It is a good idea to download and use the latest beta version, because it contains the latest bug fixes, there are tons of new features, and it is updated frequently. However the beta version will most probably contain bugs in new functionality.


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The beta version is compatible with Windows Vista/7/8/10.

You can use beta version and the stable version side by side. Please choose an install directory that is different from the last stable version install location (e.g. “RapidComposer V3 Beta”).


The beta version is compatible with OS X 10.7-10.11.

Note: the application name did not change (, so please make sure you won't overwrite the stable application with the same name.

v3.3b1 available

Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:00 PM

3.3Beta1 changes:

  • Merge Compositions
  • New option for “Convert To Relative Form”: “Set Notes To Nearest Scale/Chord Note”
  • Assign colors to parts and lines in the structure inspector
  • Chords displayed in the structure inspector
  • Structure inspector workflow improvements: add/remove/duplicate buttons are shown after adding or removing, no need to click again
  • Fix for a file saving bug

v3.2b9 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, March 05, 2017 5:00 PM

3.2Beta9 changes:

  • If you hold down Shift during double-clicking or Alt-clicking on the master track for splitting chords, the following chord will be used for the new chord, not the one that you clicked on
  • If you hold down Shift during double-clicking or Alt-clicking on the master track for joining chords, the first chord will be replaced by the second chord
  • Swap 2 selected chords (action in master track inspector with shortcut possibility)
  • [VST] New playback setting: “Start Playback From The Current Position Instead Of The Host Position”
  • [OS X}[VST] fix for a crashing bug
  • Fixed: Rest options sometimes created zero length notes

v3.2b8 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 PM

3.2Beta8 changes:

  • Saving and loading rhythm generators from/to drum tracks work well now; drum note correctly restored
  • Fixed “Phrase Morpher” when used on drum tracks; use it to create rhythm morphs between two patterns
  • Fixed: Phrase Container preview with other tracks work well now
  • New action: “Insert 'Phrase Container' With Browser Selection” with shortcut possibility
  • New master track action: “Paste Chords (Overwrite)”: paste master track chords but do not add space to the composition. Shortcut: Ctrl-Shift-V (Windows) or Cmd-Shift-V (OS X)
  • New timeline action: “Paste (Overwrite)”: paste timeline section in overwrite mode, do not add space to the composition. Shortcut: Ctrl-Shift-V (Windows) or Cmd-Shift-V (OS X)
  • [Windows] Relative paths (“.” and “..”) can be used with Locations. They are relative to the data folder (RapidComposerV3)
  • Fixed: resizing a long (recorded) phrase to shorter had some issues when it used variations that slightly changed note positions or durations
  • Fixed: the menu sometimes did not appear when “Magnet” or “Lock To Scale” was enabled in the phrase inspector
  • Entering a new path for custom phrases or rhythm will read the files in the background
  • Note overlap checking is always done to make sure there are no overlapping notes
  • Big code rework to increase stability

v3.2b7 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, February 19, 2017 9:00 PM

3.2Beta7 changes:

  • Fixed MIDI import: pitch bend is imported now
  • MIDI export inserts program change when GM soundfonts are used; channel is set to 10 for percussion tracks
  • Fixed: ghost phrases moved too when the original percussion phrase was dragged
  • Fix: “Repeat Phrase Until…” did not work when the phrase had negative position
  • Fix: “Repeat Phrase Until…” did not respect the “mask phrase beginning” setting
  • Fix: selecting any presets caused selection of 'percussion' mode
  • “Export Tracks To Individual MIDI Files” will never overwrite files, instead a number is appended to the file name
  • Drum map can be assigned to imported “Channel 10” tracks
  • Fixed Phrase Container issues when used with percussion tracks

v3.2b6 available (Windows and OS X)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:00 AM

3.2Beta6 changes:

  • Drum map support
  • New file export option: “Export Tracks To Individual MIDI Files”
  • New phrase action: “Repeat Phrase Until The End Of Line/Part/Composition” with ghost option and shortcuts
  • Master track inspector visual cleanup
  • Grid can be the same as the Snap setting
  • Shortcut for 'Quit Application' added
  • Fix a problem when a phrase was not saved after editing from the phrase browser
  • Fix master track chord override from MIDI keyboard
  • Fix rare text editing issue
  • Fixed a possible crashing problem with VSTi plug-ins
  • Fixed: editing a phrase generator without variations
  • Fixed issues in note editing mode when editing a transposed phrase
  • Other fixes

v3.2b5 available (Windows and OS X)

Friday, January 27, 2017 9:00 PM

3.2Beta5 changes:

  • UI layout fixes
  • Phrase name is displayed using the selected font size
  • 2 new UI themes in the style of Windows 10 and Mac OS X

v3.2b4 available (Windows and OS X)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:00 PM

3.2Beta4 changes:

  • Font size setting: it is possible to change the font size for the UI
  • [Windows] portable usage is possible: the data is taken from RapidComposerV3 if that exists in the application directory
  • UI reworked, track and phrase variations window resizable
  • Fixed: snap cursor to nearest beat position fixed
  • “Count In” you are asked if you want to move the track contents
  • “Count In” problem fixed: wrong selection on timeline
  • “Paste Phrases” is displayed when the external clipboard contains items
  • Soundfonts with 24-bit samples can be loaded and used

v3.2b3 available (Windows and OS X)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:00 PM

3.2Beta3 changes:

  • “Lock Scale Selection” option on the chord palette
  • “Count In” reworked from scratch and behaves as a time offset
  • Copying and pasting phrases work between 2 running RapidComposer applications if “Allow Copy/Paste Between Two RC Apps” is enabled in the settings
  • Changing chord naming for the master track does not change phrases
  • [VST] when 'Use Host Tempo' is enabled, it is not possible to override the tempo in parts and lines
  • Fixed: playback position stuck at the end when using loop mode in the Phrase Editor
  • Fixed: crashes during renaming a line or part fixed
  • Fixed application crash when starting the VST plug-in
  • Fixed rare crash during harmonization
  • Fixed crash when adding a new VST plug-in with lots of presets
  • [Windows] WASAPI problems fixed; both shared and exclusive mode should work now
  • [Windows] Fixed a font rendering bug under Windows 10

v3.2b2 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, December 11, 2016 6:00 PM

3.2Beta2 changes:

  • Phrase Editor improvements (scrollable, zoomable editor with playback position)
  • Note Repetition Probability slider added in Random Melody Generator
  • New rhythm generator: “Smooth Rhythm” (experimental, may need improvement)It works by changing the note durations only to twice or half or the current duration, or the duration stays the same depending on the position. In my opinion it is musically interesting. Any feedback is welcome.
  • Chords as MIDI markers saved in the exported MIDI file in a different way to be more compatible with DAWs
  • Fixes for deleting a timeline region
  • Small fix for count-in timecode display
  • [OS X] fixed crash when initiating dragging
  • [VST] fixes for non-sounding notes at the beginning when host provides strange sample offsets
  • [VST] chord preview did not work without a track selection, and other issues
  • [VST] problems with Local Sequencer fixed
  • Fixed: “Active Track (Chord+Bass)” could not be chosen from the chord preview menu

v3.2b1 available (Windows and OS X)

Saturday, November 12, 2016 4:00 PM

3.2Beta1 changes:

