A Canadian, an American, and a sense of adventure walk into a bar.
The bartender asks, “Why the long face?”
The Canadian politely says, “I think that’s the wrong joke, eh.” But the three of them sit down for a drink anyway and decide to hash out the details of their first collaborative project.
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Yes, Christian Floisand (fellow composer, magic audio programmer) and I are already knee-deep in working on an app designed to help make more efficient common processes used by composers, sound designers/engineers and almost anyone involved in post audio. It started with a question I posed on Twitter:
Does anyone know of an app or function online that will let me calculate tempo based on number beats over a given time?
It’s something I could do on my own, but it took up valuable time. I received a few different suggestions, too, none of which did exactly what I hoped. Christian, being the kickass person that he is, however, chimed in and stated that he could come up with a simple program that performed that function. So, with that helpful offering, here we are!
While we do have plans for adding additional features after launch, we’ve already prototyped four functions that will be in the initial offering of the app. It’s intended for Mac and iOS devices at first and other platforms later. Those functions include:
- Tempo Finder - Used to help sync up hit points in linear media that recur in a repeating audio pattern.
- SMPTE Calculator – A calculator for adding and subtracting SMPTE time codes used in linear media.
- Metric Modulation Calculator - Used to calculate modulation values and BPM values in metric modulations.
- Scale Frequency - Displays frequencies of all pitches in the MIDI range (0 – 127), which can be adjusted by the A440 tuning and filtered by a variety of criteria.
While we’ll both be actively involved in the design of the app, Christian will be heading up all programming tasks while I’ll be focusing my energy on organizing production, community building and organizing testing. We will need testers, so if you have a Mac or iOS device and would like to get involved early, please let us know via the CONTACT FORM. Stay tuned as we get this motor runnin’!