October 23, 2010 in iTunes (E)
[prMac.com] Wellington, New Zealand - Atomic Droplet has released MixTape 1.1.5, an update for its rapidly maturing mixing application. MixTape takes the music users already have (from iTunes) and gives them an environment where beat matched mixes can be created without the complexity associated with audio workstations or DJ apps. The resulting mixes can be published either back into iTunes or directly onto the web. This update removes the requirement to create an publishing account prior to purchase.
In the market for four months now, the current release represents the latest release in the 1.1 series - itself a rework of 1.0 based on user feedback. New users are welcomed to MixTape with a short (5 min) introductory video and the opportunity to download a creative commons licensed library of music ready set-up for mixing.
In day to day usage music is drag/dropped from iTunes into MixTape's library where a beat detection algorithm finds the base tempo and strips of lockable beats called "timing tabs". The main UI is a timeline where music can be dragged to it's desired play location; have it's in and out points set with drag handles; and perhaps most importantly create "snap to grid" regions using the timing tabs. This "snap to grid" behaviour ensures two or more pieces of music can be played at exactly the same speed and with their beats in sync - a vital facility for producing professional sounding mixes - and users can create a volume curve over individual tracks that describe how one track blends into the other.
Finally a mix can be exported back into iTunes (where they are compatible with iPod/iPhone) or published directly to the web where they appear with a flash player, download link and track listing.
While the emphasis is on 'offline' preparation of beat matched mixes, MixTape Pro can be played live and can create a separate live stream to be played through a standard USB or firewire adaptor while the internal audio is used for cue'ing and other preparatory tasks. Other 'Pro' license facilities include a fully live UI - giving the impression of being a giant piece of magnetic tape; the ability to set custom album art for resulting mixes and a far larger online hosting allowance.
Unlike competitor applications, the MixTape UI is designed to embrace the OSX look and feel and includes the facilities you'd expect: drag/drop, undo/redo and copy/paste. There is no need to ever "save" or "apply".
* OSX 10.4.11 or later, 512MB RAM
* MixTape will run with any G4 processor or later but requires 1GHz+ to be comfortable
Pricing and Availability:
Available now with the purchasing being entirely in-app, MixTape Lite is $39 and Pro is $69 (USD). NFR licenses and a press kit are available for qualified reviewers by contacting David Preece. Please specify the publication, website or blog you are representing when making your request.
Atomic Droplet is an independent software vendor and OSX development consultancy founded by David Preece and based in Wellington, New Zealand. It's goal is to create applications that enable ordinary people to become creative. Copyright (C) 2010 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.