  • “Count In” added (found in Timeline Inspector). Setting 1 bar or 2 bars count is possible.
  • New phrase generator: “Random Melody Generator” (experimental, may not be in the release version)
  • New setting: Auto-Zoom During Phrase Dragging (disabled by default)
  • New setting: Highlight Middle C Note (enabled by default)
  • Duplicate Phrases To Unmuted Tracks (shortcut 'D')
  • Moving the selected region on the timeline during loop playback works as expected

v3.1b19 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, October 23, 2016 7:00 PM

3.1Beta19 changes:

  • The “GeneralUser GS” soundfont is distributed with RapidComposer with kind permission from S. Christian Collins. Some soundfonts were removed from the distribution.
  • The instrument preset selection menu can display groups, so you don't have to browse all GM presets in one long menu
  • Hanging notes with VST plug-ins fixed caused by rounding in a calculation
  • More feedback is shown during startup
  • The notes in the Melody Generator are NOT converted to chord note+scale step as introduced in 3.1b15, instead there is an option in the Options menu for that
  • Fixed vertical size limit in History list

v3.1b18 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, October 17, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta18 changes:

  • Midi Import improvements: Channel 10 Handling (original, split, or join)
  • The 'History' section was rewritten under the Support tab
  • 48 new interesting “5 in 16 pulses” clave patterns in the Rhythm browser
  • Fixed a regression when some notes did not sound during MIDI-only playback

v3.1b17 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, October 10, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta17 changes:

  • “Velocity For Filled Notes” added to Arpeggiator
  • No more stuck notes if you change a phrase during playback (big rewrite under the hood)
  • Fixed: a crashing bug when moving envelope points during playback

v3.1b16 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:00 PM

3.1Beta16 changes:

  • [Windows] RapidComposerV3 folder is moved to /Users/me/Documents. All files from the old AppData folder are seamlessly moved to the new location.
  • Snap option in “Rotate Notes” variation
  • “Rescan Midi Devices” button under Settings / MIDI
  • The maximum number of “bars per line” and “lines par part” is 999
  • Fixed: hanging notes when using overlapping notes in VST tracks
  • Fixed: MIDI Import: track list does not jump to the top of the list every time a bottom item is accessed
  • Fixed: rare 'missing notes' issue fixed in midi sequencer

v3.1b15 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta15 changes:

  • Midi Import improvements: phrase detection: the midi events are automatically grouped in phrases. Similar and same note groups are recognized. Configuration settings can be found under Settings / Miscellaneous
  • Midi Import improvements: improved “Import MIDI Into Current Composition”. Now the imported composition does not have to have the same harmonic structure, it is analysed and will use the composition chords
  • Midi Import improvements: better instrument selection. Fixed GM soundfont menu.
  • Improvement: the notes in the Melody Generator are converted to chord note+scale step to make it more usable under different chords (except when “Scale Notes Only” is chosen)
  • [VST] When enabling 'Use Host Tempo' the RC VST plug-in will follow the host tempo changes
  • Fixed: dropping a rhythm pattern during editing a Melody Generator in the Idea Tool crashed
  • Fixed: track templates did not restore ghost phrases
  • Fixed: when a MIDI preset was dropped on a track, the channel changed
  • Fixed: Undo did not work after paste operations in the Phrase Editor, and other issues

v3.1b14 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, September 11, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta14 changes:

  • Midi Import improvements: File and selected tracks info
  • Midi Import improvements: “Trim silence” will remove empty beats from the beginning and end
  • The original MIDI channel is restored with the track template when it was not saved with an “Auto Assigned” channel
  • Fixed a hidden bug in chord detection
  • Fixed: MIDI Channel was reassigned after preset selection
  • Fixed: using multiple instances of a multitimbral VST plug-in had problems
  • Fixed: changing the channel in the track inspector immediately changes the MIDI In (external MIDI keyboard) channel
  • “Remove Shortest Note At Identical Position” option added to “Remove Short Notes”
  • Other small fixes

v3.1b13 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, September 05, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta13 changes:

  • Midi import improvements: display detected scale, chords preview
  • New preference to use UTF-8 sharp and flat characters (enabled by default)
  • New variation: “Remove Short Notes”
  • Default track view options can be set in the preoferences
  • 'Fill' option added to Arpeggiator
  • Chord colors (by harmony/by tonality) slightly modified
  • It is possible to open rcCOMP files by doubleclicking on them (both on OS X and Windows)
  • Fixed: sliders and scrollbars do not make the application unresponsive after a few seconds
  • Fixed: signature was not updated on the timeline after edting
  • Fixed bug when filling a track with phrases (additional chord notes displayed)
  • Fixed: Reset Transposition did not update the phrases on the workspace
  • [Windows] Fixed: mouse cursor was not reset to arrow after text editing

v3.1b12 available (Windows and OS X)

Thursday, August 11, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta12 changes:

  • “Check For Beta Updates” button added. From now you can check and download beta versions from inside the application.
  • Track mute/solo logic changed, allowing you to select multiple tracks as solo. Solo and mute states are independent (solo overriding mute)
  • Fixed: it is not possible to convert a phrase to “Piano Run Generator” or “String Staccato Generator” (crashed)
  • Fixed: chord detection revamped; always based on the root note
  • Fixed crash during setting audio device when VSTi plug-ins are used
  • Fixed: entering note editing mode made phrase generators “edited” immediately when variations were applied on them
  • Fixed: Hanging during zooming the timeline using Ctrl-drag
  • Fixed: strange unexpected behaviour of Bass Generator (random notes appeared)
  • [Windows] Improved: changing mouse cursor shape does not flash and reverts back to arrow e.g. when resizing

v3.1b11 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, August 08, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta11 changes:

  • Fixed: “Start/Stop Playback & Jump To Playback Start Position” did not work for MIDI-only compositions (using the internal sequencer)
  • Fixed: improved chord detection
  • [OS X] Fixed: dragging a track template crashed
  • [Windows] Fixed: dragging does not make the application unresponsive after a few seconds
  • Better error handling when a track template cannot be loaded

v3.1b10 available (Windows and OS X)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 9:00 PM

3.1Beta10 changes:

  • Changed: “Start/Stop Playback & Jump To Playback Start Position” jumps back when stopping
  • Loop state is restored with the composition
  • Fixed: crash when saving a phrase fixed (bug appeared after internal changes in beta8)
  • Fixed: replace track with template does not crash and uses the original template instrument
  • Truncate is enabled by default in “Rotate Notes”

v3.1b9 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, July 31, 2016 10:00 PM

3.1Beta9 changes:

  • Track templates location added under Settings / Locations
  • New action: “Stop Playback/Jump To Playback Start Position” (Shift+Enter by default)
  • “Delay Notes” has a “Truncate Phrase” option
  • “Rotate Notes” variation added
  • Fixed: sus4 chords were detected as their corresponding sus2 chord
  • Fixed: a crashing bug when adding VSTi tracks from the track templates
  • Fixed: adding “Apply Rhythm” to a track displayed an unneeded envelope icon

v3.1b8 available (Windows and OS X)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:00 PM

3.1Beta8 changes:

