One of our goals when designing the Patternarium interface was to be able to build a web-based, cross-platform application that delivered a great looking media-rich experience while browsing the patterns. We have chosen the Flash platform to achieve this although we are aware that this currently renders this application unusable by devices where Flash is not allowed.
If you still want to check out what Patternarium looks and sounds like, you can view this video that Torley made while playing around with it.
What you are experiencing above are computer generated patterns for Microtonic created through principles of evolution. All the sounds and rhythms you are hearing are produced by algorithms running on our servers (even the names are made up by random). Think of Patternarium as a giant collaborative patch randomizer.
Our servers are regularly spawning new generations of a thousand unique patterns, each one being the cross product of two other patterns picked at random. The higher votes a certain pattern receives, the more likely it is to get picked and bear offspring into the next generation. This means that you may participate and influence the outcome of Patternarium simply by voting.Please, click "vote up" on the kinds of rhythms you would like to hear more of and click "vote down" on the kinds you can live without.
If you stumble upon a preset that you would like to use you can save it to disk as an ".mtpreset" file and load it into the Microtonic plug-in. Even slicker, if your Microtonic is up and running, simply click the "copy" button and paste it directly into Microtonic (using the "main menu" in Microtonic). Once loaded into the plug-in it is easy to tweak the pattern to make it sound just like you want it to.
You can download a demo version from our download section by following the link below. Microtonic is a plug-in that require a host application that supports VST 2.4 or Audio Unit 2 plug-ins. If you do not have a host application you can still try Microtonic by downloading a free host such as VSTHost for Windows or VSTLord for Mac.
Voting will automatically bring you to the next pattern but you can also click the left and right arrows to browse around without voting (although again, we strongly encourage you to vote). The order in which patterns appear is random and different for each user but you can copy the "direct link" beneath to share a specific pattern with your friends.
The info box that folds out from the upper right corner will give you some more info on the pattern, including how people have voted so far. It will also let you explore the origin ("ascendants") and offspring ("descendants") of a pattern.
All patterns created by Patternarium are public domain and free to use for any purposes you desire. However, if you use Patternarium and Microtonic to create commercial sample sets (for sample CDs etc) or MIDI-file libraries we would appreciate if you sent us an e-mail first.
You are required to purchase a license of Microtonic if you use it in your audio productions or performances. Besides unlocking the software, getting access to additional downloads and tech support you will help finance further development of Sonic Charge products and we will love you forever. Registering will set you back $99, but you can save $40 if you purchase Synplant at the same time.