Programming ATmega168PA-PU via FTDI cable (UART)

It has been a fair while since I’ve dabbled in embedded programming but since joining the Bristol Hackspace and Bristol Communal Modular project, I have been keen to get back to it. Having recently built the Turing Machine and some of it’s expanders, at the Hackspace, we have had a need for a quantiser, since the Turing Machine is a … Read More

FS Refraktor 1.1.0

FS Refraktor 1.1.0 is now live on the App Store. For more details, see the FS Refraktor product page. Features include:

Meet Rogue Tentacle | Drambo and Mozaic

I recently sold my Elektron Octatrack mk1 with the intention to buy a mk2 – can’t resist that new Black mk2 design! While I wait for the mk2, I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how I could get BeepStreet’s Drambo to deliver some of the hands-on sample mangling and live effects manipulation joy that the Octa … Read More

FS Reverser Delay v1.1.3

Hello! Long time, no see! I’ve spent the last few years busy, busy in the background making lots of iOS music apps for different companies but sadly, it’s been difficult to find time for FutureSonic apps. I’m currently working to update the existing FutureSonic apps for iOS 14 support and to address any minor bugs. FS Reverser Delay v1.1.3 features: … Read More

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Audiology?


According to WHO statistics, over 5% of the world’s population – approximately 466 million people – suffer from disabling hearing loss. While there are many different causes and forms of hearing loss, the critical factor in treating hearing loss is identifying and diagnosing it in the first place. One of the most common methods is through Pure Tone Audiometry. Traditionally, … Read More

5 Musicians Embracing Mobile Technology

Musicians are constantly looking for ways to set themselves apart from the crowd and engage their fanbase in innovative and artistic ways beyond releasing music and playing live shows. So it’s no surprise that plenty of musicians have jumped on the mobile app bandwagon. Whether it’s releasing an app to tie in with an album release, or just as a … Read More

Mixing Console Apps: the Future of Live Sound

Mixing Console Apps

The introduction of digital desks to the world of live sound has been revolutionary. Although initially very expensive, prices have dropped over the years and they’re now more affordable and accessible than ever. Considering the features digital desks offer, such as being able to save and recall features and their extra flexibility in terms of routing, it’s not hard to … Read More

How to Reduce CPU Usage in Your iOS DAW

iOS CPU Overload

While your musical creativity may have no limits, unfortunately your device does. If you’re loading up multiple instances of a complex synth or piling on tons of plugins and effects, it won’t be long before your device just can’t take any more. This limit depends on the CPU of the device. The better the processor is, the more your device … Read More

Basics of Synthesis Part 3: Filters

Synthesiser Filters

Following on from last time, where we looked at shaping synth sounds with an amp envelope, in this instalment we’re going to be looking at how to shape sounds with a filter. Filters allow you to attenuate and cut out different frequencies. This is an essential part of subtractive synthesis, as you’re generally starting with a harmonically rich waveform as … Read More

Basics of Synthesis Part 2: Amp Envelope

Amp Envelope

So, if you read through the last part of the Basics of Synthesis you’ll have selected your initial waveform – but what next? The raw waveform by itself isn’t the most inspiring but we can shape the sound by controlling how the volume of the sound changes over time. This is all done with something called an Amp Envelope. Envelopes … Read More