July 21, 2011 in Music (F)
[prMac.com] Durham, North Carolina - Zenph Sound Innovations Inc. today announces the release of Home Concert Xtreme 2.2 for iPad. The app is available for a special introductory price of $9.99 until July 31. The app brings a previously unseen level of rich functionality to music apps on the iOS platform. Zenph Sound Innovations Inc. is a Research Triangle-based music technology startup. The company recently launched Home Concert Xtreme, a unique MIDI application for the iPad, available from the iTunes app store. The app is available for a special introductory price of $9.99 until July 31.
Home Concert Xtreme brings a previously unseen level of rich functionality to music apps on the iOS platform. All apps currently available on iTunes display sheet music in PDF format and require taps to turn pages. Even though a few apps use either gestures or a foot tap on a pedal, none of them turn pages automatically by following the player in a musical score. While there are a number of MIDI controllers and editors available for the iPad, Home Concert Xtreme combines the accompaniment sounds and mixer tools with these intelligent score-following capabilities.
As you play, Home Concert Xtreme determines your location, tempo, and relative dynamics. Based on choices that you make, Home Concert Xtreme will:
*adjust the tempo of the accompaniment tracks to match your tempo
*adjust the volume of the accompaniment tracks to match your expression
*turn your pages automatically
Other features include a 'Learn' mode in which the program waits for you to play the correct note and a 'Jam' mode in which you have to keep up with the accompaniment. The app also allows you to set up practice loops, add a metronome, adjust the score-following features, and edit the music notation display. Home Concert Xtreme creates a number of new usage situations for the iPad that previously didn't exist; intelligent score-following with automatic page-turning. Unlike the many music display programs in the iTunes store, Home Concert Xtreme actually understands your playing, accompanies you musically, and turns your pages automatically.
Unmatched musical complexity and depth of accompaniment. Unlike many programs that play MIDI files or other music files in standard mechanical fashion, Home Concert Xtreme uses your playing and its "conservatory training" to play expressive MIDI files in a musically appropriate and responsive manner, as though there was a group of skilled musicians performing under the baton of a conductor - all dutifully following the soloist.
Home Concert Xtreme for Mac and Windows was the winner of the 2010 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy award because it is compatible with the tens of thousands of pedagogical MIDI files available from Hal Leonard, Alfred, Carl Fischer, Frederick Harris, The Faber Institute, etc. These files work in a plug-and-play fashion with Home Concert Xtreme, and Home Concert Xtreme, in turn, provides the student and teacher with a variety of learning and instructional features.
These usage situations open up new possibilities and markets for the iPad. According to The Music Trades, 1.2 million portable keyboards, digital pianos, and electronic player pianos were sold in the United States alone in 2010. Buyers of these instruments can be segmented into three major categories - music education, hobbyists and professional performers. Home Concert Xtreme makes it possible for the iPad to make serious inroads into these segments:
Home Concert Xtreme works with MIDI files associated with piano teaching methods from the major publishers. Music educators can now use the MIDI files for these widely recognized and accepted teaching methods with the iPad for a more enriching and immersive manner.
The casual player and hobbyist can now use readily available MIDI files and even use their own compositions (if properly formatted) in Home Concert Xtreme to perform with a virtual orchestra, something only professional musicians can normally aspire to.
When used with hardware like iConnectMIDI (coming soon from iconnectivity) and external tone-generators with high quality MIDI synths, performers can now use the iPad to simulate a high quality virtual orchestra that follows the pianist or keyboard player perfectly.
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 4.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Concert Xtreme 2.2 has an introductory price of $9.99 USD until July 31 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.
Zenph(R) Sound Innovations is a music technology company. The company creates proprietary software and algorithms that transform recorded music into data describing precisely how musicians perform. From this data, musical performances become immersive and interactive: recordings can be "re-performed" with astonishing fidelity, and contemporary artists and consumers gain access to an entirely new set of creative possibilities through Zenph software. By understanding the nuances of an individual musical style as a digital "signature," Zenph's technology enables the re-imagining of the entire music industry. The company's work was named one of the "Best Ideas of the Year" by The New York Times Magazine and has received multiple Grammyn (R) nominations. The editor of Stereophile magazine described Zenph's Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff album as "one of the finest piano recordings ever made." Copyright (C) 2011 Zenph Sound Innovations All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.