[flocking] More ready-to-go synth examples?

Colin Clark colin at colinclark.org
Sat Jun 4 16:21:17 UTC 2016

Hi Josh,

Flocking has a bunch of random distribution unit generators built in, including exponential, gamma, normal, pareto, triangular, and weibull distributions. There's not much in the way of documentation for them, but if you look at the "defaults" for each one, you can see which inputs they take:


These unit generators use the Sim.js random distributions library (which you can also use directly in your own code, since it ships with Flocking), which are documented here:


Hope this helps,


> On Jun 4, 2016, at 11:30 AM, Josh Peterson <joshkpete at gmail.com> wrote:
> Cool, thanks Colin.
> One thing I remember being really useful in supercollider is all of the random distributions you can generate really easily, and you can seed and make repeatable. For example: logarithmic, poisson, brownian noise. Does anyone know of some js libraries that provide something similar?
> On Jun 4, 2016 11:23 AM, "Colin Clark" <colin at colinclark.org <mailto:colin at colinclark.org>> wrote:
> Hi Josh,
> Documentation and lots of examples are certainly a weakness of Flocking at the moment. I'm slowly chipping away at a new 0.2.0 release, which will feature much better documentation and examples, but in the meantime I can't think of much to recommend for you aside from what's currently in the Playground and demos.
> There is this example of an analog-style synth: http://flockingjs.org/flocking-examples/ui-controls/synth-with-ui.html <http://flockingjs.org/flocking-examples/ui-controls/synth-with-ui.html>
> Source code is here: https://github.com/colinbdclark/flocking-examples/tree/master/ui-controls <https://github.com/colinbdclark/flocking-examples/tree/master/ui-controls>
> Perhaps others on the mailing list can suggest their own examples.
> Good luck with your hackathon!
> Colin
>> On Jun 4, 2016, at 12:16 AM, Josh Peterson <joshkpete at gmail.com <mailto:joshkpete at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> I’m thinking about using flocking for a hackathon type project this weekend - just want to quickly get up and running with some pre exisiting synths and make sort of a proof of concept. It’s great that synthdefs are json so they can be shared around so easily! Is there a good respository or other places to look to find some more developed instruments than what’s in the playground? If I could find a handful of instruments that already sound sort of interesting on their own, that would be a good starting point for my project.
>> Thank you!
>> Josh
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