Noatikl 3

Generative Music Composer

Love experimenting with music systems or creating new music ideas? Then get Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan, for both generative MIDI music composition AND sound design.

3.3.5 - 7 Oct 16

Noatikl 3

Generative Music Composer

Create fascinating live soundscapes

Love experimenting with music systems or creating new music ideas? Then get Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan, for both generative MIDI music composition AND sound design.

Users say of Noatikl: "the only serious generative music composition tool on IOS", "Very deep, very unique and intelligent. Good MIDI implementation.", "my go-to generative App... endless possibilities for generative sounds", "by far the most unique and complex modular music maker in the AppStore. You'll get addicted!", "5 stars is not enough". More in Reviews.

What others say

Computer Music Magazine described Noatikl, our evolution of award-winning SSEYO Koan Pro, as "One of the best interactive composition tools on the market" and said "Noatikl picks up where Captain Eno's beloved Koan left off". More in Reviews.

What is it?

Noatikl (pronounced "noh – tickle") is a 16 track MIDI generating powerhouse with 120+ parameters. Many generative music templates are included and MIDI out support lets you drive external MIDI synths/samplers. It also features the integral Partikl Sound Engine (PSE) which lets you design/use portable complex stereo synth networks - great for rich and evolving sounds in shareable pieces. The PSE supports SoundFonts (SF2) / DLS Wavetables and includes many modulatable sound units, FX units and quality SF2. It also incorporates the Noatikl (MIDI) Music Engine (NME). Versions are available for both Desktop and Mobile.

What you can do with Noatikl

Key Noatikl parameters

For in depth information concerning Noatikl's range of parameters and MIDI Note & Controller generation see the NME Guide. For information concerning modular synth sound generation & FX see the PSE Guide.

Why Generative Music?

Generative Music is "endless music created by a system". People want to explore it for a whole host of reasons - from wanting to create new ideas to break creative block to an urge to try something different; from pure musical curiosity to wanting to create endless music with a system; from reading about it to - well, you will have your own reasons!

As with learning any instrument, to fashion the best music requires patience, experimentation and the honing of skills. As you master it you will find Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan, opens up rich new musical seams ready for your creative attention.

Noatikl's roots

Noatikl is the evolution of the SSEYO Koan Generative Music system used in the 90s by Brian Eno et al, and it is still evolving today.

Noatikl's developers

Noatikl is created by Tim Cole and Pete Cole, creators of the 2001 BAFTA-award winning SSEYO Koan Interactive Audio Platform, the 2005 BAFTA-award winning SSEYO miniMIXA, Liptikl (2007+) and Mixtikl (2008+).

We bring to this product the 25+ years of experience we have of developing generative music engines, and a past user base who is keen to see what we can do next. Noatikl is much more powerful and versatile than Koan ever was.

For those interested in knowing more background, see the SSEYO history.

New in Noatikl 3

Summary

Noatikl 3 is a big release for us and a lot of work has gone into it. Most of the technical changes we've mave have been in the integral Partikl Sound Engine (PSE). We've made those to improve and extend Noatikl's sonic capabilities so you can create even cooler ambient music. We've also included a bunch of top new templates that take advantage of that work.

I've got Noatikl 2, do I need to get Noatikl 3?

Save big - get Noatikl 3 for iOS in a bundle!

Here's what's new:

