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RapidComposer Frequently Asked Questions

 



Upgrading to version 4.0:

• orders after April 1, 2019 receive a free upgrade.  The e-mail with your v4 license key and download links have been sent. Please contact us if you have not received your new license key. 

• orders before April 1, 2019 can upgrade to v4.0 for USD 60 (full edition) or USD 30 (light edition). When ordering, please use your license key as the coupon code to get the upgrade price. We'll notify these customers about upgrading by e-mail.


Important notes for v3→v4 upgrading 

• The new 4.0 version imports your v3 settings by default. If you want a clean installation, please rename your Documents/RapidComposerV3 folder before running v4.0 for the first time. Then you can rename it back.

• v4.0 is not compatible with v3 composition files due to the internal rework. Still, it is possible to open v3 compositions, but the phrase generators will not show the same notes.

• The new PDF manual with v4 screenshots is being prepared. It is expected in the first week of December 2020.


Other questions:

Is RapidComposer another DAW (digital audio workstation)?

DAWs are great for mixing and mastering but they are not intended for music composition. RapidComposer is a dedicated application for music composers with non-destructive editing and features that you won't find even in the best DAW applications. Not because RapidComposer is better than a DAW; it is a different tool for a different purpose.


Are the Windows and macOS versions different products?

No, these are one product. All customers get both the Windows and macOS versions.


What is the workflow?

RapidComposer supports all kinds of workflows. Typically it is where you start and finish the composition, then you export the composition as a standard MIDI file which you import in your favourite DAW for mastering. Dragging and dropping tracks and phrases works between RapidComposer and your DAW.


Is this a boxed product? Can I order the program at my local music store?

We don't have a fancy boxed product with shiny wrapping. The purchase is electronic delivery only.


Can I install it on my laptop as well as on my studio PC?

Yes, three installations are allowed when you buy a license. You can install RapidComposer on three different computers as long as they are not used simultaneously.


Where is the PDF manual?

V4: beginning v4.0 we'll return to the PDF manual, and retire the wiki. The user guide is being updated and should be available by the end of November 2020.

V3: Due to the quick development and constant UI changes we use a wiki for documentation. It is possible to download a PDF generated from wiki pages.


Are there educational discounts for students and teachers ?

Please contact us through the support form. We decide personal discounts on individual basis. Proof of eligibility required.


Can press members get a free RapidComposer license to write a review ?

If you are a member of the press, contact us for an NFR license.


I'd really like RapidComposer to support feature X, can you add it ?

We would be glad to hear what you'd like to see in RapidComposer. We have already implemented many user suggestions in RapidComposer.


How frequently is RapidComposer updated and improved ?

RapidComposer is one of the most dynamically developed applications which means continuous development in the last 10 years! We release updates with new features regularly, every 1-2 months. Major updates may take several months to release with a long beta testing period before the release.


I bought a RapidComposer LE license. Can I upgrade to the standard edition?

Yes, you can upgrade for the price difference between the two editions. Please contact us to get a coupon code for upgrading.