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What's New

Version 4.3

Updated version number to 4.3. Many new features and additions since 4.2 was first released, and several important features since last update of version 4.2.

Sunday 13th May 2012

Summary

Main new feature is addition of Polymeters as a new rhythm option. Also support for unicode, multi-touch, better support for sprites, more percussion instruments sounds now available with support for custom percussion menus, and new white on black skin for accessibility.

Then there are numerous minor improvements, updates and bug fixes.

Details

New Polymeter metronome type - lets you play polymeters such as 3/8 + 2/4 with the same size of quarter notes for each one, so beat preserving polymeters (as contrasted with the measure preserving polyrhythms).

Also now option to combine as polymeters for the 4/4 : 4/3 type polyrhythms, which is a useful notation to use for some types of polyrhythm.

More about the distinction: a polymeter consists of different measures simultaneously with the same pulse in each part, e.g. 3/4 and 4/4 with the 4/4 taking a third longer than the 3/4 - eventually the two meet up after three measures of 4/4. A polyrhythm, on the other hand, has the 3/4 played in the same time as the 4/4, so the quarter notes of the 3/4 are played more slowly than the quarter notes of the 4/4, and the rhythms come together at the end of each measure. If you use the polymeters notation then the polyrhythm 3 : 4 would be written as 3/3 : 4/4. In the polyrhythms notation the same rhythm is written as 3/4 : 4/4.

If you play a polymeter really fast then the measure beats themselves beat out a polyrhythm, so the two are connected in that way.

Added new sprite option in the main window drop list. Here is an example of it in use:


(Note, the Sorlo sprite in this video is licensed with the Creative Commons share alike license, as a result can't include it in the installer for Bounce Metronome itself, but will include it in an extra sprites "plug in").

Support for multi-touch when playing from the PC keyboard - so that you can play two or more notes at once with your fingers on a touch screen (only tested for two fingers multi-touch so far).

Option to set a custom percussion menu - and the preset menu now has all the GS instruments including e.g. metronome click and bell, square click, includes the GS drum kits as presets - all the instruments in this page Roland GS / GM2 Drum Set List (most of those work with the Microsoft GS Wavetabel Synth), also presets for Studio Drummer and DrumCore Free.

New percussion keyboard large enough to play all the notes of your percussion drum kit, with moveable PC keyboard region.

Fve full unicode support for file names, also for the bouncing lyrics and custom counting system as well. Also option to use different systems of numerals e.g. Japanese numerals and Arabic style Arabic numerals for the beat numbers.

New option to use Shift + click when you adjust the Swing slider or use the swing buttons, to do a reverse swing. E.g. Shift + click on the Hard Swing to do the Scottish Snap (or Lombard) rhythm as used e.g in Strathspeys.

New White on Black skin - for accessibility reasons - useful for those who need high contrast with white on black to read the screen.

Now starts with the free taster when you first install the program.

New option to hide / show the bouncing balls at different measures from the ones you silence / play the sounds. You see it when you unselect "Always Hide Bouncing Balls when Silent" in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245)

New option to let the go silent briefly depend on the part for polyrhythms like 4/4 : 4/3 or polymeters with different measure sizes for the various parts then if e.g. set to play for 2 measures and silent for two measures, will use the measure size for the part so different parts will play / go silent at different times depending on the measure sizes.

New option to add an echo part in the Tap timing window (Tempo >> Add Echo Part and Tap Timing). This can be delayed by any desired number of milliseconds e.g. 20 ms or whatever, and can also be set to play before the beat as well. Especially useful if you are practising burying the metronome click.

The controls to left of the bouncing balls and in the 3D bounce window now let you hide / show any part, or mute / silence, or adjust volumes, etc. with shortcuts:

RIGHT CLICK (or ctrl + click) to HIDE - or show this PART MIDDLE CLICK (or shift + click) to SILENCE - or unmute LEFT CLICK to SILENCE & HIDE - or unmute & show SHIFT + RIGHT CLICK to change instrument for this part CTRL + RIGHT CLICK to adjust volume for this part...

New option to morph from one polyrhythm to another gradually through intermediate polyrhythms, in Tune Smithying Overview (Ctrl + 99).

Conducting presets now shown in the main window as drop list so easier to select.

Numerous minor improvements and bug fixes.

Version 4.2

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Fibonacci rhythms, sonified pendulum waves, options of interest to instrument tuners, and other new options and bug fixes
Fibonacci rhythm

To find this go to More Windows and Options in the Rhythms drop menu for the Pro Bounce Metronome.

The Fibonacci rhythm is a highly structured rhythm, but the structure never repeats exactly, and it isn't based around any fixed measure size of any description.

See my blog about it here Fibonacci Rhythm - no bar pattern, highly structured but never repeats - played on harmonic

The version of this in Bounce Metronome however is based around a fixed measure size. It creates a fragment of a Fibonacci rhythm which then repeats over and over.

This is for techy reasons. I would like to program it to play an endless Fibonacci rhythm as well, but don't quite see how to do it yet. Tune Smithy can play fibonacci rhythms endlessly but I haven't yet figured out a way to get the bounce visuals to work with the rhythms when they are played like that. The problem is the bounce is based around a fixed measure size for the visual width of the window, and how do you tie that with the Fibonacci Rhythms? It's certainly going to be possible some way or other but the issue is to find a solution that works well at the coding level.

Sonified Pendulum Wave

To find this go to More Windows and Options in the Rhythms drop menu for the Pro Bounce Metronome.

The sonified pendulum wave adds sound to pendulum waves type motions, using ideas from the Rhythmicon. see

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For the original pendulum wave see

Harmonic interval trainer, pitch sensitivity, pitch pipes (for the future)

To find these go to More Windows and Options in the Rhythms drop menu for the Pro Bounce Metronome. Also if you need to, select Show melodic instruments etc... in the Instr. drop list.

The harmonic interval trainer / tester lets you listen to musical intervals similarly to the way an instrument tuner does, slightly adjusting the top pitch up and down, until you hear when it is in tune. It has options to boost the partials to make the beats easier to hear.

The pitch sensitivity trainer / tester tests for your sensitivity to a change of pitch played melodically - with no chord or drone accompaniment, and no overlapping notes.

I plan to add a "Pitch pipes and instrument tuning" option to the drop list of Bounce Metronome to help you with tuning various instruments, including e.g. guitar, mandolin, keyboard instruments etc, similar idea to the pitch pipes you get with some hardware metronomes. So the harmonic interval trainer / tester and pitch sensitivity trainer / tester will be part of that when it is ready.

You can already use it as pitch pipes by using the scales and entering the right frequencies or intervals - if you know what to do - so the new view will just be a case of putting all that together into a single main window and adding some suitable presets to help you get started.

tempo cycles with rhythms

Also renamed "lilt measures" to "tempo cycles of measures", or "tempo cycles" for short, and added an option to vary the rhythms as well, also to set the notation for each measure as quarter notes per measure, and to show the tempo as the tempo for quarter notes as an alternative to the % notation currently used.

New script tempo options

I added these new instructions to the drop list of special instructions in the more version of Tune Script (Ctrl + 171) to help you see how they work:

Tempo for = eighth note ! Sets how the Tempo = instruction is interpreted. ! You can use any note name e.g. quavers, dotted crotchets etc.

Tempo for = part 1 ! The Tempo instruction sets the tempo for one of the parts

Tempo for = measure ! The Tempo instruction sets the tempo for the bar beat in bars per minute (this is the default) quarter notes per measure = 4 ! You can use any note name here, e.g. quavers, dotted crotchets, etc.


As well as that - fixed some bugs.

Bug Fixes

Friday 23rd September 2011

Just a bunch of minor bug fixes

Bug Fixes

Installer for: 19th September 2011

Monday 19th September 2011

Minor bug fix

This is for the automatic check for updates feature. Just done the first auto update for a long time and realised the auto updater had some links taking you to the wrong place. See the bug fixes page for details.

Bug Fixes

Installer for: 19th September 2011

Sunday 18th September 2011

Some minor improvements and bug fixes

Minor improvements in the "Polyrhythm Cycles like 4:3 + 7:8 + ...". When you make a new rhythm cycle, it auto sets the time signatures in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223)} to match the rhythm cycle. This lets you use up / down arrow keys to step through rhythms manually as alternative.

New option in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223) - this is for the option to use up / down arrows to cycle through a list of tempi: "Auto adjust new tempo", defaults to ON for new installs or reset everything. When switched on, if you set the tempo on the dial higher, all the tempi you step through are higher. So - e.g. easy to play the same sequence of rhythms and tempi and do them all just a bit faster or slower.

This lets the up / down arrows work exactly like the rhythm cycles.

New option in 3D Bounce - 3D Visuals (Ctrl + 226) "Auto scale to fit window (for side view)" - defaults to ON for new installs or reset everything - let's the 3D bounce auto resizes like the 2D bounce, so if you change from e.g. square window to one that is a lot wider than it is high then the bounce will auto stretch out horizontally to fit the window. This is especially useful for the conducting patterns.

Also - since it starts up first time as Bounce Metronome Basic with fewer features and options - added a "Change to Pro Metronome" to the rhythms drop menu. Same effect as choosing it in the drop list in the main window, but if you are very menu orienated you might not think to look there for some time. While the Rhythms drop menu is an obvious place to look for more rhythms if you can't see immediately how to get to them.

Similarly added "Switch to Advanced Mode" to several of the drop menus such as Visuals and Rhythms as it might take you a while to find it under the Opts drop menu.

That's about it, also improvements in a couple of tool tips and other minor improvements.

Also one important bug fix for flicker effect in fast rhythms:

Bug Fixes

Installer for: 18th September 2011

Thursday 4th August 2011

Many tweaks and improvements for Netbooks, Touch Screens, integrated graphics, and Windows 7 Starter

I've been testing Bounce Metronome carefully on a new netbook (the vyebook as it happens) with a touch screen and Windows 7 starter, and using an integrated graphics chip with not much by way of 3D acceleration.

Netbooks of course are of especial interest for a metronome since they are so portable, can take one with you much like a mechanical metronome wherever you are - much like a mobile device. Touch screens are like the wave of the future, I think more and more people will use them, in iPad like devices, and musicians will want to run metronomes on them.

All of those features turned up things that could be improved to make it easier to use. So - if this applies to your computer it is well worth updating as you will probably find the new version easier to use in many ways.

Low resolution screen tweaks

First, the netbook screen is only 600 pixels high, and that turned up a few minor bugs and issues to make it easier to use on a smaller screen.

E.g - this is a bug - the More versions of some of the windows extended beyond the screen and were clipped to it. Even the main window extended behind the start menu - frustratingly since if you resized it a little smaller with a bit of click and drag - it could fit in the screen and still raesonably legible - but the installer didn't do that automatically.

Touch screen tweaks

Then, the iPad like touch screen turned up some things. First, I needed to disable guestures as the press and hold for right click - because it meant you can't get an instantaneous response when you click on something - only when you release. That is no good for e.g. an on-screen keyboard and several other situations in Bounce Metronome where you want a response when you touch, immediately, not when you release the finger, e.g. to skip beats, adjust accent levels, adjust colours with the colour wheel - or whatever.

Reasonably easy to code for, just needed a touch screen device to test it on and debug to make sure it is working as expected. So that is done now.

Also needed an easy way to hide / show parts in the 3D bounce window - the existing controls were too small and fiddly to use with a finger. So have added an extra control to the left with coloured blocks for each of the parts - and you can just click on it to hide or show the bouncing ball for the part, and simultaneously silence or play the part, all in one go.

This also gives a nice easy way to play the rhythmicon directly into the 3D window using a touch screen.

Windows 7 Starter tweaks

Then - in Windows 7 starter you don't have the Desktop Windows Manager which is used for Aero and for desktop compositing - and as a result the edge smoothing for the skin which mixes direct2D with other stuff was just too slow to be usable. So - just needed to default to no anti-aliasing in that situation (direct 2D + no desktop composition). Can still do edge smoothing for the tempo dial which is where it is most noticeable.

Integrated graphics tweaks

Then the 3D graphics was far to slow with the default settings. Low frame rate, hard to use as a visual metronome - it makes a big difference to have only integrated graphics rather than a graphics card.

That was just a matter of tweaking the settings and choosing display options - plus a bit of code optimisation. Now on first install then it uses 2D shapes bouncing in 3D, slightly lower resolution curves (polygons of 24 or 48 sides instead of 64 sides to approximate circles) and no textures.

It looks fine, and makes the netbooks easily usable as a visual metronome in 3D now. I've made two presets - the Fast scene, and the Detailed scene with textures, so you can easily switch between the two if your device is fast enough or too slow.

Also lots of minor bug fixes and improvements.

Bug Fixes

Installer for: 4th August 2011

Friday 15th July 2011

Renamed Super Simple to NEWBIE MODE

This is a very minor update.

Renamed "Super Simple Mode" to "Newbie Mode" - "super simple" gave the wrong impression that it is a simplified version of the program with fewer rhythms and features.

