Those of you working with Liquid Notes for Live will be well aware of Max for Live, the software used for communication with Ableton Live. And, which since inception, has enabled the creation of multiple Max for Live patches, primarily for use with Ableton Live.
It's been a long relationship between the two companies, with Ableton now having acquired Cycling '74.
As with most major DAWs, Liquid Notes also comes with a loop bar and a zoom window which enables you to select which portions of an arrangement you want to work on. That enables you to work more efficient with our harmony management assistant.
While innovation in many other sectors of technology has shot up strongly over the past 5+ years, music has been lagging behind. This is not the case anymore, with many new entrants in the race for attracting new customers can be identified.
The main control elements for chord progression management in Liquid Notes feature a drop-down menu. It shows all chords available for substitution, and gives you the quickest path to arrive at the chosen chord.
We stated some months ago that we are looking into adding more features for advanced chord progression management to Liquid Notes, or a separate product that may derive from it. While the analysis of technical feasibility took a while to complete, we can now confirm that it is possible to use the technology as described then.
With the overhaul of the user interface of Liquid Notes a little while ago, we included some buttons for a better workflow when operating Liquid Notes. This enables you know, for example, to access the instrument selection and ReHarmonize settings via one click only.
The standalone version of Liquid Notes is able to connect to any sequencer or notation software on the market. This also allows it to trigger the virtual instruments you use within these programs for high-quality sound generation.
We informed you earlier that Plugin Boutique added a bundle that includes Liquid Notes for Live to their offering. Today we're happy to add to this that additional options have become available in their rewards area around both our products.
When you are working on reharmonizing chords with Liquid Notes, there is a feature that enables you to jump back to the original settings for a particular chord. That is the "Reset"-button, which sits prominently on top of the main controls.
Here is more on a full understanding of this function.
We have agreed on a unique special promo offer at Guitar Center that will make Liquid Notes available for $10, and only for 24 hours. That makes it a one-off deal to get your hands on our intelligent music composition assistant.
The standalone version of Liquid Notes contains an entire package of demo music for the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) on the market. This enables you to jump directly into experimenting with those examples in your favorite DAW.
And, this is even possible when you are testing Liquid Notes as part of the trial period granted automatically.
With Christmas being only a few days away, it is time to inform you on the special offers around Liquid Notes and Liquid Notes for Live during this period. This is to make sure you get a fair chance to pick up our intelligent music composition assistant at the right price.
Just a few days before Black Friday, and we have a special deal for you. Plugin Boutique are bringing Liquid Notes for Live in a bundle with three other great pieces of music production software. So you can create some exciting pieces of music, and get inspired for some new directions in your songs.
All of that in a time-limited offer, and only at Plugin Boutique.
Different from other software in music production, there is no demo version of Liquid Notes that only has a limited set of features. Instead, we have opted to use a license manager that gives you a free 20 day trial period with all features unlocked.
In our eyes, this is a better way of doing business then providing you a piece of software that doesn't allow you to try all features.
Apple's recent Special Event saw the unveiling of the iPhone 7 (.. now waterproof and, yes the rumours were correct, without that old-fashioned headset plug), Air Pods (.. in case you want to go wireless), Apple Watch 2, and plenty of other new gadgets. Those gadgets aside, the company also introduced the latest version of the operating system for Mac, now rebranded as "macOS" to be in line with the naming of other software.
Here is a look at what this update contains for users of Mac, and what it means for compatibility with Liquid Notes.
One of the features we like about apps is that they usually come with a well thought of user experience, and greet the user with 3-5 screens when opening the app for the first time. It is there the user is explained the most important features of the app, which has become a sort of best practice in the industry.
We have taken the same concept and brought it to our desktop application, so you can enjoy the same level of comfort.
We like Berlin, and its drive for innovation in music technology. Daniel Büttner was not so long ago one of our contacts at Ableton, and meanwhile is the founder of Lofelt - a company that develops an innovative wearable that brings the bass right onto your arm. Not only that, they also managed to enter Germany's hall of fame for crowdfunding projects.
Here is a bit more on them, and their product as some of you might want to use this while making music.
We're always on the lookout to what other people think is the best tool on the market when it comes to music production software. This naturally varies by what one intends to do, as each digital audio workstation has its strengths and weaknesses.
