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 on: August 12, 2010, 08:39:55 AM 
Started by Robert Walker - Last post by Robert Walker
Discussion of Bounce Metronome Pro at

Amazing software metronome, music program

 on: August 12, 2010, 08:37:07 AM 
Started by Robert Walker - Last post by Robert Walker
Just started a poll at

Which features of Bounce Metronome Pro interest you
most for mobile devices or Mac?

Posted there as it is a follow on from another thread there, also many more members. Easy to join the forum so do chip in with your vote there.

 on: August 06, 2010, 12:01:55 PM 
Started by Barba - Last post by Robert Walker
Yes I understand. Lots of musicians use the Mac.

I've updated the section on the web site about the Mac.

Discussed recently here:

Though I can't port Bouonce Metronome to the Mac, there are things I can do as you'll see in that thread.

One idea is to do a lightweight version intended for mobile devices such as phones, not the full BM Pro but with most of its rhythm capabilities.

No immediate plans to do that as I havne't got the time right now and it would take some months to get first version done probably as I would need to learn how to write the cross-platform code.

But would be a nice thing to do and with the amount of interest I've had for BM Pro on Windows and the number of questions I've had about porting it to the Mac and use on mobile devices, I may well revisit this and give it a go when I have a bit more time, maybe next spring, see how it goes.

Meanwhile, best bet is to buy a cheap Windows pc, run it on your Windows partition with BootCamp, or it might possibly work to use the virtual machines, don't know about that.

Link with more details again:


 on: August 05, 2010, 12:11:54 PM 
Started by Lukepaul - Last post by Robert Walker
For the photos privacy, you go to

Accuont > Privacy > Customize Settings > Album Privacy

Then set who you want to see your pictures - you do it separately for each of your albums.

I don't know answer to the load question. It hasn't happened to me yet.



 on: August 05, 2010, 02:18:13 AM 
Started by Lukepaul - Last post by Lukepaul
Sometime I have faced serious problem in the time of loading facebook. There are another problem I can't keep some pictures private. How can I retain from these two problems. Please help me friends.

 on: July 31, 2010, 11:40:59 AM 
Started by Robert Walker - Last post by Robert Walker
Sorry I don't know the answer. As far as I know you only get tweets from people you follow on twitter.

But I mainly use facebook myself. I tried twitter for a while but it wasn't really for me (hard for me to keep to within the character limit :-) ), so to help folk on twitter who want to follow what I'm doing, I've now set the  bouncemetronome page at facebook to automatically send all its tweets to twitter.

So facebook auto tweets the first part of each facebook post and then twitter followers can click on a link in the tweet if it is interesting enough to follow further, which takes yo uto the facebook entry.

So I don't know that much about twitter. Does anyone else here have any info about this?



 on: June 30, 2010, 03:17:16 AM 
Started by estrauss - Last post by Robert Walker
Sorry I forgot, this is for the Lambdoma and just playing chords on the Lambdoma you wouldn't think it would be the sheer amount of data.

You could go over the channels limit and start dropping notes especially with some of the auto harmony features or playing chords using many notes from several rows at once. So could be worth checking if you drop any notes as a result of the channel reduction if you play highly polyphonic chords.


 on: June 30, 2010, 03:02:08 AM 
Started by estrauss - Last post by Robert Walker
Hi Eric,

Glad to hear you have found a way around the plugin crashes.

I wonder why that would make a difference. Not that it probably matters much to you now that it is fixed.



Are you dropping any notes? If you are unsure (e.g. in very fast highly polyphonic fractal tune perhaps) you can check in the Notes in Play (Ctrl + 47) window, More version where you get messages showing if notes are dropped.

If you were retuning a very fast piece, or one that requires all 16 channels in play at once for the "pitch bend polyphony", I could understand that perhaps by adding pitch bend messages to the data stream, maybe you end up with so much data to process the plugins can't keep up and stop responding, so that's why I wondered if what happened might be that you drop a few notes and so reduce the amount of data it has to cope with by requiring all the notes played at once to fit into (say) 15 channels instead of 16..

Also - I wonder if it is the host or the plugin, does it happen for all plugins for the same host, and does using another VST host fix the bug?


Sorry, I forgot to ask what happens exactly - what do the plugins do when they crash and do you get any messages from them or what?

Do let me know if you find out anything more about this bug.


Glad to hear you have a "workaround"!



 on: June 25, 2010, 10:28:36 PM 
Started by estrauss - Last post by estrauss
Hi Robert,

It took some time but I think I may have figured out my problem. I followed your suggestions but there were still crashes.  It appears that the "Channels for Parts" may be the culprit. Changing all the midi out channels to anything but the "1-16" (All for all) setting seems to do the trick.  I guess the plugins couldn't take that much traffic.

Thanks for your help.

 on: June 21, 2010, 08:20:49 AM 
Started by estrauss - Last post by Robert Walker
Hi Eric,

I can think of a couple of things right off which might perhaps be the cause. So you can try them first.


This might be the Reset All Controllers (121) in the Midi Out Resets (Ctrl + 80). I remember someone else had a problem with that message in the past.

So, if you just uncheck that you may find it is okay.


Then another thing you can switch off is the rapid notes circle protection in More Midi In Options (2) - For rarer occasions (Ctrl + 207). This sends an undefined rpn controller message through midi out and then checks to see if it receives it via midi in, same method that's used by some virtual midi cables.

Anyway it's not really needed, just gives an extra layer of protection if you try to connect the midi out of FTS back to its midi in via other software.


If that isn't it, another thing to try (though unlikely to cause problems) is to switch off the option to set the pitch bend range - as the chances are that they use the standard pitch bend range of +-2 semitones. You can switch that off if you are sure that it has the right pitch bend range. Also some synths ignore that message so that you can only set the pitch bend range at the synth and not via midi.

You can switch off the pitch bend range messages in the Midi Out Resets (Ctrl + 80) window.

I would be very surprised if this is the cause of the crash though.


If this still doesn't fix it, then you can take a look to see if FTS sends anything else that could cause issues.

To see what FTS sends exactly, then go to More Miid File Options (Ctrl + 107) and switch on "Record midi to file exactly as sent".

Then record to midi as you play via Record to Audio, Csound or Midi File (Ctrl + 11). After the crash, then in the More (twice) version of that window you can make a list of all the midi events in your recording to midi and then see if you can see any other events there that aren't really needed.

BTW be sure to switch off "Record midi to file exactly as sent" when finished, as you don't want to use that option for normal midi recordings.


As an alternative, you can use MidiOx (I think that's the one as I haven't had to do this for a while - if it's the right one, then it shows a scrolling list of midi events as it receives them so you can see exactly what any program outputs via midi).


Do let me know how it goes! If this doesn't fix it yet then I'll think it over some more and see if I can come up with anything else or some way of diagnosing it to find out the cause.



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