.. in deep math coding mode searching for new sounds to hear.
Hypercube VST (beta)
Hypercube VST is a parameter reducer plugin for VST2 instruments. It reduces the number of synthesizer/effect parameters to just three (3) which makes it easier to find new sounds than changing 100+ parameters that may be available through the normal user interface.
In order to to do parameter reduction a VST module must have roughly more presets of good instruments/effects than there are synthesizer parameters. The existing good presets are used to find "three dimensional space of good sounds", which can be then explored by using only three parameters: X, Y and Z. (Software supports three different ways to do parameter reduction: linear ICA, t-SNE and variational autoencoder VAE.)
The software is a beta version so there is room for improvements but you can already use it to find interesting sounds. AI code require lots from CPU so you should have very fast computer to use the tool. You need to calculate a parameter reduction model for each VST instrument separatedly.
Hypercube VST currently supports only 64bit VST2 modules. Support for VST3 won't happen soon as only few VST3 modules currently fully support the newest VST3 standard which allow reading all preset values. The software requires 64bit Windows 10 (earlier versions not tested) and 64bit Java (plugin generator user interface).
Youtube video showing how to use Hypercube VST (old version)
Here is a step by step help documentation describing hot to use the software.
I would love to get feedback about this plugin/software.
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