Today we take a look at a guide that provides help for beginners.
The user interface of Liquid Notes puts an emphasis on showing just the information you need for as little distraction as possible. Knowing how your arrangement is built up and when an instrument is active is one of those things that help you manage chord progressions swiftly.
Here is more on this particular feature of our intelligent chord progression management assistant.
This summer is going to be a busy period for us. There is much work being done on adding new functionality to Liquid Notes, and preparations for work on the music theory course are on the way for a start by mid-year.
In Liquid Notes the instrument settings panel gives you the possibility to set tracks to solo or mute. This comes in useful if you are interested in how only certain tracks sound, or want to manage chord progressions when only taking in feedback from particular tracks.
In recent times the music software industry has seen the emergence of plugin rental stores, which enables the use of a new licensing model: renting a software for a pre-defined period of time rather than a one-time payment. This is more in-line with the level of comfort users today expect from Web 2.0 services, yet there are pros and cons.
Here is a closer look at licensing models and what advantages or disadvantages those contain.
Since one of the latest updates of Liquid Notes we have included a new feature that provides additional information on each of the settings included in our intelligent chord progression management software. That enables you to quickly know what is what in the software, and what effect a change of settings will have.
It’s been a while since Java 8 has been made available to users of Mac and Windows. While Liquid Notes is compatible with Java 8 on Windows, this is not the case yet for Mac. Over the past months we have been working together with Oracle, the developers of Java, in understanding the issue that causes an error on launching Liquid Notes on Mac OS X when using Java 8.
Here is an update on this situation, mostly relevant for Mac users only.
Both versions of Liquid Notes are equipped with a function that enables a one-click file export. This comes in useful when you make changes to your composition often, and hence have to toggle back and forth between Liquid Notes and your sequencer.
You can also always drag a file directly onto Liquid Notes, granted this is supported by your DAW.
Attack Magazine may only be a few years old, but it has made some major strides in the world of (electronic) music production. The magazine is very popular with music producers and songwriters alike, providing great coverage on industry news, technique and features.
In their Synth Secrets series on programming tutorials they take a look at how to make a range of classic and new synth sounds using a range of plugins. This time round they focused on reharmonizing the melodic sequence of a song with Liquid Notes.
MacUpdate have for a long time been one of the most favorite resources to explore and download software for Mac. Earlier this year they have upgraded their platform to now also include purchases of software from different developers directly from their website.
Here is more on that and similar trends in the industry.
Liquid Notes comes with a feature that enables you to force a recalculation of a specific area if you want to use different notes for chord reharmonization. By clicking on the 'ReCalc'-button you can force this recalculation to take place.
Find here more information on this feature of our chord progression management software.
We have told you in the past about our work on a new generation of music with beneficial effects on mind and body. This project has seen a lot of research and experiements having been completed in the field of athletic performance enhancement, which we would like to inform you about.
To do this we will add another newsletter that specifically provides news about our work on this type of music.
When looking at the user interface of Liquid Notes, one of the things that stands out is the addition of color indications to the main controls. There is also a vertical bar just below each chord symbol that shows in different color, depending on the settings you have chosen for each chord.
Those color indications provide information on the conventionality of chords from a perspective of Western musical styles.
We love it when others take a detailed look at our intelligent chord progression management tool, Liquid Notes. It is no surprise then that we have been very much welcoming the news that David Mood of Studio One Expert took a deep dive into our software, and examined most of its features.
It culminated in a video that shows much detail about Liquid Notes' capabilities in providing alternatives for chords, scales and harmony.
The biggest trade show of music merchants is about to open its doors in Anaheim within some days only. While we do not exhibit in person there, two of our team members, Ariane and Sara, will attend the show and are available to have a chat with you.
There is also a discount on both versions of Liquid Notes we offer exclusively around NAMM. Find the coupon code and more details in this article.
With the standalone version of Liquid Notes there are some features unique to it. One of those addons in this version is the ability to change the tempo of playback directly in Liquid Notes, so you can hear how each change reflects on your arrangement even at different tempo.
This article sheds more light on how to use this feature.
We are nearing the end of the year again, and with it comes a short summary from us to reflect on what we have accomplished as well as what is to come yet. There is plenty we have on our plate at the moment to make Liquid Notes a better product, and there are a lot of other things out of your line of sight we have been working on.
