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.
The biggest trade show of music merchants is about to open its doors in Anaheim within some days only. While we do not exhibit in person there, two of our team members, Ariane and Sara, will attend the show and are available to have a chat with you.
There is also a discount on both versions of Liquid Notes we offer exclusively around NAMM. Find the coupon code and more details in this article.
With the standalone version of Liquid Notes there are some features unique to it. One of those addons in this version is the ability to change the tempo of playback directly in Liquid Notes, so you can hear how each change reflects on your arrangement even at different tempo.
This article sheds more light on how to use this feature.
We are nearing the end of the year again, and with it comes a short summary from us to reflect on what we have accomplished as well as what is to come yet. There is plenty we have on our plate at the moment to make Liquid Notes a better product, and there are a lot of other things out of your line of sight we have been working on.
Here we take a look at where we are in the master plan for Re-Compose, and what is next for Liquid Notes.
Only a handful of people have asked in the past if reselling of a license they obtained for Liquid Notes is permitted. While some developers allow for such a practice, we have made a conscious decision many years ago not to support this for multiple reasons.
Herein we explain the details of our thought process, and why a resell requires a different licensing model. Such a model is emerging on the scene now, so we also take a look at it.
With Christmas approaching fast it is time to inform you on a number of special deals we have agreed to with resellers of our chord progression management software. These deals become active at or around December 15, 2015.
Find here more on the different deals and where to get them.
When we designed Liquid Notes we not only focused on the ease of use of the user interface but also what possibilities there are to have you understand its features quickly. At the time there weren't too many options, albeit we added one later with splash screens that are displayed on the first opening of our intelligent chord progression management software.
However, in case someone missed those screens one has to do it the old way.
The Black Friday weekend marks a special occasion in the US and Canada for some significant discounts on many products. This enables many people to make a number of purchases while not having to spend too much for those.
We'll offer a special deal around Liquid Notes at resellers in North America.
Only a few weeks before the end of the year we have some exciting news to share with you: Ariane Cap, an experienced bass player, educator and bestselling book author has joined our team. She is an expert in education of music students, and has recently completed the highly rated book "Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom".
Together with her we'll be working on developing an entirely new concept for a hands-on and equally fun tool to teach you the essentials of chord progressions as used in Liquid Notes.
Music theory can be a complex matter, especially when it comes to harmony. There are literally myriads of chord progressions to choose from, which can make your job in managing these difficult. While Liquid Notes' powerful harmony analysis covers the entire width of harmony, we've also included a feature that provides only chord alternatives that are deemed 'safe' from a musical perspective.
This is for you not to venture out into completely unchartered territories of harmony, albeit this filter can be disabled for more advanced users.
Taking place on December 1-3, 2015, in Antwerp, Belgium, Eurobest is the festival of European creativity and dives deep into music. Its aim is to bring together "the continent's varied cultures and vibrant communities to inspire learning, interaction, debate, and a healthy dose of competition."
That's pretty wicked, to say the least. And, better yet, we've partnered with Los Angeles based Musikvergnuegen to speak on music that gives you superpowers.
Some time after having launched Liquid Notes we added a piano roll to the user interface, which was one of the most demanded features at that moment. It now sits atop the main controls, giving you a direct view on your MIDI arrangement just as you are used to from a modern DAW.
But there is more to the piano roll in our intelligent chord progression management tool.
No, this is not another TEDx announcement. Today is about a different startup, one close to our hearts - Dreama.TV. They want to inspire and empower a billion people to follow their dreams over the course of the next decade.
That's no small feat, and that's why we share it with you. Starting with Albert Franz, a world-class concert pianist who only started at age 17 and of whom his teacher said he'd never be able to play the piano.
As reported some weeks ago, work has started on our new product for performance enhancement in athletics, games, and work in Los Angeles. That not only takes us to a center of the music industry and some amazing outdoor culture, but it also gives us access to some special events that are close to our heart.
It wasn’t planned. But after our idea came to the attention of the TEDx San Francisco organizers, and they invited us over to come speak about it.
Ever since presenting an outline for a music theory course in harmony, and in particular chord progression, we haven't stood still. To the contrary, we have spent a lot of time analyzing your feedback, speaking to people about other courses they took and slowly gathered a good understanding for what it is that you ask for.