Newbie mode gives a more accurate idea - all the usual features there but leaves out the more advanced tweaks to give an interface more useful for newbies to the program.

Added Lissajous icon buttons to the Harmonic polyrhythm and harmonic polyrhythm cycle windows.

New push style check box in the Inharmonic Polyrhythms view: "Count starts at 0". This gives you a quick way to switch on a number of check boxes all in one go in several of the other windows.

It is useful when you want to see if the beat numbers are approximations to the golden ratio or PI etc.

So for instance with golden ratio, then the beats almost coincide when the beat numbers are 8 :5 or 13 : 8 or 21 : 13 (successive Fibonacci numbers approximating golden ratio). Then, with PI then they almost coincide at 11:7 and multiples of that (corresponding to approximation of PI as 22/7).

Installer for: 15th July 2011

Bug Fixes

Friday 8th July 2011

New "Super Simple" version

New "Super Simple" version - this removes all the options that are rarely used by a few people, to cut down to the minimum which is enough for most.

When you use it, you still have the full range of rhythms, but won't be able to customise it much e.g. visuals, or advanced midi controller options, customize instrument menus, add new wave shape instruments and that sort of thing.

If you have already installed Bounce Metronome, then after the update you find this as an option in the Opts menu. With a new install then will already be set to "Super Simple". For more options and windows, choose "Advanced Mode" in the Options drop menu.

Also added a few new tool tips and fixed some bugs

Bug Fixes

Installer for: 8th July 2011

Tuesday 28th June 2011

Fixes some very minor bugs in the version 4.2 upload. See Bug_Fixes Installer for: 28th June 2011

Sunday 26th June 2011

Sticky bounces, set how much to exaggerate small bounces

Updated version number to 4.2. Result of gradual addition of many features and improvements since 4.1 was released. If you downloaded it recently won't find such a big difference.

Added Sticky bounces to Combine Rhythms (Ctrl + 217). I did it for the bounce on lyrics, but may help in other situations too. What it does is to stop the ball momentarily at the start of each bounce, so making it really clear when the bounce starts.

Also in the same window, you can now set how much you want to Exaggerate small bounces by. This is useful if you have a rhythm with some parts with many beats to a measure (e.g. large number of subdivisions of the beat). With the default settings then the bounces may be very small and hard to distinguish, and you can use this option to exaggerate the smaller bounces even more than the default. Or the other way around, exaggerate them less, as desired.

In Choose OUT DEVICES and PARTS to play for each device (Ctrl + 41) - if set to Single Device, now has the devices list expanded to fill the window. Also organised this window with all the wizards below the devices, so clearer layout, easier to see how it works.

In Bouncing Balls - Visuals - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl + 233) >> More (twice) added new option auto rescale for HD resolution and higher. This is useful if you make a high resolution animation or image, or for printing.

Many Bug_Fixes and minor improvements in the visuals and tips.

Installer for: 26th June 2011

Version 4.1

Monday 6th June 2011

Beep metronome, staggered and parallel presets for 3D bounce, pause animation save option

Added a "Beep Metronome" preset. This uses short sine wave beeps. Most useful probably for percussionist, as pitched sounds are easier to hear than metronome "ticks" over drums and other percussion, especially when you are exactly in time with the metronome.

Also added a drop menu with several other example beeps - you can find them all in the Wave Shape Player - and make new beep sounds of your own. Gave all the Wave Shape Player related windows their own menu so easy to find your way around them - that's useful if making new Wave Shape Player instruments.

For the pitches of the beep metronome, it uses odd numbered harmonics reduced to octave - these are harmonious with each other, and by leaving out the octave, reasonably distinctive as well. You can customize this in the Parts (Ctrl 10) window and in the Harmonics and Beep Metronome window.

Added Staggered and Parallel presets to the Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl ) - these are useful when you set the number of bouncing balls in each section to less than number of parts. E.g. for paradiddles and other drum rudiments using left and right "drum sticks" then if you set the number of bouncing balls per section to 1 you get each "drum stick" beating in a different part of the 3D window - then these presets let you swap between the drum sticks side by side, and staggered with one behind (and to the right of) the other.

If you tried a rhythm like 6/8 with 2 subdivisions you may have noticed that the sixteenth notes are counted as 1 & 2 & 3 & ... counting eighth notes with a count of 6 for the measure, but the eighth notes are counted with a count of 2, as e.g. 1 la li 2 la li with 2 on the centre beat. It would be good to be able to count the sixteenth notes consistently with the eighth notes, as 1 a la a li a 2 a la a li a etc. To deal with that have added a new check box to the Beats Counting System "Count using subdivisions of largest beat unit" - and because you probably still want to show the eighth notes in a distinctive way for the conducting patterns, added new conducting patterns check box "Beat 4 or more subdivision of compound time as subdivision of eighth notes or smaller". With both those switched on, 6/8 with 2 subdivisions and similar rhythms are conducted as before, but can be counted using a count of 2 for the measure.

You can override all this as usual with the "Custom Beats per Measure" window.

Added Pause button to "Export Animation (Ctrl 234)". This is useful if you have an animation which takes a long time to save, and want to pause it while you work on other things, and then you can set it to resume again e.g. when you leave the computer.

It used to be a bit inconvenient that if you save a video with audio but interrupt the save, though you can see the fragmentary video file, the sound doesn't get added to it. To deal with that, now does the auto trim of the audio using a temporary audio file - so leaves the original intact. As a result, can now have it so that exported videos always have audio even if save is interrupted.

Sometimes when you have lots of parts hidden or silent, it is confusing to have separate pointers on the tempo dial for all of the hidden and silent parts. Particularly so for the rhythmicon. To deal with this, in Tempo Dial Preferences (Ctrl 223) added a new option to only show the extra pointers for (as desired) any of: audible parts, visible parts, parts that are both visible and audible, and parts that are either visible or audible - selected from drop list.

Numerous other minor improvements and bug fixes.

See Bug_Fixes for some of the bugs.

Installer for: 6th June 2011

Sunday 20th February 2011

Installer for: 20th February 2011

Bug_Fixes

Thursday 17th February 2011

Edge smoothing for animation export. Colour centre of tempo dial option

Several minor new options.

Includes option to colour centre of the tempo dial using the exact bouncing ball colour in More (twice) version of the Tempo Dial Design (Ctrl 252) window. You can also colour the rest of the dial as well. The difference is that it uses the saturation and brightness as well as the hue, which is okay for the centre of the dial as there is no text that needs to be read at least in the main window, so don't need to have contrast of saturation and brightness to let you see the text.

Also in same window can configure the length and width of the extra pointers. Plus did new versions of the tempo dial presets with those values all set plus also the width of the main pointer a bit wider.

Option to set a maximum duration of the splash as e.g. 20% of a measure - especially useful for e.g. the measure beat splash which may be confusing when it continues for the entire measure. That's in the More (twice) version of Bouncing Balls - Other Visuals (Ctrl 225).

Split the Metronome drop menu into two menus "Rhythm" and "Bounce" - makes it clearer what they do - and a bit easier to find things in the menu.

Added an Anti Aliasing (edge smoothing) for image and video save option to the Export Animation (Ctrl 234) window. That's because though the animations in real time were anti-aliased, the exported animations were not - but this fixes that though it requires you to download and install the optional Free Image plugin.

Some minor bug fixes.

Installer for: 17th February 2010

Wednesday 9th February 2011

This is a minor update to do with the colours only. Now you can have a separate colour for the pressed buttons and for the hot highlighting (e.g. pressed is green, hot highlight is blue or whatever).

New check box in Tempo Dial Design and Colours window: Use exact bouncing ball colour for centre - The motivation for this is to make it easier to see which bouncing ball the tempo dial matches.

In detail: the colours for the tempo dial normally use just the hue of the bouncing ball, but keep the saturation and brightness, that's so that the text is still legible. So e.g. if you have a ball with a particular hue of blue, but with the colour dark or light, saturated or unsaturated, they all look the same. You have to do something like that to keep legibility of the dial whatever the choice of colour for the bouncing ball - e.g. light text especially is only easily visible against dark colours.

But there is no text or pointer over the centre disk of the tempo dial (except in 3D window and even there it isn't that important as you also have the tempo as a text field and as the position of the pointer) - so it is fine to do that the same colour exactly as the bouncing ball as an extra cue about which ball it is.

This may be useful if you have several bouncing ball colours differing in saturation or brightness but identical or very similar in hue.

Installer for: 9th February 2010

Tuesday 8th February 2011

New button in Skins window Save New Skin - which lets you save the current skin with a new name. Also new check box Auto fade new image skins - especially useful if you make a new skin by drag and drop of image into the Skins (Ctrl 162) window - automatically fades it otherwise often the text is hard to read if you make a skin in this way.

Some Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 8th February 2010

Sunday 6th February 2011

Some Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 6th February 2010

Saturday 5th February 2011

2D shapes for 3D bounce, easier to make new instruments for Wave Shape Player

Added new option "2D Shapes" to the Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226). This shows all the shapes in 2D though bouncing in 3D.

Better layout for the category listing of all the Bounce Metronome Windows - the one you get when you right click on the Organise Windows icon.

Improvements in the Wave Shape Player option to make a new instrument, plus bug fixes (see the bug fixes section).

Added a couple of new presets to the "Harmonic Polyrhythms like pi/4 & golden ratio/4" in the droplist of metronomes in the main window - to make a diminished seventh twelve equal chord (i.e. powers of 2^(1.4)) and to make the chord you get from stacked neutral thirds in 7-et (powers of 2^(2/7)).

Some Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 5th February 2010

Friday 28th January 2011

Summary: Some improvements in layout of some of the drop menus and windows - part of gradual work to make it more and more streamlined and easier to use. Added new option to automatically hide the bouncing balls whenever the metronome goes silent, for the Play then Silent feature. Some other minor new options mainly to do with visuals. New version of the sea for the 3D bounce which moves more slowly and a paler blue colour. Fixed quite a few minor bugs.

DETAILS

A few new tips and improvements in the tips. Made the menu a bit clearer - especially the Tempo and Visuals drop down menus. Also some minor improvements in layout of some of the other windows especially 2D and 3D sky windows, and the Go To Measure or Time and Stop window.

New version of the animated sea, also new version of animated caustics skin. The previous version of the sea was a bit too animated for some users, could be distracted, so made a new version with gentler animations, also a paler blue colour. Has a new name so won't overwrite the old vesion of the sea - but the old version is no longer included in the new installer.

With the Play then Silent option, then it's nice to hide the bouncing balls as well for the silent measures. To make that easy to do added a new check box Hide Bouncing Balls when Silent in Play then Silent, and Lilt Measures preset to checked, but unchecked if you already installed FTS for backwards compatibility.

With the tempo dial in main window, don't really need its rectangular background to be coloured as well, can be nice to just make it part of the skin background. To do that, added a new check box Use skin texture for dial background in Set Tempo Dial Range, Tempo Names & Design preset to checked.

New option Or match to sub-beats if possible in More (several times) version of Size of bouncing ball, type of ball etc. (Ctrl ). Often it makes more visual sense to make the star or polygon so it matches the number of beats in the subdivisions rather than in the measure as a whole including subdivisions (which may have many beats e.g. 4 subdivisions of 4 then 16 points).

Some more minor Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 28th January 2010

Sunday 16th January 2011

Some more minor Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 16th January 2010

Friday 14th January 2011

A couple of minor Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 14th January 2010

Thursday 13th January 2011

Free Taster as separate metronome, new options for gradually changing tempo, also gradually changing tempo by measures instead of time

Added Free Taster as separate metronome in the droplist in the main window. That way it's available to you still after you buy the program if you want its simpler user interface. Also if running the free taster, lets you try out the Basic Metronome separately.

In the Gradually Changing Tempo Etc (Ctrl 42) added new drop list with options to return to the start tempo (as before), or keep at the final tempo. That's useful if you want to ramp the speed up gradually up to a target tempo and then stay there for a while.

Also added option "Show Measures" in the same window, useful if you want to change tempo over a number of measures rather than over an interval of time in minutes and seconds.

Also made a simpler version of the notation to skip through a list of time signatures and tempi with up and down arrows in the Tempo Dial Options window (Ctrl 223). You can now enter the list as e.g. 4/4 6/8s2 5:3 3 2 3/4 etc.

So - this looks pretty much like standard time signature notations such as 4/4, 3 2 3/4 etc. Also it manages to combine additive rhythms, polyrhythms and normal time signatures in the same notation without any ambiguity.

Main thing non standard now is the s in 6/8s2. The s there means subdivisions so s2 means 2 subdivisions - I just don't know of a better concise notation to use there. Also as before you must have no spaces within the time signatures.

It auto converts from old notation if you have used this feature before. I thought about making it so it can still use the old notation - if anyone wanted could do that as a check box or something - but I think everyone will find the new notation easier once used to it.

Also done it so you can use :s for the cross rhythms in cycles of polyrhythms as well e.g. 4:3 7:8 ...

It's also much easier now to select which part gets conducted. I've added the drop list to the main window and it appears whenever you have conducting patterns selected. It's also in the 2D and 3D bouncing balls windows, same idea.

