About blue

blue is a music composition environment for Csound, written in Java, and available for use on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. It allows doing everything one can do in Csound as well as builds on top of it to offer the following features:

  • SoundObjects are the building blocks within blue's score timeline. SoundObjects can be lists of notes, algorithmic generators, python script code, Csound instrument definitions, PianoRolls, Pattern Editors, Tracker interfaces, and more. These soundObjects may be text based or GUI-based as well.
  • Score timeline allows for visual organization of SoundObjects
  • Polyobject are objects which hold other SoundObjects, and have timelines in themselves. Working within them on their timelines and outside of them on the parent timeline helps organize and understand the concepts of objective time and relative time between different objects.
  • The soundOject library allow for instantiating multiple copies of a SoundObject, which allows for editing the original object and updating all copies.
  • NoteProcessors allow for modifying the SoundObjects score results, i.e. adding 2 to all p4 values, multiplying all p5 values by 6, etc. These NoteProcessors can be chained together to manipulate and modify objects to achieve things like transposition, serial processing of scores, and more.
  • The Orchestra manager organizes instruments and functions as an instrument librarian.
  • Graphical instruments and effects that help to increase musical workflow.
  • A mixer system and user-interface to easily connect instruments and effects together that follows a conventional mixer pardigm.
  • Syntax hilighting of Csound code.
  • SoundObject freezing - free up CPU cycles by pre-rendering objects
  • Microtonal support using scales defined in the Scala scale format, including a microtonal PianoRoll, Tracker, NoteProcessors, and more.
  • blueLive - work with soundObjects in realtime to experiment with musical ideas or performance.
  • and much more!


Latest in blueShare

Latest Instruments Xml

Instrument Name Type Created At User
DistortionGuitar v2.3 BlueSynthBuilder 2016-11-27 10:42am Menno0
PADsynthXtended v1.01 BlueSynthBuilder 2016-11-16 8:52pm Menno0
DistortionGuitar v2.2 BlueSynthBuilder 2016-11-15 8:21pm Menno0
Xlooper BlueSynthBuilder 2016-06-19 5:42pm Menno0
Drone Just Intonation BlueSynthBuilder 2016-01-20 2:37pm Menno0
enveloper_v1.1 BlueSynthBuilder 2015-11-15 7:32pm Menno0
midi out_v2 BlueSynthBuilder 2015-10-27 9:02am Menno0
b64Xtended _v2.2 BlueSynthBuilder 2015-10-24 11:20am Menno0
BdTR v2.0 BlueSynthBuilder 2011-06-25 3:12pm markvp
Sampler BlueSynthBuilder 2011-06-25 2:12pm markvp

Latest Effects Xml

Effect Name Created At User
PConvXtended 2017-02-15 4:29pm Menno0
Freeverbw 2010-06-05 12:19pm bwong
Gain v1.0 2008-02-29 12:50pm atte
SnipLooper v1.1 2008-02-29 12:46pm atte
AliasNoise v1.1 2008-02-15 9:59am atte
MonoToStereo v1.0 2008-02-05 11:57pm atte
DeNorm 1.0 2008-01-15 2:58am atte
ChannelStrip v1.0 2008-01-12 5:58pm atte
FilterSweeper 1.0 2008-01-10 10:04am atte
Newtonator v1.0 2008-01-08 2:23pm mbechard