  • Many gorgeous new templates that take advantage of the uprated Partikl Sound Engine 3 (PSE 3). New template paks include: Ambiences, Arps, BellsGlasses, Drones, MelodicPads, Melodics, Strings, Weirdness, Windharps.
  • Major PSE 3 enhancements:
    • Now supports stereo and more advanced synth & fx networks, allowing richer & more interesting sonic capabilities and complete sound "presets"
    • Network Editor and all 17 PSE Sound & FX unit UIs have been significantly reworked for much easier use, control and accessibility (iOS version)
    • Greatly improved Wavetable Sound Unit now supports stereo SF2 (SoundFont) samples (up to 24bit), allows modulation of pitch, pan, amp, portamento parameters and has an integrated envelope editor (linear/log) - all useful for sound shaping e.g. nice smooth ambient sounds
    • Improved the PSE-included IM SF2 wavetables with extended "IM Synths" and all new "IM NT3-MT7" = more sounds!
    • Selectable "Tap to Edit" option in the PSE Network Editor helps to reduce the number of interactions required to make changes
    • Amp and Pan controls added to several PSE Sound Units allowing more compact synth networks
    • "Note on Random" option added to PSE LFO Unit to allow sample/hold style control
  • Listening Voice (scriptless, silent) [Noatikl 3.2.1+] that listens out for monophonic MIDI Input and can be followed by Follows Voice
  • As well as the PSE units, all of Noatikl iOS has been reworked for accessibility for blind & visually impaired users
  • Support for AudioBus 2 and Audiobus Remote Trigger and transport control (iOS version)
  • Both iOS and macOS versions support iCloud (Note: 3.1+ macOS version requires Noatikl 3.1+ for iOS)
  • Publish/share your generative music creations as wotjas (via Wotja , available separately)
  • Option in Settings to show / hide the older, but still included, Noatikl 2 templates
  • Simplified & improved the Noatikl 3 UI colour scheme
  • Updated the noatikl file format to accomodate the new PSE 3 capabilities
  • Several minor UI improvements (iOS version)
  • All fixes included in final NT2 update
  • New icon!
  • See also this forum post

Reviews

Magazines

Computer Music Value Award Computer Music

"One of the best interactive composition tools on the market"

"Noatikl is the coup de grace in the fight against creative block"

"Offers serious built-in tone generation via Intermorphic's PSE modular synthesis, sampling and MIDI environment"

"It would take us page upon page to convey the wealth of goodies in Noatikl 2"

"Capable of truly inspiring progressions"

Musicappblog.com in depth review of Noatikl 3

"Noatikl 3 is a very clever bit of software"

Computer Music Performance Award Computer Music #126 (June 2008)

"Noatikl picks up where Captain Eno's beloved Koan left off"

"a superb resource for ideas, and a sure-fire cure for writer's block"

"that killer hook could very well spring forth from noatikl's musical stream..."

"those with an open mind may find Noatikl to be their ideal collaboration partner"

"the results were always intriguing and, more importantly, musical"

"the sky is really the limit"

"ambient musicians will eat it up"

"Noatikl is one of the most comprehensive (generative music systems) we've seen"

Users

"Noatikl has gone through many iterations and continues to be the best generative music MIDI software available. There is a bit of a learning curve but no other software lets you build and generate such amazing combinations of sounds with as much or as little control as you desire. You can build sound patterns and have them morph gradually. You can ridgidly tell every voice what to do or better yet just “nudge” each voice into a desired key, scale range and turn them loose. I’ve used both the mobile version on the iPad and the desktop version with Logic X and it is by far my favorite way to compose and generate music. It is just astounding how deep the options go - put in the time to learn it and you won’t be able to stop."

"this is the greatest generative playground... Very deep and inspiring"

"Good ideas generator for writers block."

"for the last several hours Noatikl has been playing in the background and I totally forgot what was creating the music. Noatikl is the best generative ambient music app I've seen for iOS so far! Better than and it is as melodic as Drone FX... it is at least as configurable as Soundscaper but Noatikl is more melodic and has smoother sound and texture transitions."

"my go-to generative App ... endless possibilities for generative sounds..."

"This is the only serious generative music composition tool on IOS"

"This is by far the most unique and complex modular music maker in the AppStore. You'll get addicted! "

"there is nothing like this on the iPad - please don't confuse this generative app with the "ping-pong" sound generators that pretend to be generative."

"Incredible world of generated music - a must have!"

"very intuitive and I was able to run Animoog and Addictive Synth through the midi out with stunning results. 5 stars is not enough."