So now, it is dead easy to quickly set it to conduct the part(s) with most beats, or least beats, or select which part you want it to conduct. Useful for rhythms with subdivisions, polyrhythms etc, any except the simplest single time signature type rhythms. Before you had to search around to find this feature - or else you had to hide / show the parts individually.

Some re-organising of a few of the windows to make the layout easier to follow.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 13th January 2010

Friday December 31st, 2010

Minor user interfaces tweaks and bug fixes:

Added "3D bounce visuals" button to the Gravity Bounce 3D window - makes it easier to get to the window without need to go through the menus.

Added an = after the note symbol in the tempo dial - to make clear which note value the tempo is for when you have it set to show the same tempo for all the parts (e.g. all as quarter notes).

Also adds a new very minor option "max consecutive skipped frames" in More (twice) version of Bounce Preferences (Ctrl ). This helps especially on older computers, if the animations use a lot of CPU and the Set maximum load for computer leads to dropped frames - makes sure the bounce continues smoothly by skipping alternate frames or at most two frames every three.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 31st December 2010

Friday December 24th, 2010

Option to set tempo using a number of beats per measure not played in any of the parts, separate window now for Design your own dial

New window Tempi for other numbers of beats per measure (Ctrl 251) which helps you see if a rhythm you practice is within your capabilities for fast tempi. It lets you set any number of beats per measure or per quarter note etc - and then set the desired

tempo for them - and the metronome rhythm will adjust accordingly, automatically.

For the option to show all the parts on the dial at cone - the extra pointers optionally coloured so you can see which part is which - also labeled with the tempo and beats per measure for the part.

2o4_with_extra_tempo_pointers_colour.png

Made a separate window for "Design your own Tempo Dial" - by splitting the Tempo Dial Visuals and Preferences (Ctrl 223) into two windows

Numerous minor improvements and bug fixes.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 24th December 2010

Tuesday November 30th, 2010

Extra pointers on the tempo dial for all the other parts, not just selected part to show tempo

New Option Show Tempi for ALL OTHER PARTS AS WELL - extra pointers on dial in the Tempo Dial Visuals and Preferences (Ctrl 223)

4o4_with_extra_tempo_pointers.png

What this does is to give you visual indication of the tempi for all the parts at once, which is useful sometimes.

You also have options in the More (three times) version of the window to hide the extra pointers for hidden or silenced parts.

New option: Skip simultaneous notes in Adjust Swing or Individual Beats for Part (Ctrl 76) - Skips notes in the parts with most notes to make it easier to distinguish the instruments for the parts with fewer notes.

This is useful when each part plays a different instrument. Helps to make the measure beat and the main beats more distinctive in sound. Has a slightly syncopated feel to it as e.g. only the measure beat part plays the down beat.

New option "FOR EXPORT ANIMATION - Play lyrics once only" in Lyrics Options (Ctrl 231). This is useful if the audio clip continues beyond the end of the lyric and you want to show the lyric once only.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 30th November 2010

Thursday October 28th, 2010

minor bug fix

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 28th October 2010

Thursday October 7th, 2010

Anti-aliasing (edge smoothing) for smoother graphics

Preset to show the More buttons in windows now. That's because some users never find them, and so miss out on all the extra options available in the More versions of the windows. If you prefer them hidden, use F2 to bring up the Organise Windows window and switch off "Show More Buttons".

Edge smoothing for smoother lines, shapes and curves (anti-aliasing) for tempo dial, skin, and 3D bouncing balls.

The edge smoothing for 3D bouncing balls will work on most recent computers - depends on the graphics card capabilities.

For the 2D edge smoothing - e.g. for tempo dial or the buttons etc you will need Windows 7 or an up to date version of Vista with Sp2 and the Platform update for Vista installed.

Detail of main window showing the new edge smoothing:

bounce-metronome-basic-anti-aliasing-detail.png

Here is a screen shot of the new 3D window with edge smoothing switched on.

3d_antialiasing.jpg

Things that still need to be done for the edge smoothing (antialiasing)

There is some work still to do for some future upload - the icons particularly need smoothing, and also in the 2D bounce the shadow and the splash arc need smoothing.

Also even when 3D is smooth the export animation still does the 3D scenes with the jagged edges. One solution there might be to do the scenes double size and then reduce scale which is one way to do edge smoothing.

You can switch the various edge smoothing options on or off in the More (twice) version of the Options window.

At the moment it is preset to On for the skin, and for the 3D bouncing balls, also for the tempo dial etc.

It is preset to switched off for the 2D bouncing balls. Also preset to off for the animated skin. This is because the animations may be slower when it is switched on.

Techy reasons - though Direct2D is fast and you would normally expect it to be faster than normal drawing, the way I did it here is to mix it with ordinary 2D drawing methods as I have only done Direct2D for some of the graphics drawing, not for everything, yet.

In fact, at present it doesn't just alternate methods once, it does it several times for each frame. That's because some things are done in Direct2D and other things are still done in ordinary 2D drawing (GDI) and it might alternate between the two methods maybe half a dozen times or more while drawing a single frame. That's inefficient, and can be expected to slow it down a lot - which it does. So the Direct2D code can probably be optimised a fair amount - e.g. just doing all the GDI drawing first and the Direct2D last, probably a reasonably simple change, may make quite a difference.

If it gets as fast as the ordinary 2D or faster (quite possible) then I'll probably preset it to switched on for the animations as well, in future releases.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 7th October 2010

Tuesday September 28th, 2010

Broken chords stereo pan to follow bouncing ball

New option in the Chords for Part window: Broken chords can stereo pan to follow bouncing ball within the chord

Effect is - if you have a broken chord, then the notes within the chord are stereo panned to follow the bouncing ball or baton - so if it moves as the chord is played, as it usually does, then the notes are stereo panned accordingly. Sounds a bit like the stereo effect of notes played on a harp, a little extra touch of depth.

Some very minor bug fixes not worth listing.

Installer for: 5th October 2010

Sunday September 26th, 2010

Chord symbols for the bouncing balls and labels

Summary: You can now show chord symbols for the bouncing balls and labels. Minor improvements in the way the chord progression feature works. Other minor new features, bug fixes and user interface improvements.

New options to show chord symbols for the bouncing balls and for the labels - this is for the option to play chords for one of the parts Play Chord Progression for Part (Ctrl 250) - here they are in use:

To find these new options look in the options in the Bouncing Balls drop down in the main window, and in the Label Beats drop down in Controls, Labels and Layout (Ctrl 233).

New option: Set text for last cleared screen in lyric for the Lyrics Options (Ctrl 231)

You can now selectively switch off textures for just the bouncing balls in Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226) - this may be useful if you want textured (or animated textures) for the splash or beat labels, with the bouncing balls untextured.

Add 640 by 360 to drop list of resolutions as 360p - useful if you want to make a first draft of an HD video at low resolution but same aspect ratio as HD - which later on you can replace with an HD movie.

Various minor refinements in the way the new chord progression for part option works. E.g. now if you set the chord progression for the measure beat - then as you vary the rhythm, e.g. add subdivisions - automatically changes the part for the chord progression accordingly so it is always set to the measure beat. Or if set to e.g. the part with four beats to a measure - if you then vary the rhythm to add subdivisions or whatever, will automatically select a part with four beats to the measure in the new rhythm, if possible.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 26th September 2010

Saturday September18th, 2010

Chord progression for a part

Summary: You can now play a chord progression in time with the rhythm (e.g. 12 bar blues or whatever). You can send notes and midi messages via Midi In. New version of the cherry blossom skin with pink icons. Other minor new features and several bug fixes.

Play Chord Progression for Part (Ctrl 250) - play a chord progression in one of the parts, e.g. to practice twelve bar blues. Includes option to play broken chords. You need to show melodic instruments from the Instr. menu to see it. It appears in the Parts drop menu.

New version of the cherry blossom skin with pink icons for Play, Organise, Help etc - instead of blue ones (which rather clashed with the pink skin to some eyes). If you prefer the old version then just unselect "Customise Icons for Skin" in Skin Buttons (Ctrl 140). The installer will just upgrade silently to new version of the skin with the pink icons because I assume that nearly anyone will find it an improvement.

Simplified the layout of the main window slightly - removed the option to set the part for the tempo dial as a number - as it is probably rarely used and is still available in the Tempo Dial Options window. Made the text for the subdivisions more succint so it takes up less space. Meanwhile also added button to show the Stereo Pan window directly from the main window. All this is to do with focussing the main window on the things you want to change most often.

Made the splashes and other 3D curved shapes more rounded when viewed to high resolution - increased the preset numbers of slices and stacks to 64 from 32 in the Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226) - and also made it easier to adjust them all simultaneously - if you use Ctrl click and drag up and down on the Sphere Slices - it adjusts all the numbers of slices and stacks for cylinders, disks and spheres at once.

Added Geometrical style play buttons to Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226) (more several times version of the window)

In Colours (Ctrl 7) added a new "Bounce on Lyrics Colours" section to the "What to Change" droplist which lets you configure any of the colours for the ball bouncing on lyrics.

Options added with view to the future
Midi In

New windows: Choose In Devices (Ctrl 249) and other related windows which you can get to from buttons in this window. This lets you play any of the parts via Midi in - with many capabilities.

I have many ideas for the future which depend on implementing this first. So it could be used for the tap at tempo, tap timing, to play the rhythmicon etc. Also it is a necessary feature for midi sync. via Midi in with BM Pro as the "slave" e.g. if you want BM to vary tempo in response to tempo changes in another program sent via midi in (as "midi clocks"). Will work on these options in the future.

Lyrics Options

Also added some new options connected with the new metronome I plan to add which will let you set the ball to bounce on the lyrics of a song in time with an audio recording.

So, added: new options in the Edit Lyric and Lyrics Options window: Set maximum number of lyric lines, Bounce depends on duration, and Clear the Lyrics with blue screen between consecutive ~s

In More version of Recorded Sound Options (Ctrl 108) - added new options Moving Highlight for Play Detail and Show Lyric in Recording.

The reason these options are useful will be clear when I release the new metronome, which is currently working in the beta, but needs to be simplified before it is suitable for release.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 18th September 2010

Friday September 3rd, 2010

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 3rd September 2010

Wednesday September 1st, 2010

Made simpler version of Pitch of

1/1 window and slighlty re-organised the user interface.

Minor improvements in menu layout for Metronome drop menu.

Minor bug fixes upload.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 1st September 2010

Sunday August 29th, 2010

Experimental new Flamenco main window with tempo dial as separate window

Added a new experimental check box to the Bounce Preferences window for the Flamenco Metronome: Test Main Window without Tempo Dial (Experimental)

Looks like this:

flamenco_metronome_no_dial_v2.jpg

This is just an idea I'm exploring. May well change layout or do something else.

If it works out well, idea is to do the same thing for all the metronomes. Also could easily have the 3D bouncing balls in the middle of the window as well. So you could have a drop list in the Bounce Preferences window of options including: main window with 2D bouncing balls only (with tempo strip), 3D bouncing balls only, 2D tempo dial all in one, or split.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 29th August 2010

Thursday August 26th, 2010

Summary:

Simpler more minimalist versions of many of the windows. When you use the Standard Settings, Stereo pan gets preset to follow bouncing balls. Some bug fixes.

Details

Simpler more minimalist versions of many of the windows, with only the things you want to change often. Also for newbie users, comes up with those windows as the ones you first see. So quicker to get used to the program and to find out where the most important things are.

This is the new Bounce Preferences minimalist window.

minimalist_bounce_preferences.png

The old more complicated version is still there, you get to it if you show the More buttons (you switch those on under Options or under Organise Windows, F2).

Later on once used to the program and where everything is, you can then show the more buttons and then go to the more versions of the windows for advanced tweaking of the settings.

How to show the minimalist versions of all the windows if you have already installed BM Pro

If you have the more buttons hidden, then you get them automatically.

Otherwise, go to Opts and switch "Show MORE buttons" off first, which will set all the windows to their minimalist versions - then switch it on again to show the more buttons once more.

To get the most minimalist version of a particular window just keep choosing Less until you can go no further.

Other minor tweaks

Now stereo pan gets preset to follow bouncing balls for the standard settings buttons. If you want it to be preset to pan by parts instead, switch off "Preset to follow bouncing balls for standard settings" in Stereo Pan (Ctrl 50)

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 26th August 2010

Monday August 23rd, 2010

Summary: Minor improvements in user interface, including new HD preset button for export animations, minor new features and some bug fixes

Details

Add an HD preset button to Export Animation, Print or Copy (Ctrl 234), Shift click on the button for higher resolution HD 1080p

Made the Drum, Conducting and Standard preset buttons easier to find in Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226) - was in the More (twice) version of the window only.

New option Pan to extremes of range for conducting patterns like 2/4 in Stereo Pan (Ctrl 50). Normally when conducting 2/4, and set so the notes pan to follow the bounces, then the first beat of 2/4 will be panned to the centre and second beat to the left. When this is switched on, first beat is panned to the right, so using the full range available for the stereo pan.

