I really love Tidal Cycles for how intuitive the coding in it is to create real-time electronic music but I kind of have a love/hate relationship with supercollider.
I love Tidal Cycles. It’s syntax is so intuitive and great for composing with but SC is just so frustrating a lot of times.
Ideally I’d find an environment where I can have something similar to Tidal code in one window/area and DSP code in another one so I can create my own synth patches and effects and then play them with something like Tidal code, but all in one package with the DSP using something that isn’t SC. So I’d have this all-in-one environment for real-time electronic music creation that’s super stable, so when something doesn’t work as expected I know it’s me and not some weird bug or issue where I have to check the registry on my machine, install and reinstall different versions or disable one weird Ugen or whatever.
Ideally I’d have this dream coding environment and be able to use the DSP side to recreate something close to my Serum or FM8 patches in a way that they can be used in real-time, so maybe not exactly the same but close enough and with their own nuance so as to perform studio pieces live in something very similar to Tidal code. I’d want all the bells and whistles of a DAW like the ability to sidechain compress or parallel compress tracks/channels and saturate things etc even if that means throwing together a chunk of code to create my own compressor. I know you can sidechain with Tidal in SC but again, that’s using SC. I don’t want SC.
I was getting close to recreating a Serum patch in SC and then SC stopped working and I had to go down this rabbit hole of digging through forums everywhere trying to figure out why it just decided to stop working. I’ve got it working again now. Apparently there was a conflict in the most recent build between some sort of portaudio configuration and a recent windows update so the server couldn’t boot and was giving off an error code no one had seen up until a few months ago.
I’m sorry to hate on SC, I know it’s open source, I know a lot of people are super devoted to it, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.
I know you can run an SC package through atom and have both composition code in one atom window and DSP supercollider code in another atom window, but I’d still be using supercollider.
Does what I’m looking for exist?