SuperCollider client for ruby.
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Is a bare-bones SuperCollider livecoding library for Ruby, it provides comunication with a remote or local scsynth server and SynthDef creation with a in a similar way to Sclang.

SynthDef creation and sending is robust but some features are not implemented such as SynthDef variations and others I may not be aware of.

livecode.rb executable is located in the bin directory and a TextMate bundle included in extras permits livecoding from TextMate, comunication is thrugh *nix pipes. Similar functionality shouldn't be too dificult to implement from Emacs or Vim.


$ [sudo] gem install scruby

Scruby is just a SuperCollider client so SC must be installed on the system. There's a PPA for installing SC under Ubuntu:


require 'scruby'

s =
s.boot :fm do |freq, amp, dur|
  mod_env = d(600, 200, 100), d(0.7,0.3) ), 1, :timeScale => dur
  mod     = freq * 1.4, :mul => mod_env
  sig     = freq + mod
  env     = d(0, 1, 0.6, 0.2, 0.1, 0), d(0.001, 0.005, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7) ), 1, :timeScale => dur, :doneAction => 2
  sig     = sig * amp * env  0, [sig, sig]
end.send :fm, :freq => 220, :amp => 0.4, :dur => 1

To start a live coding session:

$ live



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