2020
02/13
Tune Maker iOS Music Lab
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Tune Maker iOS Music Lab

Tune Maker is a music composition tool which helps you to understand the basic components of music and to quickly begin creating your own compositions.

Tune Maker can be used by musicians of all levels. Beginners can start using basic chords, rhythms and melodies. Professional musicians will appreciate the ability to construct very advanced chords, using non-standard time signatures, adding multiple melody lines, MIDI export, recording chords and notes from a MIDI keyboard and many more.

FEEL THE BEAT

There is not any strict sequence of steps in music composition, but if you are just starting, you can begin by adding some drums to your tune. It will create a basic structure of the future composition.

HEAR THE MELODY

Try to hear a melody in your head or sing it first. Then start drawing it on the melody track canvas. Hit Play and listen while you are working on it. To make it more dynamic, use the velocity tool to adjust volume of individual notes.

HARMONIZE

In music, the process of adding chords to a melody is called harmonization. Tune Maker allows you to construct almost any possible chord and it will help you to find chords that mach your melody.

ANIMATE CHORDS WITH AN ARPEGGIO

In Tune Maker, an arpeggio track is a rhythmic pattern for your chord progression. You can think of it as a right hand pattern when you play on a guitar. It can be like strumming, bass & chord or a single-note pattern. Tune Maker automatically maps this pattern to your chords and produces appropriate note pitches.

RECORD YOUR PERFORMANCE

Enable recording and start playing on the note editor’s scale buttons or use your MIDI controller connected over USB of Bluetooth. You can also record chords with your MIDI keyboard. Tune Maker will recognize chords you are playing and insert them to the chord track.

CHOOSE YOUR INSTRUMENTS

Select an instrument from the built-in collection. Play CoreMIDI-compatible apps. Or plug in any Audio Unit Extension Instrument available on the App Store.

BUILD A COMPLETE SONG

You can duplicate an existing section and add some alterations to it or you can just repeat a section. For example, if you have some kind of chorus section in your song, you could repeat it in multiple places inside your song. And if you decide to modify this section later, the changes will affect all the repeats.

ORGANIZE, SHARE & EXPORT

Tune Maker is a Document Based App. This allows you to organize your projects in the way that works best for you. You can store your projects on a local folder, on iCloud Drive, or on any other supported cloud storage like DropBox or GoogleDrive. You can share easily using AirDrop, Mail or Message. You can also export your project as a MIDI file if you want to continue working on it in a DAW like Ableton or GarageBand.

Get Tune Maker here

2018
11/18
QuantiChord Chord app for iOS
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QuantiChord Chord generator app for iOS

“QuantiChord” is a MIDI effect that generates chords from incoming notes and quantizes the results to a pre-defined scale. It can be used as a standalone application or as an Audio Unit MIDI effect plug-in.

The chord is generated by adding up to 8 transposed notes to the original note played. Once the chord is generated, it is quantized to limit it to the selected output scale.

The application supports full internal and external MIDI connections for input and output. An internal sound bank is included.

The Audio Unit MIDI effect plug-in supports multiple instances. A compatible host is required to run the plug-in. The host must support the Audio Unit MIDI effect format.

Features:

• Standalone application and Audio Unit MIDI effect plug-in
• 8 transposing sliders from -24 to +24 semi-tones (+/- 2 octaves)
• 1 global transposer slider
• Scale quantizer
• Lockable parameter protection when switching presets
• Resizable keyboard
• Multitasking
• Sample-accurate timing
• Internal sound bank
• Receiving MIDI from external MIDI sources
• Internal routing of inputs, outputs
• Send MIDI to a virtual port that can be used as MIDI input by other “Core MIDI” compatible applications
• Random creation of presets
• Presets browser
• Full support of “Split View” and “Slide Over”

Compatible hosts supporting Audio Unit MIDI effect:

• Cubasis
• Audiobus
• AUM
• BeatMaker
• apeMatrix

Supported MIDI connections:

• Virtual “Core MIDI” connections between applications
• iOS compatible MIDI interfaces
• MIDI over Wifi

Requirements:

An iPad or iPhone with iOS 12 or later

Get QuantiChord here http://dev.laurentcolson.com/quantichord.html

2018
11/05
ChordFlow Update
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ChordFlow for iOS

ChordFlow is a songwriting sketchpad that will help you create amazing chord progressions and melodies for your songs fast and easily.