Added the Custom Multi Instruments (Ctrl 37) to More version of the menu for the metronomes playing non melodic percussion. This is useful for the option to set instruments for individual beats in the rhythm - lets you see what is happening "under the hood" and to do any by hand fine tuning of what it does if you want. Also did a bit of rearranging of controls in the window and improving the tool tips, and renamed it from Custom Multi Instrument Voices to just "Custom Multi Instruments".

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 23rd August 2010

Sunday August 8th, 2010

Go Silent Briefly and simpler gradual tempo changes now in Basic metronome as well

Summary: Option to Start when your Computer Starts easier to find. Added Go Silent Briefly and stripped down version of the Gradual Tempo changes to Basic metronome. Minor improvements in the user interface. Some bug fixes.

Details

Made the option to Start when your computer starts easier to find - now as a check box in the General Options window. Also added the "Go Silent Briefly" and a stripped down version of the gradual tempo changes to the Basic Metronome - previously only available in the Pro metronome.

Minor improvements in some of the tool tips and added tips to File Association Options (Ctrl 43) to explain what some of the options there do.

Minor improvement in layout of Bounce Preferences (Ctrl 220) - relabeled Adjust Audio Sync. to Adjust Sync. of Bounces with Sound. This just helps to make it a bit clearer what it does. Also improved the tip for it.

Several minor bug fixes which may affect some users.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 8th August 2010

Monday August 2nd, 2010

Summary: Version update to 4.1. Three new metronomes - for mixed meters with mixed note types such as 4/4 7/8, for polyrhythms with mixed note types such as 4/4 over 4/3, and a Flamenco metronome. Three new windows -Conducting patterns (Ctrl 247), Label beats (Ctrl 246) and Custom Beats per measure (Ctrl 248). Many minor improvements in the user interface and new minor features.

New metronomes

Some videos of them in action will probably help.

Mixed meters with mixed note types

This lets you play rhythms like 4/4 7/8 or 2/4 3/8.

Here is 4/4 7/8, all together as one large mixed meter - with swing and subdivisions, with all the original beats divided into two subdivisions and then swung (giving sixteenth notes in case of the 7/8).

Polyrhythms with mixed note types

This shows 4/4 over 4/3 - it's like a 4 over 3 polyrhythm but you count 4/4 in both parts - so the 4/3 though it has three beats to the measure of the 4/4 rhythm, is played with emphasis every four beats, so has a measure that is a third longer than the 4/4.

The way you read 4/3 is that it is four "third notes" per measure where a third note is a third of the size of a whole note, just as a quarter note is a quarter of the size of a whole note. So four "third notes" have the same duration as one and a third whole notes.

Flamenco metronome.

This is for the Flamenco 12 beat clock - so same as the existing Flamenco "clock" preset which was added in Wednesday May 12th 2010 but with a special metronome now to itself.

Flamenco Compás "Clock" with syncopation on sixteenth notes

New windows

The Conducting patterns window lets you set your own custom conducting patterns - there I just mean the order of the beats such as 3 1 4 2 - doesn't yet let you rrecord a conducting pattern e.g. with mouse or video and play it back.

The Label Beats lets you label individual beats as you like, including a beat boxing feature and an option to auto convert beat boxing syllables to corresponding non melodic percussion instrument sounds that get played on the same beat.

The Custom Beats per Measure is one you won't use that often but gets auto set for the new metronomes where it is needed e.g. for 4/4 over 4/3 to keep track of the two measures which are different in size and for 4/4 7/8 to keep track of where one measure ends and the next begins when you make it all as a single measure.

Other new features

More drum rudiments in the drop list for the Drum & Dance metronome.

New button to make a roll with any number of strokes and a buzz roll in Dance rhythms - or any other rhythms with skiipped beats (Ctrl 228)

Button to make it as a Buzz Roll. Here is a video.

Now shows the size of the smallest note value as a drop list with all the notations (not just abc) - and you can change this and if you select another note type from the drop list - then remakes the entire rhythm.

So for instance if you want to show your paradiddles using eighth notes or sixteenth notes or whatever, just select the appropriate note value from the drop list and the rhythm will update accordingly.

Now has a free taster metronome - after your test drive expires or if you haven't yet started it - you can run the basic metronome as a free taster - with some of the features hidden. Basically like the other ones but the only rhythms you can make are the standard 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8. You can make other rhythms in the other metronomes and then switch to the free taster to play them, so this gives you a free (though deliberately a bit awkward to use) method to play any of the rhythms in the free taster.

New tool tips and improvements in some existing tips.

Many bug fixes - too numerous to mention individually.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 2nd August 2010

Version 3.2

Wednesday June 30th, 2010

Summary: Set instruments for individual beats in the rhythm. New features for rhythmicon - easy ways to make it with 5 limit harmony so leaving out the more exotic harmonies. Option to set instruments individually for each beat in the rhythm. Added Lissajous patterns.

Details:

New feature for rhythmicon. Easy ways to make it with only 5 limit harmony, for instance - you set all the numbers you want to multiply together e.g. (1) 2 3 5, then it will make the rhythmicon - in that case with the harmonics 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 15 16 18 20 24 25 so leaving out the more exotic 7, 11 and 13 limit harmonieshttp://bouncemetronome.com/images/set-to-numbers-got-by-multiplying-clip.png

Option to select separate instruments for each beat in the rhythm: select-indrument-for-beat.png

And what it looks like in the new expanded version of the instrument menus:

select-indrument-for-beat-non-melodic-percussion-menu.png

You can enter the numbers for the beats you want to set the instrument for, then use Select Now or just select from the menu to change the instrument for just that beat. This also gives an interface for the feature for blind musicians.

Added options Right click on dot to set instr. for beat and Label with instr. for beat to More version of Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl ...)

Added Show dots for right click set instrument for beat and Dot size to the More version of Bouncing Balls - Controls, Text and layout

Add a Custom drop list to the non melodic percussion menu with drop list of example Custom multi-instrument voices for non melodic percussion.

Added window Custom Multi Instrument Voices Menu (Ctrl ...) - this is where the new option to select the instrument for an individual beat gets worked out "behind the scenes" - you can leave this window open and look at it to see how it is done or to customise the result further. In fact the reason this new feature was easy to add was because it uses this window which is from Tune Smithy 3 and was originally used as a way to enrich the fractal tunes.

For rhythmicon then did it so that you see the complete range of harmonics (or subharmonics) when you unselect "Silence keys" to play along with it.

rhythmicon_PC_keyboard-Harmonics.png

Added new option Select harmonics, and Select harmonics - least beats per measure first - to the drop list How to choose the harmonics. This gives you more options for this feature, and used for the triplet rhythmicon which now has a Shift or Control click option for the less exotic harmonics similarly to the regular rhythmicon.

Added the Lissajous patterns window - which you may be familiar with if you use Tune Smithy. You can read about them here: Lissajous patterns for Tune Smithy.

Added new options to Lissajous Pattern Options (Ctrl 138):

Use pitch for part if all notes same pitch (and unmuted) which is useful for the harmonic metronomes and rhythmicon - you can see the Lissajous pattern change even when there is no sound, e.g. not playing the rhythm, just as you adjust the pitches for the parts. Preset to SELECTED.

Show pattern FOR BEATS PER MEASURE if all notes in ALL PARTS SAME PITCH - this lets you show a Lissajous pattern even for the rhythms using non melodic percussion - uses the number of beats to the measure instead of the pitch to draw the curve. Preset to SELECTED - since it makes no difference to the normal Lissajous patterns, just adds an extra option to also show the patterns for rhythms with no variation in pitch.

use BEATS PER MEASURE instead of pitches anyway - use this if you want to ignore the pitches and just use the beats per measure to draw the curve.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 30th June 2010

Tuesday June 22nd, 2010

Summary: New option for the Tempo Dial to cycle through a list of tempi and time signatures with Up and Down arrow keys. Added stepping progression option to the Gradually CHANGING Tempo window - e.g. two up, one down, repeat. Added triplet patterns version of the Rhythmicon. Other minor additions, improvements in the user interface and a few new tool tips. Also fixed numerous minor bugs and glitches.

Details:

Added new options Up / Down

arrow key cycles through list of tempi to the Tempo Dial - Visuals and Preferences (Ctrl 223). So the up and down arrow keys cycle through the list of tempi (and optionally time signatures) you set for it. You can also cycle through time signatures at the same time as you change tempo - e.g. 80 bpm in 4/4 then 30 bpm in 3/4 with 2 subdivsions then 120 in 6/8 or whatever.

This is useful if you have several pieces with different tempi and / or time signatures that you want to practice in a single session. I added this feature in answer to this question at Yahoo Answers: Where can I get a good metronome for my PC?

When unselected, up and down arrow keys adjust by one tempo dial notch at a time.

New version of Gradually Changing Tempo etc (Ctrl 42) with the Each time around INCREASE TEMPO by stepping progression.

E.g. suppose you have set it to automatically increase by 2 bpm, then drop down by 1 BPM. Now you can also set it to repeat that endlesesly as e.g. 100 102 101 103 102 104 ... Then you can set a maximum tempo to stop the stepping progression at, and also set what happens when the progression ends. Here is a screenshot to give the idea:

[bug_fixes.htm gradually-changing-tempo.png]

For A version of Theremin's Rhythmicon (in droplist of metronomes) - added Triplet rhythm version of the rhythmicon. Uses the pattern quarter note, eighth note repeated. Also serves as an example to show how you can make other versions of the rhythmicon with varying beat sizes.

Added a separate Pitch Bends column to the More (twice) version of Notes Currently Playing (Ctrl 47) with option Show 8192 for no bend to show the actual data sent (i.e. 8192 for 0 cents diff) - preset to unselected to show the amount of the adjustment in pithc bend units. Also minor improvements in this window.

Added option to the Stereo Pan (Ctrl 50) window to auto pan the last part to the center, appears if you select Auto pan by Parts from the drop list for HOW to auto pan. Also labeled the drop list and minor improvement of layout of this window.

Also added auto pan check boxes to all the metronome main windows to make it easier to find the feature and switch it on / off.

Added Set Preferred number of beats per measure for counting system to Bouncing Balls - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl 233).

Marked 1920x1080 as HD in drop list of video save formats - as alternative higher resolution HD format (is the high resolution HD format for youtube videos).

Added some extra options to Waveform Instruments - Audio Settings (Ctrl 188) - to help with rendering to audio to get the timings exact - especially if you want the recording to be exactly in time with an animation in Export Animation, Print or Copy (Ctrl 234). Also fixes a bug - see Bug_Fixes for details.

Added new option for the rhythm text PolyrhythmAnyway. It's used for the new example "Triplet Pattern Rhythms in 1/8 up to 16/8 simultaneously" to make sure it is always polyrhythmic even if you have the option synchronise beats in all the parts switched on in the Dance Rhythms and other rhythms with mixed note sizes (Ctrl 228). Overrides to unsynchronised parts as required for polyrhythms.

Also added an option Pulse (if not set) to the More version of Dance Rhythms and other rhythms with mixed note sizes (Ctrl 228). As you'd guess from the description, sets the prest pulse to use. Normally quarter beats - so 2 eighth notes. Changes the way the rhythms are swung or lilted.

Added Okay to vary stereo pan and other controllers if there are no channels available - to - keeps the desired pitch and instrument, just varies the controllers. Useful if you run out of channels e.g. for stereo pan. Used for the Rhythmicon with stereo pan for instance - when you run out of channels to play the notes, better to play the correct pitch in a different stereo pan position.

Added Show tuplet durations to Tempo Dial - Visuals & Preferences (Ctrl 223) - makes it clearer when you have e.g. quarter notes with 3:2 (normal triplets 3 in space of 2) or 7:4 and eighth notes with 9:8 (9 in the space of 8 eighth notes) or 5:4 (5 in space of 4 same as 10 in the space of 8). See the Wikipedia article on Tuplets to read more about this notation.

Added a second More version of Notes Currently Playing with a Pitch Bends column - to show the actual data sent via Midi Out - and added a check box Show 8192 for no bend - unselect to see it as the pitch bend differences from 12-et still in pitch bend units.

Other minor improvements in the layout of some of the windows. Also improved some of the tool tips and added a few new tool ones, including tips for many of the new features.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 22nd June 2010

Wednesday June 2nd, 2010

Reorganised the Polyrhythm Metronome a bit, and added subdivisions to it. Also in the More version of Combine with More Rhythms (Ctrl 217) for the polyrhythm metronome, added option to have subdivisions of any of the rhythms. So e.g. you c

an have 3/4, 5/4 and 7/4 each with 2 subdivisions (or a different number of subdivisions for each one if you prefer) and so on.

Fixed some bugs.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 2nd June 2010

Saturday May 29th, 2010

Added Label first row only to Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226). Also to Bouncing Balls - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl 233). This labels just the first row with the beat numbers - instead of labelling them all which can help when the rhythm has many parts.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 29th May 2010

Wednesday May 19th, 2010

Added Go silent briefly to Gradually Changing Tempo Etc (Ctrl 42).