"Outstanding App and a must for anybody interested in generative music."

"Very deep, very unique and intelligent. Good MIDI implementation."

"Whether you just looking for a little inspiration or want to create a whole ambient track, everything here is really possible."

"I've only been using [Noatikl] for 10 minutes & love it already. Thank you!"

"I use Noatikl EVERY SINGLE DAY! for something, it has become an essential component of my personal artistic procedure."

Loopy C, USA

"Noatikl stretches the boundaries of conventional music composition & I love it! Composers can now program generative variations in their music that can be subtle or extreme. Its programmability gives me as much or as little control as I want to produce music that is alive and constantly evolving."

Jamuud of Loop Guru

"Noatikl is the most exciting and inspiring piece of software in my studio."

Mark Harrop, UK

"Noatikl remains one of those rare examples of audio software that continues to challenge and defy... I love it dearly"

Tim Didymus, UK

"Now getting stuck into Noatikl with Synplant. Brilliant combination. Just sit back and listen to the fireworks."

"Loved Koan Pro. Found a mention of Noatikl on a web site. I am so happy that Koan Pro has a sucessor. Noatikl is a truly marvelous program."

&"With even minimal effort, the musicality of Noatikl is astonishing. Great control over musical dimensions. Love the scripting feature."

" I purchased Noatikl yesterday and hadn't fiddled with it for 30 minutes before realizing it is the software I've been dreaming about for the past ten years. By the end of the day, I put the finishing touches on a new age / ambient piece that could easily work in a movie soundtrack. I've evaluated and own nearly every fractal, algorithmic and generative music production tool available on the internet. There are some remarkable products out there, but none, absolutely NONE of them match noatikl's brilliant balance of musical density without technical complexity. For my purposes, you've delivered exactly what I've been looking for. I'm a software developer by day and the last thing I want to do with my leisure time is try to wrap my head around yet another tool with a steep learning curve or something that demands a doctorate's understanding of music theory to get anything interesting out of it. I want a tool that takes care of the theory and the 'grunt work' and allows me to play with and sculpture sound the way a child plays in a sandbox. This is what Noatikl delivers; here is Noatikl's genius."

"I can't tell you how long I have wished for a program like this! Noatikl is both the most powerful and easiest to use composing tool available. I am not talking about loops and canned music that lets you pretend you are on a writing streak, I am talking about a program that enables you be the architect of your own music while it takes care of (the execution of notes) the brick laying."

"it is interesting, this user community for noatikl. if something binds us, it is the word composer, it seems. we have very different needs. and yet, we have a common need to express ourselves, in the language of our choice. what noatikl graciously provides all of us is a means to that end. it reminds all of us, i believe . . . is that our collective reach . . . is somewhat beyond our grasp . . . but never . . . never, inescapable."

"I love your app, the price is more than fair given that the ideas it generates are priceless. You guys are putting a lot of work in and I appreciate that something so boutique is accessible to the masses. Keep up the good work!"

"I've had experience with some great composition programs. But in terms of instantly bringing about good musical ideas & inspiration, Noatikl exceeds them all hands down!"

"I downloaded the demo of Noatikl not knowing what to expect, and instantly knew this was the cure for writers block I have been hoping for."

"I have to give you folks a huge complement on the interface of your product. It's just a huge pleasure to work with. I'm not a real fan of software mostly, fiddling with knobs and buttons is way more engaging....but Noatikl is just such a kick, and it's real time malleable, it just continues to reward, it always gives you one more idea to try out. Very cool."

"Within the heart of intermorphic's software lies an original and most musical "soul", incorporating a brain of pure and true intuition - Noatikl defies any possible single quote."

"It's been a long, long time since I've been this enthusiastic about trying to create music. It's like being a kid again and receiving a new toy day, after day, after day. Thanks for a great product."

"I'm pumping the MIDI CC from Noatikl through Logic. I'm amazed with Noatikl's simplicity and power, thank you very much for this. "

&"Noatikl is a very remarkable and unique piece of software, congrats!"