  • Track templates added. Save complete tracks and restore them from the browser.
  • New setting: “Export Chords As MIDI Markers” (when exporting MIDI files)
  • 'Expression' default value is 100 instead of 90
  • Midi file name is displayed for dropped midi file instead of “midi”
  • Ctrl+Shift+click can be used on the Master track to select a chord box even if clicked on the chord name
  • Fixed wrongly working “Keep harmonic rhythm” option in the Idea Tool
  • Internal changes

v3.1b7 available (Windows and OS X)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:00 PM

3.1Beta7 changes:

  • Due to a software build problem beta6 crashed quickly after starting. Sorry about that, the exact cause is not known yet.
  • New shortcut: “Preview Edited Phrase With Unmuted Tracks”
  • You are asked to save or discard the edited phrase, if you set “Always Confirm Discarding Edited Phrase”. It is disabled by default.
  • The “Composition has been changed…” dialog is opened only when there were really changes made.

v3.1b6 available (Windows and OS X)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 8:00 PM

3.1Beta6 changes:

  • The crash when typing phrase length in the phrase inspector is really fixed.

v3.1b5 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, June 27, 2016 10:00 PM

3.1Beta5 changes:

  • Added “Convert To Phrase Generator” in the phrase inspector. You can convert any phrase to a phrase generator. Obviously the rhythm pattern remains, but notes will be created by the new phrase generator
  • Fixed the crash when typing phrase length in the phrase inspector

v3.1b4 available (Windows and OS X)

Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:00 PM

3.1Beta4 changes:

  • 'Sustain Notes' option added in 'Apply Rhythm' variation
  • 9 new phrase arrangements added in Idea Tool (for 3 and 4 used phrases)
  • MIDI Import has a scrollable list to allow importing many tracks
  • Improved 'Join Notes' applied on a phrase; it works as expected
  • Fixed a small bug with chord transposition - chords became red without reason
  • Fixed the issue when EZkeys/EZdrummer had no sound when the composition was reloaded

v3.1b3 available (Windows and OS X)

Thursday, June 16, 2016 11:00 AM

3.1Beta3 changes:

  • New phrase generator: 'Rest' to be used in the Idea Tool
  • 'Add Interval' includes a 'Mute Original Notes' option
  • Fixed WASAPI which produced chopping sounds. Both shared mode and exclusive mode works. You can go down to 4 msec latency in exclusive mode (depending on the hardware). In shared mode the buffer size cannot be set, it is provided by the system.
  • A crashing bug fixed with the group entry in the Phrase Editor
  • Fixed 'division by zero' crash when there was no valid audio interface set
  • Better error handling when setting up audio. Alert windows appear over the application window rather than behind it…

v3.1b2 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, June 13, 2016 9:00 PM

3.1Beta2 changes:

  • Master track chords can be transposed by semitones (found in the master track inspector)

v3.1b1 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, June 12, 2016 9:00 PM

3.1Beta1 changes:

  • Master track chords can be transposed (found in the chord magnet menu)
  • Group entry has a menu with recent groups
  • [Windows] WASAPI audio support (shared and exclusive mode)

v3.0b19 available (Windows and OS X)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 9:00 PM

3.0Beta19 changes:

  • Editing note velocities in the rhythm editor by Ctrl+right click
  • Ctrl+click in the rhythm editor will remove a note (previously only right double-click removed notes)
  • The note colors in the rhythm editor are consistent with the new note shading setting
  • When multiple chord boxes are selected (by Shift+click), chord suggestions show all the selected chords at once
  • Bug fix: inconsistency in phrase history when dropping a phrase on another one
  • Bug fix: fixed saving VST internal state as a preset (crashed when selecting the saved preset)
  • Bug fix: fixed a crashing issue with Lock To Scale when used with chords consiting of 2 or 6+ notes
  • [OS X] The tabs at the top of the screen are taller

v3.0b18 available (Windows and OS X)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:00 PM

3.0Beta18 changes:

  • Crashing during loading the standalone version on a new installation fixed.
  • Browser windows are brought to top every time they are opened
  • Shift+mouse wheel scrolls the workspace horizontally
  • Bug fix: transport problems with some VST plug-ins (EZDrummer, EZKeys, Vielklang) fixed
  • Bug fix: the instrument menu for the Bass preview was not updated when a new SF2 or VST instrument was added

v3.0b17 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, April 24, 2016 9:00 PM

3.0Beta17 changes:

  • It is possible to copy/paste/import/export track idea settings.
  • Bug fix: unneeded marks in the Workflow menu fixed
  • Bug fix: Tempo was not seen in workflows other than “Generate Independent Tracks”
  • Bug fix: sometimes the composition got longer when harmonizing a melody track
  • Bug fix: lock mode property was reset in the Idea Tool for excluded tracks
  • Bug fix: excluded tracks were cleared in the Idea Tool instead of leaving phrases intact
  • Bug fix: “Select from specified progressions with absolute chords, then find a scale” always used C Major scale
  • Bug fix: plus other bugs in the Idea Tool that popped up during testing

v3.0b16 available (Windows and OS X)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:00 AM

3.0Beta16 changes:

  • Note colors and shading by velocity reworked. You can set up your own preferred look under Settings / User Interface by specifying color saturation and brightness for different velocity values. Few presets are provided.
  • There are new note color options in the phrase editor.
  • New option for ghost phrases in the phrase inspector: “Inhibit Copying Variations”.
  • Undo is possible after using the Idea Tool.
  • Bug fix: “Use Existing Melody Track Then Harmonize…” did not work. Now the melody track remains, ready for successive harmonization
  • Bug fix: “Generate Melody Track Then Harmonize” did not work
  • Bug fix: fixed screen redraw bug when using 'Use Existing Melody Track Then…' or 'Generate Melody Track Then…' with the Idea Tool
  • Bug fix: fixed a bug when previewing a phrase in the phrase inspector messed up the 'phrase history'
  • Bug fix: fixed a bug when removing a variation from the idea tool
  • Bug fix: track variations were not applied to generated ghost phrases
  • Bug fix: 'Apply Rhythm' added to the idea variations did not show the rhythm
  • Bug fix: “Lock Phrase” works better for chords containing 7th or 9th note
  • Bug fix: an annoying issue was fixed when typing chord names

v3.0b15 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, April 11, 2016 11:00 AM

3.0Beta15 changes:

  • New Idea Tool is finished (in full edition only). You'll find it in the editing mode menu, shortcut: F3.
  • Windows XP is not supported anymore. Previous beta versions worked on XP.
  • Phrases are stored in a binary format instead of text files. It was impossible to maintain the text file format due to the many recent changes. As a result all issues about saving phrases (especially generator presets) are gone.
  • 'Delete' behaviour changed when chords are selected on the master track: chords will be joined with the previous chord instead of deleting a section physically (with phrases) from the composition.
  • Single click on the structure bar over the timeline does not change the current view, only double-click does.
  • Shortcut possibilities added to select keyboard focus areas (currently unassigned)
  • [VST] Bug fix: “fatal error during get_chunk” error fixed
  • Bug fix: Undo does not change the currently edited line or part and does not switch to composition view
  • Bug fix: shortcuts did not work in note editing mode
  • Bug fix: an old bug was fixed when Undo did not restore edited phrase generators in note editing mode
  • Bug fix: generating progressions for 5 beats per bar works well
  • Bug fix: fixed occasional weird behaviour when using double-click during rhythm editing
  • Bug fix: track is updated when a rhythm pattern dragged on 'Apply Rhythm'
  • Bug fix: fixed non-working shortcut for 'Move selected notes to new phrase'
  • Other small UI improvements

v3.0b14 available (Windows and OS X)