Here are a couple of screen shots:

Main window with Go Silent Briefly swicthed on and tool tip for it shown

Gradually Changing Tempo Etc (Ctrl 42) with tool tip for the text area where you can enter the numbers of measures for the Go Silent Briefly option

The idea here is that you continue to play when the sound stops. Then when the sound comes back again, aim to be exactly in time with the metronome, or as close as you can get to it.

You can try this either with or without the bouncing ball visuals as an extra cue to help you stay in time.

One reason to do this is to help you to learn to keep a steady tempo without a metronome. You can also use it when you learn tricky rhythms e.g. polyrhythms etc, to see if you can keep them going during the measures when the metronome is silent.

Added some new windows of particular interest for the Fractal Tunes metronome - Fractal Tune Melody Seed, Notes Played as "Score", and Notes Played as "Score" - Options. You can find these in the Beats drop menu when you have Show melodic instruments, tunes & harmonic metronome switched on.

These are windows from FTS which I left out of the original release of BM Pro, but could be useful particularly for users of the Fractal Tune Metronome. Also added the graphics versions of the New Scale and New Arpeggio windows. The "Score" is a very rudimentary non editable score, with no clef signs and only dots (or diamonds etc) for the notes - but with some interesting microtonal display features. Idea is it gives you some idea of the tune e.g. if you want to play along or sing with it.

Various Bug_Fixes. Also one very minor bug_fixes.htm#unfixed_bug unfixed bug which will hardly affect anyone. It remains unfixed for techy reasons and I have no plans to fix it.

Installer for: 19th May 2010

Wednesday May 12th 2010

Added button Flamenco "Clock" preset to the Drum Metronome. This sets it up with the 12 beat pattern used in Flamenco music - here is a screen shot:

12-beat-Flamenco-Compas.png

To make this possible added a few extra options to the Drum metronome, some of which may well be useful for other rhythms as well.

Added Show start of measure at (angle in degrees) to Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227). It shows up for the bounce inside ovals and bounce outside ovals options. You can select that to start the bounces at the top of the oval instead of the bottom, or at any other position you like. Preset to angle of 180 degrees which means you start the count at the top.

Added Make rhythm with pulse (for swing or accents) varying to fit emphasis to Dance rhythms - or any other rhythms with skipped beats (Ctrl 228). Here Emphasized beats are beats that are played on more than one part.

For the Flamenco rhythm this will make the pulse 3 for the first 6/8 part of the rhythm and 2 for the second 3/4 type part of the 12 beat rhythm.

This is used for the swing and swing volumes options - changes the way the beats in individual parts are accented. So for the Flamenco rhythm, they are accented in threes for the first half of the rhythm and in twos for the second half of the twelve beat rhythm.

Added Start count at last beat in measure instead of first to Controls, Text and Layout (Ctrl 233). This is used to start the count in the clock at 12 so you count 12, 1, 2, 3 ... in the Flamenco "clock" with 12 at the top like a clock face, instead of 1, 2, 3, ... as you do with other rhythm patterns.

Some Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 12th May 2010

Wednesday May 5th 2010

Minor update. Just slight improvement of some of the help and some Minor bug fixes

Installer for:5th May 2010

Thursday April 29th 2010

Minor update. Added new Script "Go Silent Briefly" - this sets the volume level to 0 every third measure for two measures, as: measures 1 & 2 loud, measures 3 & 4 silent, 5 & 6 loud etc. Useful when you want to test yourself without the metronome and then see if you come in on time when the metronome plays again.

Reorganised the Organise Windows window (F2) slightly.

Bug_Fixes

Installer for: 29th April 2010

Tuesday April 20th 2010

Minor update - added [recommend-bounce-metronome-pro.htm RECOMMEND Bounce Metronome Pro to your Friend] to the help menu. Fixed some tips that got left out of the tool tip help in an earlier upload and some other very minor bugs.

Installer for: 20th April 2010

Saturday April 17th 2010

Minor update - added "CHOOSE your metronomes" above the droplist of metronomes in the main window - to help users who download the program for the first time and aren't sure where to find the Pro metronome. Also added "Follow on Facebook" to the Help menu.

Installer for: 17th April 2010

Friday April 16th 2010

Minor update - added a new check box you can use to hide tool tips for the windows with graphics such as the bouncing balls windows. Added check box to gray out silenced parts in the 3D Bounce. Also another check box expected to be rarely used - to switch on Elastic bounce for cone for 3D window with cone only baton. Made the Time Signature easier to find in the main window to help you if you want to make odd time signatures etc. Also slight improvement in one of the tool tips - and minor bug fixes.

Details:

New check box Graphics Tips in Help Window (F1): preset to checked. You can uncheck it to hide the tool tips that pop up when you hover the mouse over one of the blocks or controls in the 2D or 3D Bounce graphics. Recommended that you leave it switched on as you learn the program - but once you know about all the ways you can adjust the rhythm etc. using mouse clicks or click & drag, you may want to switch it off.

Added check box Gray out silenced parts in Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226). You can configure how gray they get in the More (twice) version of that window.

Added check box "Elastic bounce for cone" in the More (twice) version of Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226). This is for the "cone only" baton and lets you do it with an elastic bounce so that the baton squashes vertically when it "bounces" even when there is no bouncing ball shown. Expected to be rarely used but you may like it as it can give a slightly more distinctive feel to the moment of the bounce. If you don't see any More buttons then you can show them with a check box in the Organise Windows (F2) window.

Slight improvement in one of the tool tips - for the drop list of different styles of bounce pattern - especially - mentions that you can unselect "Bounce in opposite directions for polyrhythms" in Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227) and added headers and words in CAPS to break up the text a bit and help to highlight the the advantages of each of the styles of bounce pattern.

Moved Time Signature text fields to just below the 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 etc presets in the main window. Hopefully will make it so you can find out how to make odd time signatures such as 5/4, 11/8 etc. more quickly (you set the time signature to make them).

Bug fixes

Installer for: 16th April 2010

Monday April 12th 2010

Minor bug fixes, most to do with appearance of the baton for 3D Bounce with elastic bounce switched on.

Bug fixes

Installer for: 12th April 2010

Saturday April 10th 2010

Added check boxes for some sections in Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals window (Ctrl 226).

So - you can now switch on / off: SHADOWS & SPLASH, BLOCKS, PARTS STRIPS ETC, LABELS, and BUTTONS AND CONTROLS each with a single click.

You can still switch items off individually within each section if you want e.g. dots without numbers etc. E.g. when you switch off LABELS that entire section of window 226 gets hidden & any dots or numbers in the 3D Bounce window will vanish.

Minor bug fixes

Installer for: 10th April 2010

Wednesday April 7th 2010

Very minor update. Minor gui improvements. Changed the preset bounce heights for the conducting patterns in the Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227) to make the secondary bounces a bit more distinct (400 instead of 700 for up beat, 200 instead of 250 for middle beat and 150 instead of 200 for the last subdivision). Changed the click to buy url to the page with the details billing information all on one page instead of two.

For users who haven't yet bought the program - running the test drive, about to start the test drive, or after the test drive expired:

Restored the"Click to buy" button on the help window at the bottom of the window - since it is well out of the way now. Makes it easy to buy the software especially if you want to buy it soon after you download it - if you need a longer test drive, you can hide this button from Help .

Installer for: 7th April 2010

Wednesday March 31st 2010

For bouncing note symbols - and the note symbol on the tempo dial - now shows 3 beside the note for triplets, 5 for quintuplets etc. Here is a screen shot:

bouncing-triplet2.jpg

Added: Show ntuplets above notes in More version of Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226) Only affects the 3d bouncing musical notes - lets you show the number above the note instead of to the side. In 2D it's always to the side for now. Screen shot shows that option switched on so above the note.

Bug fix

Installer for: 31st March 2010

Tuesday March 30th 2010

Bug fix

Installer for: 30th March 2010

Monday March 29th 2010

Added Bare bones tempo dial in 3D and PURE WHITE (for bouncing balls or baton) to 3D BOUNCING BALLS - Visuals (Ctrl ) - helps make the 3D baton easier to see.

Added Boost Animation Frames to High Prioirty Class and Animation Frames Priority Level within class to Bounce Preferences (Ctrl ).

Added a drop list of ways to show the Delay visual bounce by - as decimal seconds, % of a second, and milliseconds.

Added a new check box Compress bounce hits towards focal point to in the Metronome Bounces (Ctrl 227) window so you can easily switch that option on and off.

Added Getting Started button to the Basic metronome main window. Added help for first time users and trouble shooting page to the help overview now at: Help

Bug fixes

Installer for: 29th March 2010

Monday March 22nd 2010

Very minor update to do with improving purchase process. Main thing - preset the "Click to buy" button on the help window to hidden for test drive users again, for now.

If you want it back for some reason, you can still do that - go to the Unlock window and select the option to show it.

Installer for: 22nd March 2010

Sunday March 21st 2010

Very minor update to do with improving purchase process.

Improved text for disclaimer, moved the Click to Buy button from title bar of help to the middle bottom of the window, and improved the tool tip help for the click to buy button. That's about it.

Installer for: 21st March 2010

Friday March 19th 2010

Fixes a few very minor bugs in the last upload. Nothing worth mentioning really.

Also in the Export Animation ... (Ctrl 234) window - now is preset to use the CinePack codec from Radius to make the avi if you have it - this codec seems to be commonly installed in Windows and gives good results. That's better than the normal preset which is "Uncompressed frames" which can make really enormous avi files. The help for the window explains about this but it seems best to use a good codec for the preset if there is one available.

Installer for: 19th March 2010

Thursday March 18th 2010

Added the Bach musicological font to Bounce Metronome Pro, and use this to show musical note sizes in the program - e.g. on the tempo dial, and a new option for bouncing musical notes.

New rhythm edit window for the drum metronome.

drum_rhythm_editor.png

With the Auto Beam on edit feature - as you edit the rhythm the notes are automatically beamed together to the desired number of eighth notes.

The ABC notation feature adds just the basic rhythm capabilities of abc - pitch variation is ignored also doesn't yet support repeats or >, >>, < or << - so it is a start - but later on can add those capabilities to it.

New option for the drum & dance rhythms: Synchronise beats in all the parts (unselect this for polyrhythms) - it's useful for rhythms with several parts. Makes all the parts the same length, i.e. same number of quarter notes (or sixteenth notes or whatever). The duration of a quarter note is the same for all the parts even when one of the parts is shorter (fewer quarter notes etc) - perhaps because it is mid-edit.

Added Set Measure Sizes - for rhythms with two or more measures to More version of the Adjust Swing or Individual Beats window.

Some other minor new options.

Numerous minor improvements in layout of windows e.g. Tempo Dial Options..

Bug fixes

Installer for: 18th March 2010

Monday March 1st 2010

A few new tool tips and additions to existing tips.

Installer for: 1st March 2010

Sunday February 28th 2010

Improvements in the way the conducting patterns are shown - in the Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227) - added:

Reverse order bounces for some subdivisions:
& 2 & 1 & 4 3 & type pattern

Subdivisions closer together by:

You can see the effect of these in the new version of the[conducting_patterns.htm conducting patterns] page on this web site, e.g. for [conducting_patterns.htm#c4_sub conducting 4/4 as 1 & 2 & ]

Added option to set the tempo you change to as a tempo in BPM instead of a % multiple of the start tempo in Change Tempo at Times (Ctrl 42). Also improved layout of this window and the More version of it.

Added option "Keep this tempo when rhythm changes" to the Tempo Dial & Preferences window (Ctrl 223). When unselected then keeps the measure beat tempo when the rhythm changes. When selected, keeps the tempo for the part shown in the tempo dial, whichever part it is.

Added a tool tip to the new red "Click here to Buy" button which you see floating above the title bar of the window you work with, if you haven't bought the software - explains what it is for, and also tells you how to hide it if you want to (from Help | Buy Now or Unlock).

Installer for: 28th February 2010

Thursday February 25th 2010

Summary

Show any Bounce Metronome Pro window FULL SCREEN (without menu, title bar or borders)

Play Bar (Ctrl 170) now doesn't have a title bar

Added Accents or Jazz accents button to quickly add accents to the entire rhythm.

Added Show parts for instruments - this makes it clear which instruments are used for which parts

Other minor extra features and improvements in the interface - and some bug fixes.

Details

You can now show any Bounce Metronome Pro window FULL SCREEN. To do that just press the ESCAPE key - or choose Full Screen from the Options menu for the window. You press ESCAPE again to return to normal. You can use SHIFT ESCAPE to show the menu full screen for windows with a menu (or to hide the menu if already shown).

The Play Bar (Ctrl 170) now doesn't have a title bar - to take up less space on the screen. Also you can now move it around using click and drag anywhere between the buttons.

Also while at it, did it so that you move any of the other windows in the same way - even when they have a title bar. So, as well as the usual click and drag on the title bar, you can click and drag anywhere between the buttons and controls. You can switch this off if needed in the Options (Ctrl 202) window. You can also add the title bar back to the Play bar there as well if you want to (in the More version of the Options (Ctrl 202) window).

