Ideas for software that I am currently writing or plan for the future

18 Dec 08 Counting 6/8 as One-la-li Two-la-li

This is the Eastman system for counting beats, which is widely used, and also easy to program because it is so systematic, so I’ve now added it as a separate option, to count any number of sub-beats of the beat.

Eastman counting system

Later I’ll add options to set your own counting system, and mnemonic words etc.

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18 Dec 08 Time Signature Quick Set buttons

Time signature window with quick set buttons

Time signature window with quick set buttons

I’ve added the quickset buttons here to this window, just makes it quicker to change between a few of the more common rhythms, and may make the function of this window a little clearer to a first time user.

The More and Less versions of it don’t have them so you can easily hide them if you don’t want them.

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18 Dec 08 More screen shots for the tempo dial

Tempo dial - plain

Tempo dial - plain

Tempo Dial - pastel shades

Tempo Dial - pastel shades

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17 Dec 08 Shadows for the bouncing balls

This is a small extra touch I added today for the next upload, but somehow the shadows seem to help as an extra cue to synchronise with the beats precisely as you play along.

BTW the movie shown here has no sound. When played in the rhythm player then you can choose whether to play it purely visually, or to play instruments for all the beats.

17 Dec 08 Left and right click to quickly adjust the rhythms

I’ve just found a way to make use of the block display below the bouncing balls to quickly adjust the rhythms.

You left click on the blocks display to add a beat to the bar and right click to subtract one. So you can e.g. change from 3/4 to 4/4 and back with a single click.

With the polyrhythms you can click on any of the layers in the display to adjust that rhythm in the polyrhythm

Adjustable Polyrhythm

Adjustable Polyrhythm

There the number of blocks in each layer shows visually the number of beats in each polyrhythm. For instance in this picture the first layer, pale blue, has two blocks, so the blue ball bounces twice in each bar. You can tell which layer belongs to which of the bouncing balls as it is the same colour just faded a bit (because it doesn’t work very well visually to make them the same colour as the bouncing balls).

When you left click on a layer then an extra block is added to the layer – so its bouncing ball (i.e. the one the same colour but unfaded) will bounce an extra beat in each bar.

Similarly, when you right click on the layer, its bouncing ball bounces one less beat per bar.

16 Dec 08 Tempo dial for the metronome

I’m preparing a new tempo dial for the next upload. Here it is as it is right now:

Tempo dial showing bpm round the edge, and tempo names such as Andante, Allegro etc

Tempo dial showing bpm round the edge, and tempo names such as Andante, Allegro etc

The other main thing I’m working on right now is to make the Time Signature Metronome with the gravity bounce bouncing balls available as a separate program.

I expect to upload the latest with the new tempo dial and some tweaks and bug fixes for the metronome in the next day or two.

At the moment it is only available as part of Tune Smithy.
Time Signature Metronome

09 Dec 08 Released the Gravity Bounce Time Signature Metronome today

Here it is:

Time Signature Metronome with the innovative Gravity Bounce