Friday, February 12, 2016 7:00 PM

3.0Beta14 changes:

  • It is possible to drop rhythms on the Rhythm browser to save them
  • New rhythm generator: “Euclidean Rhythm”
  • Few bugs in the rhythm browser fixed. It is possible to use the same folder for custom phrases and rhythms.
  • Select All (Ctrl-A) did not work reliably with phrases. From now it works on the last clicked editor.
  • Changing the custom rhythms folder was not possible, this is fixed
  • A workaround is inserted for loading v2 phrases

v3.0b13 available (Windows and OS X)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 4:00 PM

3.0Beta13 changes:

  • Rhythm browser where you can store and retrieve rhythm patterns. Works similarly to the phrase browser. The custom rhythms folder can be set under Settings / Locations
  • New variation: “Apply Rhythm”. You can slice notes of an existing phrase with a rhythm pattern.
  • Drag and drop rhythm from one phrase (or from browser) to another phrase works now. Use Ctrl-drag to drag a rendered rhythm, including any variations, or Ctrl-Shift-drag to drag the original rhythm, excluding variations. You can hold down the Ctrl key when dropping the rhythm pattern to add a new 'Apply Rhythm' variation to the phrase, regardless if that is a generator or a normal phrase. Dropping the rhythm will replace the rhythm in a phrase generator, or will add an 'Apply Rhythm' variation to a normal phrase. If there is already an 'Apply Rhythm' added to the phrase, dropping will not add another one, but will replace the rhythm in the exising 'Apply Rhythm' variation. It sounds complicated, but you will see it is very powerful and logical…
  • 16th note triplet option added to Quantize
  • Fix UI layout problems in some lists
  • Saving generator presets did not work, which is fixed

v3.0b12 available (Windows and OS X)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:00 PM

3.0Beta12 changes:

  • Arpeggiator phrase generator added
  • Phrase inspector redesigned and made resizable
  • Update checking and downloading v3 beta updates work from the program
  • Small fix for the 'Lock To Scale' feature
  • Possible problem with update checking (WinSock) fixed
  • [Win] the program won't use “ASIO DirectX Full Duplex Driver” or “Generic Low Latency ASIO Driver” by default

v3.0b11 available (Windows and OS X)

Friday, January 22, 2016 9:00 AM

3.0Beta11 changes:

  • It is possible to lock a phrase so that it won't be re-rendered on subsequent chord and scale changes, only the notes are adjusted. This way the figure stays the same, but its notes still obey the master track chords and scales. Please look for this in the phrase inspector.
  • New settings: Default Instrument For New Tracks, Add MIDI Volume and Pan to new tracks with or without slider option, Display Slider For Expression Variation
  • Specify a colour and width for lines separating tracks
  • Fixed saving phrases using shared rhythms
  • Fixed a problem when setting ASIO devices: some ASIO drivers reported bad channel masks, as a result setting another ASIO device did not succeed
  • ASIO driver cleanup issue fixed (driver was sometimes not removed)
  • Fixed the logic of the 'Randomness' slider in the probabilistic rhythm generator
  • Other small UI fixes and improvements

v3.0b10 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, January 10, 2016 6:00 PM

3.0Beta10 changes:

  • UI improvements in track inspector which is now resizable
  • Fixed ASIO channel menu and crashes when setting ASIO
  • Fixed a bug with shared rhythms
  • Fixed: VST instruments were not set up properly when duplicating or pasting a track
  • Using 7th interval with the Bass Generator fixed (it was actually a 6th…)
  • Fixed: removing a VST plug-in did not remove the .rcINST file
  • Fixed: progression inspector crashed when clicking on a note to preview the progression
  • A problem with loading VSTi plug-ins fixed, when using VSTi preview instruments
  • (Under the hood: UI layout engine improvements and optimizations)

v3.0b9 available (Windows and OS X)

Thursday, December 31, 2015 1:00 PM

3.0Beta9 changes:

  • Repeat option added to Rests
  • Audio clipping is really fixed now
  • Fixed: rests and note length options were not applied to the edited phrase
  • Annoying crash when pressing 'Cancel' during entering a chord name fixed

v3.0b8 available (Windows and OS X)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 10:00 AM

3.0Beta8 changes:

  • Rhythm editing improvements. From now 'note length' logically belongs to the rhythm. All note length options were removed from the phrase generators.
  • Rhythm 'post-processing' step between rhythm and phrase generation, to alter note lengths and add rests (with preview).
  • Using shared rhythm patterns is possible for any number of phrases. You will find the shared rhythm patterns in the 'Rhythm' menu in the phrase inspector. It is possible to create/edit/delete/rename patterns.
  • All rhythm and phrase generator user interfaces were reworked
  • 'Triplet Rhythm' was removed. You can achieve the same (or more) in 'Simple Intervals'
  • 'Thirds Run' phrase generator removed. Use 'Dyads Run' which is more general
  • Setting and restoring the inspector window sizes improved
  • [OS X] MIDI Reset was sent accidentally
  • “Each Note Follows The Envelope Within Key” works well with long phrases (envelope changes are respected inside the phrase)
  • Fixed: store composition in history crashed
  • Modal dialogs improved
  • Fixed a crash when trying to add measures to the end of composition
  • Fixed a crashing bug when typing a chord name
  • Fixed a possible crash in phrase morpher
  • Fixed audio overflow, no more crackling sound, only slight distortion when the levels are too high
  • Chords and scales starting/ending on 1/8 are properly displayed on the piano roll
  • Crash fixed when adding “Limit Note Range” sliders to track header
  • Fixed a crash during quitting the application
  • Other small fixes not worth mentioning

v3.0b7 available (Windows and OS X)

Friday, December 11, 2015 8:00 PM

3.0Beta7 changes:

  • “Regenerate Rhythm!” button added in the phrase inspector (rhythm section, only for rhythm generators that use randomness)
  • MIDI CC messages sent by RC can be turned off (Reset All Controllers, Reset Pan, Reset Volume, see MIDI Settings)
  • Phrase inspector size stays the same when another phrase is selected or Apply button is pressed
  • UI improvements in phrase inspector
  • Open keyboard shortcuts in browser (2 columns)
  • All memory leaks removed
  • Fixed a crashing bug when renaming groups in the phrase browser
  • Fixed a crash when pasting an empty track (without previous Ctrl-C)
  • [OS X] Recent changes to reduce CPU usage made the sequencer less precise. Old, precise sequencer restored, although this means a bit more CPU usage

v3.0b6 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, December 06, 2015 6:00 PM

3.0Beta6 changes:

  • [OS X][VST] Fixed: VST plug-in stopped working under OS X 10.11
  • New setting for keeping browser windows always on top
  • Dropping a 2nd 'Expression' on track is not allowed
  • [OS X][VST] Fixed a potential crashing bug in the VST plug-in
  • [VST] Loop issues with REAPER (and possibly other hosts) fixed. At the end of the loop RC jumped back to a wrong position.
  • Some memory leaks removed
  • Other minor fixes and UI improvements

v3.0b5 available (Windows and OS X)

