Jordan’s latest app, HarmonyWiz has arrived

Here’s the app’s description:

HarmonyWiz. Paint a symphony and orchestrate your music in one touch.

Jordan Rudess says: “I always felt that a composer’s thought process would be fascinating to capture in code. I’ve wanted to do an app like this for a long time and, upon meeting developer, Ruben Zilibowitz, I knew it was finally going to be possible. Ruben has spent years studying classical music texts such as Schoenberg’s Theory of Harmony. He started by writing out four-part phrases by hand. Eventually, he was able to translate this process into computer code that could generate natural musical phrases. Partnering with him was the key to us being able to offer this bit of music magic. Through hours of sitting at the piano, studying my own compositional method, to Ruben’s tireless coding we believe we have achieved something truly unique and inspiring.”

Ruben Zilibowitz adds: “Wizdom Music has helped me take my ideas to the next level. Jordan Rudess is an awesome musician with a deep interest in technology.
He is exactly the kind of person I needed to partner up with. I sincerely hope everyone loves what we came up with together as much as I do.”

Besides the fact that HarmonyWiz is entertaining and fun for all ages, it is also a valuable educational tool for music students and can be used for advanced editing by industry professionals. After an arrangement is created, the app provides harmonic analysis and displays a notation system known as Figured Bass. Enter the Expert mode and you will have access to manage all the tracks in your arrangement with our editing tools. Select different preset sound ensembles or create your own.

This release of HarmonyWiz features the Baroque style and some of Jordan’s personal variations on its classical foundation.

The sounds in HarmonyWiz are from Jordan’s personal library. We also offer a great collection of additional sounds as In-App- purchases.

One can also enjoy just playing the great sounds of HarmonyWiz from the onboard or midi keyboard

  • HarmonyWiz offers a unique, assisted composition engine
  • Place guide notes in any track including the melody or bass lines
  • Force chords to have certain degrees or inversions
  • Choose from five different harmonic styles: Baroque, Contemporary, Smooth, Free, And Open
  • Non-harmonic tones such as passing notes or suspension notes
  • Built in multi-touch keyboards in both chromatic layout and harmonic
  • Supports the use of accidentals
  • Supports simple and compound meters
  • Supports major and minor keys
  • Displays harmonic rhythm
  • Multiple undo and redo
  • MIDI in and MIDI out support
  • AudioBus support
  • AudioShare support
  • Ten built-in instruments including orchestral and electronic sounds
  • More instrument packs available for in-app purchase
  • SoundCloud sharing

The app is priced at $9.99.

YouCompose, advanced mobile classical music writing app arrives

I don’t often feature notation apps these days but this one did catch my eye and made me wonder if it might be a good fit for me personally. Here’s the description of the app:

YouCompose is the most advanced mobile classical music writing application available today.

Using the rules from the ‘common practice period’, YouCompose provides you the tools you need to create great compositions in a classical 4 part harmony style.

YouCompose comes with a built-in assistant composer. This assistant can help you compose your music in many ways.

You can enter melodies using the built-in virtual keyboard (with metronome) or enter single notes in a grid editor. Your assistant composer will then harmonize your melodies.

You can influence the way the assistant harmonizes your melodies, by setting harmonization points and other options, or you can also leave that completely to your assistant.

You can ask your assistant to compose a melody or even a complete composition.

A composition can be edited in many ways. YouCompose allows you to copy, paste, move, repeat and discard movements, segments and individual notes, enter lyrics, transpose, change gain etc.

YouCompose can play your composition with its built-in instruments and since YouCompose is Core MIDI compatible, you can also utilize a MIDI keyboard or a MIDI sound module.

You can view your composition’s full score or the individual parts and print them directly from YouCompose to an AirPrint compatible printer.

You can save compositions to your device and load them again later. Additionally, YouCompose allows you to send and receive them from other devices running YouCompose via an AirDrop connection.

You can share your composition with others by sending an email containing MIDI files and a PDF document with the full score and the individual parts.

A complete user manual is included in the App and you can print it to an AirPrint compatible printer.

Several sample compositions containing well known melodies are also included in the package.

The app is priced at $2.99

Symphonix Evolution Version 1.91 Release

A new version of Symphonix Evolution has been released. Version 1.91 has the following changes:

  • Songs may now be exported to MusicXML format for use in other notation applications
  • It is now possible to group songs into Play Lists
  • Added Delete track button to the Track Summary view
  • Added “Move Up/Move Down” buttons to the Track Summary view for changing track order
  • Chord Builder now allows chords to be added to the score as Notation, Text (Chord Name Only) or Guitar Fret Diagram
  • When pausing song playback, the current position is now selected automatically, allowing playback to resume from that position by pressing Play again

The following bugs were also fixed:

  • The track name could display as garbage in the Track Summary view if no mapping for an instrument in a song could be found
  • Saving over an existing file in Dropbox resulted in a duplicate file with (1) at the end of the name instead of replacing the old file
  • Beamed notes could display incorrectly after using the Copy/Paste function
  • Fixed various issues with the Virtual MIDI implementation and background play
  • The Clear function on the main toolbar now leaves measures, key changes and time signature changes in place, and only deletes notation

Symphonix Evolution - Vinclaro

Improvements coming to Symphonix Chord Builder

Vinclaro posts on improvements coming to the Chord Builder in Symphonix Evolution their flagship composition app for the iPad.

Symphonix Evolution - Vinclaro

What’s next for NotePad?

In version 1.5 I think we’ll see even more goodies turn up for NotePad. For me the most exciting will be a range of export formats. If this is implemented it effectively means that you’ll be able to create sounds in SoundPad and by using NotePad’s export facility to export as a wav file you can use that sound in another application, like Bhajis Loops. I think this starts to make the whole experience of mobile music quite interesting.