"Whatever you have in your plug folder, you don't have anything remotely approaching the algorithmic composition facilities in noatikl. Combining uniqueness & depth with unmatched support, Noatikl points beyond synths & effects, toward sophisticated compositional tools that aid not just sound-making but song-making." "So far, (Intermorphic has) the best support of any plug-maker I've encountered! IMHO, Noatikl is well worth the price even at this early stage in its development history."

"A few months ago, I came to and bought your software, that I am enjoying so much. You simply have made one of the most powerful sound environments ever made. I am every day more amazed."

"Noatikl is alive ... all you do is wake it up or put it to sleep. Once awake, it draws you into it's world. It's like it takes whatever I give it and hands me back music as if to say 'See ... this what can be done, here! You like?' Much more often than not I have to answer ... Yes!!"

"Noatikl is most interesting software for modern avantgard music. I think it is some step to the future of music - the world of future with people and machine will cooperate with their strong side - fast and absolutely logic of machine's brain and sense of art test and beautiful of the man intellect."

"I instantly knew Noatikl was the cure for writers block I have been hoping for."

"I have come to the conclusion that Noatikl is a damn amazing piece of software. it has certainly inspired me in my creations. thanks for a great program."

"Discovering Noatikl is like discovering the sounds of the natural world for the first time - the chaos patter of raindrops, the patient swell of the sea, the conspiratorial whispers of the wind - and then being handed the power to do with them as you will."

"With Noatikl, my computer has suddenly become a porous surfboard of interactive listening with no end in sight...an open door into open sound."

"Sometimes I stay up until 2:00 AM playing with Noatikl. Love it."

"I have Noatikl. LOVE IT! What a great thing."

"Noatikl is not a toy. Noatikl is a flowing river of sound, a polyphonic flamethrower of music with a deceptively simple interface. Try the demo and you're hooked."

Key Features

Music Examples

Below are 1-2 minute MP3 recordings of beautiful ambient Noatikl 3 pieces made from our templates. There are also a couple of Tiklbox pieces and a custom wotja, too. They're snapshots of generative pieces that can play for hours!

Reading this on iOS device? If you've got Wotja (if not, get Wotja FREE 3) then click the Wotja Music URL [WJURL] to play it live!

WJURL FAQ


Wotja File (see FAQ) / Recording WJURL
"Demo - Arp love"
"Demo - Bells and pulse"
"Demo - Calm trails"
"Demo - Cosmic"
"Demo - Ebb and flow"
"Demo - Piano and glass"
"Tiklbox Calm 5" [NT File*]
"Tiklbox Relax 6" [NT File*]
"Peace... #RemixMe 🐠" (wotja)

* On iOS/macOSS the NT file will load directly in Noatikl if you have the Noatikl App installed.

Recordings Made by Others

Another way to get a feel for what Noatikl can do is to check out some recordings of how people have used it. For links to some excellent recordings see:


You can also hear it in action, live. Either:

Screens

Click the image below to see a range of screenshots.

Videos

Below are a couple of short videos of Noatikl 3 for iPad (the iPhone version is the same but smaller, and it is here if you want to see it!), as well as a couple of slightly longer ones

In the first we merge 3 new templates together, add a delay, change chording, change a Wavetable Unit pitch and then use drifting to create some live mixing. In the second we show how to remix a sonically complex piece, change pitch, DSynth parameter settings and reassign MIDI channels. In the final two we show how to create some Noatikl pieces and then tweet/share them via Wotja.

Note: See also the Wotja videos with Noatikl elements (such as the one below); there are some useful Noatikl tips and techniques in there, too!

Getting Started on iPad (1 min)

Creating and Mixing a Noatikl Piece (2 mins)

Creating a Custom Noatikl Backing for Wotja (3 mins)

Creating a Noatikl Piece and sharing via Wotja (4 mins)


Written Tutorials

You will also find links to tutorial information in the Noatikl Forum.

