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Shiverware launches Musix Pro Video Contest

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Shiverware Musix Pro Video Contest

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 contest@shiverware.com

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Shiverware releases Musix Pro app for iOS

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Shiverware Musix Pro

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.

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Shiverware Speakbeat – Metronome App for Ios Counts So You Don’t Have to

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Shiverware SpeakBeat

Shiverware has announced the release of SpeakBeat, a new metronome app for iOS devices.

The app is unique among metronome apps because it uses spoken words to mark the beat rather than clicks or ticks. The spoken metronome improves timing over click metronomes for music students, dancers, and cheerleaders as well as saving the voices of instructors.

Choreographers, music teachers, and cheerleading coaches regularly count out the beats for their students, marking time with a “five six seven eight.” SpeakBeat aims to offload this task to a phone or ipod, relieving vocal strain and letting the instructor focus on the music or the routine.

A significant benefit over traditional metronome apps is that with Speakbeat, performers find it easier to follow the beat because each beat is indicated by a number. Other metronomes click or tick, but it’s easy to lose your place when one tick sounds like the next. This is why choreographers call out “five six seven eight”, and this is the problem SpeakBeat solves.

The app is widely customizable, with a variety of high-quality studio recorded voices to choose from, as well as a large high-contrast numerical display. Tempo can be chosen with either a slider or a “tap to bpm” button, which allows the user to tap out the beat. The user can select the time signature, and can indicate a pickup bar as well as a delay to start.

SpeakBeat also provides the option for adding various types of sub-beats (one-and-two-and) between each beat. This feature, not available in traditional metronomes, adds versatility and utility to the app, and further cements the uniqueness of this new metronome.


SpeakBeat iOS Metronome by Shiverware.

SpeakBeat is available to purchase for the “Launch Week Special” introductory price of $1.99 USD.

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Shiverware Rainboard DIY Isomorphic Keyboard

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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).

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Shiverware Musix isomorphic musical keyboard for iOS free for a limited time

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Shiverware Musix

Shiverware has announced a limited time deal for Musix, a fully-customizable multiple-layout isomorphic musical keyboard.

For every 100 twitter followers @Shiverware gets we will give Musix away free for a day (normally $4.99).

So, if we get 100 followers Musix will be free on friday (20th), if we get 1000 followers, Musix will be free for 10 days!

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Shiverware updates Musix to v1.1, isomorphic keyboard for iOS

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Shiverware Musix

Shiverware has released version 1.1 of Musix, an isomorphic musical keyboard for iOS.

Musix is a fully-customizable multiple-layout isomorphic musical keyboard. Each hexagon on the screen is a note, and surrounding hexagons are harmonically related. Songwriters benefit by discovering new melodies and musical relationships. Novices find it easy to learn to play. Experienced musicians are rewarded with an intuitive interface. Shiverware presents Musix: the definitive isomorphic keyboard. For beginners, for experts, for you!

Changes in Musix v1.1

  • Musix now works the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen and iPod Touch 4th Gen. All features except designing your own layout intervals are supported.
  • The entire hexagon layout can be slide around on the screen so you can hit the notes you want quickly.

Musix for iOS 3.2 or later is available to purchase for $0.99 USD until 15 February, 2011.

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Shiverware Musix, isomorphic musical keyboard for iPad

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Shiverware Musix

Shiverware has released Musix, a fully-customizable multiple-layout isomorphic musical keyboard for iPad.

Each hexagon on the screen is a note, and surrounding hexagons are harmonically related. Songwriters benefit by discovering new melodies and musical relationships. Novices find it easy to learn to play. Experienced musicians are rewarded with an intuitive interface. Shiverware presents Musix: the definitive isomorphic keyboard. For beginners, for experts, for you!

Musix features

  • Different Key Sizes.
  • Multiple Instrument Sounds (FM synthesis): Accordian, Bell, Brass, Clarinet, Spaceylophone, Xylophone.
  • Preset Layouts, including two of the more popular isomorphic layouts as well as two designed as part of the development of the app.
  • Create Your Own Layout.

Musix for iPad is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $4.99 USD. OSC support and an iPhone version are coming.

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