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Add Orca format (and the Pilot synth)
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Level 22 Chipist
post #144428 :: 2021.07.20 7:03am
  Post-retro, R3M, Thingerthing, argarak, sean and tennisers liēkd this
Orca is a very original MIDI sequencer, using only a grid and some alphanumeric characters to interact with it.


It is between a tracker, a roguelike and the visual aestetic of the C64, it can run on many plateforms. It has an electron / desktop, web, terminal implentation, and also on a dedicated virtual machine able to run on devices such as the Nintendo DS or the Raspberry Pico.

It can create original sequences, and also random patterns, because of the way you can program it.

It is very geeky, and therefore very suitable for BotB!

It can not produce sounds alone, but there is a synth created by the same genius behind Orca: Pilot, a mini synthetiser designed to be used with orca via UDP.


Here is a short video showing why you'll want to play with it!

Level 28 Hostist
post #144435 :: 2021.07.20 9:35am :: edit 2021.07.20 9:35am
  garvalf and JWPH liēkd this
I am definitely not opposed to this!

I need to do a bit more research, but my guess is we should combine Orca and Pilot into a single format. Since Orca is a sequence/midi generator and Pilot is a synth I do not think they would make ideal formats on their own. I didn't know about the synth until you mentioned it here!

Might even be worth it to reach out to the developer. :D
Level 24 Chipist
post #144438 :: 2021.07.20 10:27am
I swear these people also had a tracker, but it appears they deleted it from their itch.io?
Level 22 Chipist
post #144442 :: 2021.07.20 2:02pm :: edit 2021.07.20 2:48pm
Level 22 Chipist
post #144443 :: 2021.07.20 2:02pm
  JWPH liēkd this
@Razerek: I suppose the tracker you're talking about is this one: https://wiki.xxiivv.com/site/marabu.html

@puke7: To use Orca + Pilot, the .orca file should be enough, because you can drive the Pilot settings directly from Orca, through some special commands dedicated to the synth (using UDP).

I don't know much about Orca at the moment, I'm watching some tutorials, but it looks awesome...

I've seen from the main Orca page, the desktop version, using electron, is not very well advertised (the link will lead to the uxn version, which can be cool, but not very friendly for newcomers). You can find it there: https://hundredrabbits.itch.io/orca
Level 6 Criticist
post #144449 :: 2021.07.20 5:57pm
  garvalf liēkd this
That's a new spankin' sequencer right there, with some rather quirky features on its own (at least with its play grid). That being said, it'd definitely help reaching out to the devs themselves, for, let's say, if they don't mind this new "battle format" of their being used here, and also to report any seen bugs to them.

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