Other Videos

Subject Link
General Intermorphic Channel
All Intermorphic videos

YouTube

Mark Harrop Channels
All Mark Harrop videos, which include a number related to Noatikl

Vimeo

YouTube

Subject Link
Pete Cole Channels
Pete Cole's historical Noatikl videos

Vimeo

YouTube

Noatikl 2 Mobile - Tutorial 1
  • Learn how to: Launch, Open piece, Play, Blend, Drift, Pin, Save synth preset, Merge pieces, Save piece, Edit piece name.

YouTube

by Tim Cole

Noatikl 2 Mobile - Tutorial 2
  • Learn how to: Change Synth preset, Copy/Paste a voice, Solo, Edit voice name, Change pitch, Change voice type, Change pattern, Export.

YouTube

by Tim Cole

Noatikl 2 Desktop Standalone
  • Creating your first piece with Noatikl 2 Desktop Standalone.

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 2 Desktop Audio Plugins
  • Creating your first piece with Noatikl 2 Desktop Audio Plugin (VST / Reaper).

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Desktop Mac

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Desktop Windows
  • Creating your first simple MIDI piece with Noatikl Desktop Standalone for Windows.

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 VSTi & Cubase
  • Setting-up Noatikl VSTi to work with Cubase under 3 Mac and Windows so you can target your favourite software synths. Written steps here.
  • Template Project zip

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 VSTi & Sonar
  • Setting-up Noatikl 1 VSTi to work with Sonar 6 under Windows so you can target your favourite software synths. Written steps here.
  • Template project zip

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Sonar
  • Setting-up Noatikl 1 Standalone to work with Sonar under Windows so you can target your favourite software synths.
  • Template Project zip

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Logic

Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Noatikl 1 AU (Audio Unit) & Logic
  • Follows-on from the Noatikl Standalone with Logic tutorial, and shows you how to use Noatikl AU plugin with Logic as an alternative.
  • Template Project zip

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Cubase SE
  • Setting-up Noatikl 1 Standalone to work with Cubase SE so you can target your favourite software synths.
  • Template Project zip

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 AU (Audio Unit) & GarageBand

Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Note to MIDI CC conversion
  • How to use note to MIDI controller conversion to create a system of MIDI control that conforms to the musical compositional rules in noatikl.

Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Noatikl 1 & Mix Automation in Logic 8
  • Detailed walk-through of how to set up Logic 8 to enable MIDI continuous controllers sent from Noatikl to hook into Logic's internal fader message system. This powerful technique places virtually all synth, plug-in and channel strip parameters under direct generative control.

Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Generative tempo control in Logic Pro
  • Demo of how to set up Logic to allow Noatikl to generate tempo variations whilst maintaining full MIDI sync.

Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Authoring Tutorial - St Ive's song 07 dissected
  • Detailed breakdown of the St Ives Song 07, exploring the techniques used in Noatikl to create the piece, including the use of rhythmic, following and ambient voice types, rule definition and chord creation. Also looks at one way to exploit velocity controlled sample switching

Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Downloads

Zip download issues? See FAQ here.

Noatikl 3 is not a free upgrade for Noatikl 2. For Noatikl 2 final versions see Software Archive.

iOS App Version Download
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iOS 8.2+

App Bundle

Noatikl 3
3.3.5 - 7 Oct 16
iOS 8.1+
Noatikl 3 at the App Store
macOS App Version Download
Noatikl 3 (64-bit)
Desktop Standalone
3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16
macOS 10.9+ (64-bit)
Installation
Noatikl 3 at the Mac App Store
See also Audio Unit Plugin below
Noatikl 3 (64-bit)
Desktop Audio Plugin (Audio Unit)
3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16
macOS 10.9+ (64-bit)

49.86 MB Zip

FREE for Noatikl 3 Mac App Store customers
Win App Version Download
Noatikl 3 (64-bit)
Desktop Standalone
3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16
Windows 10 (64-bit)
30 day Trial