Monday, November 30, 2015 1:00 PM

3.0Beta5 changes:

  • Keyboard shortcuts were not saved, this is fixed
  • [OS X] a UI redrawing issue introduced in previous beta version fixed

v3.0b4 available (Windows and OS X)

Sunday, November 29, 2015 6:00 PM

3.0Beta4 changes:

  • Browsers remember the collapsed and expanded groups, for each browser you can set all groups to be collapsed, or expanded, or use last remembered state, see Settings / Miscellaneous
  • “Remember browser positions” setting removed, from now the program always remembers
  • Browsers can be opened in a separate window and moved outside of the main window (see Settings / Miscellaneous)
  • You can edit notes in the Phrase Editor during previewing the phrase; edits are immediately heard
  • New shortcut for filling a track with Staccato Generator
  • New shortcut for starting/stopping playback in Phrase Editor, and for looping
  • New shortcut for “Phrase Selection To Timeline Region And Start Playback In Loop”
  • “Freehand drawing” improvements (removed zero-length notes, and make it work with changing scales and chords)
  • Fixed “Invalid Composition File” problem when using Undo
  • Saving Phrase Container presets are fixed
  • UI rendering problems with sliders fixed
  • Fixes in Chord Palette which forgot the second and third reference scale
  • Chord Palette yellow background fixed
  • Fixed: MIDI drag and drop in Note Editing mode did not show the notes during dragging
  • Two different chord naming issues fixed
  • Note Inspector problems fixed. Sometimes the actions for the 'Phrase Editor' appeared in 'Note Editing' mode
  • [OS X] fixed a rare issue when user interface stopped redrawing but the program seemingly worked
  • [OS X] UI rendering stability improvements
  • many other minor fixes

v3.0b3 available (Windows and OS X)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:00 AM

3.0Beta3 changes:

  • “Keep existing rhythm of chords” setting when generating progressions
  • Notes visibility improvements when the track zoomed out (vertically)
  • Search field in the browsers filter the list as you type
  • [Windows] Fixed: Save generator preset froze the application
  • Phrase Container (and other generator) presets preserve length when saved
  • Clicking on a slider or button in the track header won't make it focus
  • Fixed: instrument files are also copied from the old v2 DB folder
  • Fixed: slider displayed in the track header had rounding issues (e.g. transpose -13 instead of -12)
  • New preview option: “Active Track (Chord+Bass)”
  • Fixed: chord suggestion showed empty bubble when there were no rules
  • Resizable percussion tracks so that sliders can be accessed if necessary
  • [OS X] Shortcuts fixed
  • Other minor improvements

v3.0b2 available for OS X!

Saturday, November 14, 2015 5:00 PM

3.0Beta2 is available for Mac OS X too! It was built on OS X 10.10 with compatibility with OS X 10.7 and newer. Due to the many C++14 features used in the source code, it will be impossible to build RC for OS X 10.6. The beta fixes some issues found in OS X 10.11.

v3.0b2 available (Windows only)!

Monday, November 09, 2015 5:00 PM

3.0Beta2 changes:

  • new color option for tracks: Chord/Scale/Absolute+Velocity
  • fixed: soundfont presets loaded twice (also from the v2 directory)
  • Ctrl-dragging of phrases is not allowed at the moment. It will be used to copy (and ghost copy) rhythm patterns directly from one phrase to others
  • fixed: drag and drop a phrase to the workspace in note editing mode did not work
  • fixed: master track crashes when resized
  • “Default V2” theme added for those who prefer the white background
  • fixed: running the beta without previous registered v2 version crashed
  • fixed: it is not possible to rename a track in the inspector
  • snap and grid menus are readable even when “16th Note Triplet” is selected
  • fixed: click+hold+drag for zoom crashes if any of the variation parameter envelope active
  • mouse wheel works over track list. Hold Ctrl or Alt to scroll slower
  • controls work in the phrase editor
  • paths fixed in the VST plug-in, which should work now

v3.0b1 available (Windows only; OS X version will be available in about 2 weeks)!

Saturday, November 07, 2015 10:00 AM

3.0Beta1 changes:

  • Timeline reworked and extended. Selection does not require pressing the Shift key anymore, it is a simple dragging on the numbers lane. Smooth scrolling added (Alt-horizontal drag), Zoom is still Ctrl-horizontal drag, dragging the play head will smoothly scroll the composition at the edges
  • Master track is vertically resizable, the track header can be made wider if needed (drag at the right edge of Timeline or Master Track)
  • Mixer page removed, sound levels can be set on the respective Settings tab (Audio and Soundfonts)
  • Settings / User Interface for customizing all colors and creating themes. Old theme files do not work
  • Settings / Keyboard Shortcuts for customizing keyboard shortcuts, possibility to export shortcut list as html
  • Settings / Miscellaneous reworked
  • It is possible to display track variation parameters and MIDI controller sliders in the track header below the track name. Click on the 'eye' (view) icon next to a slider
  • 4 keyboard focus areas on the composition page: track list, composition workspace, timeline, master track. The phrase editor is a focus area as well. Check keyboard shortcuts available on these areas under Settings / Keyboard Shortcuts
  • History has an option to use a simple list instead of a version tree. Simple list became the default
  • Phrase editor improvements: cut/copy/paste/delete/etc works here too, vertical bar displayed for pasting notes, overlapped notes correctly handled, several note transformations are available through shortcuts
  • Lots of minor UI changes
  • User interface rendering became quicker due to optimizations
  • Full and light editions use the same installer and executable
  • Source code clean-up, building with C++14

v2.92b5 available (Windows and OS X)!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 3:00 PM

2.92Beta5 changes:

  • fixed bad MIDI recording due an overflow in time calculations
  • [OS X] fixed program slowdown and hanging

v2.92b4 available (Windows and OS X)!

Friday, July 24, 2015 3:00 PM

2.92Beta4 changes:

  • fix Phrase Container saving/loading
  • fixed midi recording in MIDI-only mode

v2.92b3 available (Windows and OS X)!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:00 AM

2.92Beta3 changes:

  • fix saving and undo issues introduced by previous beta version
  • fix for missing randomness in Phrase Container
  • fixed non-working “Start recording to new track when loop ends” checkbox

v2.92b2 available (Windows and OS X)!

Monday, July 20, 2015 8:00 PM

2.92Beta2 changes:

  • Phrase Container added
  • Right click on a browser folder will select all items under that folder and subfolders
  • “Start recording to new track when loop ends” option in transport inspector
  • “Extract selected phrases to new track” (among phrase inspector actions)
  • Pressing '.' will enable/disable phrase selection in multiple tracks
  • New playback mode button: it is possible to play back only the selected or unselected phrases (that is muting the selected phrases!)
  • Fix for a MIDI import bug
  • [OS X v2.91] Fixed hanging during pop-up menu selections

v2.9b16 available (Windows and OS X)!

