You may donate to the development of Forester and other software projects.

I’m excited about making software again – those few who donated will be rewarded. 

Forester II ideas (no longer in development)….

Here is a little video of me testing the currents in Forester 2. Don’t have time to annotate the video I’m afraid, but im basically changing 4 parameters of the current using a midi controller – yes forester 2 will be easily midi controllable. How fast the sound ball thingies move depends on their size and the strength of the current.

Forester: magical sound creation For Mac & PC

DOWNLOAD Forester v1.4 (Mac Core2duo)

DOWNLOAD Forester v1.3 (Mac PPC)

DOWNLOAD Forester v1.3 (Win)

You may donate to the development of Forester and other software projects.

Well the time has come, Forester is all grown up and has started making radio appearances without me. If you live in the US you probably all ready know Electronic Musician magazine. Personally I’ve never seen it but huge respect to Len Sasso for trying to explain Forester on the radio. I’ve snipped the relevant part from the whole broadcast which originally broadcast June 18th 2008.

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you can hear the whole broadcast here

79 Comments to Software

January 13, 2010

Hi John, i love the program. I am curious, how not to hear/use the sounds you included from your album ( your sounds are included when a forest is created)? would love to try with imported sounds only.



Leafcutter John
January 13, 2010

click on the folder icon, then select a folder on your hard drive which contains aiff or wav files Forester will then pick some files from within that folder.



Leafcutter John
January 13, 2010

click on the folder icon, then select a folder on your hard drive which contains aiff or wav files Forester will then pick some files from within that folder.



sean sutton
January 16, 2010

how do you get this to work as an instrument plugin with protools for windows? i saw my professor using this software in class last week, but he didn’t tell us how to get it into protools.


Leafcutter John
January 19, 2010

Probably using rewire, I’m guessing. When in doubt ask a teacher – don’t they learn you nuffin at skool these dayz?

January 28, 2010

really impressive work. others have asked, so wondered whether it’s possible to see the max patch? Really like to see behind the graphics to know what exactly is going on…

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February 10, 2010

i like this very much,
but i have some questions and problems:
1) after i select a sample folder only few of the 6 sample slots get filled with the sample.
2)when i click on the “load again button”, most of the times no sample changes, and if i keep clicking after a while only 1 or 2 samples get changed.
3)when i move around the forest often there are long periods of silence, with only short perdiods of audio,in general silence is predominant.
i suppose these 3 problems are related to each other, but i don’t know why.
Then i wanted to know if there is any king of synch bpm going on with the loops or it’s just tempo free.

ph Neutre
March 9, 2010

Merci beaucoup pour ce génial utilitaire qui permet de créer des ambiances incroyables!

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March 17, 2010

looks awesome.. looking forward to experimenting with it.

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April 21, 2010

I love the sounds that are made possible by this program. Can anybody shed some light on how to use the “MIDI Setup” window? It would be awesome to have control over the red dot’s position using a device other than my mouse.

Joe McMahon
September 7, 2010

Thank you very much for Forester. I have a recording I made of gamelan samples transformed with Forester out on the JNN netlabel called Gamelan Collider.

i love
October 20, 2010

you all and I am available for marriage/for a price of course. Inquire withinnn.

Alessandro Rescio
October 30, 2010

Great stuff John, i’m looking forward to v2! (also windows version please)

What would be great is to control speed.

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November 4, 2010

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Mr SteamPunk
December 3, 2010


yes please make a windows version of Forester 2 too…
Thanks for even considering it :)

Mr. SP

February 4, 2011

amazing work! I love this tool within 5 minutes of use. Can’t wait to see 2.

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March 7, 2011

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April 21, 2012
August 21, 2012

This is a brilliant software. Just the kind of randomness I love working with. Thanks a lot mate, and do give a word if you ever make more software:)

tony maas
October 11, 2012

LOve your work, John. Just the kind of software I’ve been looking for.

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January 26, 2013

it’s not working any more on my PC,why? O_o

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June 6, 2013

forest walks will never be the same again!
thanks LCJ!

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