It means you get synthesised sounds from SoundPad into a different environment altogether, and the applications start to be able to work together in a really interesting way.

I’m not sure about the option to add lyrics. I can on the one hand see myself using this, and on the other not bothering. I’ll have to wait and see.

As for dynamics, I think that it will be interesting to see how this is implemented.

Overall, can’t wait.

NotePad 1.4 Treo keys

I found this in a pile of papers today and realised that I haven’t used these keyboard shortcuts at all since I helped with the testing on NotePad 1.4. At the time I thought they’d be really useful and helpful, but now I don’t even think about them. Not that I am saying that it is a bad app. Quite the opposite. Nor am I saying they’re not useful, they may well be to others.

It is just interesting to me that some part of an app that you think will really work for you becomes forgotten in a very short space of time indeed.

MIDI day on Palm Sounds : NotePad 1.4

Of course, you can’t leave out NotePad 1.4 from any MIDI applications list. Especially as you can export to MIDI. I like the ability to export to MIDI from NotePad and import into Bhajis Loops.

Here’s more detail on 1.4:

The chaps over at MiniMusic are cooking up another update to their excellent NotePad application. The new version includes:

  • Scrolling Playback – Music will now scroll with playback.
  • Page View – tap on new page icon or write/type the letter “z” to “zoom out” to a page view showing twenty measures of the song. The current measure is highlighted. Tap on a measure to zoom in on that bar (see lower screen shot to the left).
  • Tempo Changes – Use the Change menu to set tempo changes anywhere in a song. Select a note and choose “Tempo Change” to change the tempo when that note is played. Select the same note and use the “Clear Change” menu item to remove a temo change (a change to 122bpm is shown in the top screenshot to the left).
  • Instrument Change – Use the Change menu to set instrument changes anywhere in a song. Select a note and choose “Instrument Change” to change the instrument that will be used for this note and all following notes in this voice. Select the same note and use the “Clear Change” menu item to remove a temo change (a change to “Reed Organ” is shown in voice 4 in the top screenshot to the left).
  • Keyboard support – Consult the graphic below to see the functions you can access from the keyboard or by using Graffiti hand writing. You can now exit the song, add rests, or change duration tools from the keyboard or Graffiti.
  • Follow note entry – Song will scroll to keep up with notes being entered on the piano, entered using graffiti or entered on a keyboard (like the on Treo).
  • Card Launch – NotePad can now be installed on a memory card (like an SD card in most current models). Both NotePad and its database (mMusicDB.pdb) should be installed into the “/Palm/Launcher” directory on the card (this is the default for all applications).
  • Grid Screen Fix – No longer fills measures with rests; only adds needed rests as you draw.
  • Song Scroll Bar – Quickly navigate to any measure in the song (shown in both screen shots to the left).
  • Directional Pad – Use the left/right controls on your handheld/phone to scroll through a song (up/down still transposes notes).
  • Select Color – On handhelds/phones with color screens, selected notes will be colored red (shown in top screenshot to the left, first three notes in voice 1 are selected).
  • Library Scroll Bar – Quickly find a song anywhere in the category.

Should be fantastic when it is done, and hopefully that’ll be soon.

NotePad 1.4 released !

NotePad 1.4 is finally released. Excellent! Really worth checking out. What will they do next???

NotePad 1.4

NotePad 1.4 is due to come out next week. Fantastic …

MiniMusic NotePad 1.4 coming soon

The chaps over at MiniMusic are cooking up another update to their excellent NotePad application. The new version includes:

  • Scrolling Playback – Music will now scroll with playback.
  • Page View – tap on new page icon or write/type the letter “z” to “zoom out” to a page view showing twenty measures of the song. The current measure is highlighted. Tap on a measure to zoom in on that bar (see lower screen shot to the left).
  • Tempo Changes – Use the Change menu to set tempo changes anywhere in a song. Select a note and choose “Tempo Change” to change the tempo when that note is played. Select the same note and use the “Clear Change” menu item to remove a temo change (a change to 122bpm is shown in the top screenshot to the left).
  • Instrument Change – Use the Change menu to set instrument changes anywhere in a song. Select a note and choose “Instrument Change” to change the instrument that will be used for this note and all following notes in this voice. Select the same note and use the “Clear Change” menu item to remove a temo change (a change to “Reed Organ” is shown in voice 4 in the top screenshot to the left).
  • Keyboard support – Consult the graphic below to see the functions you can access from the keyboard or by using Graffiti hand writing. You can now exit the song, add rests, or change duration tools from the keyboard or Graffiti.
  • Follow note entry – Song will scroll to keep up with notes being entered on the piano, entered using graffiti or entered on a keyboard (like the on Treo).
  • Card Launch – NotePad can now be installed on a memory card (like an SD card in most current models). Both NotePad and its database (mMusicDB.pdb) should be installed into the “/Palm/Launcher” directory on the card (this is the default for all applications).
  • Grid Screen Fix – No longer fills measures with rests; only adds needed rests as you draw.
  • Song Scroll Bar – Quickly navigate to any measure in the song (shown in both screen shots to the left).
  • Directional Pad – Use the left/right controls on your handheld/phone to scroll through a song (up/down still transposes notes).
  • Select Color – On handhelds/phones with color screens, selected notes will be colored red (shown in top screenshot to the left, first three notes in voice 1 are selected).
  • Library Scroll Bar – Quickly find a song anywhere in the category.

Should be fantastic when it is done, and hopefully that’ll be soon.

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