November 1, 2014 in Music and Recording (F)
[prMac.com] Norwich, United Kingdom - ToneKey is MIDI based software that allows total beginners to play harmonious music without the hours of practise usually associated with learning music theory. ToneKey also provides digital composers with powerful tools for building harmonies and sequencing melodies with other software instruments, DAW hosted or standalone.
ToneKey is a stand-alone that is used with the MIDI keyboard to play any MIDI controlled instrument; DAW hosted, stand-alone or general MIDI instruments off the computer's sound card. Its applications are based around unlocking the world of tonality and music theory for people at all levels of musical ability.
Any of ToneKey's 33 supported scales are made instantly playable without error, providing a fast and failsafe means of playing consistently harmonious music within a stable harmonic structure. This is facilitated using a Customisable Scale Mapping strategy that uses the symmetrical layout of the keyboard together with MIDI protocol's digitisation of musical information. Scales are remapped onto just one customisable and constant shape on the keyboard, making them instantly playable without any musical experience.
For users wishing to practise, memorise and learn scales a reinforced learning facility is provided. This maps scales onto the keyboard in their original form while silencing the notes outside of the scale, encouraging users to play the correct scale shape on the keyboard. This is backed up by graphical depictions and interval-by-interval descriptions of the selected scales within the GUI.
ToneKey's more advanced functions include the Chord Builder and Arpeggiator. These are aimed at the digital composer, serving to enhance digital composing techniques in building harmonies and sequencing melodies. The Chord Builder and Arpeggiator allow a user to design a chord/arpeggio to be played with just one finger over a selected range of keys. This leaves a hand free to play melodies at the same time. The timing and velocity of each interval can be dynamically programmed and/or determined within selectable ranges of random variation for a more natural/human feel. Intervals can also be sent through separate MIDI channels to trigger different instruments in a DAW for a spread, harmonic effect.
Since its conception ToneKey's user base has grown from the digital composer with little or no music theory to include the music therapy community, people with learning difficulties and the disabled. Additional information (including a demo video) is available at the ToneKey website.
Pricing and Availability:
ToneKey V1.0 is available for purchase worldwide (except for in the USA and Canada) for Euro25 from the ToneKey website. The functionally limited Free Demo version of ToneKey V1.0 is also available for download from the website.
ToneKey LTD is an independent music software developer and the ToneKey project is ongoing. Future areas of development include the introduction of additional music theory and compositional aids, and also a redesign of ToneKey to better suit music therapy sessions, people with learning difficulties and the disabled. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 ToneKey LTD. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.