the full fftease library from Eric Lyon through Deken. There will be more tools to come featuring these great objects. The diagram above shows which libraries to search for in Deken. This is clearly on a Windows 10 machine. Please do contact me if you want further explanation about installing libraries and tools.
The most recent versions of Pure after 0.47.1 no longer allow some of my old libraries. Sadly, whilst most new libraries exist, as of 23.08.2019, I can't find the 'unauthorized' library (which had a great 2D grid). You can still run 0.47.1 (probably alongside newer versions too) and find these versions at https://puredata.info/downloads/pure-data/releases. I plan to find a way to implement a 2D grid (potentially through GEM) then post a windows 10 pd 0.49 set of instructions. Purr Data works out of the box as it is so closely related to pd-extended. The old (after 5 years) pd-extended still works on windows 10 too.
Pure Data 0.47.1 install
You can now use the USSS tools with Pure Data Vanilla. A number of tools have changed slightly but the ussstools should now work with Vanilla and extended as before. With Vanilla, all you need to do is add the following libraries via the Deken library manager.
The window above shows my own personal setup. I made a completely separate directory for additional libraries. You find the Deken library manager in Pure Data under Help>Find externals. Type the external you require and let it install it. (I didn't put these in my pure data folder in case, in the future, I wanted to remove or move them).
A bundle of important libraries to make USSStools function with Pd vanilla. (Windows only). See below for install instructions.
There are a couple of libraries that require adding at startup (zexy, gem and iemlib1 - see preferences > startup) but mainly your Pure Data needs to locate the individual .dll files by searching through a number of paths. You'd think that by simply adding Mydrive:/myexternalsfolder/ Pure Data would find all sub folders. It was my experience that this was not the case. Therefore I made a number of entries for individual library folders as shown in the picture.
And voila...this seemed to work. Now you can take advantage of all the other functionality of Vanilla (like solidly working with ASIO), better interface and perhaps add additional graphics libraries for more cool knobs and buttons. Please let me know if you have any problems or share success.
This bundle works happily in windows7, 8 and 10.
A bundle of my vanilla-downloads folder is here. Please remember these are Windows only. If working on a Mac, you will have to use Deken. The installation is pretty quick though.
- In a similar fashion to the installation on Windows, the libraries for Pure Data vanilla must be loaded separately and individually (as shown in the sudo apt-get install <pd-name_of_library>). Then add your paths. If you find errors, please do email me. Pure data here is 0.45.4. For newer versions of Ubuntu you can install deken.
- Freeverb. I think I may have missed this off the original installation. Please add <sudo apt-get install pd-freeverb>
Installation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Freeverb. Please remember to install Freeverb. <sudo apt-get install pd-freeverb>
- I noted an error in p44combplayer and usss.combplayer. These have been corrected.
- Shapee~ from Eric Lyon's fftease collection. <sudo apt-get install pd-fftease> There may be a bug in this software for 16.04 (14.04 works ok).
Installation on Mac OSX (Vanilla)
The easiest way to add these libraries is to use the Deken plug in under help>find externals. There are clearly many differences between the OS, Pure Data and externals. It will always be best to add the creb, cyclone, freeverb, Gem, hcs, iemlib, unauthorized, zexy, iemgui sets from here. You will often be presented with a choice of downloads. You may be presented with a number of OS specific downloads. Your choice here. My limited advice would be to stick with one uploader as best you can. Also, consider strongly not letting Deken store your libraries where it wants to but put them somewhere you can easily destroy and reload. Then follow the image above and locate the libraries whereveer they may be.
This was a MacBook Pro running Version 10.11.4. Pure Data Vanilla version 0.47.1 was obtained from puredata.info. I selected the 32bit version even though the Mac was a 64bit machine.
Shapee~ works but this external was compiled for el Capitan (10.11.4)
A full set of library files for the installation above is here
Pure Data was installed as administrator. Furthermore, when first run (as administrator) I had to press the control (ctrl) key and click the app and select open. This then allowed me to open a non-trusted app from the internet.
