Shiverware has launched a video contest for its iPad / iPhone musical instrument Musix Pro.
The contest winner will have a chance to win a one of a kind hand made Rainboard, an iPad, an iPad Mini, and one of several t-shirts. In order to qualify all that you need to do is submit a video 30 seconds or longer that shows you using Musix Pro.
You can be playing it by yourself or in a band. Submissions can be of any genre. The doors are wide open for everything including original pieces, covers, folk, classical, electronic, etc.
Please check out and vote on existing contest videos and be sure to post your own.
This contest was made possible through the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of Parks, Recreation, and Sport.
The contest is open until October 1st and voting closes October 10th, 2013. Any comments or questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shiverware has announced the release of Musix Pro, a new iOS musical instrument.
Musix Pro is the successor to Musix, a revolutionary instrument and control surface for the iPad/iPhone. The unique hexagonal or rectangular note layouts allows newcomers to learn how to play music much faster than conventional instruments; while giving experienced musicians a fresh look on music and harmony which sparks creativity.
Audio can be generated with built-in instruments, or with external synthesizers via Core Midi or OSC. Musix Pro allows the user to arrange the notes of the scale to be like a piano, an accordion, a concertina, or a guitar. The most common layouts such as Wicki-Hayden, Janko, Harmonic Table and Linnstrument are all included as presets, and you can build your own layouts. When you combine Musix Pro with apps such as Samplewiz, NLog Synth Pro, Arctic Keys or Sunrizer, the possibilities are endless.
The musical power of Musix Pro is derived from the use of isomorphic note layouts, which allow the whole screen to be filled with harmonically related notes in the shape of hexagons, rectangles or squares. The systematic layout of pitches creates a playing surface that enables the exploration of musical possibilities unavailable in traditional instruments. The end result is that a non-musical person can learn how to play every major and minor chord in under 5 minutes, which typically take weeks or years on a piano. The nature of the note layouts turns playing music into making shapes.
People love music and many people would love to play but don’t have the time or patience to learn. With Musix Pro, learning to play can take much less time and be more fun and engaging.
The Musix Pro app is currently 66% off at $4.99 USD.
Brett Park of Shiverware wrote to share news about Rainboard, a DIY dynamic isomorphic keyboard.
The Rainboard is a 61 button isomorphic keyboard. Each button contains a RGB led in order to light up the button. A midi value is also mapped to each button. The colours and midi values of the buttons are set from an external source (currently the Musix iOS application, but could easily be set by any serial midi device) using sysex messages. This allows the layout to be change very rapidly. All that needs to be done is to use Musix to select the desired layout on screen and push a button to send the data to the Rainboard. The Rainboard then sets all the LEDs and midi values then stores these values in EEPROM to save settings across resets so the external device is not needed after the desired layout is set.
When buttons are pressed the note values are sent to an onboard midi instrument shield in order to produce sound via a 1/8 inch audio jack. As well, the midi values are sent to Musix (with note identifier values rather than midi values). This allows Musix to know exactly which button was pressed if multiple notes of the same midi value are present on the board. Musix can then use it’s built in synthesizer to play the music or it can send the data on to other iOS apps to synthesize the audio (such as NLogSynth, Arctic Keys, or SampleWiz).
Marcos Guglielmetti has announced the fifth test release of Musix, a 100% free multimedia operating system intended for music production, graphic design, audio and video edition, and all kind of tasks.
It is a Free Operating system intended for musicians and users in general. It also contains an enormous collection of free programs. The system will boot from your CD/DVD drive, with no need to install anything on your hard disk. The programs currently support the Spanish and English languages.