MixTape - Beautiful and easy mixing for the Mac gets an overhaul

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[prMac.com] Wellington, New Zealand - Atomic Droplet, developer of MixTape, has announced the first release in the '1.3' series. MixTape is an audio workstation for mix tapes. It matches an elegant UI, closely matched to the OS X look and feel, with a powerful analyser that can create a 'snap to grid' environment for making beat matched mixes. A single click can publish to iTunes or even the web, makes mixes easy to share.

No mere point release, the move to the 1.3 series is actually a wide-ranging overhaul covering almost every aspect of the application's operation. New features include:

* Pitch lock - Comfortably the #1 most requested feature from the community, pitch lock ensures that a track's pitch does not change as it's tempo does
* Waveform instead of spectral images - Again, requested from the community, MixTape eschews it's traditional spectrogram view of music for the more traditional waveform
* Images also receive a very substantial increase in resolution, ensuring they display crisply and clearly on retina displays
* The UI has been reworked to fit in more closely with the Yosemite style - Flatter, very few gradients
* Responsive scrolling implemented - MixTape's work surface now pans and zooms without stutters and at the full 60Hz refresh rate
* The audio caching/prefetch code has been reworked to make scrubbing through tracks cleaner and with fewer dropouts
* Numerous other modern OS X features include running as a 64 bit application and improved metadata extraction for newly imported tracks

David Preece, employee with the job title "everything," discussed the rework: "It just started as a little cleanup for the next dot release. But when I started looking around the codebase there were so many 'I should do this' type requirements that it turned into the huge job that it was. Some of the deprecations were plain ordinary annoying - AVKit replacing QTKit for example. But on the flip side, some of the newer technologies are actually kinda fun. It's great seeing your graphics code running on a retina display with responsive scrolling - it makes it clear how far we've actually come in the last few years."

MixTape has also gained full written documentation. Something which, according to Mr Preece "Should have happened ages ago, right from the get go, but didn't. MixTape always appealed to the 'learn by experiment' users because the UI is so simple, but the learn-from-lessons users have always been left out in the cold. That has finally been fixed." Future direction for MixTape is now to integrate more closely with cloud services - chief amongst these being MixCloud.

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.9.5 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 2.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
MixTape Pro 1.3 is $69.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category. The price includes all future upgrades.

Atomic Droplet produces Macintosh software that makes media manipulation fun and easy. It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand - also home to Weta Digital, Xero and Mindscape. Copyright (C) 2015 Atomic Droplet. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iTunes and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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