The amazing ride of ToneMatrix

I visited the Frankfurter Musikmesse 2 weeks ago and played with the Yamaha TENORI-ON. I thought, it would be much nicer when the triggered notes would force a wavemap to oscillate. It took me just a few hours to implement. The sound generation is basically a polyphone synthesizer with a simple delay with a variing read-offset to make the tones vibrating in the end. I am already addicted for myself to the cute sequences it always generates.

After uploading it on my laboratory the run began. I am counting more than 250.000 impressions, endless feedback, suggestions and even videos on Youtube. I will definitely put the sequencer in our AudioTool. But don’t expect an update before autumn. We are trying to make 1.0 a serious music application with sequencing, automation, modulation, audio-tracks, synthesizers and what not. So there is no time to enhance this little toy. But I have added at least Clipboard support to let you save your pattern to sequence of numbers. Unfortunately the audio output is very glitchy when the context-menu is running.

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216 thoughts on “The amazing ride of ToneMatrix”

  1. I’am the king of the world!

  2. I love my tune. Simple, but pretty.

  3. Great device. Would love to see and would buy a hardware version of it. With touchscreen for tone matrix. Add headphone or rca audio outs, battery and optional ac adapter, Would be great take to the woods or whereever music toy even useable in electronica music etc. Would also play mine if had hardware version thru my korg kaos pad 3 at times. Thanks for creating this nifty online thing. Now to get ya to make and market a hardware touch matrix tone generator like it. Lol.

  4. Is there any way you can get this to play on your computer with no internet connection? I tried saving the web page, and that didn’t work.

    I teach elementary school, and would like to use this as a 21st century accompaniment for a musical composition that my kids will write.

  5. It’s my first time here i heard of it from a friend but here is my first one


  6. Yes, ToneMatrix is excellent. And I wholeheartedly agree with the poster that said it’d make a great iPhone app (I’d also like to see it available for Windows Mobile devices, which I use extensively). Anyway, it’s great.



  7. This is fantastic, I love it! Thank you so much! Colors would be great if you could put them in. I’m going to be trying the patterns others have listed.

  8. Hi, i was wondering in the second paragraph if where you talking about updating the ToneMatrix or audio toy?(i am aware this may be a… for lack of better word “stupid” question. Please reply to the email i have provided.

  9. Hopefuly you’ll see all the comments here and at the bottom of the page the tonematrix is supposed to be on, because at first I thought it was my computer, but no one seems to be able to play it anymore and we’re all sad.

    It’s truely amazing.

  10. Please fix ToneMatrix, it made my days better. also as a music major it was the best to show to all my friends.

  11. PLEASE write this as a plug-in for industry-standard audio software like Reason, Logic, DP, ProTools!

    I’d pay $50 for it, more if I could assign different instruments to different rows… :)

  12. 114702,81930,114702,0,122908,73748,122908,0,122936,73768,122936,0,127088,110672,127088,0

    if you like it better put a ring on it

  13. What notes do you use in it???

    It would really help me in composing for my GCSE’s =]

    I made a really cool song

  14. Beautiful and so fun to play with. Make me feel like I’m writing Underworld songs.
    I would love to see this as an android app. Add some length, ability to loop sections. I’d pay for that!

  15. how can I try out the tone matrix myself!
    I got an e-mail from Kim Komando’s cool site of the day, but it does not tell me where to get it??? please help me!!!!!

  16. I still love playing around with my Ensoniq SQ80 onboard sequencer, but the ToneMatrix is just so fun & addictive. Thanks for sharing.

  17. OMG! i love this ^_^
    but too bad coz i wanna save the tunes i mixed. :(
    but anyway, this is really something. :D

  18. You might like Bram Bos’ Lunchbox Battles as well – a very rudimentary beat creator that would hook nicely to Tonematrix.

  19. Just found ToneMatrix yesterday. The combination of simplicity, creativity, and just about everything else is fantastic. I only wish it was possible to increase the number of notes before it repeated.

  20. I first found this cuz Moby mentioned it on fb. What I love about it is I enjoy music but have never gotten very far with learning to play any instrument. eye/brain/(adhd)/hands just don’t work well. But visually creating and spacing patterns (i’m a fairly good artist)that create the music is extra fun. The whole discovery process is great. Simple > Complex > strip down a different way. Thank You!!!! Much fun.

  21. do you know RjDj – This would be a great scene for it – no need to develop your own app!

  22. I have been letting my music students play with this all week. Plugged my computer into my surround sound amp. and projected it onto a Promethean smart board. The kids loved it! The whole school is buzzing about it.

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