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BeatMirror for iOS Offers a Real-Time Way for Drummers to Stay on Beat

Independent development team Ten Kettles today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of BeatMirror: Beat detector for rhythm training 1.0, their new tempo-detection and rhythm training app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. BeatMirror allows any drummer to pick a target tempo and simply start playing. The app monitors the beats per minute (bpm) in real-time, and displays the current tempo, average tempo, and tempo drift. Visual cues indicate if the tempo is too fast or too slow. BeatMirror helps any drummer develop their internal tempo.

To get started, the user simply taps the Target Tempo button to go to the Target Tempo entry screen. Then, the tempo is set by either using the handy slider, “+” and “-” buttons, or by simply tapping a beat on the on-screen tap pad. BeatMirror then uses the iOS device’s built-in microphone to detect the drummer’s tempo while they play. The app makes a great tool for drummers who want to develop their own internal metronome. The app offers a wide tempo detection range, detecting between 40 and 208 beats per minute (bpm). This makes the app a great tool for getting the beat down for any type of music.

 

“Learning to stay on beat – learning to groove – isn’t always easy. I’ve often wrestled with it in my own playing,” says Alex Andrews, creator of BeatMirror. “Traditional aids like a metronome are definitely useful… but they can also turn into a crutch. When I’m playing live or jamming with my band, I want to be listening to the other musicians, not a click track! It’s those real-life musical situations where strong internal rhythm really shines through. And that’s exactly why I built BeatMirror: to give musicians a tool to build their internal rhythm skills.”

 

Features:
* A wide tempo range: Tempo detection between 40 bpm and 208 bpm
* Fast response time: Detects tempo quickly and accurately
* Flexible: Accurate across time signatures (e.g., 4/4, 6/8) and rhythm styles (e.g., swing)
* Real-time statistics display includes current tempo, average tempo, and drift
* Easy-to-read interface in all environments, including on-stage or practice spaces
* Tap pad allows users to intuitively set a target tempo
* Perfect for use during solo practice, band rehearsals, or even at concerts

 

BeatMirror helps any drummer develop their own internal rhythm skills. The real-time monitoring and on-screen feedback helps the musician know when they’re speeding up the tempo, or slowing it down. The app can be used in any environment. It can be used while practicing alone, jamming with the whole band, or even on-stage. BeatMirror helps keep the beat steady and strong.

 

In addition to being an avid musician, Alex has an education in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics and had almost a decade of work experience as a research engineer before founding Ten Kettles. That allowed him to approach the app with a real engineering mindset, helping him develop the real-time signal processing and audio analyzing features of the app. As a rule, Alex’s skill set isn’t a common one for the development of apps, and he thinks it helps the app stand out.

 

“As someone who’s spent a lot of time both playing and teaching music, I deeply want to contribute a useful practice tool. Something that musicians don’t just find ‘neat’ but truly valuable,” shares Alex. “I think this level of care isn’t common enough in app development, and I do think it sets Ten Kettles’ apps apart in general. This is my full-time gig and BeatMirror has just started its journey.”

 

Alex has plans to continue development of the app, expanding it to other instruments in the future. A tempo graph is the top priority for an upcoming release, and Alex will continue to hone and perfect BeatMirror in future versions, as he has done for Ten Kettles’ other two apps: hearEQ and Waay.

 

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* Universal Application
* 25.4 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
BeatMirror: Beat detector for rhythm training 1.0 is only $2.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.

Tray Player Lite – Tiny Player, Big Tunes for macOS

Neonway, a software development company, today is pleased to announce the release of Tray Player Lite 1.7, the company’s new free music player for OS X. Tray Player Lite allows users to play audio files on their computer. Tray Player Lite quickly sorts through the files that users Drag & Drop into the app, and plays only the files that contain audio.