Then, logging back in as a normal user I was able to use Deken (Help: find externals) to locate the externals as indicated in the screenshot. (creb, freeverb, cyclone, gem, hcs, iemlib, unauthorized, zexy and iemgui). These I installed into a personal folder outside of the ussstools folder (I called this libraryfiles). I then set paths as shown (under Pd:preferences: paths) and added the gem library on startup (Pd:preferences:startup). Make sure to Pd:Save All Settings.
Finally in my pd patches I made sure I also set paths to locate the library files (object box: declare -path libraryfiles). This will be different for you as you may locate your downloaded libraries somewhere else. See the picture below. In this instance, my test.pd file was in a 'top' level. I therefore had to search into the USSSTOOLSKIT/ussstools folder AND the libraryfiles folder
High Sierra (10.12.6)
22.01.18. The USSS tool kit is running on a MAC with High Sierra. The following libraries were referenced (see the screenshot for El Capitan). A bundle is available here. Please follow install instructions for El Capitan.
Note: Installation of relatively old libraries (using 'Find externals' in Pure Data) was successful except for Gem. For this I needed to install the Gem/0.93.3 (deken installable file for OSX PowerPC+i386/32bit). Uploaded by zmoelnig @ 2016-05-20.
Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
Date 28.02.17. I performed another installation set for PureData 0.47.1 and OS Mountain Lion. The bundle of externals is here (but see above, you are probably best sourcing some of these files directly from their source).
A full set of library files for Mountain Lion is here
This also includes the full set of fftease plugins by Eric Lyon (which you would also have to set paths to if you want to use Shapee)
FFTease by Eric Lyon
I use the Shapee plug-in a great deal. This comes bundled with Eric Lyon's FFTease externals.
OSX with pd-extended (hot fix)
ussstools on 'El Capitan'. Very pleased to report that pd-extended and blue run the tools just fine on El Capitan. Upon installing pd-extended you'll be asked to install Apple's version of X11 (xquartz). This will take some time to install but be patient. pd-extended and csound (csounds.com) are then simple click and install. Blue (you should already have a working version of java) is not an install but simply a download. Place the bin/blue application where you want. Videos on some Blue ussstools to follow. Adrian. 01.06.2016
Support for pd-extended withdrawn
However, support for pd-extended is now withdrawn so it's best to take advantage of Vanilla, load in the libraries required to make the USSStoolkit run and work with that (see above). You can still obtain a solid working version of pd-extended at http://puredata.info/downloads/pd-extended should you need it. Adrian 29.03.2016.
0. Welcome and Introduction
1. Getting the ussstools from the website (see above for link)
2. Playing soundfiles using usss.output and usss.sfplay
3. Playing soundfiles and varying the speed (and the pitch)
4. Recording your results into a soundfile
5. Basic Granulation
6. Finding the right sound for the job
7. A more complex example
This time the audio is in stereo and not just what the microphone picked up. It's a little bit out of sync but that's because of the free and low quality screencapture and mp4 hacking.
8. usss phasorsynth demonstration
Polyphonic synths with midi keyboard
9. Pulsing a granulation sound
Adding pulse to a sustained sound.
10. Polyphonic MIDI sampler
Using the keyboard to change the pitch of a loaded soundfile.
11. Texture generation.
developing the MIDI sampler using notes in a table instead of the keyboard
12. Colouring one soundfile by another using fftease shapee
mapping the spectral qualities of one soundfile (predominantly steady-state) onto another (predominantly full-spectrum articulated)
13. Playing multi-channel soundfiles using the N channel player
using one object to play files with any number of channels (and introducing the combplayer to colour output)
14. A quirky 'gate'
as the name suggests, a gate, but slightly more aggressive
15. A basic polyphonic synth
a very simple synth unit playing sine, triangle, square, sawtooth and pulse waves
16. A spectral delay
introducing the doppler revised for PureData0.5 and above using the else library from Alexandre Torres Porres
also the spectral delay object thanks to Johannes Kreidler, Miller Puckette and Franck Barnecht
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