MusicDevelopments has released version 1.7 of RapidComposer, the music prototyping application for Windows.
RapidComposer is a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles. Whether you are a seasoned professional or simply ready to take your music to the next level, RapidComposer is the complete solution you need for faster and more productive music composition.
Changes in RapidComposer v1.7
Draw lines on the piano roll to create glissando or chord strumming. Other usage is up to your creativity… Notes are inserted and aligned smartly with several snap and filtering options. Hold down ‘Ctrl’ and drag the mouse pointer. Check the generator properties for more options like transposing every second note to get an interesting pattern.
More than a dozen new chord progressions added, most of them were used in big hits.
The chord progression browser displays progressions sorted by their complexity by default.
The harmonization menu also offers simpler chords that do not contain all the notes in the section to be harmonized.
Some new sample phrases added that can be used with any chords.
RapidComposer for Windows is available to purchase for $295 USD. A Mac OS X version is currently in development. All existing customers will receive Mac version at no charge.
MusicDevelopments has released version 1.5 of RapidComposer (and LE), a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles.
With this major update the editing workflow has been improved and several new piano roll view options were implemented. Changing chord notes visually is now possible while phrases and notes are updated realtime. You won’t find this in any other DAW. Another unique feature is that you can store the state of a VSTi plug-in as an instrument that you can use later, even for plug-ins that do not expose their presets. With about a dozen other new features, grab this release while it’s hot!
Changes in RapidComposer v1.5
Chord notes are displayed in the piano roll and can be edited (drag to move, Right Ctrl+doubleclick to create/remove).
It is possible to save the internal state of a VSTi plug-in as an instrument that you can use later even if the plug-in does not expose any presets.
Piano roll view options can be set per track with new ways of coloring and shading notes.
The composite track has its own view settings.
Articulation names can be displayed above notes and phrases (not in LE version).
Percussion note can be specified for percussion tracks.
Draw freehand parameter envelopes by holding down Ctrl.
New ‘Help!’ button displays detailed editing help.
Stop button serves as Panic! button when pressed with the right mouse button and mutes all audio.
Swing division can be specified.
Demo period starts for each update, crash fixed when expired.
Bug fix: audio phrases did not play if the beginning of the audio was before the project start.
Bug fix: host transport state is correctly reported to VSTi plug-ins.
RapidComposer for Windows is available to purchase for $295 USD, RapidComposer LE is $99 USD (prices excl. VAT).
MusicDevelopments has also released version 1.4 of RapidComposer.
The latest major update with fully customizable user interface, and rewritten VSTi plug-in handling that fixes all stability problems and made VSTi support rock solid! Other changes: improved loop playback and recording, tap tempo, fractional tempo can be specified for any structural unit, ASIO configuration improvements.
Changes in RapidComposer v1.4
New rhythm generator: Subdivision (great for percussion).
Customizable user interface (colors, button shapes, shading…) with preset themes.
Tempo can be overridden by any structural unit.
Fractional tempo allowed.
Loop and range playback and recording improved.
Playback/recording tempo can be quarter/half/normal/twice/four times.
VSTi handling was rewritten, no plug-in crashes anymore.
ASIO driver settings (sample rate, latency) are not overridden by default.
ASIO configuration window can be opened.
Dozens of other small improvements and fixes.
RapidComposer LE for Windows PC is now available to purchase for $99 USD, RapidComposer is $295 USD.
Roger Linn has posted his research project LinnStrument, a new musical instrument prototype.
If you’ve read my (Roger’s) New Musical Instruments page, you know that I’m interested in the idea of new musical instruments that overcome the limitations of traditional mechanical instruments. My particular interest is in a new instrument that while capable of entirely new sounds and playing techniques, is also able to reproduce the sounds, virtuosic performance capabilities and subtleties that we’ve come to know and love from traditional musical instruments, but without all their problems and limitations.
I’ve come up with a prototype of an instrument design that I like. Here’s a brief video of what I’ve got so far:
The low cost multi-touch, pressure-sensitive, high-resolution input surface used in this prototype comes from TouchCo, which was bought by Amazon in January 2010 in order to add touchscreen technology to Kindle.
Alas, until someone else comes up with a similar touch technology or Amazon decides to make the TouchCo technology available, development of our product will be limited to refining our Max/MSP patch. One promising new technology we’ve evaluated is a touchscreen from Stantum (same company as JazzMutant, makers of the Lemur) that senses surface area of your fingers, which is not a bad alternative to sensing pressure because your finger surface area increases as you increase pressure. However, I found that their current resolution wasn’t high enough for what I’m trying to do, plus true pressure sensing is better for musical control.