The European Union's General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) are becoming effective by May 25, 2018. These provide for some stringent measures as to how businesses handle personal data, and how they are being held accountable.
We've explained our reasoning for a different strategy which has been pursued since earlier this year in a separate blog entry. This will culminate in another tool for spectral manipulation of audio, which will be added to our catalog soon.
Here you can find more information about that new strategy.
About a year ago, we started with serious efforts to investigate the possibilities of adding new features to Liquid Notes. Much has happened since this had influenced our decision to change directions and aim for a different strategy.
When designing Liquid Notes, we included a Welcome Screen that helps you make the first steps with our intelligent chord progression management tool. It serves as a first reference point to use the software.
Ableton Live is growing up. Version 10 makes a lot of the things users loved about previous versions better, and adds Max for Live integration directly to Live 10 Suite. No more additional downloads required, it's all part of one big family now.
What else have we discovered? Read on to learn more.
Liquid Notes enables you to detect a cadence directly in the user interface. While this feature may not be obvious to all users immediately, it certainly had been backed in from a design point of the user interface.
The NAMM Show remains the powerhouse to showcase music technology and related gear. It attracts a huge crowd year by year, making it the place to go if you want to see all that is new on the market - and, some great live performances after the show.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just behind us, we have our eyes set on Christmas. This year we have been working with dealers on creating value packs - bundles, etc. that give you more value for your money.
Find more information on these deals in the article.
Sometimes you may run into trouble with the MIDI data exchange between different applications. This can be caused by event types of the MIDI protocol which are configurable in the MIDI Filter of Liquid Notes.
It's that time of the year again. Well, not exactly yet - it's a few more weeks until Christmas is around. Nevertheless, the weekend of Black Friday until Cyber Monday has become the real thing when it comes to big one-off deals.
And, so it is no big surprise that we're part of the party once again.
Danish artist Luftrum has launched a charity campaign "Call to Arms: Charity 2017" in which he raises funds for the NGO "Save the Children". With the campaign ending soon, we're throwing this up at you rather now.
Apple's latest operating system for Mac, named macOS High Sierra, has been released a few days ago. That brings an entire set of new features and more stability, and we can confirm that it works fine with Liquid Notes.
We announced earlier today that a successor to Liquid Notes is in the works. It brings a suite of new functionalities, amongst them intelligent chord generation and advanced features for reharmonization.
An important fact for many is discontinuation of the use of Java.
Mixvibes has been in the business of making attractive music software for many years now. As we previously covered Ableton's app for iPad serving as a remote control for Live, we have to add this app - because, Remixlive 3.0 takes it a step much further.
Get some ideas here about what an iPad may hold for you.
Music theory is a complex topic with many angles to be studied. In order to facilitate the process of making music, there ain't only our intelligent chord management software Liquid Notes - there are also other concepts in use such as the Circle of Fifths.
Those of you working with Liquid Notes for Live will be well aware of Max for Live, the software used for communication with Ableton Live. And, which since inception, has enabled the creation of multiple Max for Live patches, primarily for use with Ableton Live.
It's been a long relationship between the two companies, with Ableton now having acquired Cycling '74.
As with most major DAWs, Liquid Notes also comes with a loop bar and a zoom window which enables you to select which portions of an arrangement you want to work on. That enables you to work more efficient with our harmony management assistant.
While innovation in many other sectors of technology has shot up strongly over the past 5+ years, music has been lagging behind. This is not the case anymore, with many new entrants in the race for attracting new customers can be identified.
The main control elements for chord progression management in Liquid Notes feature a drop-down menu. It shows all chords available for substitution, and gives you the quickest path to arrive at the chosen chord.
We stated some months ago that we are looking into adding more features for advanced chord progression management to Liquid Notes, or a separate product that may derive from it. While the analysis of technical feasibility took a while to complete, we can now confirm that it is possible to use the technology as described then.
With the overhaul of the user interface of Liquid Notes a little while ago, we included some buttons for a better workflow when operating Liquid Notes. This enables you know, for example, to access the instrument selection and ReHarmonize settings via one click only.
The standalone version of Liquid Notes is able to connect to any sequencer or notation software on the market. This also allows it to trigger the virtual instruments you use within these programs for high-quality sound generation.
We informed you earlier that Plugin Boutique added a bundle that includes Liquid Notes for Live to their offering. Today we're happy to add to this that additional options have become available in their rewards area around both our products.
When you are working on reharmonizing chords with Liquid Notes, there is a feature that enables you to jump back to the original settings for a particular chord. That is the "Reset"-button, which sits prominently on top of the main controls.
Here is more on a full understanding of this function.
We have agreed on a unique special promo offer at Guitar Center that will make Liquid Notes available for $10, and only for 24 hours. That makes it a one-off deal to get your hands on our intelligent music composition assistant.
The standalone version of Liquid Notes contains an entire package of demo music for the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) on the market. This enables you to jump directly into experimenting with those examples in your favorite DAW.
And, this is even possible when you are testing Liquid Notes as part of the trial period granted automatically.
With Christmas being only a few days away, it is time to inform you on the special offers around Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live during this period. This is to make sure you get a fair chance to pick up our intelligent music composition assistant at the right price.
