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Exploded Views Media releases HyperTunes music sequencer for iOS

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.

HyperTunes features

  • 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.

More information: HyperTunes

H.G. Fortune releases Ghost Machine

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
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.

More information: H.G. Fortune

Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Logic Pro

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.

More information: Hal Leonard / The Power in Logic Pro

Fingerlab updates Rockmate to v1.1 – Complete Rock Studio for your iPad

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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.

More information: Fingerlab / Rockmate

Taco van Dijk updates Changeling sequencer app for iOS to v1.1

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Taco van Dijk has updated the Changeling sequencer app for iOS to v1.1

Taco van Dijk Changeling

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

  • Tracks:
    • 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.

More information: Changeling

Fingerlab releases Rockmate for iPad

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Fingerlab Rockmate

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.

Rockmate features

  • Realistic design and animations.
  • High-quality samples.
  • 4 players on one single iPad.
  • Realtime looper.
  • Smart metronome.
  • 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.
  • Airplay.

Rockmate is available to purchase for the introductory price of $0.99 USD until December 21, 2011 (regular $3.99 USD).

More information: Fingerlab / Rockmate

ProjectSAM announces Orchestral Essentials sample library for Kontakt

Cinematic specialists ProjectSAM have announced Orchestral Essentials: The Essence of Film Scoring – a Kontakt instrument designed to give computer musicians the essential tools to launch their film composing career at an unbeatable price.

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials

ProjectSAM has carefully selected the essentials from each of their products, including the highly praised Symphobia series, True Strike series and Orchestral Brass Classic, and bundled them into one effective, incredibly versatile package. What’s more, new instruments not found in any other ProjectSAM products are also included.

Covering full orchestra, string, brass and woodwind ensembles, classical and world percussion, Orchestral Essentials gives you the right ammo to start scoring for film, games or pop with the acclaimed “cinematic SAM sound”.

For each of the orchestral sections, an essential list of articulations is available, as well as one expressive legato instrument and an inspiring set of clusters, textures and effects.

Apart from these orchestral elements, you will also find a concert harp, church organ, ProjectSAM’s renowned Dystopia sound design, and, exclusive to Orchestral Essentials, an enchanting grand piano and harpsichord.

Orchestral Essentials follows ProjectSAM’s ensemble recording philosophy. Strings, brass and woodwinds were sampled as sections, as nothing beats the authentic blend of orchestral instruments in a concert hall. ProjectSAM captures this magic in various orchestrations; for example, imagine the noble sound of horns and trombones performing together naturally.

Back in 2002, ProjectSAM set the benchmark for ambient recording and affordability with the release of SAM HORNS. Now, ProjectSAM does it again with Orchestral Essentials.

Orchestral Essentials will be available in Q4 2011 priced £299 GBP / €349 EUR. It is now available to pre-order from Time+Space.

More information: Time+Space

Tom Salta talks on video games scoring and Spectrasonics

Tom Salta

Time+Space has posted an interview with Tom Salta on video game scoring and why he is a fan of Spectrasonics instruments.

“There’s something about Eric [Persing]’s sensibilities when creating libraries that really resonates with me and the kind of sounds that inspire me. I consider him the godfather of sound designers and I know he has inspired many of the people creating sound libraries today.” – Tom Salta

From working with the likes of Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and Mary J Blige in the early days of his career through to composing soundtracks for some of today’s most popular video games including Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Tom Salta has established a solid reputation as one of the industry’s most versatile composers.

His album ’2 Days or Die’ (produced under the alter ego of Atlas Plug) has the rare distinction of every track having been licensed for film trailers, games, TV shows and commercials including last year’s Toy Story 3 trailer, and his game scores have earned him numerous award nominations including the MTV Video Music Awards and BAFTA.

Tom is a fan of Spectrasonics plug-ins so Time+Space got in touch with him to get the lowdown on why he uses the plug-ins, how he composes for games, and the gap he recently discovered in the sample library market…

And once you’ve read the interview why not enter the competition to win one of three Atlas Plug albums signed by Tom himself!

More information: Time+Space