Friday, June 12, 2015 11:00 AM

2.9Beta16 changes:

  • articulations menu works in the note inspector/li>
  • “Add Selected Notes To Clipboard” added to note inspector
  • new note mappings: “Bass note+semitones” and “Bass note+scale steps”
  • “Chord Notes [+scale steps or semitones]” removed from note mapping options as it did not prove to be useful
  • improved behaviour: when the note kind is changed in the note inspector, the notes won't be transposed
  • note inspector is updated after moving notes

v2.9b15 available (Windows and OS X)!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:00 AM

2.9Beta15 changes:

  • the shiny new note inspector lets you conveniently edit the properties of multiple notes, with several transformations on selected notes
  • fix for a weird rendering problem when notes disappeared and appeared again during playback
  • making phrase copies and ghost copies works better
  • minor fix in the order of phrase rendering
  • minor fix in ghost phrase rendering
  • imported MIDI files in the VST plug-in now set the proper instrument

v2.9b14 available (Windows and OS X)!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM

2.9Beta14 changes:

  • phrase generator preview can be stopped
  • new phrase generator preview button to play back all other tracks with the phrase
  • [VST] it is possible to send program change to the VST host in VST mode
  • fixed: adding new scales and chord into the library did not work
  • fixed: MIDI clock was not sent in MIDI-only playback mode
  • fixed: phrase editor preview when the preview instrument was a MIDI device
  • fixed: a MIDI device/port chosen in the track inspector was not set up correctly
  • fixed sync issues when using RC standalone with Ableton Live
  • other small bug fixes

v2.9b13 available (Windows and OS X)!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:00 PM

2.9Beta13 improvements:

  • Ghost copies can be moved to other tracks. This opens new possibilities in the program when you apply variations to the copies, like 'Simplify Phrase', 'Extract Rhythm', 'Delay Notes', etc.
  • Dragging the piano keyboard vertically and zooming (Ctrl-drag) works in the Phrase Editor and Phrase Inspector preview
  • Zooming the piano keyboard works better, center key stays at the same position
  • It is possible to specify the length of the rhythm to allow rhythmic repetitions for longer phrases. E.g. for a melody phrase of 4 bars you can generate or edit a 1-bar rhythm pattern which will be repeated instead of having to create a 4-bar rhythm pattern
  • “Add To Clipboard” button added in the phrase editor
  • New variation: “Extract Rhythm”
  • 1/32 and 1/64 added to Schillinger's Interference
  • Several bugs fixed when MIDI file was dropped to the phrase editor
  • Fixed 'MIDI' playback: playback position was jumping from beat to beat
  • Fixed phrase editor: empty beat at the beginning was removed
  • Fixed phrase editor: moving notes horizontally won't change the quality of the note
  • Fixed phrase editor: note mapping has an effect
  • [Win VST] All Cubase versions work well with the VST plug-in

v2.9b12 available (Windows and OS X)!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:00 PM

2.9Beta12 improvements:

  • [OS X] New VST plug-in working!
  • [OS X] All changes since v2.9b7 (read below)
  • Mute original note option added to Add Chord Notes variation
  • Fixed stuck notes in Phrase Editor preview
  • Melody harmonization works with multiple selected phrases

v2.9b11 available (only for Windows at the moment)!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:00 PM

2.9Beta11 improvements:

  • Rhythm editor was redesigned a bit
  • Note lengths are not expressed in beats anymore. Quarter note (1/4) is used as a 'beat' in all snap and grid settings
  • VST plug-in will work in Cubase 8
  • New variation: 'Add Chord Notes' which is similar to 'Add Interval' but adds only chord notes
  • Bug fix: when the built-in sequencer was turned off, playback should be stopped
  • Bug fix: first note did not play when using the built in sequencer

v2.9b10 available (only for Windows at the moment)!

Friday, April 24, 2015 1:00 PM

2.9Beta10 improvements:

  • “Make window always on top” option added for VST
  • “Bring RapidComposer To Top” should work now
  • Fixed hanging in Cubase
  • Crashing bug in harmonization fixed
  • Better error handing when setting up timers for the local sequencer
  • Fixes for lost Note Off events when more than one plug-in instances were used
  • Fixed phrase preview which did not work in VST host mode

v2.9b9 available (only for Windows at the moment)!

Monday, April 20, 2015 1:00 PM

2.9Beta9 improvements:

  • Program hanging fixed when trying to enter a chord name from the keyboard.

v2.9b8 available (only for Windows at the moment)!

Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:00 PM

2.9Beta8 improvements:

  • Brand new VST plug-in which communicates with the application through a bridge
  • The application can send certain keystrokes to the VST host in VST bridge mode (see Settings / Miscellaneous)
  • New variation: 'Simplify Phrase' to make the rhythm simpler of any phrase
  • New variation: 'Adjust Note Lengths v2' for fine control of note lengths, even with envelopes
  • Pressing Shift during moving or resizing notes will ignore the snap setting
  • Apply button is enabled when you edit a phrase from the phrase inspector
  • The master track inspector opens when you right-click on the master track
  • Bug fix: sometimes the window became very wide when the application started

v2.9b7 available (only OS X)!

Sunday, April 05, 2015 8:00 PM

2.9Beta7 improvements:

  • [OS X] Bug fix: opening the chord palette made the application frozen
  • [OS X] Other bug fixes

v2.9b6 available (only OS X)!

Friday, March 27, 2015 8:00 PM

2.9Beta6 improvements:

  • [OS X] Bug fix: after text editing white rectangles remained on screen

v2.9b5 Windows standalone available!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:00 PM

2.9Beta5 improvements:

  • [Win] Added a useful new option to the Idea Tool to avoid overwriting existing track settings.

v2.9b5 available (only OS X)!

Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:00 PM

2.9Beta5 improvements:

  • [OS X] Fixed hanging during clicking on pop-up menus.

v2.9b4 available (only OS X)!

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:00 PM

2.9Beta4 improvements:

  • [OS X] Fixed hanging during text editing. This bug made typing the key-code impossible.

v2.9b3 available (Windows and OS X)!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:00 PM

2.9Beta3 improvements:

  • The program hung in the phrase editor. This was a result of an internal change, sorry about it.

v2.9b2 available (Windows only)!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:00 PM

2.9Beta2 improvements:

  • Harmonization of melody using two different algorithms. You will find the 'Harmonize Melody…' button in the phrase inspector, among the actions.
  • 'Join Notes' has a new option: do not join notes at chord boundaries
  • 'Add Interval' offers interval of second
  • It is possible to use 'Render Phrase With Variations' on absolute phrases. Transposition is applied too for absolute phrases, so a phrase in G Major transposed down by 7 semitones can render a C Major phrase.
  • Octave is not shown in chord names on the master track when using roman numeral notation
  • Chord inversion is displayed on the master track in a more compact form to improve readability
  • [VST] fix a crashing bug during MIDI import
  • Bug fix: the state of some VST plug-ins were not saved in the history (program change was not always detected)

v2.9b1 available (Windows only)!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:00 AM

2.9Beta1 improvements:

  • Faster application startup: custom phrases are loaded asynchronously
  • Sending and receiving MIDI Start/Stop/Continue and Song Position Pointer can be enabled separately
  • [Windows] Installation from Windows standard user account fixed. There was a serious problem in the past when installing from a non-administrator account. The supplemental data files were copied into the administrator AppData directory. From this version all data files are copied into C:\Program Files\RapidComposer\Data, and the program will copy these files into the user AppData directory.

v2.82b4 available (Windows only)!

