Bounce Metronome Blog

27/07/14

27th July 2014 - Accent and Swing Curves + Easy way to make instruments that play chord progressions and melodic sequences

The accent curves feature let's you make rhythms with the accents following a smooth wave pattern. Similarly for the "swing" curves - you can find this new option in the Beats drop menu in the Pro metronome.

Also options to click and drag many notes at once for volumes - and also for times - with a probability distribution based "sphere of influence" - defaults to 20% - set this higher and your drag on one of the beats can change them all considerably.

All this is especially useful for rhythms with large numbers of beats per measure.

Also added a new option to make instruments that play a melodic sequence over and over again - or a chord progression. You'll find a drop list of examples in Instruments (Ctrl + 8) under "sequences and chords, with a few defaults set up such as the Pachelbel's Canon notes, and chords, La Folia chords, and 12 bar blues chords.

This works like the Chord Progression For Part (Ctrl + 250)  - but more flexible as you can select them into several parts at once - instead of just using them in a single part - especially useful for melodic sequences.

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30/06/14

Update, 28th June 2014 - minor update, bug fix, Mac Beta

This is a minor update,  Adds some minor features - mainly - work on compatibility with the Mac - and released a public beta for the Mac. 

Minor updates

Added menu to the on screen keyboards.Added a "Win" drop menu to the menu. This has many of the same options as the system menu (Alt + space or click on the icon for the window) - but easier to access.

Added option to Wave Shape Instruments - Audio Format (Ctrl + 188) "set BOUNCE SYNC DELAY to match sample delay" - useful as a way to keep the sampled percussion in sync. with the visuals.

Mac Beta

You can read details, and if interested, download the Mac Beta here: Bounce for Mac Beta

There's a timing issue in this beta which I'm still working on, see the instructions under "Work arounds for this beta" which may fix it for you if it happens.

Screen Reader issue for the Mac Beta

Sadly, there's a major issue with the Mac Wineskin for blind users - the Mac "Voice Over" can't "see" Bounce Metronome at all, or any other program wrapped in a WineSkin as far as I can see. I'm researching into options there, to see if there are any ways around it, and if you have any thoughts at all do say!

Details here: Screen Reader Issue.

06/06/14

Last day of kickstarter - Ordered the 11" Air already - 119% funded, 6 hours to go

The project to get Bounce running on a Mac is definitely going to happen now. It's reached the stretch goal also.

Have gone ahead and ordered the 11" tablet sized Macbook Air because prices are so volatile 
 

This is your last chance to pledge on kickstarter - though I'll keep it open for PayPal pledges for a while longer.

Bounce Metronome, Tune Smithy, Lissajous 3D... on Intel Mac!

05/06/14

Update, 5th June 2014 - Sample precise sample playing, multi-touch keyboard and muliti-touch theremin, easier to use tempo and rhythm changes, polyrhythmic subdivisons, other minor features and bug fixes.

This upload brings you the new sample precise percussion sample player, multi-touch playing for the one screen keyboard, multi-touch "theremin", improvements in the simpler version of the automatic tempo and rhythm changes - and an easy way to do polyrhythmic subdivisions amongst other things. Also some bug fixes.

New Sample Playing feature

You can take a sample you recorded yourself - or one you downloaded, for instance from freesound.org - or many other online sources for free, and for commercial samples and sample packs - and in an easy process, just browse to find it to  import it into Bounce Metronome and you can immediately play it as a new percussive instrument.

The advantage of this is that you can have extremely high precision if everything is done in Bounce Metronome itself at the sample level instead of going via midi - well sub millisecond precision of timing. Also lets you use any sounds you like for the clicks.

Here it is in action

That video also shows the polyrhythmic subdivisions in action - it's just a minor feature - but you can now make these rhythms more easily by selecting polyrhythmic subdivisions from a drop list of default subdivisions - or enter them into the subdivisions field as e.g. 2:3:5 or whatever it is you want.

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05/06/14

Update, 5th June 2014 - Sample precise sample playing, multi-touch keyboard and muliti-touch theremin, easier to use tempo and rhythm changes, polyrhythmic subdivisons, other minor features and bug fixes.

This upload brings you - first new option to import any samples you like as new non melodic "instruments" to play the rhythms - and do all the playing within Bounce Metronome itself at extremely high precision timed at the sample level in the audio stream.

If you have a touch screen device with multi-touch - tested on the Surface Pro - you can now play any of the on screne keyboards with multi-touch so you can play chords by touching several points at once. With the surface Pro you can get ten finger multi-touch - each finger plays a different note.

Then - in the automatic tempo and rhythm player - added a new "All in one" window which you'll probably find helpful if you use that feature. Other minor details and bug fixes.

New Sample Playing feature

You can take a sample you recorded yourself - or one you downloaded, for instance from freesound.org - or many other online sources for free, and for commercial samples and sample packs - and in an easy process, just browse to find it to  import it into Bounce Metronome and you can immediately play it as a new percussive instrument.

The advantage of this is that you can have extremely high precision if everything is done in Bounce Metronome itself at the sample level instead of going via midi - well sub millisecond precision of timing. Also lets you use any sounds you like for the clicks.

Here it is in action

That video also shows the polyrhythmic subdivisions in action - it's just a minor feature - but you can now make these rhythms more easily by selecting polyrhythmic subdivisions from a drop list of default subdivisions - or enter them into the subdivisions field as e.g. 2:3:5 or whatever it is you want.

Read More »

10/05/14

Kickstarter new video: Bounce Metronome, Tune Smithy, Lissajous 3D... on Intel Mac!

Just done a new version of the video for the kickstarter project to get Bounce Metronome on Mac, and this seems to help a lot. It looks very promising that it will go all the way.

On Kicktraq, it shows as trending to 150% funded just now (30% of funded so far) and for the projection cone, the lowest point still shows it fully funded.

Then by the Kickstarter stats, for technology projects that go as far as 21% funded, then 70% go all the way.

09/05/14

Kickstarter progress: Bounce Metronome, Tune Smithy, Lissajous 3D... on Intel Mac!

You can keep track of the kickstarter funding at Kicktraq.com, and they give a mini chart I can embed into the website,

Bounce Metronome etc is already at just short of 20% not too bad at this stage, trending towards 136% though it's too soon to take that trend too seriously yet.

Update on 11th May:

 It's now at 38%, with 14% of the total pledged today (11th May), 27 days still to go.
 
Bounce Metronome, Tune Smithy, Lissajous 3D... on Intel Mac! -- Kicktraq Mini