Frequently Asked Questions
How does AudioCipher work?
The app works by taking text from you, the user, and translating it letter by letter into music notes. Our homebrewed algorithm does this for you automatically, so all you have to do is type in words and drag them to your MIDI instrument.
The melodic encryption technique we use was made popular by French composers in the late 19th century, which is why historians called it the
"French method" of music cryptography.
Below you can find a more detailed breakdown of how AudioCipher's algorithm works:
When you select a note in AudioCipher, this determines the first cell of the chart. The scale that you select (major, minor, chromatic) determines how many cells are in the chart and which notes are in the scale.
For the two diatonic scales, there are seven columns, whereas the chromatic (12-note) scale has twelve columns. AudioCipher's algorithm wraps the English alphabet around the number of columns produced by the scale.
When you type in a word, AudioCipher uses the alphabet portion of the table to match with the top row. Each letter corresponds to a note in the musical scale.
As a result, when you type in a five letter word, you get a five note MIDI sequence. A twenty letter phrase will produce a twenty note MIDI sequence, and so forth.
What should I do with the notes I get from AudioCipher?
The short answer is... anything you want!
To get started, we recommend opening an existing project and using AudioCipher to experiment. This will allow you to build within an existing sonic environment and you won't feel weighed down by the pressure to improve the mix.
When you translate a word or phrase and get your first notes, try using it as the basis of a lead melody or bass line. It might not sound right at first. You need to give it rhythm and arrange the notes to get everything in the pocket. AudioCipher applies the same 8th note rhythm to all MIDI output, so you can bring it to life based on what the song calls for.
We encourage you to stay in a mindset of exploration and experimentation. So for example, try writing a tune based on your friend's name. Or try setting up three MIDI instruments and drag in related words like "Blue" "Yellow" and "Red" to see how the notes harmonize.
Most important, remember that AudioCipher is here to inspire and free you from songwriter's block. When you go into it with an attitude of curiosity, you get the most out from it.
Where do I find my Ableton Live AudioCipher plugin?
To get started, use the VST3 installer provided in your AudioCipher download. When that installation is successful, open up Ableton Live.
You'll need to be sure that VST3 are turned ON in your preferences:
Once you've done that, you should find the AudioCipher Technologies folder in your Plugin directory as shown here:
Simply click on the AudioCipher folder to open the plugin.
Where do I find my AudioCipher Logic Pro Plugin?
To get started, use the Logic Pro installer provided in your AudioCipher download. When that installation is successful, open up Logic Pro.
You'll need to have a software instrument loaded up. Once you do, select the information icon at the top left of your DAW and then click the MIDI FX button highlighted below:
Once you've done that, you should find the AudioCipher Technologies folder in your MIDI Plugin directory as shown here:
Simply click on the AudioCipher plugin to open it in your DAW.
Can I use AudioCipher without Logic or Ableton?
Yes, absolutely! We provide a standalone application that will work with any DAW as long as it supports MIDI. This app is provided with the core AudioCipher package.
In fact, the standalone app has extra playback functionality on the interface that the plugins don't. This allows you to play back word-melodies as you work on them, prior to dragging them into your DAW.
What is the SoundSponge music production community?
SoundSponge is offering a free, private community of 100+ music producers that share feedback and resources with each other. They also curate a weekly podcast focused on popular culture and hip hop.
We feel it's important that our userbase has a place to go to share their music with others. That's why AudioCipher partnered with SoundSponge to deliver an inspiring and positive environment where you can share your music experiments and audiociphers with others.
When you purchase AudioCipher, you'll receive an invite to the community Discord channel to connect with the others.
Should I expect any hidden charges or recurring fees?
AudioCipher has only one product. There are no hidden fees and no recurring charges associated with purchasing or downloading it. The Discord channel is completely free.
What is your refund policy?
All sales are final. AudioCipher is a purely digital product and as an early phase application, no licensing identifiers are in place to activate or disable use of the app once it's been downloaded. For this reason, we cannot issue refunds for AudioCipher.
If you have technical issues with installing the app,
Why am I not seeing playback buttons on my copy of AudioCipher?
The playback functionality is available on the standalone application, which comes with your package. If you open the AudioCipher plugin from your DAW, you will need to drag the midi onto an instrument for playback.
We opted for this simplified MIDI FX/VST3 interface after discovering bugs that occur when your local machine and DAW have mismatched buffer/sample rates. By removing the playback from your plugin, that bug was eliminated and memory consumption went down siginifcantly.
You do always have the option of running our standalone app and dragging MIDI directly into your DAW.
If I create new music with AudioCipher, will you feature it?
Yes, we welcome everyone to submit music to us if it was made with AudioCipher! Use the contact form to introduce yourself and share a link to your music. If we think it's a good fit for the platform we'll follow up with further submission instructions.
Is AudioCipher a random note generator?
No, there are some fundamental differences between AudioCipher and a random note generator.
The primary difference is that word(s) you enter with AudioCipher will always produce the same notes. So while you may not know in advance what the notes will be, this doesn't mean that they're random.
The notes produced by AudioCipher are like a melodic code. Within the "DNA" of your AudioCipher output is the secret text you entered. Anyone who types those same words will get that same output, which means you can play with friends and see what each person does to transform it into a song.
In contrast, a random note generator produces a meaningless strings of notes with no underlying purpose. If two people used the same random note generator, they would get different notes.
If you approach the AudioCipher app with the attitude that the output is meaningless, then that is the quality of experience you'll get. But if you type in words that are interesting to you and create a piece of music around that seed concept, you come out with an entirely new artform, the likes of which we've not seen in modern music.