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MusicDevelopments releases RapidComposer v3.1

MusicDevelopments has released RapidComposer version 3.1 for Windows and OS X. The new version features MIDI importing, user interface and workflow improvements.


MIDI Import Improvements:

  • Redesigned UI.
  • Phrase detection: the MIDI events are automatically grouped in phrases. Similar and same note groups are recognized.
  • Display detected scale, live chords preview, file and selected tracks info, 'Trim Silence' option.
  • Channel 10 handling option (join, split), better instrument selection.
  • Improved "Import MIDI Into Current Composition".

Track Templates:

  • Track templates added. Save complete tracks and restore them from the Track browser.

Phrase Generators And Variations:

  • Added "Convert To Phrase Generator" in the phrase inspector.
  • New phrase generator: 'Rest' to be used in the Idea Tool.
  • New variation: "Rotate Notes".
  • New variation: "Remove Short Notes".
  • 'Sustain Notes' option added in 'Apply Rhythm' variation.
  • 'Truncate Phrase' option added to 'Delay Notes'.
  • 'Fill' and 'Velocity For Filled Notes' options added to 'Arpeggiator'.
  • 'Mute Original Notes' option added in 'Add Interval' variation.
  • Improved 'Join Notes' when applied on a phrase.

User Interface Improvements:

  • Track mute/solo logic changed, allowing you to select multiple tracks as solo.
  • New setting to use UTF-8 sharp and flat characters (enabled by default).
  • Group entry has a menu with recent groups.
  • Default track view options can be set in the preferences.
  • "Rescan MIDI Devices" button added under Settings / MIDI.
  • MIDI file name is displayed for dropped MIDI file instead of "midi".
  • You are asked to save or discard the edited phrase, if you set "Always Confirm Discarding Edited Phrase" (disabled by default).
  • Ctrl+Shift+click can be used on the Master track to select a chord box even if clicked on the chord name.

Other improvements:

  • [Windows] WASAPI audio support (shared and exclusive mode).
  • Master track chords can be transposed by semitones (found in the master track inspector).
  • 9 new phrase arrangements added in Idea Tool (for 3 and 4 used phrases).
  • 48 new interesting "5 in 16 pulses" clave patterns in the Rhythm browser.
  • New shortcut: "Preview Edited Phrase With Unmuted Tracks".
  • New shortcut: "Stop Playback/Jump To Playback Start Position" (Shift+Enter by default).
  • New setting: "Export Chords As MIDI Markers" (when exporting MIDI files).
  • It is possible to open composition files (.rcCOMP) by doubleclicking on them (both on OS X and Windows).
  • The "GeneralUser GS" soundfont is distributed with RapidComposer.
  • [Windows] RapidComposerV3 folder is moved to /Users/<name>/Documents.
  • [VST] When enabling 'Use Host Tempo' the RC VST plug-in will follow the host tempo changes.
  • Lots of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Read more at www.musicdevelopments.com

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