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Both versions of Liquid Notes now compatible with Java 8 on Windows

It's been a while since we have started work on this, but today we are happy to finally announce a version of Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live that is compatible with Java 8. On Windows, that is. Unfortunately, there is still an unsolved issue with Java 8 which needs to be solved by Oracle before we can deliver a version to you.

Here is more information why it took us so long to get this out the door and how you can upgrade to the latest version of Liquid Notes if you are a Windows user.

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New formats take centre stage at Music Tech Fest Scandinavia

Music Tech Fest is an initiative powered by the European Union to bolster more innovation in music, and related fields. The format has toured much of Europe last year, having seen great events in a number of European cities and left many impressed by what is to come in music yet.

#MTFScandi brings the Music Tech Fest to Sweden, with a focus on new formats in music.

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Making music and creative strategies for electronic music producers

It's a common phenomenon when making a piece of music: you've put your kit together, recorded parts of a song and suddenly you are stuck. Or, you may get stuck already before, with no help on how to make it a step further.

That's another unfinished piece sitting in your drawer, and an unpleasant feeling all together.

But there is hope in the form of a new book.

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The evolution of music, and how music itself turns into technology

We are living in times where technological progress is simply astonishing. The rate of change us humans have created over the past decades is mind-blowing. Innovation follows innovation at a rapid pace, and there is no end in sight.

What does this mean for music? Is it affected too? In an article on the future of music we look into this, and talk about the inevitable destiny.

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New video series explaining all features of Liquid Notes, one video at a time

In many conversations with you we got to understand that often some features built into Liquid Notes are unknown to you, or remain undetected. Hence, you may not be able to exploit the full potential of our intelligent MIDI composing assistant.

To counteract this, we have set out to create a series of short videos that explain a feature each in short videos.

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Giving you more choice to buy Liquid Notes local, now also in Spain

We have worked relentlessly over the past weeks to give you more choice to buy local. It's important for us that you can buy Liquid Notes at your preferred reseller of choice with whom you have built a relationship already.

Today we are glad to add that Liquid Notes is now available at dealers in Spain.

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Beat Lab Academy opens doors in Los Angeles, offers Ableton Live Certified courses

We had the pleasure to meet with Yeuda Ben-Atar, an Ableton Live Certified Trainer, some months ago in his neighborhood in L.A. This is when he told us about his plans to launch a new school of modern electronic music production.

Now he has pulled the curtains off his project, and we're glad to report that Beat Lab Academy is accepting the first batch of students.

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Liquid Notes is on sale until end of the month at select resellers

We have agreed on a special promotion with resellers across the US and UK for the remainder of the month of February. This deal includes both versions of Liquid Notes, the standalone version which connects to all DAWs and the MIDI effect for Ableton Live 9.

In case you were thinking about making a purchase of Liquid Notes, here is more information on where to find those deals.

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Out-of-date Java versions and risk of serious security vulnerabilities

One of our users of Liquid Notes today pointed out that Oracle has started pushing the latest build of Java 8, Update 31, to users. With the installer of that version comes a tool that checks for out-of-date versions of Java on your machine.

Out-of-date Java versions and risk of security threats.

While that is a good thing to clean your system of out-of-date versions of Java, many of you will be surprised by the text it reads in that tool when detecting any old version of Java: "Your machine is at risk for serious security vulnerabilities. It is highly recommended that you promptly uninstall out-of-date versions."

Find herewith more information on this issue.

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Updated setup instructions for the routing between FL Studio and Liquid Notes

FL Studio remains a popular DAW with many of you, so we decided that it's time to update the information on establishing the connection with Liquid Notes. The new FAQ puts an emphasis on the MIDI routing settings you need to verify for each VSTi.

Read on for more information on this, and find the link to the FAQ hereafter.

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Common errors when making the first steps with Liquid Notes or Liquid Notes for Live

We spend a lot of time making our software better, and a large part of that exercise revolves around listening to your feedback and engaging in conversations with you. Any software is always just as good as the person who designed it. So learning from you is of utter importance.

Time and again we realize that some people struggle when making the first steps with Liquid Notes or Liquid Notes for Live. So here is a short summary of the most commonly experienced issues and where to find information on resolving them.

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A great year with lots of interesting conversations, and much more yet to come

It's that day of the year again where everyone is wrapping up about what happened over the past 12 months, and what there is to come yet. There's been plenty for us to look back to, especially those conversations in bringing the product forward another step.

Here are our top moments of the year, and what we see next.

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Xmas deals for Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live for you to chose from

We've almost reached the end of the year again, and with that comes a time of special offers for you to snatch up that bargain you may have been looking for. This year shouldn’t be any different.

Xmas special offers of Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live.

