March 25th, 2010 – I’ve written about Hobnox’s AudioTool before, a browser-based app that allows you to play around with emulations of drum machines, synths, and the ToneMatrix (a Monome-esque grid sequencer). At the time, it was fun toy to play around with, but I found it hard to create anything meaningful.
The new Firestarter has changed up the formula a fair bit. Now, along with a much improved interface and snappier performance, Audiotool Firestarter has added multiple tracks which is a big step up. The community is also interactive now, allowing you to hear and remix the tracks of other members. I should say, that even though that Audiotool runs quite a bit smoother now, it’s still a hungry beast, so add those effects sparingly.