Added options "Show tempo in centre" and "Round to BPM" to the tempo dial for the 3D bouncing balls, configured in the Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226). This helps to see the tempo at a glance without the decimal point for fractional tempo and slightly larger text - you can see the decimal part in the text field at the top of the window where you can enter the tempo as text. Also means that you can show the tempo when you export a 3D animation in EXPORT ANIMATION, or Print, or Copy (Ctrl 234)

Added an Accents button to main window. When you click on it, accents the beats. If already set to accents, changes to Jazz accents - with the accents on the weak notes between the main beats of the bar so a syncopated type effect. Clicking again changes back to normal accents on the main beats. It gives you a quick way to swap between accents or jazz type syncopation for an entire bar with one click.

In Add sound to Animation Export (Ctrl 242) - new option: "When AVI is halted, still add WAV & auto trim" in More version of the window - preset to selected. So - when you save a movie, if you halt it part of the way through, maybe because it is taking a long time to make, still adds the sound, trimmed to the movie, so that you can hear what it is like for as far as it got saved.

In EXPORT ANIMATION, or Print, or Copy (Ctrl 234) - new option Favour measures. This is for lilt bars or continually changing tempo when you have Save exact Measures switched on. Normally, it adjusts the total time for the movie to the time needed for the exact number of bars based on the start tempo and then uses that time for the length of the movie. If you switch on Favour measures then the exact number of bars gets saved even if less or more than the estimated time based on the start tempo. This is useful if you want to save a particular number of measures.

Also in the same window, added: Continue to end of Measure. which gets shown when Favour measures is unselected. This is useful - e.g. if you want to save an animation for continually changing tempo for e.g. 1 minute, will save a little over 1 minute and stop at exactly the end of the measure so that the animation can loop smoothly.

Added Brighter Specular Reflections for Textures to 3D Images or Animations - for Bouncing Balls (Ctrl 239) - preset to selected. This makes the shiny reflective spots on the bouncing balls a bit brighter when the bouncing balls are textured or for animated textures. When unselected, then the specular colour gets mixed with the texture so the shiny spots are less bright and depend on the colour of the texture. Depends on your version of OpenGL whether this is supported.

Added Override maximum texture size for Open GL to: to More version of 3D Images or Animations - for Sea and Sky - this may give better results for some displays when you show the 3D bouncing balls at high resolution - maximised or full screen.

Added Show parts for instruments and Show parts for percussion to Edit Instruments Menus (Ctrl 157) - this makes it clear which instruments are used for which parts - when you look at the instrument in the menu - the part number gets added to the instrument name.

Bug fixes

Installer for: 25th February 2010

Monday February 15th 2010

This upload was mainly to do with the visual appearance of the software and the animations you can export from it. It also fixes an access violation that may happen in very rare situations for the 3D bouncing balls.

Added new [pink-cherry-blossom-software-metronome.htm Pink Cherry Blossom Software Metronome] skin based on the famous Mount Fuji seen through cherry blossoms - one of the views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai.

To do that needed to add some new options as well as fix some minor bugs that turned up.

Add options Use background texture for sky - seamless join with rest of window and Colour Gradient Sky to 3D Images or Animations - for Sea and Sky (Ctrl 235)

Added option Auto rescale texture to fit individual windows to Skins (Ctrl 162)

Added Shades of Blue Skin..., Pink Cherry Blossom Skin... and Animated Caustics Skin.. to the Visuals drop menu as a quick way to access these skins. Made the tool tips colour coordinated so you get blue tips on a pale blue background for the Shades of Blue skin and pink tips on a pale pink background for the Pink Cherry Blossom skin.

Now recognises ¼ ¾ and ½ in any of the text fields where you enter numbers - i.e. the special ascii characters you get in most fonts for these fractions.

So e.g. you can enter 3.25 as 3¼ in any text field which expects numerical input. The way they work is that the fractions get added to the number because that's how these symbols are usually used in practice. So - it's not really defined what happens if you use more than one of them but did it so they all get added together. So e.g. 3½¼ is parsed by Bounce Metronome Pro as 3.75 same as 3¾

Bug fixes

Installer for: 15th February 2010

Monday January 11th 2010

Some work on the Midi Sync Send window, which is still "WORK IN PROGRESS"

Bug fixes

Installer for: 11th January 2010

Monday December 28th 2009

You can now use Ctrl or Shift left or right arrow to micro-adjust the tempo by a fifth, tenth or (both together) a hundredth of a BPM.

Bug fixes

Installer for: 28th December 2009

Monday December 21st 2009

Adds sound to the animation save with a new window Add Sound to Animation Export (Ctrl 242)

This includes an option to automatically convert midi recordings to WAV using the timidity plug in which you can get from the [extra_downloads.htm Extra Downloads] page.

Added support for Windows 7 multi-touch - to play chords with the PC Keyboard Player (Ctrl K or Ctrl 112) and in other places e.g. you can adjust the timing of several beats simultaneously or accent / skip several beats at once in the Bouncing Balls display. To try this out if you have a multi-touch device, switch on Recognise MultiTouch in the Options - General (Ctrl 202) dialog. I'll be doing more work on this later.

Bug fixes

Installer for: 21st December 2009

Thursday November 26th 2009

Improvements in layout.

Bug fixes

Installer for: 26th November 2009

Tuesday November 24th 2009

Bug fixes for the new Tap Timing (Ctrl 237) window and some other minor bug fixes. Minor improvements in tool tip help for the new window.

Installer for: 24th November 2009

Monday November 23rd 2009

Tap Timing (Ctrl 237) window is now active - in the Tempo drop menu.

What it does is to add a tap timing strip to the 2D bouncing balls window which you can use to practice tapping ahead of the beat, behind the beat and on the beat.

Some minor bug fixes.

Installer for: 23rd November 2009

Friday November 20th 2009

Added Time Signature to the 3D Bouncing Balls window - this makes it easier to change the time signature or number of subdivisions without any need to leave the 3D Bouncing Balls window.

A couple of the windows had got rather large with too many features, and needed to be split into smaller windows. So, split the 3D Images or Animations - for Sea Sky, & Bouncing Balls... into two windows with a separate window for the 3D Bouncing Balls. Also split the Skins window into three, with separate windows for the buttons and for the skin animations.

Some minor bug fixes

Installer for: 20th November 2009

Thursday November 19th 2009

Big improvement in the animated skins so that they now work smoothly on a fast enough computer, with no flickering text at all.

If you have an older computer the animated skins will have a very slow frame rate like maybe one or two per second or less. However, you can also show slide shows as the skin background on slower computers. Added example animated skin using animated caustics made withcaustics generator from Dual Heights software

For a screen shot and more about the animated skins see [animated-skin.htm Animated Skin].

Also added animated sea examples for the 3D scene, preset to show the simplest example which is animated just by turning the image around in 3D so that you see the texture from different angles - gives an effect like waves breaking in a light breeze on a fairly calm day.

Work on the script to permit continuously sliding scripted pitch of the 1/1, so e.g. you can have a continuous swoop of any note from say 50 Hz to 1000 Hz - with some example scripts. These work best with the Waveform instruments since they can be changed in pitch smoothly without the need to resound for every new midi note in the pitch range.

Many minor improvements and speed ups in the skin refresh and minor bug fixes and minor new features. You'll see those if you go to More twice in the Skins window.

Added option to convert folder of images into an avi file in Settings and Encoder (Ctrl 238).

Fixed some other bugs, mostly minor, too many to list individually.

Installer for: 19th November 2009

Thursday November 5th 2009

Minor improvements in smoothness of animations in low CPU situations, particularly, if it needs to reduce the CPU load by dropping frames, starts by dropping alternate frames. Only drops consecutive frames if that isn't enough to reduce the CPU load below the maximum value the user has set.

Added a Fast Timer option to the More version of Bounce Preferences (Ctrl 228) - this lets you run the animations at more than the 32 fps which is the normal limitation for the slower timer. 32 fps is generally considered to be okay for computer animations but more than this may make them slightly smoother.

Bug fix

Installer for: 5th November 2009

Wednesday November 4th 2009

Minor improvements in tool tip help and layout of some windows.

Installer for: 4th November 2009

Bug fixes

Tuesday November 3rd 2009

Later in the day:

Added option to show rectangle behind the srt subtitles. Bug fix.

Installer for: 3rd November 2009

3D Visuals - Sky, Sea, Textures or Animations (Ctrl 235)

If you select Tile or Tile reflected for the sea, you can now set the number of repeats in both directions and angle of repeat. One situation this is useful - to tile it with caustics to give an impression of the sea. With animated caustics you can get an impression of moving water. You can make these types of textures and animated textures with the Caustics generator from Dual Heights.

I've been testing it here with caustics, and I'll add some examples in a future download. Will also probably use an animated caustic as the example for the animated skin feature as well when it is ready.

Settings for Animated Textures and Skies (Ctrl 238)

Added option to show the srt subtitles at the bottom of the scene, preset to switched on.

Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227)

Added option to bounce right to left first for bounce both ways and to bounce right to left instead of left to right for the bounce left to right option.

Added new option Bounce on top of previous bounces. At present this is only for the bounce back and forth and bounce left to right. Could also do it for the bounce inside or outside ovals.

Added new option Sync if possible - the idea is that if beats are a multiple of each other (or more generally have a common divisor) so that the ball bounces synchronise with each other several times in the bar, then the balls should bounce in the same direction as each other.

Installer for: 3rd November 2009

Bug fixes

Sunday November 1st 2009

Added gradient fill options to the plain background colour (either vertical or horizontal gradient fill) - this also works with the textures if you switch on fade to background colour - it will then fade to a gradient fill - but with texture the gradient fill is over the texture width or height with the plain background it uses the window width and height.

Added an option to bounce upside down so that the bounces are off the top of the bouncing balls window instead of off the "ground".

Added check box to use the skin background seamlessly as the sky for the 2D bouncing balls.

Made a bit more space to enter text into the Polyrhythm Metronome window. Renamed the Fractional Rhythms metronome to Fractional Polyrhythm metronome (more accurately describes what it does).

Added option to read all the images in a folder as an animation - to use it drag and drop the folder containing the images into the Skins window with the experimental Animated skins feature switched on - the animated skins are still an alpha feature with the vanishing and flickering text but should be able to fix that soon. The images in the folder are used as successive frames for the animation in sort order - so this same approach if you set a longer time between frames could also be used to make the skin a "slide show" of all the images in a folder.

Installer for: 1st November 2009

Bug fixes

Saturday October 31st 2009

Installer for: 31st October 2009

New version of the tempo dial with irregular sized notches like a standard dial for a metronome- notches of 2 BPM at slow tempi and going up to 8 BPM notches for fast tempi. The effect is to spread out the tempo markings more so that the Presto occupies a smaller region to the right of the dial. The old version of the dial is still available if you prefer it that way - go to the Tempo Dial - Visuals & Preferences (Ctrl 223) and unselect "Uneven notches like standard dial".

Improved layout and fixed some confusing messages in the out device capabilities wizards, also in the Out Devices Capabilities window (Ctrl 106).

Ditto, improved Edit the Melodic Instruments Menu (Ctrl 157) and added capability to read menus of instruments in the Cakewalk .ins file format.

Added option to show the bouncing balls as bouncing images or as bouncing animations. Use Shift drop to drop any image or animation into the bouncing balls window and use it as the texture for the bouncing balls instead of the sky. Includes the bouncing text, bouncing polygons and the shadows, all will be textured. Also all can be faded or coloured with the bouncing ball colour. The images or animations can also be used as "sprites" with the background colour treated as transparent. You can choose which of nine possible pixels to treat as transparent from top left, top middle, top right etc all the way to bottom right - then any other pixels in the image same in colour or within a particular tolerance you set will also be treated as transparent. With the animations, the pixel is recalculated for each frame so it doesn't matter if the background colour changes between scenes.

To find all this see Bouncing Balls & Sky Image or Animation (Ctrl 236).

Made it so that you can drop an image into the Skin & Textures window (Ctrl 162) to make a new skin with that image as the background. Also added an option to show a plain background colour, set to anything you like, either just as a plain colour on its own, or to fade the image to the colour. This helps with high contrast images to make the text in the windows easier to read.

As an experimental feature i've also added animated skins. The background image for the skin can actually be an animation, again just drop the animation into the window. The coding for this is nearly done, but it has flickering or vanishing text for the radios, check boxes and static text. I know how to fix this, pretty sure anyway, so may be able to fix it for next upload. This is an innovation as far as I know, I don't know of any other program that has animated textures for the skin. The animated textures may well be slow on an older machine so are preset to 1 fps and also automatically pause when the program starts up. But I'm gradually speeding them up with various tweaks, and they have reached the point where apart from the flickering text they are tolerable on a modern computer, and can play e.g. 12 fps, enough to seem like continuous motion, faster if the animation has a small frame size. So, hopefully eventually can become quite smooth once I fix the flicker, by eventually I mean in a few days if all goes well depending on how much time I have to work on it.

