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The New Composer is live ...

You may remember the Composer -- it was made of brittle Shockwave technology and choked and sputtered while simultaneously bending to your will in making cool riffs from which we all learned in the multitude of lessons posted here.

It has now been reworked via modern web technology. It does pretty much all the same things it originally did, with a few additions:

• It now handles different string configurations; from 4-strings like ukes or basses, to 7 strings (like your favorite Ibanez JEM).

• It handles alternate tunings, and by alternate tunings, I mean any note you can play on piano as the base note for any string. Now that I think about it, this means you could string the Composer upside down if you wanted to.

• For you shredders who live near the cutaway, it now goes up to 24 frets.

• The controls are now lumped into 4 main 'toolbars', which you can show or hide as needed:

File (save, preview, load, etc), Tuning, Playback, and Accompaniment

• In the full (member) version, you can play back your current sequence with any of your other sequences, and any of your grooves at the same time.

• Besides the inline help, you can take the tutorial while you're using the Composer, and easily load in any of the tutorial sequences to play around with

As always, let me know if you encounter any probs, and I'll get on them ASAP.

-C
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Re: The New Composer is live ...

6/6/2012 1:33 PM

Rick Payman (10061) wrote:

Excellent news, Chris!
At first glance, it is looking pretty cool, and I am very much looking forward to trying out the new Alternate Tuning and Odd Time-Signature features.
Many thanks for the Site makeover - it will hopefully inspire me to spend a little more time with my guitar (says a man about to go to a local music session with his banjo!).
Cheers -Rick.

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Re: The New Composer is live ...

6/6/2012 1:47 PM

Christopher Sung (9641) wrote:

Oddly, the 5-string banjo is the one instrument that's tough to replicate in the Composer because of the drone string that only covers from the 4th fret on.

Hmm ... I'll have to think about that.

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Re: The New Composer is live ...

6/6/2012 2:00 PM

Rick Payman (10061) wrote:

Just as well it's a 4-string tenor banjo (in Irish tuning G-D-A-E) then!
I used to play a little 5-string bluegrass at school, but that was a few years ago now...

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Re: The New Composer is live ...

6/6/2012 2:25 PM

Christopher Sung (9641) wrote:

Well, that tuning, you can definitely do, and the banjo is MIDI channel 106. Maybe I should add it to the patch options.

I find it incredible that the MIDI powers that be created dedicated patches for fret noise (121) and a ringing telephone (125), but none for uke or mandolin.

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Re: The New Composer is live ...

6/6/2012 8:09 PM

Rick Payman (10061) wrote:

I suppose that given the original limitation of a total of 128 available sounds (arranged into 16 groups of 8), these ommisions become understandable.

Lets's face it, even guitar Fret Noise only made it as a Sound Effect, and who would not prefer having Helicopter noise over an authentic Mandolin in their MIDI arsenal?

What we need is the up-and-coming General MIDI Level 2, which at 13 years old must share the same Birthday as WholeNote itself!

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Re: The New Composer is live ...

6/6/2012 8:12 PM

Rick Payman (10061) wrote:

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