23rd October 2007
Angry Red Planet has announced the release of version 1.0 of Temper, its new sequencer designed for creative MIDI composition. Temper is a modern DAW with expected features like a modular environment, flexible routing system, multiple takes per track and more, but the focus is on providing a clean user interface and a powerful set of MIDI editing tools built around three basic ideas: Operating on phrases of musical data; interactive, realtime phrase manipulation via MIDI keyboards; and extensive flexibility by decoupling what gets processed from how it gets processed.
Temper includes a variety of tools for generating musical phrases and controller information. Use Velocirapture to rapidly create a line of velocity-sculpted notes, Rudiments to paint drum rudiments, or Crudiments to generate complex filter sweeps. All tools are interactive, immediate and expandable with new shapes.
Whether you've performed, generated or imported your music, Temper provides a suite of tools to explore new musical ideas. Start with the four intrinsic tools: Shif-T, Shift-E, Sha-P and Sha-V are used to modify the start time, end time, pitch and velocity of notes. Further tools like Flip can be used to interactively flip notes by both time and pitch, or perform morphing flips guided by a shape.
Easily export Temper MIDI tracks into other applications through simple drag and drop: Whenever one or more tracks are selected, a drag control appears, letting you drag these tracks to the desktop for creating a .mid file, or directly into any application that will receive .mid files.
At the heart of the system is the shape: objects for describing how MIDI events are transformed. Every advanced tool uses a shape to determine how to process events. Shapes are interactive, with control of parameters like sync rate or noise amount. Users can create new shapes to be swapped into existing tools or shared with other users.
Temper is available now as uncrippled, unexpiring trialware and licenses are available for $50. For tips and tricks to give you an idea of what's possible in Temper, visit the Temperary.
Changes since the last beta:
- You can now drag-and-drop to the desktop or a folder to create a .mid file: When one or more tracks are selected, a drag control appears beneath the last selection.
- You can now receive MIDI events from VSTs.
- The intrinsic tools now have sync rate and wave guide parameters available, for syncing changes to the measure, beat, etc.
- Added new Crudiments tool, for generating controllers based on the rudiments. Use it like a box select: Select a series of notes, and it will generate controllers on the active controller tab (i.e. whatever type of controller is being edited).
- Added new Setup->Behaviour page. Use this to set an inversion for the dragging the song position pointer: When this is inverted, it will drag opposite of the current grid setting. That is, in normal mode, dragging the song position will lock to the current grid, but you can hold down ALT to defeat the grid and drag it freeform. When inverted, dragging will ignore the grid UNLESS ALT is held down.
- Changed: Copy and Properties tools have been combined: By default the copy tool is available on right-click, click on a selection and drag to create a copy, or click and release to access the cut/copy/paste menu.
- Updated the visuals.
- Fix: Improved VST hosting. If you have a previous version that crashed during the scan, try using the Rescan on Restart button (Setup->VST and Audio) to clear the cache and rescan your VSTs.
- Fix: Crashing/hanging bug usually seen when adding tracks for certain VSTs.
- Fix: Pan in the Mixer was broken.
- Fix: Bypass wasn't freeing CPU.
- Fix: Add MIDI Track-> list now reflects the file structure of your VST folders. Also separated out the existing tracks.
- Fix: Changing the structure of a shape in the shape editor would erase the modulations.
- Fix: Audio file recorder was creating an undo state when you started it recording, which created oddness when you tried to undo.