49.34 MB Zip

IM Licence

Installation | Product Key
See also Audio Unit Plugin below
Noatikl 3 (64-bit)
Desktop Audio Plugin (VST)
3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16
Windows 10 (64-bit)
30 day Trial

48.59 MB Zip

FREE for Noatikl 3 IM Licence customers
Installation | Product Key
All User Guide Download
Noatikl 3 User Guide (Web/HTML)
3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16

0.98Mb PDF

NME 3 User Guide (Web/HTML)
3.3.0 - 08 Sept 16

0.60Mb PDF

PSE 3 User Guide (Web/HTML)
3.0 C - 22 Apr 16

0.89Mb PDF

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mac/Win Desktop Audio Plugins (AUi/VSTi):

  • The Plugins are 64-bit (only) and we test only with Logic / Reaper (Mac) and Reaper (Windows). They should run fine in other DAW hosts but before you purchase a licence we strongly recommend you try the trial version, if available, in your DAW Host to ensure it works fine for you. Please also refer to our community forums if you need help with those DAWs.

Noatikl 3 Mac macOS PC Requirements (Desktop Standalone/Audio Plugin):

  • 64-bit macOS 10.9 or later; 250 MB hard disk space, 512MB RAM; Intel Mac; 64-bit (Universal binary installed). Please note that Noatikl runs as a 64-bit application only.
  • Audio Unit Plugin (AUi): Provided "As is" and free for customers who purchase or who have purchased Noatikl at the Mac App Store. This is not a trial version and activation requires installation of Noatikl 3+. See installation instructions. Requires an AU host configured for 64-bit operation.

Noatikl 3 Windows PC Requirements (Desktop Standalone/Audio Plugin):

  • 64-bit Windows 10; 250 MB hard disk space, 512MB RAM.
    • Note: It seems to run just fine on Windows 7 and 8, but we no longer officially support or test on those. There is a trial version, so why not give it a try?
  • VST Plugin (VSTi): The Product Key to unlock this is included when purchasing a licence for Noatikl Desktop Standalone for Windows. Requires a VST host configured for 64-bit operation.
  • The software downloads linked to above are 30 day Trial Versions. They require restarting every 3 minutes until you have purchased and entered the relevant Product Key (see our WebStore).
Noatikl 3 iOS Device Requirements:
  • iOS 8.1+ or later; iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Noatikl for iOS is a universal binary and supports standard and retinal displays for iPhone and iPad. The iOS version does not support Scripting, Listening voices or MIDI transport controls.

Linux users:

Archive (S/W, PDFs)

Noatikl Software Archive

Key: Forum Post (information) link < --- > [Download or Store link]

iOS Requirements (unless otherwise stated):

  • iOS 8.1+

Noatikl 2 for iOS:

Desktop OS Requirements (unless otherwise stated):

  • 64-bit Mac OSX 10.7+; 64-bit/32-bit Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, 8

Noatikl 2 Desktop for Mac:

Noatikl 2 Desktop Audio Plugins (AUi/VSTi) for Mac:

Noatikl 2 Desktop Standalone & Audio Plugin (VSTi) for Windows:

Noatikl 1 Desktop Standalone & Audio Plugins (AUI/VSTi) for Mac:

Noatikl 1 Desktop Standalone & Audio Plugins for Windows:

Noatikl PDF Archive

Noatikl NT Version [Doc Rev] / Date / Size
English 3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16 [0.98Mb]
English 2.8.1 / A / Sept 10 2015 [1.2Mb]
NME NME Version [Doc Rev] / Date / Size
English 3.3.0 - 08 Sept 16 [0.59Mb]
English 2.0 / C / 10 Sept 2015 [0.60Mb]
PSE PSE Version [Doc Rev] / Date / Size
English 3.0 C - 22 Apr 16 [0.89Mb]
English 2.0 / B / 10 Sept 2015 [1.30Mb]