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inHarmony

The iPad Application implements a new kind of a MIDI-Master-Keyboard to be connected to your favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

 

Version History:

Features of v2.6:
1.) Update due to legal issues
2.) Minor bug fixes

Features of v2.5:
1.) The Synthesizer includes now a Physically Modelled Piano
2.) A Velocity Slider has been added to support the Attack Simulation of the Emulated Piano
3.) The Synthesizer got a Brickwall Limiter to avoid "digital overs" -> The red Limiting Indicator (LIMIT) is located left of the Synthesizer Configuration Button


Features of v2.0:
1.) Support of iPad compatible external MIDI-Keyboards to be connected via the Camera Connection Kit (USB-Adapter)

a.) inHarmony maps the selected scale (e.g. g-minor) to the keyboards C-Major scale. Well, just use the white keys to play any scale.
b.) Set MIDI-Keyboard velocity to ON/OFF
c.) Set MIDI-Thru to ON/OFF to route the MIDI-Keyboard data directly into the connected Digital Audio Workstation

2.) Improved internal Synthesizer attack and release

Features of v1.5:
- Completely new built-in synthesizer

+ Wave Shapes: Rectangular, Triangular, Saw and Sinus
+ Variable Attack- and Release-Time
+ 24dB Low Pass Filter
+ Variable Resonance
+ Selectable Gain
+ Lower CPU Consumption

- It is now possible to shift the single notes by a half tone up and down (# and b)
- New and improved User Experience


C-Major with 4 Note Chords (Sevenths)

 

g-Minor with 3 Note Chords (Triads) - MIDI-Configuration

 

a-Minor with 2 Note Chords (Dyads) - Synthesizer-Configuration

 

OVERVIEW
inHarmony is a new kind of a musical instrument simplifying composing and playing music by displaying notes limited to the selected diatonic scale, which are always in harmony with the presented chords.
You don't need to know much about chords because the app provides a "One Touch Chord" functionality for all seven main chords of the chosen scale.
Just use the built-in synthesizer or connect your favorite Digital Audio Workstation via MIDI to play harmonic chords in conjunction with perfectly matching notes.



FEATURES

MIDI Master Keyboard:
First of all inHarmony is a new kind of a MIDI-Keyboard to be connected via WLAN or Bluetooth with your favorite Digital Audio Workstation either on Mac OSX or Windows (Bonjour for Windows and rtpMIDI must be installed). The single notes and chords can be sent to different MIDI-Channels.

External MIDI-Keyboard Support:
Connect an iPad compatible MIDI-Keyboard via the Camera Connection Kit (USB-Adapter). inHarmony maps all scales (e.g. g-minor) to the keyboard's C-Major scale. Well, just use the white keys to play any scale.

Music Theorie:
Learn more about the theory behind music by getting insights into the different scales (e.g. C-Major, g-Minor) and their related notes as well as chords.

Built-In Synthesizer:
The App uses a synthesizer with variable attack-, release-time and different wave shapes (Rectangular, Triangular, Saw and Sinus) as well as a 24dB Low Pass Filter to play music without having a Digital Audio Workstation connected.


HANDLING

1.) Select one of the major or minor diatonic scales
2.) Play 2, 3 or 4 note chords (Dyads, Triads or Sevenths) by just one touch
3.) Shift the octave from -2 to +3
4.) Shift the tone scale of the single notes by a half tone up or down (# or b)
5.) Feed the MIDI-Output into your Digital Audio Workstation
6.) Configure the MIDI-Channels for single notes and chords
7.) In case of hanging MIDI-Notes just press the "Reset" Button

8.) Internal Synthesizer:

a.) On/Off
b.) Wave Shapes: Physically Modeled Piano, Rectangular, Saw, Triangular, Sinus
c.) Adjustable Velocity for the Piano Emulation
d.) Variable Attack & Release Time
e.) 24dB Low Pass Filter On/Off
f.) Adaptable Low Pass Filter Frequency
g.) Varibale Filter Resonance
h.) Selectable Output Gain -> Attention: Please adjust the gain in a way that the built in Brickwall Limiter isn't continously active to avoid sound degradation.
i.) Built-In Brickwall Limiter -> The Limiting Indicator (LIMIT) is located on the left side of the Synthesizer Configuration Button.

9.) Connect an external iPad compatible MIDI-Keyboard via the Camera Connection Kit (USB-Adapter):

a.) Set MIDI-Keyboard velocity to ON/OFF
b.) Set MIDI-Thru to ON/OFF to route the MIDI-Keyboard data directly into the connected Digital Audio Workstation
c.) First connect the MIDI-Keyboard then start inHarmony to assure that the Keyboard gets recognized


MIDI SETUP

1.) Mac OSX:
- Connect the iPad with the same WLAN as your Mac OSX computer. To reduce latencies it is recommended to setup an adhoc network. Furthermore, the latency can be minimized by connecting via Bluetooth.
- Start the MIDI setup tool: Applications -> Utilities -> Audio MIDI Setup.app
- Go to the menu "Window" and click on "Show Midi Window"

- Start inHarmony
- Click on Network

- Find your iPad in the Directory and click on Connect


2.) Windows:

- You need to install Apple's Bonjour for Windows as well as the free software rtpMIDI, which emulates CoreMidi on Windows: http://www.tobias-erichsen.de/rtpMIDI.html
- Please refer to the rtpMIDI tutorial for detailed installation and setup descriptions


Learn more about Music Theory:
There is a couple of interesting information available in the web.
I would recommend to start with the following WIKI-Pages:

1.) Music Theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_theory
2.) Chords: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_(Music)
3.) Harmony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony
4.) Texture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_texture
5.) Consonance/Dissonance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonance_and_dissonance

 

Disclaimer:
This Software is provided "as-is", without any express or implied warranty.
In no event will the author be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.