 

Tray Player Lite:
* Supports multiple audio formats, such as MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP4, MP2, MP1, AAC, AU, M4R, TS, MOV, QT, MPG, 3G2, VOB
* Displays the name of the track currently playing
* Allows users to skip to the exact spot in a track
* Has 3 play modes: in order, loop and shuffle
* Offers space for up to 10 tracks
* Easy to use, with controls resembling those of a hand-held MP3 player
* Has 3 Drag & Drop locations: the app window, the app icon in the status menu, and the app icon in the dock

 

Tray Player Lite 1.7 is Free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.

tappr.tv – Visual Music Dance Show for iOS – Now in 3D and VR

tappr.tv version 10 enters the third dimension and now supports Google Cardboard-compatible VR headsets. tappr.tv is the premiere visual music dance show, made for and by music lovers all around the world. You can watch, and visually dance along to, over 5,000 hit songs in a variety of genres, like EDM, R&B, Alternative, Country, and Rock. And you can make and publish dances to your favorite songs, too!

tappr.tv - Visual Music Dance Show for iOS - Now in 3D and VR

Key features of tappr.tv:
* Connect with your Apple Music or Spotify subscription to watch thousands of dances for free
* Tap, swipe, and swirl your fingers across the screen to dance along, creating dynamic and kinetic visuals in realtime
* 3D Touch and Apple Pencil are fully supported
* You can move around the new 3D stage in realtime, with either simple orbit movements or full 6DoF Drone controls
* Use your favorite Google Cardboard VR headset to watch dances in true 3D
* Also supports AirPlay and AppleTV to watch dances in HD

 

tappr.tv 10.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. The app can be supported with several “Pro” features via in-app purchases.

Geff – The Virtual Guitar Effects Rack for OS X

Indie developer, Nikolas Konstantakopoulos from Granny’s Audio today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Geff 1.0, his new virtual guitar rack for OS X. Geff is a standalone audio effects application to use with your guitar, like you would a collection of stompboxes. It includes a variety of effects from the following categories, including Drive, Delay Lines, Filtering, Dynamics, Time Modulators, Amplitude Modulators, Reverb and more. Add as many effects and re-arrange them as you like.

Geff - The Virtual Guitar Effects Rack for OS X

Geff is separated to three components, Header or Input component, Middle or Effects, and the Footer or Output component. As their names suggest, the Input component manages the audio input, the Effects create and includes the used effects, and the output manages the audio output. In addition, Geff has the ability to map your MIDI controller to almost any of its parameters, very easy. Geff’s offers many useful features, including:

 

Header / Input:
* Stereo Input supported
* Change input channel on the fly
* 3 band input equalizer

 

Effects:
* 39 effects to choose from (see bellow for the full list)
* Add as many effects as needed
* Any effect type can be created multiple times (e.g. having 3 “Vanilla Overdrive” effects)
* Rearrange or delete effects with a simple click
* Every effect can be temporary bypassed
* Every effect has a minimized view

 

Footer / Output:
* 3 band output equalizer
* One click fast output mute – This is as a precaution for any loud noise from stacking many distortions or useing to much feedback
* Output audio level
* Record our audio

 

Mapping – The mapping of a MIDI controller to Geff’s controls is very easy and fast:
1) Toggle the MIDI mapping ON (indicated by the flashing icon);
2) Hover your mouse over the Geff’s control you want to map;
3) Move the MIDI controller you want to assign to that Geff’s control;
4) Repeat for any other mappings you want;
5) Done!

 

Effects List:
* Drives – Vanilla Overdrive | Non Linear Overdrive | Driver Tan | Distortion | Fuzzy | Cheby 500 | The Crusher
* Dynamics – Noise Gate | Normalizer | Compressor | Expander | Limiter
* Modulation (Time) – Chorus | Chorus-er | Flanger | Wah-Wah | Level Wah | Phasor | Level Phasor | Vibrato
* Modulation (Amplitude) – Tremolo | Amplitude Modulation | Ring Modulation
* Delays – Delonely | All Star Delay | Reverse Delay | Multi-Tap Delay
* Pitch Shift – Pitch Shift (Delay based) | Pitch Shift (FFT based) | Octaver
* Reverb and Misc – Reverb | Stutter
* Equalization – Bottom Shelf | Top Shelf | 1 Band Eq | 3 Band Eq | 15 Band Eq | 31 Band Eq | FFT Gate

 

Geff 1.0 is $19.99 and available through the Mac App Store in the Music category.

STOMP 6 for Music Performance Management in OnSong

AirTurn, Inc. has announced the release of the STOMP 6 a wireless, six switch foot pedal. The STOMP 6 connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device and works with hundreds of apps to perform tasks that simplify music performance. OnSong (v1.99992) offers immediate support for the STOMP 6 which allows users to configure 40+ actions per switch.

