Air has announced that Ignite is now available for all users to purchase for $49.99 or available complimentary with select Alesis, Akai Pro and M-Audio keyboards/interfaces.
Ignite is a discrete, standalone music ideation and creation software, designed from the ground up to spark creative ideas and enable musicians to build songs in an organic fashion.
The heart of Ignite is its non-linear Arranger, which replaces the traditional timeline and tracks-and-lanes format with an interface free of studio jargon. Using Ignite, ideas can be captured quickly in a flowing, effortless manner. Ideas are captured as phrases, called clips. Clips can be any length and don't have to be aligned into a pre-determined structure (tracks and lanes).
Individual ideas can be snapped together in pairs or groups to intuitively construct entire songs. Audio and MIDI clips can be freely combined, edited, and rearranged at will. A collection of effects is available to enhance any clip or recording.
Arranging and rearranging clips is designed to be simple and invite experimentation. Each clip is color-coded, providing a visually intuitive way to see and work with musical ideas.
Ignite provides seamless integration with any current generation M-Audio controller. A graphic image of the keyboard will appear on screen, and the key parameters will be automatically assigned, or mapped, to the front panel controllers. This tight integration provides an out-of-the-box solution that can work with no setup chores to perform.
Ignite's Smart MIDI technology assists in the creation of chords, phrases, patterns, and complex arrangements to kick-start or embellish the user's musical creation. Included with Ignite are over 275 instrument sounds developed by AIR Music Technology, based on their acclaimed Hybrid, Strike, Transfer, Structure, and Velvet virtual instruments. Instruments include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.
Price: $49. Existing users will be contacted by Air with a free update shortly. A fully functional 15 day trial is available here.