Just a few days before Black Friday, and we have a special deal for you. Plugin Boutique are bringing Liquid Notes for Live in a bundle with three other great pieces of music production software. So you can create some exciting pieces of music, and get inspired for some new directions in your songs.
All of that in a time-limited offer, and only at Plugin Boutique.
Different from other software in music production, there is no demo version of Liquid Notes that only has a limited set of features. Instead, we have opted to use a license manager that gives you a free 20 day trial period with all features unlocked.
In our eyes, this is a better way of doing business then providing you a piece of software that doesn't allow you to try all features.
Apple's recent Special Event saw the unveiling of the iPhone 7 (.. now waterproof and, yes the rumours were correct, without that old-fashioned headset plug), Air Pods (.. in case you want to go wireless), Apple Watch 2, and plenty of other new gadgets. Those gadgets aside, the company also introduced the latest version of the operating system for Mac, now rebranded as "macOS" to be in line with the naming of other software.
Here is a look at what this update contains for users of Mac, and what it means for compatibility with Liquid Notes.
One of the features we like about apps is that they usually come with a well thought of user experience, and greet the user with 3-5 screens when opening the app for the first time. It is there the user is explained the most important features of the app, which has become a sort of best practice in the industry.
We have taken the same concept and brought it to our desktop application, so you can enjoy the same level of comfort.
We like Berlin, and its drive for innovation in music technology. Daniel Büttner was not so long ago one of our contacts at Ableton, and meanwhile is the founder of Lofelt - a company that develops an innovative wearable that brings the bass right onto your arm. Not only that, they also managed to enter Germany's hall of fame for crowdfunding projects.
Here is a bit more on them, and their product as some of you might want to use this while making music.
We're always on the lookout to what other people think is the best tool on the market when it comes to music production software. This naturally varies by what one intends to do, as each digital audio workstation has its strengths and weaknesses.
Today we take a look at a guide that provides help for beginners.
The user interface of Liquid Notes puts an emphasis on showing just the information you need for as little distraction as possible. Knowing how your arrangement is built up and when an instrument is active is one of those things that help you manage chord progressions swiftly.
Here is more on this particular feature of our intelligent chord progression management assistant.
This summer is going to be a busy period for us. There is much work being done on adding new functionality to Liquid Notes, and preparations for work on the music theory course are on the way for a start by mid-year.
In Liquid Notes the instrument settings panel gives you the possibility to set tracks to solo or mute. This comes in useful if you are interested in how only certain tracks sound, or want to manage chord progressions when only taking in feedback from particular tracks.
In recent times the music software industry has seen the emergence of plugin rental stores, which enables the use of a new licensing model: renting a software for a pre-defined period of time rather than a one-time payment. This is more in-line with the level of comfort users today expect from Web 2.0 services, yet there are pros and cons.
Here is a closer look at licensing models and what advantages or disadvantages those contain.
Since one of the latest updates of Liquid Notes we have included a new feature that provides additional information on each of the settings included in our intelligent chord progression management software. That enables you to quickly know what is what in the software, and what effect a change of settings will have.
It’s been a while since Java 8 has been made available to users of Mac and Windows. While Liquid Notes is compatible with Java 8 on Windows, this is not the case yet for Mac. Over the past months we have been working together with Oracle, the developers of Java, in understanding the issue that causes an error on launching Liquid Notes on Mac OS X when using Java 8.
Here is an update on this situation, mostly relevant for Mac users only.
Both versions of Liquid Notes are equipped with a function that enables a one-click file export. This comes in useful when you make changes to your composition often, and hence have to toggle back and forth between Liquid Notes and your sequencer.
You can also always drag a file directly onto Liquid Notes, granted this is supported by your DAW.
Attack Magazine may only be a few years old, but it has made some major strides in the world of (electronic) music production. The magazine is very popular with music producers and songwriters alike, providing great coverage on industry news, technique and features.
In their Synth Secrets series on programming tutorials they take a look at how to make a range of classic and new synth sounds using a range of plugins. This time round they focused on reharmonizing the melodic sequence of a song with Liquid Notes.
MacUpdate have for a long time been one of the most favorite resources to explore and download software for Mac. Earlier this year they have upgraded their platform to now also include purchases of software from different developers directly from their website.
Here is more on that and similar trends in the industry.
Liquid Notes comes with a feature that enables you to force a recalculation of a specific area if you want to use different notes for chord reharmonization. By clicking on the 'ReCalc'-button you can force this recalculation to take place.
Find here more information on this feature of our chord progression management software.
We have told you in the past about our work on a new generation of music with beneficial effects on mind and body. This project has seen a lot of research and experiements having been completed in the field of athletic performance enhancement, which we would like to inform you about.
To do this we will add another newsletter that specifically provides news about our work on this type of music.
When looking at the user interface of Liquid Notes, one of the things that stands out is the addition of color indications to the main controls. There is also a vertical bar just below each chord symbol that shows in different color, depending on the settings you have chosen for each chord.
Those color indications provide information on the conventionality of chords from a perspective of Western musical styles.
We love it when others take a detailed look at our intelligent chord progression management tool, Liquid Notes. It is no surprise then that we have been very much welcoming the news that David Mood of Studio One Expert took a deep dive into our software, and examined most of its features.
It culminated in a video that shows much detail about Liquid Notes' capabilities in providing alternatives for chords, scales and harmony.