Here is an overview of the latest deals for Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live:

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Prime symbol at chord names in Liquid Notes, and differences to Chord Track in Cubase

With Steinberg having released Cubase 8 some days ago, a few of you have asked what the difference between the Chord Track function in Cubase and Liquid Notes is. Notably, there's been other people inquiring about the symbol (') sometimes added to chords in Liquid Notes for reharmonization.

Here is an attempt to shed more light on both topics.

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Update on music theory course with and new layout of user interface of Liquid Notes

Over the past months, we have been delighted by the quantity and depth of your feedback for a new user interface of Liquid Notes and an interactive music theory course. And we thoroughly enjoyed going deep and back and forward with some of you to understand what it is that you'd expect from such a tool.

Taken all together and laying that feedback and requirements out on a product development roadmap, we can say that the features you requested would definitely turn Liquid Notes into a powerful “musical sketchpad” that lays the basis for a new generation of intelligent music instruments. And, given that such a tool would also provide an interactive mode to teach music theory, there certainly is potential for success.

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Liquid Notes at 40% off during Thanksgiving weekend at select resellers

Black Friday marks the starting point for all sorts of special offers, especially when it comes to software. There aren't many developers who do not participate in the feast, so naturally we offer a deal too.

And that's a full 40% off the regular sales price of Liquid Notes.

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Trial expired message immediately upon first installation and launch of Liquid Notes

It came to our attention over the past days that a few customers reported being shown a 'trial period expired' message when installing Liquid Notes for the first time on their machine. This is abnormal behavior, as when you never installed the software before on your machine you are supposed to be granted a 20-day free trial period to test the software.

We are currently investigating this issue, only very few people are seeing this issue - for all others the software works as designed.

Find out more here if you're affected by this too.

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Updated version of Liquid Notes now compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite

We announced in a blog post some weeks ago that Apple made some major changes to how it handles applications in Mac OS X 10.10, which results in a licensing error when you launch Liquid Notes using that version of the operating system. In short, if you updated to OS X Yosemite through Apple's developer seed program, Liquid Notes wasn't usable anymore.

Liquid Notes now compatible with OS X Yosemite

Even though Mac OS X Yosemite is still in beta at the time of writing this article, we have deployed an update today that resolves this issue.

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Unlocking some myths about artificial intelligence and musicians becoming robots

Over the past months many discussions have been stirred by a number of media outlets, reporting on major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. For example, such as its capability to understand emotions and feelings. To a certain group of music makers this represents the onset of Skynet, the machines which took control in Terminator - unsurprisingly then, much resistance can be felt from these individuals.

Will all musicians become robotos?

But what's the real deal about these discussions on AI making music makers useless? And why does it cause such a strong emotional reaction from some?

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Algorithmic intelligence innovation invades music at A3E Conference

This week has been really exciting for us. We attended A3E Conference in Boston where we joined the opening keynote discussion on "The Future of Artificial Intelligence + Music Instruments" flanked by industry heavyweights, Marcus Ryle (Line 6), Steven Slate (Slate Digital), David Mash (Berklee), and Scott Kirsner (The Boston Globe).

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Music at A3E Conference.

Here's a short summary on what we learned there.

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OS X Yosemite and Java 8 incompatible with Liquid Notes at the moment

Today's keynote by Apple was a lot of buzzwords flying around the room on the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, but not a single statement has been made about the release date of OS X Yosemite - the operating system for your Mac.

That is of importance, because as with Java 8 also OS X Yosemite comes with some significant changes for the application layer which renders the most current version of Liquid Notes incompatible with it.

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The future of artificial intelligence and music instruments, and celebrating music technology

This month is full of exciting events for fans of music gear and technology: it kicks off with a gathering of the music software industry's top companies in Boston at A3E Conference, and is quickly followed by IMSTA FESTA New York.

Both events draw a large crowd to listen, talk and see the latest in music technology. Here's a short reflection of what to expect.

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Preservation of track order, one-click export, and more in the update of Liquid Notes for Live

We've been working on this update for some weeks now and also ran a beta test with several users to make sure you get a fine piece of software for managing chord progressions of MIDI clips in Ableton Live 9. So as of today, you can download the free update from our website and enjoy the new features we packed into it.

These include a one-click file export function introduced earlier with the standalone version of Liquid Notes and a lot more for you to enjoy.

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Designing a course for learning music theory with the help of Liquid Notes

We've asked our community some weeks ago if a course in music theory would help them better understand Liquid Notes, to which the answer was 'yes, but ..'. While this may not apply to each of you, we nevertheless took it as a signal to spend some serious thoughts on why some of you talk about a steep learning curve with Liquid Notes.

Fast forward to today, we've put together an outline of such a course that not only covers theory but also directly engages Liquid Notes, and would like to get your thoughts on it.