This work on streamlining the textures to make them suitable for animated skins also has had the effect of making the skin change more instantly and smoothly when you change settings in the Skins window and for window contents to update more quickly when you resize a window or maximise or restore a window..

Added a pause button for the bouncing balls even when the sound isn't playing. Both 2D and 3D.

Added option to configure the height of the bounce - maybe you don't want the bounce to go all the way up to the top of the window. You can do that in Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227) which is also improved in its layout.

Improved the layout of the Waveform Instruments menu (formerly Wave Shape Player but I thought Waveform Instruments describe what it does more clearly). Also added square wave as a new option and sawtooth, as frequently used waveforms. These can be rather harsh sounding for music, because of the sharp sudden discontinuous changes in the wave - particularly the square wave, so they are there mainly so that you can play them if you need them rather than for music making particularly.

Put all the settings to do with the Mencoder animation conversions into a new window Settings for animated TExtures and Skies (Ctrl 238). This leaves more space in the other windows and avoids duplicating the settings in the relevant windows.

Added tempo strip to the bouncing balls window to make it easy to change tempo when main window is hidden. This is in: Bouncing Balls - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl 233).

Adds arrow key shortcuts to easily change tempo by one BPM or one notch. It's left and right arrows for BPM and up or down arrows for notches.

Numerous minor bug fixes.

Here is the installer for this date:

Installer for: 31st October 2009

Wednesday October 21st 2009

Adds option to hide the main window - go to File | Hide Main Window.

Adds animated textures for the sky, sea, bouncing balls and background to the 2D bouncing balls.

To find this feature go to Bouncing Balls - Sky Texture or Animation (Ctrl 236) and Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals - Sky, Sea, Textures or Animations (Ctrl 235). Also in the More version for the 3D bouncing balls, added options to vary the material for the bouncing balls and the sea with choice of Ruby, Gold, Silver, ...

Also added support for many more output formats to Export Animation, Print or Copy (Ctrl 234). This is done using MEncoder, so visit the [extra_downloads.htm Extra Downloads] page to get it to add support for these formats.

You will also be able to use any of these types of video as animated textures as well, i.e. for input as well as output.

Supported file formats include: Separate Frames, .AVI, .MP4, .WMV, .MOV, .ASF, .MKV, .3G2, .3GP, .TS, .M2TS, .VOB, .FLV, .DAT, .RM, .RMVB .DPG, .FLI, .FLIC, .SMV, .STR, .SWF, .VIV, .OGM, .TIVO, .MMV

Added some new options to Swing or Individual Beats - Preferences (Ctrl 323). They configure what happens to the swing or individual beats for changes of time signature: Keep swing (preset to selected), Keep skipped beats, Keep Edited Beat Times, Keep Edited Beat Volumes. This can be useful if you want to e.g. vary number of subdivisions or vary the time signature based rhythms in other ways and keep the skipped beats, volumes etc.

Also added warning message if you make a rhythm with time signatures after editing the beat times or volumes. If you don't need to see this warning you can switch it off in the More version of the Swing or Individual Beats - Preferences (Ctrl 232) window.

Fixes some minor bugs

Installer for: 21st October 2009

Wednesday October 14th 2009

Improvements in the SHIFT F1 tool tip help for the metronome main windows - made the Quick Start nearer the top of the page and edited it for clarity and succinctness.

Added a drop list of common denumerators for the time signature - as 1 to 16. If you use Backspace to delete a number then improved the tool tip you get about the BACKSPACE tempo tap to suggest you use Highlight and Delete as an alternative to switching off the tempo tap.

Some minor bug fixes.

Installer for: 14th October 2009

Tuesday October 13th 2009

Some minor bug fixes. Also, installer now includes many example instruments for the Wave Shape Player. I forgot to include them in the earlier installers, sorry.

Installer for: 13th October 2009

Monday October 12th 2009

Added Show Measures and Show Stop Times to the window: Start Play at any Time in the Tune (Ctrl 165)

This lets you start play at any measure (bar) in the tune - previously you had to start at a particular time but measures are often more convenient for rhythms. Also you can set it to stop automatically as well.

Added Note On and Note Off instructions to the script, with examples in the drop list of special instructions in Tune Script (Ctrl 171) including an option to play them as repeating notes, also to play them with fade in and fade out.

Now any controller can be auto scripted with new script instruction Controller for part, example:

Controller for part 1 = controller 7 = 127

Also you can now morph the controller for any part over a period of time, e.g. gradually increase or decrease the expression, channel volume, modulation, tremolo etc - just as you could morph the tempo and volume etc before. Example instruction to show how to do this added to the list of special script instructions.

Many minor bug fixes.

Installer for: 13th October 2009

Installer for: 12th October 2009

Thursday September 24th 2009

When you have play script switched on in Script (Ctrl 171) now shows that it is switched on in the main window with PLAYING SCRIPT prefixed to the title. Also the Script... entry in the menu is ticked. This helps with confusions where one may not realise that you have a script playing.

Installer for: 24th September 2009

Wednesday September 23rd 2009

Minor bug fixes

Installer for: 23rd September 2009

Tuesday September 22nd 2009

Added Go To Tune Time Bookmark (Ctrl 165). Added Stop Play to the Script special instructions. This is useful if you want the rhythm to stop automatically after a set number of seconds, or bars after you press the play button. Also Beep which may be useful as an alarm for practice along with a script. Added several other script instructions (from the Tune Smithy fractal tunes tasks).

Replaced "Bar" by "measure" throughout the help and the program for US users. If you are from the UK then it will be shown as "Bar" as before. Made the check box to choose which you want easier to find - it is now in Bounce Preferences (Ctrl 220)

Added "When stopped show for time..." to the same window. This lets you show any frame in the animation for any time by stopping the tune and the bouncing balls. You can then e.g. explore it at different angles in the 3D window and so on.

This can be useful as a way to look closely at the frame for any desired time. You can then print the frame, save it as an image or copy it to the clipboard at any desired resolution using Export Animation, Print or Copy (Ctrl 234).

Added Show measure number, and - to Text Labels and Layout (Ctrl 233), also to Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226).

Bug fixes

Installer for: 22nd September 2009

Friday September 18th 2009

Now you can use concentric ellipses for the bounce outside ellipse.

Fixed some bugs in positioning for bounce inside and outside ellipse.

Installer for: 18th September 2009

Thursday September 17th 2009

Minor bug fixes upload

Installer for: 17th September 2009

Tuesday September 15th 2009

Minor bug fixes upload

Installer for: 15th September 2009

Friday September 13th 2009

Minor bug fixes upload

Installer for: 13th September 2009

Tuesday September 15th 2009

Minor bug fixes upload

Installer for: 11th September 2009

Wednesday September 9th 2009

Minor bug fixes upload

Installer for: 9th September 2009

Thursday September 3rd 2009

Program is now thoroughly tested in Windows 7.

Added Export Animation, Print or Copy (Ctrl 234). This lets you make smoothly looping animations of any of the rhythm videos e.g. for a web page. You can also make an image for any moment of time in the rhythm, and print it out to printer's resolution too if you wish (except for the bouncing lyrics - they are currently limited to your screen resolution). I'll be using it to add many more animations to this web site in the near future.

Changed the way the Show next word to sing in brackets option works in Lyrics for bouncing ball - Options (Ctrl 231). It used to be on the same line as the word you are currently singing. But that makes the two words together very long so that if the window is narrow they can't easily fit in the screen. Instead now the next word in brackets is placed below the one you are singing now, which works much better. If you have it set to show the lyrics in canon however, e.g. for Frère Jacques,, then it will show the next word on the same line as before.

Improved the layout for in Lyrics for bouncing ball - Options (Ctrl 231). Also added the lyric itself as editable text so now you can edit the lyrics directly in Bounce Metronome Pro. If you want to add your lyric to the drop list you still need to edit it by hand for now. Later on (especially if there is a lot of interest in this feature) I can do it so you can easily add lyrics to the drop list - or edit them, move it around, make different drop lists and so on, also add abc music capabilities as well so that the program can play the tunes for the lyrics.

Added Bounce at Text baseline to Size of bouncing ball, type of ball etc. (Ctrl 221). When unselected (which is the way it was before this upload), the bouncing numbers and letters bounced a bit above the "ground" in both 2D and 3D. That's because they bounced so that the descent of each character hit the line e.g. a y would hit, but most letters and numbers e.g. a, 1, etc appear to bounce a bit above the baseline.

Added Midi Sync Send & Misc - WORK IN PROGRESS (Ctrl 175). When ready, this should help you to synchronise the midi notes of the metronome when sent to another program that recognises the use of the Midi "Clock" messages to synchronise tempi. However it is work in progress, based on the same window in Tune Smithy 3.1 and will need some testing to make sure everything is working as expected in BM Pro. There may be nothing to fix, but if there are any issues, expect an update of it with next upload.

Added an obvious Buy Now button on the tempo dial which will appear there for the duration of test drive. This frees up the Standard Settings button which can now be shown in the test drive just as it is in the fully unlocked version of the program.

You can also easily hide this new button at any time during the test drive. So it's not meant as a limitation or feature restriction in any way. It is just intended as a way to help any users who may want to buy the program and want to be able to find the Buy Now window quickly and easily.

Installer for: 3rd September 2009

Bug fixes.

Friday August 21st 2009

Added Mandelbrot sea option to Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226).

Minor improvements in way the tool tip works - main thing - if the help window isn't visible, then you get the ... at the end of the tip replaced by help saying that it is Shift F1 for the extra help.

Also minor improvements in the pan window and added the option to set auto pan for any part individually.

Old installer: 21st August 2009

Bug fixes.

Saturday August 15th 2009

Bug fixes.

Better message for the "unlock key doesn't match user name" message you get if you enter an incorrect user name or unlock key or a pair that don't match. I frequently get asked by users what it means, now the message itself explains what it means. Message now reads:

"Sorry, this user name and unlock key don't match each other

Have you entered your name exactly as it appears on your order e-mail? Any use of nick-names or alternative spellings will prevent the key from working:

The best way to make sure of this is to COPY AND PASTE your USER NAME and LICENSE KEY from your order e-mail into this window.

Please try again.

Any questions at all, be sure to contact Robert Walker - support@robertinventor.com

Thanks!"

Old installer: 15th August 2009

Tuesday August 11th 2009

Concentric Ovals, in Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227). - now preset to ON.

Very minor bug fixes.

Old installer: 11th August 2009

Sunday August 9th 2009

Improved layout of Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals (Ctrl 226), Bouncing Balls - Other Visuals (Ctrl 225), and Type of Bouncing Ball, Size etc. (Ctrl 221)

Added % of total height to Bouncing Balls - Text, labels and layout (Ctrl 233)

Added Fade at top of bounce to Bouncing Balls - Other Visuals. (Ctrl 225)

Added Transparent at top of bounce to Bouncing Balls - 3D Visuals. (Ctrl 226)

Added method of spinning the 3D bouncing balls around to view from different directions using Alt click and drag - and zoom in / out with mouse wheel etc. - also added Alternative 3D views: Side View, End View, other End View, From Above.

Added Concentric Ovals, and Skip bounces - just go around the oval to Bounce Patterns (Ctrl 227).

Added Auto Pan - Follow Bouncing Balls to the droplist of auto pan styles in Stereo Pan (Ctrl 50)

Minor improvements in the visuals.

Bug fixes.

Old installer: 9th August 2009

Monday August 3rd 2009

Added % of total height to Text, Labels and Layout (Ctrl 233) - this lets you adjust the height of the blocks display in the bouncing balls display.

Added Ball varies in size during beat to Other Visuals (Ctrl 225) - this has the effect that the ball expands and shrinks during the bounce.

Bug fixes.

Old installer: 3rd August 2009

Saturday July 25th 2009

Minor improvement in message for play by file association, very minor bug fixes.

Old installer: 25th July 2009

Tuesday July 21st 2009

Minor bug fixes mainly to do with Record to File (Ctrl 11). Minor improvements in Help for the option to show the tips in a web page format.

Old installer: 21st July 2009

Monday July 20th 2009

Added Help . Fixed some bugs in this option and improved the layout of the web page format version of it, and made so that it is preset to show the tips in a web page format (previously available e.g. using its shortcut Ctrl Shift F1). Minor improvements in Help .

Fixed some minor bugs. Minor improvements in the tool tip help.

Old installer: 20th July 2009 (later version)

Old installer: 20th July 2009

Old installer: 17th July 2009

Tuesday July 14th 2009

Put all the options to do with layout and text from Metronome Bouncing Ball - Other Visuals (Ctrl 225) into a new window Metronome Bouncing Ball - Text, Labels and Layout (Ctrl 233). It had too many options for one window. Also improved layout of the window.

Fixed some bugs in rarely used display options in those windows.