Here we take a look at where we are in the master plan for Re-Compose, and what is next for Liquid Notes.
Only a handful of people have asked in the past if reselling of a license they obtained for Liquid Notes is permitted. While some developers allow for such a practice, we have made a conscious decision many years ago not to support this for multiple reasons.
Herein we explain the details of our thought process, and why a resell requires a different licensing model. Such a model is emerging on the scene now, so we also take a look at it.
With Christmas approaching fast it is time to inform you on a number of special deals we have agreed to with resellers of our chord progression management software. These deals become active at or around December 15, 2015.
Find here more on the different deals and where to get them.
When we designed Liquid Notes we not only focused on the ease of use of the user interface but also what possibilities there are to have you understand its features quickly. At the time there weren't too many options, albeit we added one later with splash screens that are displayed on the first opening of our intelligent chord progression management software.
However, in case someone missed those screens one has to do it the old way.
The Black Friday weekend marks a special occasion in the US and Canada for some significant discounts on many products. This enables many people to make a number of purchases while not having to spend too much for those.
We'll offer a special deal around Liquid Notes at resellers in North America.
Only a few weeks before the end of the year we have some exciting news to share with you: Ariane Cap, an experienced bass player, educator and bestselling book author has joined our team. She is an expert in education of music students, and has recently completed the highly rated book "Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom".
Together with her we'll be working on developing an entirely new concept for a hands-on and equally fun tool to teach you the essentials of chord progressions as used in Liquid Notes.
Music theory can be a complex matter, especially when it comes to harmony. There are literally myriads of chord progressions to choose from, which can make your job in managing these difficult. While Liquid Notes' powerful harmony analysis covers the entire width of harmony, we've also included a feature that provides only chord alternatives that are deemed 'safe' from a musical perspective.
This is for you not to venture out into completely unchartered territories of harmony, albeit this filter can be disabled for more advanced users.
Taking place on December 1-3, 2015, in Antwerp, Belgium, Eurobest is the festival of European creativity and dives deep into music. Its aim is to bring together "the continent's varied cultures and vibrant communities to inspire learning, interaction, debate, and a healthy dose of competition."
That's pretty wicked, to say the least. And, better yet, we've partnered with Los Angeles based Musikvergnuegen to speak on music that gives you superpowers.
Some time after having launched Liquid Notes we added a piano roll to the user interface, which was one of the most demanded features at that moment. It now sits atop the main controls, giving you a direct view on your MIDI arrangement just as you are used to from a modern DAW.
But there is more to the piano roll in our intelligent chord progression management tool.
No, this is not another TEDx announcement. Today is about a different startup, one close to our hearts - Dreama.TV. They want to inspire and empower a billion people to follow their dreams over the course of the next decade.
That's no small feat, and that's why we share it with you. Starting with Albert Franz, a world-class concert pianist who only started at age 17 and of whom his teacher said he'd never be able to play the piano.
As reported some weeks ago, work has started on our new product for performance enhancement in athletics, games, and work in Los Angeles. That not only takes us to a center of the music industry and some amazing outdoor culture, but it also gives us access to some special events that are close to our heart.
It wasn’t planned. But after our idea came to the attention of the TEDx San Francisco organizers, and they invited us over to come speak about it.
Ever since presenting an outline for a music theory course in harmony, and in particular chord progression, we haven't stood still. To the contrary, we have spent a lot of time analyzing your feedback, speaking to people about other courses they took and slowly gathered a good understanding for what it is that you ask for.
Here's an update on where we stand today, and what is next.
With Apple having resorted to a naming scheme around California's Yosemite National Park, this time's free update of Mac OS X named after awe inspiring El Capitan. Having stood in front of it already and seen climbers up its vertical wall, it makes you aware how big a challenge it is to get up that wall.
To find out if Liquid Notes can mount this wall, we upgraded to the official release of Mac OS X 10.11 and took it for a spin.
We told you earlier about our next product around a new generation of functional music for performance enhancement at sports, games and work. The first phase of work with such music has been completed, now it's time to test it in the field. And that means going to Los Angeles, where we work with partners from science and performance training on our next product.
L.A. has a lot to offer, not only when it comes to music. Learn more what it is that we are looking for when exploring such functional music.