OpenSebJ is a free real time audio sample mixer that runs on Microsoft Windows. It allows both realtime composition and pre-setup replay,so it’s well suited for live performance of wav files, samples and loops. A stream to disc recording feature lets you create composite audio tracks on the fly.
When you run the program a small interface window loads called OpenSebJ. You can set this to Always On Top so it remains visible. The panel provides five buttons for launching the integrated applications including Load Samples, Beat Pad, Laydown, Scratch and Record (see screenshot below). Each has its own independent window which can be moved to any part of the screen. Once a group of samples have been loaded, they can be saved as a bank for recall later.
- Supports loading of 255 Audio samples (wave format), which can be played in real time
- Sample properties such as, Volume, Pan and Frequency can be adjusted individually for each sample (even during mid play)
- A composition tool is provided, presented in a familiar multi-track sequencer environment. Looping compositions are also supported.
- Samples can be linked to keys on the keyboard and trigged in real time when a key press occurs
- Each sample can also have the play cursor position adjusted while the sample is playing, to provide a virtual needle to be moved
- Stream to disk recording, allows all audio played from OpenSebJ to be saved
- Pitch shifter roll, allows an order to be setup, so that each time a sample is played the next pitch shift in the sequence is undertaken before the sample is played. I.e. set up a sample to key ‘1’, then setup a pitch shift sequence, high,mid,low,higher etc (using frequency values which are transposed to on screen ‘ranges’ to allow easier utilisation)
You must have the following software installed for it to run:
- Windows(R) 2000 (or better)
- Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 (or better)
- DirectX 9.0c (or better)
A message about this version (0.06) from the creator of OpenSebJ:
This is an Alpha release; there are known bugs (many), unchecked arrays (few).
It has been released however, to gather as much feedback as possible.
If you have an idea for a new feature, suggestion for improvements, graphics
you think would complement the release or samples you are prepared to release under a Creative Commons or a compatible GNU GPL license, then please post your thoughts to the Source Forge message board.
Sound Sample Resources
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