STOMP 6 for Music Performance Management in OnSong

Musicians can perform hands-free with digital sheet music and charts that are easy to transpose and always stay organized. For musicians looking to enhance their stage presence, OnSong can also trigger backing tracks, stage lighting and integrate with MIDI-capable instruments, including synthesizers and drum machines, effects processors and apps for complete control. OnSong is the first app to harness the possibilities of the new STOMP 6 with its rich suite of functionality.

 

The STOMP 6 is designed for the professional musician who wants to add a tablet or computer into their setup. Its all-metal enclosure is designed to mount to guitar pedal boards with a 9V power supply, but can also be used right out of the box with a standard 9V battery (included) that lasts for 100 hours of continuous use.

 

The STOMP 6 retails for $139 MSRP and will be available for order on the AirTurn online store. OnSong (v1.99992) is $19.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store.

Moog Model 15 & AC Sabre Video Series – January Sale

Air Craft Media Ltd announces a series of mind-blowing videos showcasing the unique power of their AC Sabre MIDI Instrument & Motion Controller for iOS when combined with Moog’s latest iPad synth, the Model 15. The videos demonstrate how AC Sabre enables a sound engine to go well beyond the boundaries of typical keyboards and even more expensive MPE controllers such as ROLI Seaboard. Air Craft further announces that the AC Sabre will go on sale, 60% off to $4.99, until the end of January.

 

AC Sabre is a revolutionary new music composition app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that allow electronic music artists and composers to push the boundaries of their craft. The app uses the device’s built-in gyroscope and accelerometer, and translates movements into musical actions allowing performers to control their music intuitively with their movements. Composers can make use of the app to create distinctive hooks that go beyond the normal MIDI keyboard, conduct automation in realtime, and add sophisticated musical elements without the need for long years of theory and training. DJs and performers can play electronic instruments without the need to stay shackled to their gear, adding spontaneity to their live performances. The app makes it easy for artists to infuse their performances with their own signature attitude and style.

 

Hari Karam Singh, inventor and founder of Air Craft believes the Moog Model 15 is the perfect sound engine to take advantage of AC Sabre’s multi-dimensional expressiveness: “Moog has been pushing the boundaries for decades, creating dedicated per-note, multi-axis, touch controllers for their hardware synths while the rest of the world was still using a single mod wheel. The Model 15, the iPad emulation of their classic module hardware synth, carries on in this tradition. It’s a crime to play the Model 15 with just a typical keyboard! And unfortunately the iPad screen leaves little room for note play. That’s where the AC Sabre comes in.”

 

This video series demonstrates the power of this magic combination. All the demos show built-in Model 15 presets which are enhanced simply by assigning AC Sabre’s motion controls to the synth’s parameters. There is also a tutorial video on how users can get up and running in just a few minutes.

 

AC Sabre excels over other Multi-dimensional, Polyphonic, Expression (MPE) controllers such as the ROLI Seaboard and MiMu gloves by providing instant setup and a sophisticated musical palette that doesn’t require traditional instrument skills. Musicians of all levels can be up and performing immediately without the typically long learning curve of traditional instruments. With AC Sabre, notes are triggered via invisible strings that can literally be “plucked” in mid-air, while gestural motions control up to 7 additional parameters via MIDI CC messages. This combination results in a level of nuance and expression not achievable by the current tools of studio and stage.

 

AC Sabre’s rich musical features include:
* Scale-synced, velocity sensitive note play
* Harmonies, trills, arpeggios
* Gesture-based vibrato
* Polyphonic Aftertouch
* Over 150 musical scales
* Note shift (for playing out-of-scale notes)
* Circle of Fourths/Fifths key changes
* Note range and octave shift
* Legato and Portamento modes
* Note-clamping pitchbend
* A Drone for sustain and guitar tapping-style effects

 

The app offers powerful expressive control, with six assignable motion controls. Pitch, roll & yaw angels, play intensity, configurable touch ribbons, a configurable user button, as well as vibrato on shake are all available. It’s 150 musical scales include major, minor and pentatonics, jazz modes, exotic scales such as Bebop Dominant, Octonic, Nine-tone scale, arpeggio scales, bassline scales, and a large selection of Indian raag scales.

