Bidule: The new standard in modular audio software

The brainchild of Plogue Art et Technologie is a cross-platform application that is gaining recognition world-wide as the new standard in modular music software.

Bidule is used by thousands of musicians worldwide Bidulists from the all over the world have gathered on the forums at the Plogue Web site to get their questions about Bidule answered, as well as share their music and Bidule inventions.

Is this a familiar picture? Cables lead from a microphone input into a small digital effect. More cables connect the effect to a mixer. Elsewhere, a MIDI cable links a MIDI input to a synthesizer, which is in turn connected to a mixer. Old hat, right? Now, imagine this: the same single output socket sprouting no less than eight different cables connecting eight different effects.

It gets better: A sound is broken down into 256 individual bands, then each is tweaked one at a time in a unique way. As he performs, a musician decides to add an LFO to a synth’s filter cutoff knob, where no LFO existed before. Sound crazy? Not anymore. The new paradigm of computer audio can be summed up in two words: “real-time” and “modular” – both of which are embodied by one application…

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Bidule?!?

What’s in a name? The word “Bidule” is French  for “thingy” or “gadget”. Plogue is Québécois French slang for the verb “to plug”. Put ‘em together and what do you get? Software for plugging gadgets and thingies together. Got the picture?

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Features

Plogue Bidule’s many uses

Utilisez les modules DSP pour créer vos propres outils. Les modules de bas niveau de Bidule peuvent être joints pour programmer des instruments et effets uniques.

Create unique textures using our spectral manipulation tools

Transform audio in the spectral domain, with Bidule’s FFT modules. Time domain audio is split into two types of data, frequencies and magnitudes, which can be manipulated using a wide variety of spectral bidules.

Mix multichannel audio files offline or online, for complex ambisonic / surround mixes

Bidule can play and record multichannel audio files of up to 32 channels. These files can be manipulated in real-time (with multichannel audio hardware), or you can use Bidule’s offline mode to render ambisonic audio files at much faster speeds.

Save Bidule constructs as groups for later re-use

Any collection of bidules together in a layout can be saved as a bidule “group”. A group can exist either within a particular Bidule file, or you can save it as an independent file to share with other Bidule users. Bidule comes with a great selection of pre-made groups: effects, synthesizers, stochastic MIDI note generators, and more! The online group catalogue (available inside the application itself) allows you to browse through a list of free groups for downloading, created by none other than the Bidule community themselves!

Connect VST/AU plugins and Bidule groups to your favourite ReWire-capable sequencer

It’s easy to host any arrangement or layering of virtual instruments in Bidule, and connect these to a ReWire-capable sequencer application. Bidule can even synchronize plugins with the sequencer’s tempo.

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Requirements

Windows

  • CPU Speed:  1 GHz or Faster
  • Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (x86/x64)
  • OpenGL compatible video card
  • VST host if using the plug-in version

Mac

  • Any Intel-based Mac
  • OS X 10.6.8 and up
  • AU and/or VST host if using the plug-in version

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