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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.

More information: MusicDevelopments

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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.

More information: MusicDevelopments

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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

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MusicDevelopments updates RapidComposer to v1.1

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has released version 1.1 of RapidComposer, a rapid music prototyping software for Windows.

RapidComposer is a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles. Imagine an innovative software environment where you have access to everything you need during composition at your fingertips.

Changes in RapidComposer v1.1

  • Improved phrase and note editing.
  • Phrase-level and note-level editing directly inside the tracks; no need to open the phrase editor anymore.
  • User interface improvements.
  • MIDI Pan controller added.
  • Keyboard shortcut (‘D’) for deselecting all notes and phrases.
  • Various minor fixes and stability improvements.

RapidComposer is available to purchase for Windows PC, for a (permanently) reduced price of 295 USD.

More information: MusicDevelopments

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MusicDevelopments releases RapidComposer

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

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

Imagine an innovative software environment where you have access to everything you need during composition at your fingertips:

  • EXTENSIVE DATABASES of scales, chords, chord progressions, phrases, instruments, song templates
  • INTUITIVE EDITOR with incredible editing capabilities where you can edit the structure, chords, phrases and all other aspects of the composition in a non-destructive way. All phrases and notes automatically conform to the current chord and scale.
  • TOOLS for generating phrases, creating sophisticated motifs using the dozens of built-in phrase variations, assigning chord progressions, manually editing phrases and chord progressions, filling lines/verses with phrases and variations, even generating a multi-track composition based on your rules!
  • VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS – you can use your existing VSTi plugins and soundfont (.sf2) files

RapidComposer features

  • Advanced tools for phrase editing, phrase generation, phrase grouping, motif development, chord progression editing.
  • 2D view of the composition with structure editor as opposed to 1D view of DAW applications.
  • Intuitive drag and drop environment (you can drop chords, progressions, scales, phrases, instruments to the composition).
  • Extensive scale, chord, guitar chord databases.
  • Instrument management with the capability of adding tags to instruments that allows the composer to find an instrument by tag.
  • The IdeaTool generates a multitrack composition based on the parameters and rules that you specify.
  • Unlimited undo and the ability to make several versions of the same composition.
  • Virtual instruments (VSTi v2.4 plugins) support.
  • SoundFont (.SF2) support.

RapidComposer is available for a limited time introduction offer of $395 USD.

More information: MusicDevelopments

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Short links for August 14th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 14th, 2008:

Joe McKay Cellphone Piano

# Cellphone Piano by Joe McKay

Joe writes:

Each key on the keyboard is wired into a key on a cell phone – as you play, you are also dialing. The channels are mixed together and amplified through speakers. Every sound the piano makes is generated by one of the four phones. The white keys play notes and the black keys are people saying the number out loud – English on the left hand and Spanish on the right. Some white keys were left over and I made those percussion instruments (the "*", "END", and "#" keys).

# littleBits – littleBits is an opensource library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Just as Legos allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks that make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers and designers.

# From Joystick to noisestick – Noistick- create a noise making device from a joystick with autofire. This is experimental electronics project to turn your old joysticks into nice sound devices with no external sound source needed.

DIY stand clamp for portable recorder

# DIY – stand clamp for portable recorder

Nolo writes:

When I shoot concerts, I often record audio off camera with a portable recorder. I needed a way to attach the recorder to the stand when I use a mic on top of a light stand. This bracket is made out of PVC pipe fitting, and will clamp onto the stand. If I extend the stand to get the mic 6' up, the recorder can still be lower so I can check settings easily.

# AUDIOTUTS – AUDIOTUTS is a blog for musicians, producers and audio junkies. It features tons of music, sound & audio tutorials.

# Electric Gongs – Electric Gongs is an interactive experimental music installation created by the de la maquina design group, and is on display at Austin Childrens Museum until Sept 2008.

# S2MIDI: Open Source Serial to MIDI Converter for Windows – S2MIDI is a windows program that attempts to read raw MIDI data coming in on a serial port and send it to an internal MIDI driver.

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Short links for April 1st, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 1st, 2008:

Vintage Mics
  • Pocket Piano Arduino Shield – A board for making the Arduino into a portable stand alone music synthesizer. It plugs directly into the Arduino board and provides 25 multiplexed keys (2 full octaves), 4 pots, status LED, reset switch, digital to analog converter IC, and a RCA audio jack.
  • FET Preamp Cable – A phantom powered discrete FET (Field Effect Transistor) preamp built into the plug of a guitar cable. It provides almost all the advantages of an on-board preamp with none of the disadvantages.
  • Reprap – n. any open-source rapid prototyping machine that can manufacture a significant fraction of its own parts; v.t. (in lower case: to reprap) to make something in a RepRap machine. Arduino was chosen for the next stage of RepRap development.
  • Hackers Publish German Minister’s Fingerprint – To demonstrate why using fingerprints to secure passports is a bad idea, the German hacker group Chaos Computer Club has published what it says is the fingerprint of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany's interior minister.
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