v1.13 #NukeMode (Beta Version Release, Spring 2023)
--ALREADY ACCESSIBLE FOR FULL VERSION/LIFETIME VERSION USERS--
v1.13 -- Nuke Mode and UI Updates etc,
This update is currently in the making and all Lifetime/Full Version users can already access it through their download/order page, respectively by contacting me directly ...
NEW in v1.13.1 (Beta), at least:
@NUKE Mode: Introducing NUKE Mode, a new feature that unlocks a whole new way to play music with AutoTonic. With an all-white keys input keyboard layout and an innovative alternate keyboard concept, NUKE Mode allows you to play even on black keys. Simply toggle it on by clicking on the lower right screw or by using the shortcut "N".
NUKE Mode also enables you to feed existing pieces of music through AutoTonic and reharmonize them in real-time. I've had a blast experimenting with various titles, from Nothing Else Matters to Beethoven's Mondscheinsonate. NUKE Mode even temporarily handles pitch offsets when the source material has momentary ascending or descending runs.
With NUKE Mode, anyone can hit any major, minor, fourth, or other chords they may already be familiar with without losing the context of the initial finger pattern-ratio in perspective to the resulting transpositions. Although I don't have much documentation on it yet, once you switch it on, it converts all black keys into playing keys as well.
However, there are some known bugs with NUKE Mode. It still doesn't work with PIVOT key switchings and/or x/o-patterns, and there are several improvements that could be made in how it chooses where the target note of any incoming black key lands. These issues are case-specific and will require some more time to resolve.
@Scale- & TonicModifier Widget: These two new modifier widgets now displays the current settings below the modifier panel and allows you to copy them by clicking on them. In addition, you can now drag and drop SongMarkers to create MIDI files on the fly, which is useful for recalling from DAW. This feature requires AutoTonic to be routed to receive signals from the port that the DAW's channel is sending to.
@Tonic/Scale Learn: AutoTonic now also supports getting recalled/programmed from external sources. MIDI notes 0-11 (C-2 to B-2) trigger the tonic change, while MIDI notes 109-119 (C#7 to B7) trigger the scale modifier change. This enables real-time reverse learning of any tonic/scale scenario, which can be recorded directly into a DAW and recalled from there.
@CenterScreen Indicator: The CenterScreen now displays the current Scale-/Tonic-Settings when in CleanMode (which can be toggled to be shown). This is particularly useful for users who found the headers too small before.
@Pin-On-Top: Also, there is now a new button that allows the application window to stay on top of all other windows. Simply click on the new PIN needle on the top left to activate it.
@Restore the global window's position on close/open (finally!): This feature will restore the position of the application window to its previous location when the program is closed and reopened.
@Resize UI (Experimental): This experimental feature adds buttons to resize the entire application window, addressing a common request from users who wanted to see the Headers/UI larger and higher rendered. However, some features, such as MIDI IN/OUT scroll wheels and pin-on-top, are currently disabled. Note that resizing the window multiple times in a row may cause some wobbling and bugs.
@Window Tiling: This feature allows users to fold and expand the three main sections of AutoTonic: InputKeyboard, CenterScreen, and OutputKeyboard. With the arrow buttons on the left, users can toggle the corresponding panel to shrink or expand the application window, giving them the option to focus on a specific section while working on other tasks.
@Cheesegrinder Mode (Experimental): This mode cuts off notes immediately after any note ON signal. It can be enabled by clicking on the lower left bolt in the center screen. It's a fun and inspirational feature to use!
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v1.12 #MirrorKeys (Lefthand Keyboard)
-- F R E E u p d a t e f o r a l l c u r r e n t u s e r s --
v1.12 -- Turn the World Upside Down
This update will introduce a new MirrorKeys feature that allows to completely flip the playing upside down (so high notes to the left and vice versa with the low ones) … this feels incredible inspiring to use and I am really thrilled to share this with all of you finally. You can think of it in terms of a lefthand-keyboard, which can be assigned to AutoTonic's true 'modal' mapping.
New Shortcuts, Bugfixes and again UI changes
.) ALT+Return = Reset Database
.) ALT+Backspace = Reset Setup
.) Key C = Send out PANIC
.) PANIC is now improved, by sending all appropriate 'All Notes Off', 'All Sound Off' and 'Reset All Controllers' commands, by default on Channel#1-16. And if PANIC is clicked with ALT pressed it will only send out to the current Output-Channel (=Output Scrollwheel)
.) @UI: Don't know why, but I had to take a step back to the initial appearance (stronger color scheme again).
Enhanced Signal Path
I am working on the code now all by myself finally and things just take sometimes longer than expected, as everything also got even more complex with every new change. But I've changed the main logic for the signal routing and now you will only see the according channel#1-16 signals when the ScrollWheels are set equally. This not only avoids any potential note hanging with interferring MIDI channels, but also brings wonderful new techniques to life.
What's New in AutoTonic v1.11
AutoTonic Update v1.11 introduces a new "Pivot Modulation" feature, which allows now to assign "PivotSets" (Hey, think of them as "hot keys") for instant modulation during your input playing -- you can now create harmonic changings of the most complex nature without the need of any additional gestures.
Another first: TRUE PIVOT MODULATION
Sounds complex? It really isn't, simply hold down the ALT key to enter "PivotLearn" mode and while keep pressing you can now select by mouse (or midi input) any custom white key or combination of white keys that should become the newly assigned toggle switches for your current selected Header. A red overlay will indicate the assignments. Once you exit this learn mode AutoTonic will automatically trigger that exact black key's Header always when you come across these learned white keys.
BEST UPDATE since its launch
You can assign for every existing Header *any combination* of white keys to set up your custom tonal modulations and additionally it is also highly suggested to make use of the previously added "Delay" feature to compensate for any computing latency upfront to the actual key switching and therefore enable instant chord modulations ... so newly played chords can already appear transposed, instantly on first triggering (very creative to use!).
AutoTonic v1.11 -- Download Now
Existing users can get the update through their latest download link. This update is free of charge for all current users. The latest installer can simply be run over your current installation to perform the update, your scales database will be kept.
Still have difficulties to understand anything? Just send me an email with your question and I will give my best to quickly reply and clarify. Also, for future updates, tutorials, FAQ's, tech videos, etc, subscribe to AutoTonic's YouTube channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEPxKErrsBtOtyYPBkDNKYQ
PS: You can also always find the latest user manual here (haven't had found yet to update it with the latest v1.11 changes though): AutoTonic_Manual.pdf
PPS:If you're interested in insights how I sketched out my initial idea about the new pivot key switching feature click this link (PDF with basic concept for overall explanation to coder): AutoTonic Pivot Feature Schematics
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