MacOS installation

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Automated Installation with TidalBootstrap

Unfortunately the tidal-bootstrap automated install is no longer working. Please get in touch via the chat or forum if you can help fix it. James Campbell created a simple bash script that works for a mostly hands-off (non-interactive) install. Please try it out here.

Manual Installation


Required Prerequisites

Before installing Tidal, make sure the following are installed first:

Optional Prerequisites

The following is optional, but highly recommended:

  • SC3 Plugins - you may need the SuperCollider sc3-plugins if you want to use any of the synths included in SuperDirt. Most of the examples in the documentation will still work, so you could skip this step and return to it later.

Install TidalCycles

In a terminal window, paste in these lines:

 . "$HOME/.ghcup/env"
 echo '. $HOME/.ghcup/env' >> "$HOME/.bashrc"
 cabal update
 cabal install tidal --lib

If you've never installed TidalCycles before, then the cabal install tidal --lib step may take some time. At the end of the command output, it should say Installed tidal-x.x.x (where x.x.x is the latest version number) without any errors.

Install SuperDirt

Start SuperCollider, and in the editor window paste in the following line of code:

   Quarks.checkForUpdates(); Quarks.install("SuperDirt", "v1.1")

Run the code by clicking on it, to make sure the cursor is on this line, then hold down Shift and press Enter. This will download SuperDirt and you will see it has completed when the Post Window displays:

... the class library may have to be recompiled.
-> SuperDirt

After it has completed, you will need to restart SuperCollider (or alternatively, recompile the class library via the “Language” menu).

Install Atom Extension

Start Atom, and install the TidalCycles plugin. You can find it via the menus under edit > settings > install, then typing “tidalcycles” into the search box.

Once it's installed, you'll need to change the "ghci path" setting for the tidalcycles package to the following: ~/.ghcup/bin/ghci

Once that’s all installed and configured, restart atom.

Install VS Code Extension

Start VS Code, and install the TidalCycles extension by searching the extensions marketplace. You can follow the instructions from here to ensure you know how to use it correctly.

Test Your Installation

Now you are ready to Start TidalCycles and SuperDirt for the first time.