October 29, 2012 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Rochester, New York - RoGame Software is proud to announce the release of ScaleMaster HD 3.0 for the iPad. ScaleMaster has long been a favorite amongst students, teachers, beginners and professional musicians. In version 3.0 ScaleMaster HD adds many new features including tuning presets, history and support for 5 and 6 string bass. The banjo was added to ScaleMaster's instruments and new interface tweaks include a much improved scales menu, direct positioning and root popovers and full support for Retina.
Scales are elementary to all musicianship. They provide flavor and harmonic structure, but are at the same time fairly complex. ScaleMaster is designed to help in several key areas concerning scales. Scales are picked from a master menu and displayed in notation and ScaleMaster's virtual instruments simultaneously.
ScaleMaster's notation view includes detail like halftone steps between notes, interval descriptions (i.e. root, fifth, etc), note names, degree, note index and highlights chord tones. It can be displayed in bass, treble, alto and tenor clefs and allows for global transposition, a feature useful for horn players. The main staff system displays one octave in ascending or descending mode while the secondary staff system shows both directions at once.
Virtual instruments in ScaleMaster are a fully playable graphic representation of the selected instrument. They can be shifted in position and indicate scale tones, note names and more via gum drops with adjustable detail. All five available instruments - banjo, bass, guitar, piano and mandolin - come with high quality samples and support additional downloadable sound libraries.
The main scales menu has been redesigned in ScaleMater HD 3.0. The menu now transparently overlays a much larger section of the screen and makes it easier to browse through the catalog of scales while providing more context. The menu adds index numbers and features live draggable rating controls. Roots are now selected via the Circle of Fifths control of the main screen or via the new roots popover available from the middle toolbar. The roots popover allows for more esoteric root selections like Cb or B# while the circle control allows quick access to the most commonly needed root selections.
The banjo is a brand new instrument that was added in ScaleMaster HD 3.0. As the banjo has made forays into Jazz in the recent years many banjo players have been looking for instructional software to improve their improvisational skills. Guitar players have been looking into the banjo as well and now have a valuable cross reference. ScaleMaster supports four- and five-stringed banjos with tuning presets like Standard Tenor, Chicago, Irish and more.
Custom tuning of the banjo, bass, guitar and mandolin instruments in ScaleMaster has undergone a complete overhaul. Strings can now be tuned up to 7 semitones higher or lower than standard tuning. Additionally ScaleMaster HD 3.0 includes all common standard, alternate and open tunings as tuning presets for each of these instruments. This allows for fast switching between the custom tuning and any of the presets.
A new history window in ScaleMaster HD 3.0 pops up when tapping the scale's title and keeps a tab on the last 16 scales displayed. It is implemented in such a fashion that going through any of the visited scales via the history window will not generate new history. So the last scale seen remains the top item. Scale rating controls in the history window are live as in the main scales menu and tap dragging a rating will set it.
Other new features in ScaleMaster HD 3.0 include support for 5- and 6-stringed bass, a direct positioning popover and per-fret position indicators for stringed instruments (banjo, bass, guitar and mandolin). The applications graphics have been redone with inclusion of hi-res support for Retina on iPads 3 and 4. Support for iOS 6 was added as were localizations into Danish and Norwegian.
Designed for the beginning musician as well as the professional, ScaleMaster HD is an excellent tool towards advancement in theory and scales in particular, making it easy to look up a scale in seconds, getting a taste of the flavor of a particular scale by listening to it, or finding out how to play it on one's instrument. With version 3.0 ScaleMaster HD continues to be the go to application for students, teachers and professionals.
* 211 scale types
* 4 different scale views (up, down or 2 combinations)
* Virtual banjo, bass, guitar, mandolin and piano instruments
* Alto, bass, tenor and treble clefs
* Adjustable positions for all instruments
* Adjustable tuning for all string instruments
* Fully supports landscape and portrait orientations
* Lockable interface
* Semitone indicators
* Scale rating
* Scale type indicator (i.e. pentatonic)
* Support for left-handed players
* Chord/scale matching
* Intuitive interface with movable setting dialogs
* Displays note names, scale index or degree
* Adjustable playback directions (up, down, up-down, down-up)
* High quality bass, guitar, mandolin and piano samples
* Support for sound libraries
* History Popover
* Global transposition for horn players
* Presets for common banjo, bass, guitar, mandolin tunings
* Support for 4 and 5 string banjo
* Support for 4, 5 and 6 string bass
* Hi-res graphics for Retina(R)
* Academic discounts available
ScaleMaster HD version 3.0 is localized into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish languages.
* Compatible with iPad
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 42.9 MB RAM
Pricing and Availability:
ScaleMaster HD 3.0 costs $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music and Education categories. Educational discounts as well as a limited number of teacher copies are available.
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