The Faust Open Source Software Competition aims at promoting innovative high-quality free audio software developed with Faust, a functional programming language for realtime signal processing and sound synthesis. The competition is sponsored by GRAME, Centre National de Création Musicale Faust Awards 2016

Faust Award 2016 to Ambitools

The Faust Award 2016 was attributed by an international committee composed of :

  • Jean-Louis Giavitto (IRCAM, Paris, France),
  • Albert Graef (Johannes Gutenberg U., Mainz, Germany),
  • Pierre Jouvelot (Ecole des Mines, Paris, France),
  • Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth U., Maynooth, Ireland),
  • Romain Michon (Stanford U., Palo Alto, USA)
  • Yann Orlarey (GRAME, Lyon, France),
  • Dave Phillips (musician, journalist, and educator, USA)
  • Laurent Pottier (U. Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France),
  • Julius Smith (Stanford U., Palo Alto, USA)

to Ambitools, a set of tools for real-time 3D sound field synthesis using higher order ambisonics (HOA).

Ambitools is developed by Pierre Lecomte, a PhD candidate at Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers and Sherbrooke University. The core of the sound processing is written in Faust. The tools contain HOA encoders, decoders, binaural-filters, HOA signals transformations, spherical VU-Meter, etc. and can be compiled in various plug-ins format under Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.

The jury praised the quality and the usefulness of Ambitools: a really useful and technically advanced Faust app and an impressive technical achievement ! Check the demo.

The committee was also very impressed by the quality of two other projects :

  • Voice of Faust, a voice synthesizer/effects machine by Bart Brouns (demo).
  • PMix, a graphical patcher, preset interpolator and JIT compiler for FAUST by Oliver Larkin (demo).

Faust Student Software Competition to TouchVoices

In parallel to the main competition, we introduced this year a junior competition: the Faust Student Software Competition, intended to promote small but interesting Faust applications, typically written as student projects.

The student prize was awarded to TouchVoices (by Pierre-Adrien Théo, RIM Master student at University Jean Monnet) a real-time web application allowing to capture, playback and transform sound loops. Here is a video of Pierre-Adrien Théo during a performance with TouchVoices.

A very close competitor was SuperBeatRepeater (by Vincent Rateau, of SuperDirt fame), a sample accurate beat repeater. Don’t miss the demo!