An Ecstasy of Hard Acid Sound:
Rack747 is BeOS's premier acid loop composer and virtual groovebox. It provides
everything you could imagine needing to write your own beats and grooves.
Accessible and easy to use single screen interface for primary control and sequencing.
8 voice polyphonic synthesiser, with a variety of styles and sounds:
solidly synthesised analog emulation, based around an excellent model of the
TB303 bassline, and extended to cover a full spectral range.
a powerful and versatile 8 operator FM synthesis system.
an integrated sampler, line input, and mixer.
32 simultaneous sampled drum parts, selected from an easily constructed sample kit. The
preloaded kit distributed Rack747 includes a full range of the 808.
16 seperate effects paths, and a wide range of essential effects:
high pass, low pass, band pass, and band reject filters.
tempo locked delay and feedback.
tube and soft clipping distortions.
32 lfos, assignable to any parameter.
Integrated mixer and cross fader.
Full midi control.
User configurable color maps and panel bitmaps.
As a bonus, the package includes the latest edition of Qua,
a complete audio and
midi sequencer/recorder that integrates audio applications and
media nodes. Together they present a complete techno studio solution:
mixing of loops, samples, midi data, and real-time audio nodes.
joystick control of Rack747.
fully automated controls linked with an easy-to-use system of onscreen envelopes.
integrated scripting, processing, and generative system.
advanced audio filtering and offline editting.
The debakle continues with the next installment,
Rack747 1.15 is now available. This has been developed and tested on both BeOS Intel
and BEOS PPC, correcting many flaaws with the earlier cross-ported versions.
The fully registered version is
available from the BeBits shop, and includes upgrades for all 1.xx releases.
The ubiquitous demo is available for download
For a brief sample of the Rack's twisted ways, try these undies on (MPEG-3 encoded):
Cheap wine and crappy techno (bass line and main drum part)
Cheap wine and crappy techno (silly part)
Bad acid, and I'm running out of names
Adrenaline is Brown (bass and drum)
and for those who like their meals large and only partially cooked:
Cereal Interface/Solid (digital garage mix)
(This last features uncompressed vocal overdubs (sorry all you anal purists out there),
a funky south indian mandolin sample,
and automated parameter control using my incredibly obscure sequencer, Qua)
The Rack was brought to you by the letter A, the number 3, the substance LSD-25,
the exceptionally gracious BeOS Central,
the highly suspicious ZOG,
Dak, Alistair Riddell, and Ross Bencina.
Further information: email Dak