 

AC Sabre is honed for professional use:
* Low latency (<10ms), 50m range via Wi-Fi
* QuickPanels allow realtime access to most common parameters
* Save/load/export configuration Patches
* Wi-Fi/Bluetooth support & Bonjour auto-detect
* Supports multiple devices running AC Sabre as separate MIDI inputs into your DAW
* MIDI Learn wizard for quick CC assignment
* MIDI channel selector for playing multiple instruments

 

Note: AC Sabre is high performance application that requires at least an iPhone 4s, (iPhone 5 or higher recommended), iPod touch 5th generation or newer, running iOS 8.1 or higher. While playing on the app is especially tailored more for smaller handheld devices like the iPhone, the app works splendidly on the iPad. Windows users will also need a copy of rtpMIDI for connecting AC Sabre to their computer. rtpMIDI is freely available on the Internet.

 

AC Sabre MIDI Instrument & Motion Controller is on sale for only $4.99 (USD) (60% off) until the end of January 2017. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.

TabView 3.0 – The Missing Tool for Mac Guitarists

Tellini is pleased to announce the release of TabView 3.0 today. TabView has been the first macOS viewer for PowerTab tablatures. PowerTab is a well-known and widely adopted tablature editor for Windows systems and thousands of transcriptions in this format are available on the net. TabView is thus an essential tool for guitar players wishing to learn new songs as well for trainers. Version 3.0 implements support for Guitar Pro tablatures (gp3, gp4, gp5 and gpx files), enabling users to access a much broader set of documents.

TabView 3.0 - The Missing Tool for Mac Guitarists

Other general features of TabView include:
* Export tablatures in MIDI format for playback or use in other applications (for instance, GarageBand)
* Advanced playback of the tablature: follow the playback on screen, loop over selected parts, slow the tempo down for practice
* Mute selected tracks: play along TabView using it as a backing band
* Switch between different display modes: TabView can show the tablature together with standard notation, only the tablature or only the standard notation
* Create beautiful prints of the tablature: you don’t need to stay in front of your monitor to play along your favorite song

 

TabView 3.0 is $11.99 (or the equivalent in other currencies) and available on the Mac App Store in the Music category.

Swangg – The New Social Music App ‘That Will Make You Slap Yo Mama’ (Did We Read That Right?)

Paragoni, LLC is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Swangg – Make Songs And Music Videos With Friends version 1.0 on the App Store. It is the first social music app of its kind where singers, songwriters and producers from around the globe collaborate to make original new songs and music videos on their road to stardom.

 

Swangg enables novices and pros alike to participate in the music creation process. Songwriters write short Twitter like lyrics, Producers upload 30 second beats and Artists select lyrics and beats to record Swanggs (short music videos). Unlike the hit TV shows The Voice or American Idol in their heyday there are no celebrity judges, rather collaborators rise to fame with votes garnered from the Swangg community.

 

Today’s songs have traditionally been created by professional singers, songwriters and producers in a music studio, but Dante V. Moore, the creator of Swangg and founder of Paragoni envisions “Swanggers” from around the world collaborating and creating new music together daily.

 

Songs with lyrics like “that will make you slap yo mama…” and “let your hope swallow your fear…” are just a couple of the originals created by the users of Swangg. “Creating songs to express oneself whether through singing, rapping, written word or making beats is at the heart of Swangg” says Moore, “…if you can sing in the shower, write a tweet or make a beat – you can Swangg.”

 

Key Features Enable Swanggers to:
* Record music videos, build fans, become a top Artist
* Write short lyrics, build fans, become a top Songwriter
* Post beats, build fans, become a top Music Producer
* Share videos with friends and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
* Remix popular Swanggs
* Add fun vocal effects
* Use in app messaging for collaboration
* Get ‘likes’ and ‘standing ovations’ and rise to fame and become a superstar

 

Swangg is not another iteration of a karaoke or lip-syncing app where users perform to already existing popular radio songs. Instead it is the first app to use innovative social media technology to bring people together to create new and original music and videos. When a new Swangg (music video) is published, the community votes on it with likes and standing ovations and if the Swangg rises to fame so do all the participants who collaborated on it.

 

Swangg 1.0 is Free and is exclusively available worldwide through the App Store in the Music category. A press kit is available for the media at Swangg’s official website.

Swangg – Make Songs And Music Videos With Friends 1.0
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