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How to prepare an optimal arrangement to get great results from Liquid Notes' harmonic analysis

We've done some work over the past days to add many FAQs which explain the inner workings of Liquid Notes. Most importantly, there is one article which talks about how to follow a few simple rules when creating your arrangement to make it easier for Liquid Notes to deliver accurate results when detecting chords, tracks, etc.

Find more information why this is relevant hereafter.

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Another excellent rating for Liquid Notes in a product review by AudioEngines

Germany's AudioEngines tested Liquid Notes extensively, and was impressed by its musical capabilities and maturity of the software. They awarded it 4.25 out of 5 stars, being very pleased to have found a tool to make music more interesting and assist with chords and harmonies.

And that's a pretty awesome result for us again!

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Screen mirroring on MacBook Pro Retina garbles Liquid Notes' user interface

We've identified a problem related to screen mirroring on devices with a Retina display. Whenever you enable this feature on your MacBook Pro, the user interface of Liquid Notes becomes unusable: there's some black, pink and white lines running vertically through the screen.

This is limited to MacBook Pro's with Retina displays only, and only if in mode screen mirroring.

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Not being able to establish the connection to Live caused by firewall or no notes in scene

After last week's post on antivirus or Internet security software resulting in an error of granting insufficient rights to the license manager, we can now confirm another possible problem with such software: the firewall of these applications may block communication between Liquid Notes for Live and Ableton Live, resulting in the error message "The connection to Live could not be established".

We've also identified another possibility on how you could run into that same error, which so far went unnoticed.

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Antivirus or Internet security software causing an error ".. not sufficient privileges"

Over the past weeks a few users have reported receiving an error message "The service doesn't have sufficient privileges. Please reinstall." after first installation or an update of Liquid Notes. This results in you not being able to use Liquid Notes, or complete the authorization of the software.

We have investigated this problem now, and identified the root cause and a procedure to fix this issue.

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Crowdsourcing a New User Interface for Liquid Notes Together With You

Ever since the introduction of Liquid Notes we have focused on involving you strongly in our product development. Today, we'd like to take this to a new level in making you part of the conception phase and working together with you on the next user interface of Liquid Notes.

Asking you to create a new user interface for Liquid Notes with us.

In other words, we are giving you the keys to directly steer the future of Liquid Notes and have the possibility to influence where we are heading to with the product.

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Mastermind Keynote on the Future of Artificial Intelligence and Music Instruments

We're stoked today, 'cause finally there is a conference that puts artificial intelligence and music instruments forward as a topic of discussion. And it's not a small conference either, A3E is where all major names in the music tech & gear business attend. Even better that we've been selected to be part of the round of panelists for the keynote.

And that is absolutely awesome! There will be Marcus Ryle of Line 6, Steven Slate of Slate Digital, David Mash of Berklee College of Music along with our Stefan M. Oertl, and Scott Kirschner from the Boston Globe moderating the panel discussion.

What a huge honor to speak there, we're really blessed for this opportunity!

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Drag & Drop your MIDI Arrangements out of Liquid Notes and onto Other Applications

There's yet another version update of Liquid Notes, now ready for you to download from our website. Included are a number of improvements for better stability and a nicer operation of the application. Among the features you requested is drag & drop of MIDI arrangements onto other applications, the file manager, or the desktop.

One-click file export in Liquid Notes

We've packed many more items into it. So continue reading for more information.

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Our Liquid Notes Special Offer to Celebrate the Countdown to Copa Mundial

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is only 19 days away, and with it we'd like to invite you to celebrate the host country's love for music and color with a special price offer for our software. Both, Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live, are on sale.

Find out more about or World Cup promo hereafter.

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Remix the Club Banger 'Revolution', and Have Your Version Officially Released

Talenthouse is hosting the remix competition of R3hab, NERVO & Ummet Ozcan's club hit 'Revolution'. This song climbed up the #1 spot in the Beatport charts and stayed there for weeks - time for you to show your talent, and remix this track.

Remix competition for #1 club bit 'Revolution'.

Now #JointheREVOLUTION and learn more about having your remix officially released by Spinnin' Records!

Maybe we'll see you join their talent pool of fine artists.

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How to Connect the Standalone Version of Liquid Notes to Pro Tools

Pro Tools is the industry standard audio production platform for high-quality music or sound for picture. And not only does it support audio, it also has great capabilities to modify MIDI - and this is where Liquid Notes comes in.

Here is a look at setting up Liquid Notes to connect to Pro Tools in a few simple steps.

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Why Liquid Notes for Live is A Separate Product from The Liquid Notes Standard Edition

Some of you have asked the question if we could design Liquid Notes in a way to make it communicate with the DAWs via the VST, AU, or AAX protocols. However, this would prove very difficult. Some others have raised the issue why Liquid Notes for Live has not been fully integrated into the Liquid Notes standard edition.

This article will help to illuminate our decision making process and explain the differences between both versions.

