December 3, 2012 in Music and Recording (E)
[prMac.com] Reykjavik, Iceland - ipSoft today is pleased to announce Chord Dictionary 1.2 for OS X, its innovative music app that provides instant reverse chord lookup from a guitar fretboard. Unlike most chord dictionaries, which allow the user to select a chord and then view the correct fingering on the fretboard, the app allows users to create their own chord and then lookup its name. An ideal reference tool for musicians of any level of expertise, Chord Dictionary can figure out chord names just from notes and intervals, and it will identify every conceivable chord on all 22 frets of the guitar and every possible note over the guitar's almost 4-octave range. The app can also be used as an interactive teaching tool, allowing musicians to learn new chords by discovering what happens when they alter a basic chord they already know. The update includes audio playback of the note or chord selected, a redesigned interface, and export to a .png image file.
* Reverse chord lookup from a guitar fretboard
* Covers all 22 frets, plus chords that are physically impossible to play
* Provides the exact name of the chord produced by any fingering
* Sound added to play notes and chords selected on the guitar neck
* Completely redesigned interface
* Moves up the fretboard using the scroll wheel, while maintaining the fingering
* Chord can now be exported to a .png image file
* An ideal reference for musicians of every level of experience and education
Using Chord Dictionary is extremely simple, and the redesigned app window is small, but expandable. The center of the window contains five frets vertically and six strings horizontally in the standard representation. On the far left are the fret numbers aligned in a column next to the diagram. The far right slide control for moving up and down the fretboard has been removed, replaced with the more accurate and convenient scroll wheel. With the slide control fully down, frets 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are displayed. The slide control can be raised to move up the neck one fret at a time until frets 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 are displayed. The components of the chord (root, third, fifth, seventh, etc.) are aligned horizontally at the bottom below each string. New in this update are three buttons at the bottom, Clear, Play, and Save. Lastly, the complete name of the chord is displayed in bold at the top of the window.
With Chord Dictionary set to display frets 1 - 5, the user simply clicks on a string to produce a large black dot or fingering (e.g., 1st string, 3rd fret; 5th string, 2nd fret; 6th string, 3rd fret for G Major). Each click changes the name of the chord and the components of the new chord (it is also possible to eliminate a string from the fingering). Since many chords can be played using a variety of fingerings (inversions and voicings), musicians can quickly determine if they are playing such a variant. In fact, Chord Dictionary will name every conceivable chord on the guitar neck, including those that are physically impossible to play. That means that it knows music harmony and can figure out chord names just from notes and intervals. This capability is invaluable for students of music theory, jazz guitarists, composers, transcriptionists, and midi-programmers.
The 1.2 update of the app adds several features of particular interest to students of music theory and others. Now, the app can actually play the chord in addition to identifying it. Having created a fingering, the Play button allows the user to hear single notes or complete chords. To include the sound of an open string in a chord, the musician can click above the string, creating a large white dot (no fingering). Playback reproduces the sound of every string with a white or black dot, strummed downward. The professionally recorded library of individual notes, played on a classical guitar, supplies all the notes to create the selected chord. The update also allows users to save fingering charts, which can be exported as a .png image files.
Learning about chords from books is somewhat difficult, but Chord Dictionary offers an alternative. For example, from the G Major chord it is possible to create a large number of other G chords, such as G maj7, maj9, maj11, maj13, maj9#11, maj13#11, 6, add9, 6add9, maj7b5, maj7#5, m7, m9, m11, m13, m6, madd9, m6add9, mmaj7, mmaj9, m7b5, m7#5, 7, 9, 11, 13 7sus4, 7b5, 7#5, 7b9, 7#9, 7, aug, dim, dim7, sus4, sus2, etc. From the basic, three-finger, G Major chord (1st string/3rd fret, 5th/2nd, 6th/3rd), the musician can learn interactively the result of adding the 4th string: 1st fret (Gaug5); 2nd fret (G6); 3rd fret (G7); 4th fret (Gmaj7); 5th fret (Gmaj), etc.
"How many times have you played a chord but weren't quite sure exactly what chord it was?" asked Sigthor Hrafnsson of ipSoft. "Now with Chord Dictionary, the reverse lookup, you can be certain of the name of every chord."
* Mac OS X 10.7 or later
* 11 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Chord Dictionary 1.2 for OS X is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Reykjavik, Iceland, ipSoft was founded by Sigthor Hrafnsson in 2001. ipSoft is a small software company producing software for the Mac platform. Copyright (C) 2001-2012 ipSoft Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod 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.