Exploded Views Media has announced HyperTunes, a new iOS music sequencer app that frees composers from the multitrack timeline.
HyperTunes lets composers/songwriters express music directly in terms of musical structure, such as verse-chorus-bridge song forms. It also lets them collect and organize any number of musical patterns, song fragments, and songs within the app, all ready to “plug and play” in a new song with just a few touches.
Unlike other music studio software, in which songs are recorded and edited on a linear, multitrack timeline, HyperTunes represents song sections and instrument parts as discrete elements that can be readily navigated and reorganized even on a small screen, even one-handed. This structured approach helps users focus on the big picture as they compose – like trying out different variations of a song form – rather than getting bogged down in note-by-note tweaking on the timeline. Ready access to virtually all of one’s musical ideas and assets means new songs get off the ground quickly through the use of stock parts, and allows ideas not used in one project to be easily recycled in later projects, rather than getting lost and forgotten.
“I’ve owned lots of Digital Audio Workstations and hardware sequencers, and recently several mobile music studios too. They’re all fantastic for recording and mixing, but none of them let me try different song ideas as quickly and easily as I wanted,” explained Exploded Views Media founder James Mahoney. “I wanted to explore song variations with the same fluidity that I can explore melodies or chord progressions on a musical instrument.”
HyperTunes is designed to be as accessible to non-musicians and beginning composers as it is powerful for seasoned pros.
Flexible creative process – Start from a song form and plug in instrument parts later, the way a painter might sketch out a piece before filling in the details. Or, work in a more exploratory manner, adding one new section at a time. Rearrange the entire song in one step, just by selecting a different song form from the extensive built-in menu, or by typing in your own custom form.
Intelligent sequencing – Assign an instrument part to a section and HyperTunes automatically transposes it to fit; reorder sections and it automatically merges pickup notes to make the transitions seamless.
Powerful analysis tool – Rapidly break up existing songs into their component sections, so that you can freely rearrange them, repurpose their parts in new songs, mash them up with other songs, or simply as way of learning from great songs.
General MIDI format – Import original content and third party pattern libraries in General MIDI format. Export arrangements as General MIDI for performance, or for further production using other tools. More music formats are planned for future versions.
HyperTunes for iOS is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.
H.G. Fortune has announced the release of the Ghost Machine, an algorithmic composing machine for Windows.
Ghost Machine is a multipart algorithmic composing machine featuring a Pad part with Long Wave Sequencing, a HiSq part with a 16 step sequencer and customizable note pattern, a bass part with a 16 step sequencer and customizable note pattern, and a drum part with 4 instruments parts each with a 16 step sequencer. All these 16 step sequencers are pattern driven which are changing due to an internal algorithm to create music.
In AutoPlay mode you can let the machine do all the composing work for you, or you can transpose manually at realtime to change the current rootnote.
H.G. Fortune Ghost Machine Pro (single screen interface version).
The Ghost Machine Pro Suite for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 49 EUR until June 21, 2012 (regular 79 EUR). The suite includes:
Ghost Machine Pro (single screen).
Ghost Machine TS Pro (tabbed screen).
Wave Slot Player for adding OneShots and athmospheric loops.
Ghost Machine WoF Edition Pro (128 patches, 97 scales).
Demo versions (incl. two freebies) for both the Pro and the TS Pro editions are available to download.
Hal Leonard Books has published The Power in Logic Pro by Dot Bustelo. This book is the first choice for any artist seeking quick, fun, easy-to-digest insight into the depth of Logic.
The Power in Logic Pro: Trailer with author, Dot Bustelo.
Dot Bustelo’s signature approach to teaching Logic will get you up and running quickly. She’ll help you move beyond the basics to discover a professional-level Logic workflow, taught through highly musical examples that expose Logic’s essential features and powerful production tools.
You’ll find many of the tips, tricks and insider techniques that powered Logic to its industry-leading status as the bet tool for unleashing creativity in songwriting, composing, making beats, and remixing.
Plus, find out why musicians over the years have sworn Logic “grooves better.” Dot provides the powerful methodology for creating in Logic that she has shared with countless high-profile bands and Grammy Award-winning producers and engineers.
The Power in Logic Pro is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.
Fingerlab has updated its Rockmate music studio app for iPad to version 1.1.
Fingerlab is very proud to announce the new version of Rockmate V1.1 with the addition of new super cool features: microphone, Retina graphics, new sharing options, new drum kits and new keyboard kits, for an even better music experience with your iPad.
To introduce the new version 1.1 of Rockmate, we have invited My Jazzy Child (Clapping Music) to play with Rockmate.
My Jazzy Child plays Rockmate
This video have been fully recorded and produced with the new iPad using Rockmate (v1.1). No editing and no mastering have been added to the final result.
My Jazzy Child used some of the new kits included in Rockmate (v1.1): The Brush kit for drums, the Cello and the Wurlitzer kits for keyboard. An USB microphone was connected through the camera connection kit to the iPad and an headphone was used.
Rockmate for iPad is available to purchase for $0.99 USD until May 8th, 2012.
Taco van Dijk has updated the Changeling sequencer app for iOS to v1.1
Changeling is the super easy, flexible, diatonic chord sequencer.
It’s purpose is to help people enjoy composing music by providing the basic tools to improvise! Improvisation is a skill that can normally only be obtained by investing a lot of discipline and time in to studying music theory and practice.
Changeling does not generate compositions for you, you remain in full creative control over your music. All recorded musical notes remain relative, and can be changed in various ways during playback.
Changes in Changeling v1.1
16; one for each midi channel.
all parameters for each track in a sequence are saved & recalled.
lock scales and root notes per track, independently (longpress gesture).
cycle through tracks by swiping up and down the pattern area
copy/paste & clear patterns, works between sequences (longpress gesture).
multiple undo / redo, state is saved each time you switch from record to playback.
quantization while recording patterns.
midi export via email (records all parameter changes & midi channel info).
support for custom soundfonts; Open them in changeling via Dropbox or Email for example. The internal sampler is still monophonic though.
fast sequence switching (by swiping left and right in the pattern area).
memory; Soundfonts are unloaded in MIDI mode.
bugfixes, one relating to a MIA scale.
Changeling for iOS is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.
Fingerlab has announced the release of Rockmate, available now on the App Store.
Rockmate turns your iPad into a complete music studio easy and super fun to use. You can compose, record and play songs with up to 4 Rock players on one single iPad. Rockmate is easy to play with smart chords progressions, sounds great with separated guitar effects and in-house produced audio samples and is also fully customizable with multiple drums and keyboard styles.
Rockmate is ready to rock ! Your guitars are always well tuned, no need to carry your drum kit or to patch your keyboard. A smart metronome and a real-time looper will assist you in composing and recording your songs. That you can share by email or in your iTunes sharing folder.
Realistic design and animations.
4 players on one single iPad.
Mixer with level and pan controls.
Realtime Fx (distortion, multiFX, powerchord).
Chords progression customizable.
Create your own chords.
Save your styles (Chords progression, FX, Drum, keyboard style…)
Export: .wav or .aac.
Sharing: iTunes sharing folder and Email.
Rockmate is available to purchase for the introductory price of $0.99 USD until December 21, 2011 (regular $3.99 USD).