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.
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.
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 With the installer of that version comes a tool that checks for out-of-date versions of Java on your machine.
While that is a good thing to clean your system of out-of-date versions of Java, many of you will be surprised by the text it reads in that tool when detecting any old version of Java: "Your machine is at risk for serious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 It is highly recommended that you promptly uninstall out-of-date versions."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have started a process to update our website with more content and better structure to provide you better information on Liquid Notes. The aim is to cover you end to end from first contact with the product to any troubleshooting you may encounter.
As a first step, we have updated the support page in its entirety.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We've packed many more items into it. So continue reading for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have spent the past couple of months analyzing how we could bring Liquid Notes in a plug-in-like implementation to you. Today we are happy to announce that we have found a way to adapt Max for Live to have Liquid Notes run as a MIDI effect.
Here is our call for beta testers of Liquid Notes for Live.
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!
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.
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 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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
So, let's get our very own special onto the musician's plate and start rolling. Shall we?
DJ Moby has just released his latest studio album, Innocents, featuring guests such as Wayne Coyne, Skylar Grey, Cold Specks and Mark Lanegan. Beyond releasing the album in traditional formats, he also offers it as a BitTorrent Bundle, meaning anyone could download the stems, have a go and remix them. Additionally the files for the song Perfect Life are available as Pro Tools and Ableton Live projects at the New York start-up blend.io.
With blend.io, you also receive access to collaborative tools comfortably allowing for making changes to any track, following fellow artists on their approach, and integrating your efforts on stems and revisions. If you prefer to directly work in Ableton Live and Pro Tools, you can alternatively download the project files and take it from there.
Tutorials Mao, a popular French website on music production and music gear, featured an interview with our Stefan Oertl. Apart from taking a look at his musical journey and the products created by Re-Compose, the talk also focused on Frank Zappa's famous words on jazz.
This interview was published by Didier Navarette of Tutorials Mao, a French website on music production that has created early traction for Liquid Notes in France. Find this interview on their website, originally published in French!
In an interview with TechZulu, a popular tech blog from Southern California, we sat down and talked about the explosion of electronic dance music (EDM). With strong growth in the industry fueled by EDM, it appears that much of the music sounds the same.
It is exactly there where Liquid Notes comes in to give you a helping hand when making music, adding creativity back into the music production process.
With the sales numbers of October coming in, there was a pleasant surprise in the box for us: Liquid Notes made it onto the bestseller list of two stores that sell music software. And this only after a recent first listing with them!
Best of all, it's not just about any stores. Those are two of the most respected shops for music software that have been in business for a while.
We have already received a few product reviews, and yet we're always thrilled when someone new comes up and tells us that they took Liquid Notes for a test ride. What is the result? What is their feedback? Did they identify anything they liked in particular or didn't like at all?
Many questions that spin in our heads, and then a lot of answers. And a big smile if someone concludes that there are no obvious drawbacks to speak of. This is what Frederick Barton of FindMySoft concluded in his review of Liquid Notes. We couldn't be more happy about that!