CHORD SELECTOR INTERFACE COMPLETELY REMADE
– Scale support added. You can now select a scale of your chord progression.
– The key selector is now represented as a 12th-sector wheel.
– Depending of the selected scale, keys that match the scale are highlighted. But you still have the power to select any key, even if it is not in the scale.
– To change a key of the selected chord you tap on a wheel sector with the needed key.
– To change a key of the scale you rotate the wheel with a dragging gesture.
– If you want to lock the already created chords so they won’t be affected(transposed) when the key wheel is rotated, the lock control(a little lock button) should be in the locked mode.
If it is unlocked, rotation of the wheel will cause the transposition of the selected scale and of all the chords as well.
– Chord type selector is now represented as two rows of buttons. First row contains chord families and second row contains chord types from the selected family.
– Depending on the selected scale and the key of the selected chord, chord type buttons could be painted in three different colors: green, yellow, red.
Green means all the notes of the selected chord match the scale. Yellow – one note of the chord is out of the scale. Red – two or more notes is out of the scale.
– As an additional feature, in the inner part of the key wheel you can see the notes of the selected chord and of the chord just before the selected and of the chord just after the selected.

BUG FIXES AND OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS
– Fixed the bug when the playhead jumps to next section when deleting the last chord of a section.
– Fixed the bug when internal synth would not play after a phone call is recieved on the device.
– UI and performance improvements.

HOW TO USE IT?

1. Create a chord progression.
2. Draw an arpeggio – a rythmic pattern for your chords.
3. Compose a melody.
4. Build a complete song adding more sections.
5. Save your song, share or export to your favourite DAW as a MIDI file.

CHORD PROGRESSION
– Create chord progression of any length using intuitive chord selector providing a huge choice of chords.
– Select a scale of your chord progreession.
– The chord selector will show you which chords are matching the selected scale.
– Move chords around within chord progression using drag and drop gestures.
– Transpose the chord progression by rotating the key wheel (with the lock button unlocked). Or transpose the key of the scale while keeping the existing chords unchanged (with locked mode).
– See the notes of the selected chord and how the relate to the notes of the chord before and the one after the selected.

ARPEGGIO
– When you draw the arpeggio you are not specifying absolute notes but relative steps of the chords. When played, the pattern will be translated to the absolute notes depending on the currently played chord.
– Specify the length and rate of the arpeggio grid. Length defines the number of steps in the sequence and rate define the speed at which the sequence is played.
– Add up to 4 tracks to your arpeggio grid. Each track has it’s color, octave and number of parallel voices.
To edit a track you select it with the track selection button, and then choose the required tool.
– Draw complex curves spanning several rows and columns of the arpeggio grid with just one move with Dots tool
– Draw long horizontal lines with Line tool
– Move entire track along the grid using the Move tool
– Clear a region of the selected track with the Eraser tool
– Remove the selected track entirely using the Trash button
– Set Loop region to repeatedly play only the selected section of your arpeggio.

MELODY
– Create up to 4 melody tracks.
– Melodies are edited in their own grid, which also has length and rate params as the arpeggio grid.
– Select the root note and the scale for the melody grid. You can also show and hide non-scale notes using the “Chromatic” switch.
– Melody grid features the same collection of drawing tool as the arpeggio grid does.
– While drawing your melody you will see which chords correspond to the specific steps and also which notes of the grid match the notes of the chords.
– You can also set a loop region as in the arpeggio grid view.
– Undo/Redo aslo works the same way as in arpeggio grid.

SONG STRUCTURE
– A song can contain unlimited number of sections
– Each section has its own chord progression, arpeggio and melody parts
– Add, remove, reorder, rename and clone sections
– Make quantized or immediate jumps between sections while playing.
– Set a song loop mode. Loop one section. Loop entire song. Or play whole song once.

