Week 79: Morphagene reel splicer

14 Aug, 2022

This week was going to be a slow side project week due to lots of work and sunny evenings in Copenhagen. But then I saw a Github notification about a project I worked on a while back…

Morphaweb #

One of my hobbies is modular synthesis. One of the modules I use is Morphagene by Make Noise. By their own description:

The Morphagene music synthesizer module is a next generation tape and microsound music module that uses Reels, Splices and Genes to create new sounds from those that already exist. Search between the notes to find the unfound sounds.

It’s one of my favorite modules, but it can be a bit tricky to get sounds outside the modular system onto the Morphagene. It has a slot for an SD-card where you can place reels. The reels have to be a particular format though, and if you want to have configured your splices up front, you have to download paid software.

Morphagene in my eurorack setup

Morphagene in my eurorack setup

To work around this, I have developed a free, open source, web-based app called Morphaweb. It allows you to build reels with splice markers and export them in the correct format. All without uploading anything to a server, to protect your privacy.

My app Morphaweb

My app Morphaweb

To use it, you simply import audio by dragging it into the app, then use the waveform editor and shortcuts to add/remove splice markers. When you’re done, you can download your reel as a Morphagene-compatible wave-file.

If you have a Morphagene or just curious, please try it out at https://knandersen.github.io/morphaweb/

I also added Morphaweb as a project here on the blog. Now I’ll go enjoy the rest of the sunny and hot afternoon outside!