Here's an update on where we stand today, and what is next.
With Apple having resorted to a naming scheme around California's Yosemite National Park, this time's free update of Mac OS X named after awe inspiring El Capitan. Having stood in front of it already and seen climbers up its vertical wall, it makes you aware how big a challenge it is to get up that wall.
To find out if Liquid Notes can mount this wall, we upgraded to the official release of Mac OS X 10.11 and took it for a spin.
We told you earlier about our next product around a new generation of functional music for performance enhancement at sports, games and work. The first phase of work with such music has been completed, now it's time to test it in the field. And that means going to Los Angeles, where we work with partners from science and performance training on our next product.
L.A. has a lot to offer, not only when it comes to music. Learn more what it is that we are looking for when exploring such functional music.
Our friends from Masterlizer have asked for help to bring their product in its current beta to the attention of our community. They are now collecting feedback early in the product development life cycle to better understand the needs of users.
With that said, find information herewith about them and what exactly they are looking for.
No, this is not the course we promised you for learning harmony. This course was developed by a friend of ours, Ariane Cap, who is a bass player and has a big heart for musicians. Out came a lovely book on understanding the basics of music theory, using a compelling learning approach.
Let us explain why we think it's worth buying if you're a bass player.
Have you noticed one key difference in Liquid Notes? Our intelligent chord progression management software is coming with a simple, yet efficient license management solution that requires no USB dongles and just works. It really does so, and we're proud of that fact.
Find out more about license management systems in this article.
These are words taken from a review of our intelligent chord progression management software, Liquid Notes, by Softpedia. It fits well into a stream of product reviews that have earned ourselves a name in the wide spaces of the music technology universe.
Here we share a few lines from that review with you.
Some years ago we came across a great blog post by Elon Musk about the Secret Master Plan for Tesla Motors. What we did like about that post is how it laid out in simple ways what his business was about, how they were going to reach their overarching purpose and, most strikingly, that his plan still holds true today.
With that said, we’d like to give you an insight into our plan for Re-Compose and assess how far we have come.
Both versions of Liquid Notes come with a slightly different feature set on top of the main functions which are the same across all versions. For example, the standalone version of Liquid Notes sports a built-in synthesizer for sound generation. This enables you to work from anywhere, and without the need to connect it to a DAW.
Read here more about this built-in synthesizer, and how this translates for more comfort in your workflow.
A few weeks ago we asked our community on their interest of bringing you news about less known music production software that connects to Liquid Notes, and which some of you might want to have a go at. The answer to this initiative was a 'yes', so herewith we continue this effort and bring it one step further.
Today we have a look at Tracktion 6, a professional sequencer with an intuitive user interface.
Much unknown to many, there is more than a harmonic analysis of your MIDI arrangement in Liquid Notes: a track type analysis is necessary to determine the musical function of each track in the harmonic context. This is to ensure that tracks are handled correctly when it comes to reharmonization.
Here we present you more information on how this identification works, and why it is important to deliver accurate results.
We have once again created a few videos that make an attempt in bringing the essence of Liquid Notes to you.
This shall help those of you unfamiliar with our intelligent music composition software in getting a better understanding of its capabilities, what it contains and what it doesn't. Overall, we also want to make sure that people get an overview of Liquid Notes' main features by watching one video only.
While some of you may well be aware of this feature, it is still worth mentioning as it provides a great level of comfort: with one-click only the MIDI routing settings to your DAW are established automatically, so you can get going with your project immediately.
Granted, this is not available for all DAWs - find out more hereafter.
The Future Music Forum (FMF) is an annual international music conference based in Barcelona that gathers the leading minds in the world of music to exchange views on how music is being shared in today's digital age and discuss new developments taking place in music technology.
Amongst the topics being discussed there is a panel session on wearables and biometrics in music. With wearables having become technologically adept and usage widespread, that excites us.
With such a vast portfolio of DAWs available on the market, customers often ask us how to establish the routing settings to a DAW we have never heard of. This brings us to a point at which we ask ourselves if our community has ever heard of that product? And, if it is relevant for you?
Today we'd like to try something new and check its relevance for our community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.