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Special Offer for Customers of Liquid Notes to Buy Liquid Notes for Live at A Reduced Price

With the launch of the MIDI effect of Liquid Notes for Ableton Live, it is time to reward those customers who purchased Liquid Notes in the past and expressed their trust in us. We have created a special offer for the new Liquid Notes for Live that will improve your work in Ableton Live.

Ready to get started with the new Liquid Notes for Live? Here is how you can receive your special offer for the MIDI effect of Liquid Notes.

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The Quest for A Better Workflow, and Why There Isn't a Plugin of Liquid Notes Yet

This has been one of the most frequently asked questions when we announced our call for beta testers on Liquid Notes for Live. So we'd like to take the time to share some more information with you and why during all those months since the launch of Liquid Notes we haven't made a VST, AU or AAX plugin yet.

It all starts with the nature of Liquid Notes being a multi-track harmony & melody editing tool that will apply any modifications to your arrangement on all tracks simultaneously.

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Liquid Notes for Live is Here, Now Plugs Directly into Ableton Live 9

We communicated this earlier in our call for beta testers some weeks ago. And we also kept you informed on its progress for a while now. The MIDI effect of Liquid Notes for Ableton Live 9 is finally here. It enables you to create great music effects directly in Live, only with the click of a few buttons, and within minutes.

Liquid Notes for Live. Nearly a plugin.

Most importantly, Liquid Notes for Live is almost a plug-in: It seamlessly integrates with Live. You can make changes to your MIDI clips on the fly, and hear the effects immediately in the DAW.

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MIDI Clock Sync: The feature that may make Liquid Notes not react to your command

Some of you have reached out to us, reporting that Liquid Notes shows very bizarre behavior - like not reacting to your input, going into auto-play, and more. This is not some sort of error in Liquid Notes with one of the latest updates, but rather a side effect of erroneous MIDI clock sync messages by other applications on your machine.

Here is more information on this problem, and how you can fix it with one click only.

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Interview with Roland Trimmel: 'Entrepreneurship Has Always Been in My DNA'

Magazine MN, a digital magazine on Austrian and Hungarian business, featured an interview with our Roland Trimmel looking at the entrepreneurial journey that he had taken. It covers a lot of the aspects of entrepreneurship, and how much of a marathon it is to get to your goal of creating a great product that people buy.

This interview was published by Natalie Myhalnytska of Magazine MN, the first digital magazine that covers aspects of Austrian and Hungarian business such as sustainability, CSR, marketing & sales, startups and management. Find the original interview at her magazine's website!

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Cockos REAPER: A DAW offering much bang for a few bucks

Anyone shopping for a DAW at the moment but not really convinced by the the likes of Apple’s Logic, Ableton’s Live, Steinberg’s Cubase, Cakewalk’s Sonar and the rest of them?

While most of the leading DAWs are loaded with bells and whistles you may soon start to see through the shining armor and wonder whether or not there is available an audio-workstation that’s straight forward to tackle, excellent in quality and doesn’t force you to make this crucial decision towards the plug-in format you will have to use in the future. And most importantly - you shouldn’t have to break the bank in order to afford it.

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Moving Forward: Liquid Notes now features a piano roll view for more detail on your changes

Starship Enterprise and its crew have always been ahead of our times. Just think of its innovative concepts for operations, live-saving controls and all these seemingly daunting interfaces at the vessel’s bridge. Not to mention Commander Spock.

Liquid Notes. Now with a piano roll.

Liquid Notes is no different in that sense - boldly going where no man has gone before, yet embracing established conventions to provide the best user experience possible: In this update we added a piano-roll plus further handy features to bring you some of the control options we all know from DAWs.

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Xmas Sales: Our songwriting assistant for a better Christmas party starts at $99 only!

It's the time of the year where candles are being lit up and preparations start for the big day that is to arrive soon. So, why not make your Xmas party special then? And, why not give you something unique and special?

Xmas Sales. Liquid Notes makes your party better.

Today our Xmas Sales for this year starts, and we happily invite you to join us on our musical journey of making some great tunes with Liquid Notes!

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A Great Review: "Works brilliantly, particularly with electronic music. Easy to use."

MusicRadar gave Liquid Notes a thorough look, and concluded that our songwriting assistant software succeeds in enabling deep harmonic manipulation of MIDI arrangements. Moreover, the reviewer was positively surprised by the software's musical approach and impressive results.

As always, it didn't just stop there. Here's a summary of the review by their product specialists.

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Cyber Week Sales: The perfect time to get Liquid Notes and spend some time with your family

The holiday season is approaching fast, Thanksgiving is now all over us. Many people will be travelling to see friends and family, and many of you look forward to the discounts offered during these festive days on a large number of tempting products.

Cyber Week Sales. Get Liquid Notes for a massive discount.

So, let's get our very own special onto the musician's plate and start rolling. Shall we?

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