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MusicDevelopments updates RapidComposer to v1.7

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

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.

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MusicDevelopments updates RapidComposer to v1.6

MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has released version 1.6 of RapidComposer and RapidComposer LE, its music prototyping application for Windows.

RapidComposer is a unique, non-destructive, parametric phrase-based music composition software.

The update focuses on improved chord selection and chord progression editing but it also contains several bug fixes.

Changes in RapidComposer v1.6

  • New chord selector and chord palette with many options.
  • Progression editor was rewritten to provide more functionality e.g. chord suggestions, various coloring and preview options.
  • New soundfonts (pad and bass) included for chord preview.
  • New variation: Velocity Generator to set velocity values of a phrase/track by a function and its automatable parameters.
  • New variation: MIDI Echo with swing option.
  • Smart displaying of overlapped notes in two styles.
  • Harmonization improvements: manual selection of chords to complement automatic harmonization decisions.
  • Chord database cleaned up; dozens of new chords added; naming convention became 7b5#9 instead of 7-5+9.
  • Selected phrase notes are displayed in shades of grey depending on velocity.
  • New keyboard shortcuts: TAB (toggle phrase/note editing), ’1′, ’2′ (hide/show the left and middle panels
  • Beats counted from 1 instead of 0.
  • Transposition is taken into account when glueing phrases.
  • Bug fix: in some cases exported midi file had inaccurate timing.
  • Bug fix: interval detection did not work properly.
  • Bug fix: beat alignment was rewritten.
  • Bug fix: several issues with Undo fixed.
  • Bug fix: structure tab rendering fixed when velocity envelope was displayed in note editing mode.
  • Bug fix: file selectors did not become the foreground window.

RapidComposer for Windows is available to purchase for $295 USD. RapidComposer LE is $99 USD (prices excl. VAT).

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MusicDevelopments updates RapidComposer to v1.5

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

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).

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MusicDevelopments releases RapidComposer LE, RapidComposer updated to v1.4

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has announced the release of RapidComposer LE, a Light Edition of the rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles.

The new RapidComposer LE is aimed to serious hobbyist musicians and composers.

RapidComposer LE features

  • Core functionality: creating, editing, generating phrases, phrase and rhythm generators, variations…
  • VSTi 2.4 and soundfont (.SF2) support.
  • Sophisticated MIDI CC editing and recording.
  • Audio tracks.

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.
  • Tap Tempo.
  • 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.

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MusicDevelopments updates RapidComposer to v1.3

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has released version 1.3 of RapidComposer, 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.

RapidComposer features

  • Improved editing in composite tracks; it is possible to change the instrument of the selected notes/phrases with just one click.
  • Sophisticated MIDI CC editing and recording.
  • Articulation can be specified for phrases or individual notes.
  • Phrase and note preview during editing with options.
  • Multiple instances of the same VSTi plug-in can be loaded.
  • Optionally hiding the left and middle panes to maximize workspace.
  • Hiding tracks manually or with AutoHide options.
  • Smarter naming of tracks when using {preset}.
  • ‘Add To Composition’ option at MIDI Import.
  • Bug fix: muting a track during playback did not send note off.
  • Bug fix: VSTi internal state is stored when chord/scale/rhythm preview was VSTi.
  • Bug fix: VSTi plug-ins exporting no presets did not appear in the instrument list.
  • Bug fix: ‘Invalid Composition File’ message when reverting to an earlier state in the history.
  • Bug fix: VSTi plug-ins that require audio input do not crash anymore.
  • Bug fix: black screen when maximizing the window and maximizing on dual monitors fixed.
  • Many other small improvements and fixes.
  • Documentation updated.

RapidComposer for Windows is available to purchase for $295 USD.

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer, music prototyping software updated to v1.21

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has released version 1.21 of RapidComposer, a rapid music prototyping software for Windows.

RapidComposer is a unique, non-destructive, parametric phrase-based music prototyping software with VSTi and SoundFont support.

Changes in RapidComposer v1.21

  • Chord inversions and added octave offsets can be specified by a formula; inversion description is now an integral part of the chord.
  • It is possible to create a new note by doubleclicking (Ctrl-click still works).
  • Default note offset unit can be set in the Settings/Misc panel.
  • Recording a phrase from MIDI In works again in the Phrase Editor.
  • Problems with the FingerPicking Generator fixed (experienced on Windows XP).
  • History data was not updated when History tab was selected. This is fixed.
  • Importing a 44.1kHz audio file and converting it to 48kHz made the end of the audio silent.
  • Sometimes a keyboard was rendered for audio tracks, this is fixed.

RapidComposer is available to purchase for $295 USD. The update is available to download by pressing the “Check For Updates” button in the demo or in the full version of RapidComposer.

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer, rapid music prototyping software updated to v1.2

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has released version 1.2 of RapidComposer, a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles.

RapidComposer is a unique, non-destructive, parametric phrase-based music composition software.

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 v1.2

  • Phrase Morphing tool.
  • Guitar Fingerpicking Generator included.
  • Audio track support.
  • “Override Chord” button to override master track chords from the MIDI keyboard.
  • Track color can be specified.
  • Phrase name is optionally displayed over the phrases.
  • New track icons with pop-up help.
  • Pressing right Shift during phrase dragging means ‘transpose only’.
  • VSTi compatibility improvements (SampleTank, DirectWave no longer crashes).
  • UI improvements and bug fixes.
  • Three tutorials posted on www.musicdevelopments.com (Working With Phrases, Phrase Morphing, Importing MIDI With Autoharmonization).

RapidComposer is available to purchase for $295 USD. The update is available to download by pressing the “Check For Updates” button in the demo or in the full version of RapidComposer.

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Roger Linn Design LinnStrument

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.

Roger writes:

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.

More information: LinnStrument