Friday, January 23, 2015 10:00 AM

2.82Beta4 improvements:

  • Bug fix: due to a note rendering issue note velocity was wrongly calculated. This fix affects all variations that are added to tracks.

v2.82b3 available (Windows and OS X)!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 8:00 PM

2.82Beta3 improvements since Beta1:

  • Optimizations in instrument handling makes the program snappier
  • 'Loading composition…' is displayed during loading a composition and loading VST plug-ins, which may take seconds
  • Bug fix: loading an idea preset made phrases and variations appear multiple times

v2.82b1 available (Windows and OS X)!

Saturday, January 17, 2015 8:00 PM

2.82Beta1 improvements:

  • Faster Undo/Redo when VST plug-ins used; VST states are not restored unnecessarily
  • 'Collapse All' button added in the Variations browser
  • New setting: Store browser positions and sizes. Browsers can be opened at their last position if this is set.
  • Import MIDI continuous controllers from MIDI files
  • MIDI controllers are reset when playback is starting (Reset All Controllers + reset pan and volume)
  • Fixed timeline selection by Shift-dragging which selected beats beyond the end of line
  • Fixed 'Remove First Beat' and 'Insert One Beat Before First' in phrase editor
  • Bug fix: when a chord progression was dropped on the timeline sometimes the previously selected progression was used
  • Bug fix: Undo sometimes created unwanted VSTi plug-in instances
  • Bug fix: compositions containing 'Line' generator were not loaded

v2.8b14 available (Windows and OS X)!

Sunday, December 28, 2014 8:00 PM

2.8Beta14 improvements:

  • chord browser redesigned
  • chord rules were not saved (fixed)
  • reload custom phrases button added
  • other minor bug fixes

v2.8b13 available (Windows and OS X)!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 12:00 PM

2.8Beta13 improvements:

  • add scale and transposition to phrase preview
  • export tracks as individual WAV/AIFF files
  • fix hanging notes during MIDI-only playbck
  • fix playback issues when parts are rearranged
  • fix a MIDI export issue
  • fixed a bug when not all presets were loaded from soundfonts
  • crash fixed when dragging the track over the composition in the VST plug-in
  • assigning a chord progression to a line/part where the beats per bar is neither 3 nor 4 works now
  • other minor bug fixes

v2.8b12 available (Windows and OS X)!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:00 PM

2.8Beta12 improvements:

  • MIDI preview instruments did not work (fixed)
  • phrase generator presets were not handled well (e.g. in idea tool, saving/loading)
  • new scale browser
  • Alt-click deselects all phrases in all tracks
  • new track view option: color notes according to original note quality (chord/scale/bass/absolute)
  • it is possible to specify key-switch velocity for articulations

v2.8b11 available (Windows and OS X)!

Saturday, December 06, 2014 6:00 PM

2.8Beta11 improvements:

  • reset browser options button added to phrase/instrument/progression browsers
  • the problem when notes were randomly quiet during playback is fixed
  • fix time display when using the new midi only sequencer
  • [OS X] adding a tag made the program hang (fixed)
  • [OS X] search field works well and the list is updated for each keypress

v2.8b10 available (for Windows at the moment)!

Thursday, December 04, 2014 6:00 PM

2.8Beta10 improvements:

  • fix various bugs about instrument selection
  • fix crash when a soundfont .rcINST file (that is used for preview) is deleted

v2.8b9 available!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 6:00 PM

2.8Beta9 improvements:

  • OS X version is built too
  • fix instrument selection in the idea tool
  • all known bugs fixed

v2.8b8 available!

Monday, December 01, 2014 8:00 PM

2.8Beta8 improvements:

  • new instruments and progressions browser
  • list handling optimized in browsers

v2.8b7 available!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 8:00 PM

2.8Beta7 improvements:

  • fixed saving of phrases
  • variation inspector has a search field

v2.8b6 available!

Monday, November 24, 2014 8:00 PM

2.8Beta6 improvements:

  • fix occasional crash when the phrases are sorted out into sub-directories
  • phrase selection issue in the browser fixed (hidden item was selected too)
  • phrases that cannot be moved (invalid or empty files) are renamed to XXX.failed

v2.8b5 available!

Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:00 AM

2.8Beta5 improvements:

  • Brand new redesigned phrase browser with advanced searching, filtering, tagging, grouping, sorting, displaying capabilities, using conditional expressions when needed. Use the 'right click' to preview phrases or add tags.
  • It is possible to arrange custom phrases in hierarchical directories. When the new update first runs, it will automatically create the directories and move the phrase definition files there.
  • Removing a phrase is non-destructive (a dot is inserted in front of the filename which will be ignored)

v2.8b4 available!

Sunday, November 02, 2014 8:00 AM

2.8Beta4 improvements:

  • when you drop a phrase from the browser on another phrase on the workspace by holding the down the Ctrl key, the rhythm will be applied to the target phrase
  • drop a phrase to selected phrases; when a phrase from the browser is dropped to a selected phrase (with or without the Ctrl key held down), all selected phrases will be affected
  • [OS X] fix start-up error message when no audio API is set
  • fixed precision bug with 16th note triplet
  • fixed note articulations

v2.8b3 available!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:00 AM

2.8Beta3 improvements:

  • [VST] The internal logic was reworked. As a result the plug-in will work better (especially looping) in some hosts.
  • MIDI drag-and-drop is possible directly on a track or in the phrase editor. If you drop a MIDI file on other areas, the MIDI Import page opens.
  • 'Collapse All' button is added to browsers
  • 'Auto' scale feature is enabled by a setting (disabled by default)

v2.8b2 available!

Sunday, October 12, 2014 12:00 PM

2.8Beta2 improvements (since previous beta):

  • [VST] An internal sequencer is added. It is possible to choose between local transport or host transport.

v2.8b1 available!

Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM

2.8Beta1 improvements (since v2.73):

  • Very precise MIDI sequencer used automatically when all tracks are MIDI (no SF2/VSTi). When using mixed VSTi/SF2/MIDI tracks, the old sequencer is used, which is based on audio timing. The play button becomes yellow when the new sequencer is used.
  • MIDI only usage is possible without setting any audio interfaces. For playback you don't need to set an audio interface as before.
  • Each track can have its own midi output device, allowing virtually unlimited number of midi outputs. You can still set a 'default' MIDI output in the Settings which is used for newly created tracks
  • 16th note triplet added to the available snap and grid options
  • [Experimental, may be removed from v2.8] New scale type: Auto (scale is assigned automatically based on the chord). E.g. for G minor chord, the scale will become G minor. Do not use this with relative chord notation!

v2.73b4 available!

Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:00 PM

2.73Beta4 improvements:

  • Melody Generator handles scale changes inside the phrase
  • New option in melody generator to use scale+chord notes (even if chord has notes that are outside the scale)
  • Each track can have its own midi output device, allowing unlimited number of midi outputs
  • New scale type: Auto (scale is assigned automatically based on the chord). E.g. for G minor chord, the scale will become G minor. Do not use this with relative chord notation!
  • New preference: “Allow transposition in guitar tracks”
  • New preference: “Open VST plug-in editor window after it was loaded”
  • Fix a bug when the phrases were not recalculated when the chord changed in the chord suggestion pop-up
  • Bass Generator fixed (connecting notes were transposed unnecessarily)
  • Chord suggestion popup does not close for an inside click, only closed when you click outside
  • MIDI program change is not inserted into MIDI clips for VST/SF2 tracks, and for MIDI tracks using the 'No Patch Change' preset
  • Issues with gluing phrases in a guitar track fixed

v2.72b4 available!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:00 PM

2.72Beta4 improvements:

  • [VST] Further fixes for loop/cycle playback in the VST plug-in…
  • Soundfont playback is forced to use the same sample rate as the audio device
  • Ghost phrases should not display and handle 'phrase local history'

v2.72b3 available!