CONNECTIVITY
– Control any CoreMIDI compatible app
– Control desktop synths through USB or Wi-Fi
– Control hardware synths
– Specify MIDI destination and channel for each track
– Use ChordFlow as MIDI or Audio sender in Audiobus (http://audiob.us/)
– Play in sync with other apps running on the same device or on other devices in same Wi-Fi network using a new technology, Ableton Link (http://www.ableton.com/link/)

SHARE/EXPORT
– Share your projects by AirDrop, Mail, Dropbox or any other app supporting sharing .
– Export to Standard MIDI file and open it in the DAW of your choice(Ableton Live, Logic, GarageBand, etc. )

Get ChordFlow http://www.dmitryklochkov.com/chordflow

2018
06/25
Chordpainter Print Piano Charts
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Chordpainter Print Piano Charts

Chordpainter creates songbooks of piano songs as chord diagrams without any knowledge of music notes. Easily document chords in song and print the charts for your band mates.

Simply input chords via midi or enter them manually. The chords are automatically recognized and can be edited or renamed as desired. Then simply print or export as pictures, by email or into Dropbox.

All features in an overview:
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– Creation of chord images with up to 10 notes per chord
– Automatic recognition of chords separated for the left and right hand
– Input chords manually or via MIDI keyboard
– Automatic detection of Midi inputs and display of the Midi source
– Bluetooth Midi adapters from Yamaha or QuiccoSound are also supported
– Transfer a chord to the current song via button or MIDI trigger
– Piano is fully playable with sound, either manually or via MIDI input
– Clear button to remove all entered notes
– Free definable Midi trigger (setting is stored)
– Complete online manual available in the App
– Notes, program changes or controller (pedal) are accepted as Midi trigger
– Midi Analyzer in the main display for all incoming MIDI events
– Intelligent mode to assign chords to the right and left hand
– Display of the intervals, separated for chords of the right and left hand
– All chords in the song can be sorted using Drag & Drop
– Language in the APP can be switched between English and German
– Chords can be edited, renamed or deleted also after creation
– Optimized user interface for all iPad sizes
– When naming the chords, there are buttons for common chord suffixes
– Chord images optimized for high-resolution printing on laser printers in grayscale
– Songbook view to display all the chords of a song large on one page with Midi scrolling
– PDF Export for all songs and demo songs to printout or for use in other APPs
– Sound output with real sampled piano sounds including velocity
– Sound can be enabled or disabled (setting is saved)
– Export der Akkordbilder in die Bilder Gallery oder Dropbox
– Constantly expanded list of demo songs, partial with songbook PDFs
– Song library with an unlimited number of songs
– List view with all songs plus number of chords in the song
– Songs can be created, copied, renamed or loaded for editing
– Export of chord images to the Gallery or Dropbox
– You can also export by email (default email address stored)
– Automatic backup of the song library when export by mail or dropbox
– Restore the song library with “Open in” function in iOS

Get ChordPainter

2018
04/11
Navichord Chord App Update
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Are you struggling with chords for your track?
Get inspired and start writing chords like a pro with Navichord. Navichord is a musical instrument and a songwriting tool making music theory a breeze.

Create lush chord progressions.
Loop progressions in sync with other apps.
Trigger chords from your MIDI footswitch.

What’s new:

Workflow improvements
– Voicing is preserved when changing chord root from the chord picker
– Midi out notes sorted by pitch (Voice1 contains lowest note)
– Chord octave control made visible in Pads mode for iPad
– Added audio latency control (set to maximum to avoid audio artifacts)

Other
– Added new purple theme
– Switched to standard app review dialog

FEATURES

• Play simple chords (minor, major) with one finger from any root
• Play complex chords (sevenths, ninths) with just two or three fingers from any root
• Play 28 musical scales from any key
• Compose easily with Roman numeral chord names
• Use the same chord shape for any root
• Discover interesting chord progressions
• Find chords matching a melody
• Find a melody matching chords
• Learn chord structure from the piano keyboard and play along
• Quick save discovered chords to chord pads
• Save chord progressions
• Find chords matching selected scale

Ableton Link:
• Loop progressions in sync with many apps supporting Ableton Link

Audiobus and Inter App Audio:
• Record to GarageBand, Loopy, Beatmaker 2 and many more

MIDI support:
• Connect to soft synths via virtual MIDI (Animoog, Thumbjam, Magellan, Sampletank and many more)
• Connect to hardware synths and external keyboards
• Send MIDI control messages from keys and pads

Get Navichord

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