Old installer: 14th July 2009

Monday July 13th 2009

Minor bug fixes

Old installer: 13th July 2009

Sunday July 12th 2009

Added half circle controls to left and right of the bouncing balls display which you can use to show / hide the blocks or the parts adjustments. This means those extra check boxes can be removed from the main window leading to a simpler more streamlined look. Also you can show / hide them within the bouncing balls display as a separate window. The half circle controls themselves can be hidden if you prefer, using Show Show / hide SEMICIRCLES in the Metronome Bouncing Ball - Other Visuals window (Ctrl 225)

Some very minor bug fixes.

Old installer: 12th July 2009

Monday July 6th 2009

More Improvements and minor bug fixes for the Car Tunes Lyrics with bouncing balls main window metronome.

Main thing - when editing the lyrics, you can just resave the file and the lyric for the Song Car-Tune Metronome in Bounce Metronome Pro will immediately get updated to match your changes. (Detects to see if the saved file is newer than the drop list).

As a result, the Refresh button in the window is no longer needed, so that's been removed.

Also added F1 tip for the Song Car Tunes Metronome and improved help for the Edit Lyrics drop list... button.

Old installer: 6th July 2009

Friday July 3rd 2009

Improvements and minor bug fixes for the Car Tunes Lyrics with bouncing balls main window metronome.

Old installer: 3rd July 2009

Old installer: 1st July 2009

Tuesday June 30th 2009

Several minor bugs fixed, and minor improvements and additions to the tool tip help.

Saturday June 27th 2009

Several minor bugs fixed, and improvements and additions to the tool tip help.

Old installer: 27th June 2009

Monday June 22nd 2009

Old installer: 22nd June 2009

New version, now at 3.2 because of significant improvements in the layout and some important new features.

Now the main window has a drop list of many different types of metronome. So now it is much easier to find the particular features of interest to you. The complete list is:

Bounce Metronome Basic
Bounce Metronome Pro
Swing Metronome
Drum & Dance Metronome
Polyrhythm Metronome
Additive Metronome
Additive Polyrhythm Metronome
Fractional Rhythms Metronome
Tap out a rhythm
Harmonic Metronome
Additive Polyrhythms Harmonic Metronome
Fractional Harmonic Metronome
A Version of Theremin's Rhythmicon
Fractal Tune Metronome

Version of Theremin's Rhythmicon is completely new.

In Swing Metronome, added Swing part with most beats only. This gives you the ordinary type of swing where only one size of beat is swung, normally one of the fastest beats. Also added Shuffle - Auto pulse as 2 sub-beats if possible which is again what you normally expect for an ordinary swing rhythm. Both are now pre selected too. So when you try the Swing metronome you get the expected type of swing rhythm to start with. You can unselect these options to experiment with the lilt or lilt combined with swing type rhythms. The new F1 help for the swing metronome explains this in more detail, with two sections, one for swing rhythms and one for lilt.

Added new feature to adjust the volumes of individual beats in the main window using the middle mouse button (scroll wheel used as a button in scroll mouse) or Shift left click. Also you can now accent individual beats or unaccent them or make them quieter than usual with the right button.

Improved display and the interaction with the controls in the bouncing balls display in many ways. One big improvement - if you click on a beat to skip it, or click on the other controls, the action now always happens on the down click, rather than on the release of the button as it did before. Normally buttons in windows are activated when you release the mouse button - so that if you change your mind and move the mouse off the button without releasing it, nothing happens. But in this context it makes more sense to activate on the press rather than the release - like a musical note which is played on the press rather than the release.

Added silence keys shortcuts. If the keyboard focus is set to a button, check box or anything that doesn't expect character entry then you can use the number keys 1 - 9 and the first few letters of top row of the PC keyboard to silence or play the parts of the rhythm. For edit fields or PC keyboard player you can switch on these shortcuts with Shift Space

Added quick key shortcuts:

Return key to play / stop the rhythm. The Return key is normally used for the default (i.e. preset) action in a dialog. So this is like making the play / stop rhythm the default action for most of the windows. The main difference is that when you press the return key then the keyboard focus stays with whichever control you are using, it doesn't jump to the Play button as it normally would.

Backspace to set the tempo by tapping at the tempo you want. Again shortcut to switch this feature on even for text fields - use Alt backspace.

Similarly Ctrl space to tap out a rhythm for the currently selected part using the space bar.

Added option: ADJUST BEAT TIMES with left click and drag on blocks display to Bounce Preferences (Ctrl 220) The new thing here is that you can now unselect this. This makes it easier to skip beats as you just need to click on the beat itself, not on the diamond or oval shape within it. So for new users, it is preset to unselected.

Numerous other minor features.

Numerous minor bugs fixed.

To find out about the new windows in this version see the next section.

New main windows in version 3.2

Here are the new metronome main windows:

Bounce Metronome Basic

Basic metronome with time signature, and sub-beats.

Bounce Metronome Pro

All the features of the PRO metronome accessible within one window. If you want to focus on one particular feature then try one of the more specialised metronomes.

Swing Metronome

Use this to practice swing or to use lilt for a more lively rhythm.

Drum & Dance Metronome

For drum rhythms such as paradiddle, and dance rhythms mixing crotchets, quavers and so on. You can select from a drop list of rhythms or enter a new rhythm.

Polyrhythm Metronome

Use this to practice polyrhythms (cross rhythms) such as 2 beats to a bar with 3 simultaneously, or 3 with 4, 3 with 5 etc.

Additive Metronome

To practice additive rhythms such as 2 3 (i.e. 5/4 divided into two beats followed by 3 beats) or 3 2 3 etc.

Additive Polyrhythm Metronome

Here you can make a cycle of rhythms and polyrhythms one after another. Useful for long additive rhythms with many rhythms one after another or a cycle that combines ordinary rhythms with polyrhythms.

Fractional Rhythms Metronome

Fractional rhythms here are ones with either a fractional (e.g. 2.2) or irrational (e.g. golden ratio or PI) number of beats to the bar. The beats drift in and out of phase with the bar line.

Tap out a rhythm

Use this to tap out a rhythm and then play the bouncing balls metronome to follow the rhythm of your taps.

Harmonic Metronome

Here the idea is that each number of beats per measure is assigned a pitch, so e.g. 7 beats to the bar corresponds to the seventh harmonic, 5 beats to the bar corresponds to the fifth and so on.

The results sound harmoniously together as they use pitches from the harmonic series.

This idea is related to the Lambdoma arrangement of pitches, and to Theremin's Rhythmicon. Originally suggested by Barbara Hero and may be of interest for music therapy.

Additive Polyrhythms Harmonic Metronome

Play a cycle of rhythms and polyrhythms one after another with the pitches following the harmonic series.

Fractional Harmonic Metronome

Here the idea is that you can use fractional or irrational rhythms e.g. involving the golden ratio or PI and combine that with the idea of using pitches corresponding to the number of beats to the bar.

So PI / 4 will be played using two pitches at a ratio of PI to 4 to each other.

The golden ratio rhythms are particularly interesting here because the golden ratio rhythm is in a sense the most polyrhythmic possible rhythm (ratio of beats most hard to approximate using a rational number). Similarly the golden ratio pitch interval is the most inharmonic possible pitch interval. It's a pleasant interval actually on most instruments - some inharmonic pitch intervals are very pleasant sounding (the ones that are often hard on the ear are e.g. detuned fifths, close to a very pure interval such as a fifth, octave or fourth,but obviously not hitting it).

So this combination gives the most polyrhythmic possible rhythm combined with the most inharmonic possible interval.

A Version of Theremin's Rhythmicon

Lets you play a version of Theremin's Rhythmicon using the number keys on your PC keyboard and the first six keys of the first row of letter keys e.g. q w e r t y as the keys of your instrument.

Theremin's Rhythmicon is an instrument with sixteen keys. Each key silences or plays a rhythm with a different number of notes to the bar, starting from 1 for the first key, 2 for second key all the way down to 16 for the last key. Each key also plays a different note of the harmonic series.
see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythmicon

Fractal Tune Metronome

Play the rhythms using fractal tunes. This is just a taste of what can be done in this way. It may give some idea of what your rhythm will sound like melodically. It also introduces you to the fractal tunes you can make with Fractal Tune Smithy.

Note - at present Bounce Metronome Pro is at version 3.2. but FTS is still at 3.0. Bounce Metronome Pro has many capabilities not in FTS such as the skipped beats for instance. So most of the tunes you make here can't be played in Tune Smithy itself until the release of version 3.0 hopefully some time in summer or autumn 2009.

Version 3.1

Monday May 18th 2009

Old installer: 18th May 2009

fixes some minor bugs. Improves layout for the main window.

This is the last version that runs on Windows 98. Let me know if you need the software for Win 98, as I may be able to update the latest to run on Windows 98 but it needs some thought and investigation (perhaps putting the resources into a dll may work). None of the versions run on Windows 3.1 and earlier.

[Note. Since I wrote this, no-one has ever asked me for Win 98 compatibility. So I have continued to develop without any attempt at it - might still be possible but not likely to try it now. Symptom was: menus going blank so you can't use them - and icons vanishing from the dialogs. Seems to be some limitation or other on the amount of resources you can attach to a program in each supported language, whether a compiler limitation or OS limitation I don't know. I never quite got to the bottom of what it was, just that as I added more dialog templates and made some of them larger, at a certain point it would stop showing the menus and other resources in Win 98, so something to do with the complexity of the program. Putting the resources into different sections such as under English (Canadian) or English (UK) etc. sometimes helped. So that's why just possibly putting resources into a dll or perhaps several dlls might fix it. It's not too hard so would have done it if anyone asked to see if it worked, but enough work involved so that there is not much point if no-one needs it]

New messages when you change to / from the Pro metronome, or show / hide graphics, or show / hide pitched instruments to ask to confirm that's what you want to do.

New check boxes in main window Show BLOCKS for parts and Show Parts adjustments - previously those check boxes were rather hidden away in the Bouncing ball Visuals window. Also, is now preset to not show the parts adjustments as newbies may find them confusing at first glance, and they are easy to show with the new check boxes.

Changed preset value to 60% for Adjust last sub-beat in each pulse towards first by in Adjust beats and lilt (Ctrl 76). This gives better results for e.g. jig with swing (in Scottish Dance Music). This won't affect any saved rhythms, just changes the preset amount for new rhythms. The old value was 30%.

Added a No Lilt button to this window - that's useful when you have several parts in play at once and want only some of them with swing, e.g. to swing just the eighth notes in 6/8 with a steady rhythm for the dotted quarter notes.

Renamed the Lilt drop menu to Swing - to help make it easier for users to navigate to the swing windows.

When you click on the horizontal triangles in the blocks display to increase or decrease number of beats for the part - now no longer resets all the beats for the part. Instead re-applies lilt to new number of beats if necessary - or just adds or removes an extra beat to the rhythm without changing the existing times. You can still use Shift click on the arrow if you want to reset the beats for the part as before.

Old installer: 18th May 2009

Thursday April 30th 2009 fixes some minor bugs, and improves accessibility and layout for many of the windows. Particularly, very much improved layout for the 3D Visuals window and for some of the CSound windows.

Also now if you tab to the help button with your screen reader then the tip for the button shows a list of all the shortcuts for the current window. Also with the Ctrl Shift F1 shortcut to show all the tool tips for the current window, the list now starts with a list of all the keyboard shortcuts for the current window.

Old installer: 30th April 2009

Thursday April 16th 2009 fixes some minor bugs in the first release and improves the accessibility shortcuts and layout for the Record to File (Ctrl 11) and Midi File options (Ctrl 12) windows.

Old installer: 16th April 2009

First release: Wednesday April 15th 2009

The version number is shown as 3.1 because it was originally one of the tasks of Tune Smithy. The release of Tune Smithy is currently at version 3.0. Next update of Tune Smithy will be at whatever version Bounce Metronome reaches when I update Tune Smithy.

New features since the last release of the Rhythms and polyrhythms task include:

  • Swing and Lilt
  • Dance rhythms window
  • Skip beats
  • Hide bouncing ball for any part
  • The 3D Bounce
  • Bouncing ball following conducting style patterns and inside and outside oval
  • Bouncing ball lyrics
  • Harmonic metronome
  • Tap out new rhythm using PC keyboard, mouse or midi input
  • Tap out tempo
  • Vista style shading of the textured buttons
  • hot highlighting of the textured buttons and icons
  • Tempo dial
  • Preset Black on White and White on Black visuals for the tempo dial and bouncing ball for visually impaired, auto selected depending on accessibility settings of the computer.
  • New main window designed for blind users and others who mainly interact with the program using the keyboard without visuals.
  • Single menu for all the windows.

Also many new minor features, tweaks and improvements of the other features, improvements in the skin, improvements in usability throughout, and simplification of many of the windows to make them easier to use. Also many bug fixes.

For earlier what's new and bug fixes, see What's new (Tune Smithy)

I plan to use the same version number for all the stand alone programs derived from Tune Smithy so that you can easily compare the stand alone programs with the same tasks as components of Tune Smithy. For instance since the version is 3.1 this shows you that currently Bounce Metronome Pro is currently more up to date than the main program.

Old installer: First release 15th April 2009

Earlier uploads

Current upload: Installer for: 19th September 2011

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