Monday, August 18, 2014 1:00 PM

2.72Beta3 improvements:

  • [VST] Bug introduced in beta1 removed. Playback transport stopped working the VST plug-in…

v2.72b2 available!

Sunday, August 17, 2014 3:00 PM

2.72Beta2 improvements:

  • 'All Notes Off' is not sent to VST plug-ins or MIDI instruments anymore. Instead individual 'Note Off' messages are sent to avoid hanging notes.
  • 'Add Interval' used the wrong interval when added to a track
  • Fix crash in Idea Tool when using 8-bar long phrases in a smaller composition

v2.72b1 available!

Friday, August 15, 2014 3:00 PM

2.72Beta1 improvements:

  • new variation: Delay Notes
  • [VST] workaround for a looping bug in MuLab
  • bug fix: the last composition was not loaded when it should have to

v2.7b9 available!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:00 PM

2.7Beta9 improvements:

  • Chord progression rules editing
  • Fix chord preview in the VST plug-in. This will improve other preview and playback (no more All Notes Off sent to virtual instruments)

v2.7b8 available!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 3:00 PM

2.7Beta8 improvements:

  • Chord names fixed in traditional notation
  • You can right click on the dice button in the chord inspector to have more options
  • 2 new options added for 'Generate Chord Progression' in the master track and timeline inspectors to create more interesting progressions: diversity (from expected to unexpected) and allowing to return to the previous chord (e.g. if I-V-I is allowed)
  • Bugs reported on the support forum fixed

v2.7b7 available!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:00 PM

2.7Beta7 improvements:

  • Chord suggestions (left click on a chord; right click opens palette)
  • It is easier to input chords using the MIDI keyboard or by entering text
  • About 260 new chord progressions for major and minor scales used in pop music (registered version only)
  • Fixes in chord palette to remember window size
  • Bug fix: crashing issues when enabling “Start With Empty Master Track” fixed
  • Bug fix: freezing when saving composition for the first time eliminated

v2.7b6 available!

Thursday, June 05, 2014 3:00 PM

2.7Beta6 improvements:

  • Fix an issue with text editing fields which resulted that phrases were saved with an empty name (bug appeared in previous beta, sorry about it!)

v2.7b5 available!

Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:00 PM

2.7Beta5 improvements:

  • The scale, tempo and signature properties are displayed on the master track and editable with a single click
  • It is possible to set the initial length of the inserted phrase generators
  • New phrase variation: 'Spread Out Chord Notes' to make a fuller sound from any phrase
  • 4 new schemes are added to the Chord Generator to spread out chord notes in octaves
  • Bug fix: MIDI export and MIDI drag and drop from the VST plug-in to the host did not work well

v2.7b4 available!

Friday, May 16, 2014 5:00 PM

Most fixes and changes were added to v2.64. Beta4 new features since previous beta:

  • Experimental chord progression generator. It is available in the timeline inspector and the master track inspector. At the moment rules are not editable.

v2.7b3 available!

Thursday, May 01, 2014 5:00 PM

Beta3 improvements:

  • New variation: 'Add Interval' with polyphony option
  • 'Join Notes' has an option for not joining notes at line boundaries
  • Bug fix: possible crash during quitting the program eliminated

v2.7 Beta2 available!

Sunday, April 27, 2014 7:00 PM

Beta2 improvements:

  • Phrase local history implemented: save and recall previous states of phrase generation
  • Probabilistic Rhythm offers more divisions: 2,3,4,6,8 beats
  • Fix Phrase Morpher that sometimes created very high notes
  • Bug fix: browser and inspector colour preferences were not saved and restored

v2.7 Beta1 available!

Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:00 PM

Beta1 improvements:

  • Strumming variation reworked to offer more options

Beta18 available!

Monday, March 24, 2014 9:20 PM

Beta18 improvements:

  • “Triplet” and “Eighth Note Triplet” snap and grid is available in rhythm “Manual Editing”,
  • “Split Phrases At Chord Boundaries” in timeline inspector (Keyboard shortcut: '|'),
  • New keyboard shortcut for 'Select All Phrases In Current Track': Ctrl-A,
  • New keyboard shortcut for 'Regenerate All Selected Generators' : Ctrl-G,
  • New keyboard shortcut for 'Select Nth Track' : Alt-1..9,

Beta17 available!

Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 PM

Beta17 improvements:

  • Batch convert MIDI file to phrases implemented (it is under Settings / Directories),
  • a serious but hopefully rare bug with harmony analysis fixed,
  • in the previous version the small add/remove icons (2x), (+), (-) disappeared from the structure inspector

Beta16 available!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 PM

Beta16 improvements:

  • it is possible to choose 2 - 16 beats per bar,
  • [OS X] bank MSB/LSB was not sent to MIDI out,
  • alpha blending optimized in SSE4,
  • [OS X] virtual MIDI output port added,
  • [OS X] do not allow the MIDI input be the same as the MIDI output to avoid loop,
  • [OS X] 64-bit VST plug-in available,
  • crashing bug about 'fractional length' menu fixed,
  • some other minor fixes.

Beta15 available!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 8:00 PM

Beta15 improvements: (1) note symbol is shown during dragging a note, (2) UI improvemens on the VSTi Settings page; Scan For Plug-ins implemented, (3) GM program name is shown for each track in MIDI Import, (4) 'New composition' default settings can be specified in the preferences, (5) Empty beats are not removed when saving a phrase in the Phrase Editor, (6) a bug was fixed when importing some MIDI files that resulted only one track, (7) fixed an issue with note range in the Melody Generator in the Idea Tool, (8) fixed a bug in the structure inspector when dragging a line to the bottom, (9) various stability fixes.

Beta14 available!

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:30 PM

Beta14 includes the fix for a crashing bug when closing the file selector on the VST settings page. Two new phrase generators included: Dyads Run and Piano Run Generator.

Beta13 available!

Friday, February 21, 2014 6:14 PM

Beta13 has lots of fixes and improvements, see below: (1) timeline range selection reworked: you need to use Shift-Drag or Shift-click on endpoints to select a range, and Shift-click will deselect it (2) 'Fill track with phrases' uses the selected timeline range if there is a selection. The last phrase will be resized automatically if it does not fit in the range. Please note that this does not work for ghost phrases which are always the same length as the original one… (3) Strings Staccato has a Density setting. The “Low+Middle+High”, “Middle+High”, and “High” settings are the most usable… (4) phrase inspector is resizable… (5) minor UI changes… (6) melody generator is allowed to use notes from C0… (7) bug fix: phrase generators do not get regenerated when their length is changed in the inspectior… (8) bug fix: MIDI drag-and-drop timeline range issue fixed… (9) bug fix: Quantize has improved precision… (10) bug fix: fixed a crashing bug when the timeline was reduced to 0 length

Beta12 available!

Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:14 AM

Beta12 has the new “Strings Staccato Generator”, MIDI drag-and-drop timeline selection (with a small bug at the moment) and some bug fixes