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Polls / Re: Remixer app idea
« Last post by Ahiru on August 04, 2020, 07:25:43 AM »
A potential use case for this:  Currently we (a duo that uses backing tracks) create 3 versions of most backing tracks:
1. The version used in live play (when we used to do that ;-)
2. A version used for member A practice (adding member B's parts)
3. A version used for member B practice (adding member A's parts)

2 and 3 are Smart Copies.

If it had an easy UI (and no latency or mix complications), a simple multitrack capability could eliminate the need for the Smart Copies and separate practice playlists.

It could also be used in live play for situations where some instrument or voice needs to sit out, substituting a pre-recorded version (or vice versa for a guest performer).

To make it easier to manage for these kinds of use cases, I'd prefer some method of marking sub-tracks as 'core', instrument-A, instrument-B, vox-A, etc., and then globally selecting which get played for the practice session or gig.  If selections could only be set on an individual song basis, then I think my current Smart Copy approach is just as convenient for my use cases so I probably wouldn't use the multitrack approach.
Polls / Re: Rename some modules?
« Last post by Bibo69 on August 04, 2020, 03:50:20 AM »
Since I am using BandHelper for years, it doesn‘t make any difference to me. If for new customers it easier to acquire them with new module names, I would not mind a change.

Polls / Remixer app idea
« Last post by arlo on August 03, 2020, 11:08:50 AM »
I'm working on a research project involving some 1920's-30's recordings whose arrangements are hard to hear due to the primitive recording technology. I'm re-recording all the parts and want to publish them in a way that people can easily study them -- basically, a simple mixer interface where they can adjust the levels or mute/unmute each track.

I wonder if this could become new functionality within BandHelper, or a separate product. Bands could use it internally to teach original arrangements to their bandmates, or to play dynamic backing tracks on stage. Or they could use it externally to release music to their fans in a more interactive way, either as a free perk for their fans or a source of sales income.

Would you be interested in a way to share multitrack audio files with an interface that lets the listener play with the mix? Select one or more options above.
Polls / Rename some modules?
« Last post by arlo on August 03, 2020, 10:53:37 AM »
This is one of those things that I might have done differently if I were starting BandHelper over again, but it could be quite disruptive to change now. The current module names include Repertoire, Schedule and Finance. Would BandHelper be more inviting if those had "friendlier" names like Music, Calendar and Money?

I tend to think the current names are more precise and these names might mislead people about the functionality. For example, people might think "Music" functions like their iTunes library, or "Finance" accepts payments for merch sales. But I'm curious to hear your thoughts about it.
Polls / Re: Dealing with duplicate data
« Last post by arlo on August 03, 2020, 10:44:30 AM »
I don't hear about this problem as much as I used to. Perhaps a lot of duplicates were related to people migrating from Set List Maker? In any case, the website now includes Find Duplicates buttons on the Smart Lists, Layouts, Songs, MIDI Presets, MIDI Devices, Custom Fields, Tags, Set Names, Pause Names and Contacts pages, which can help clean up these lists.
Repertoire Help / Re: MIDI output problem
« Last post by arlo on July 31, 2020, 12:09:06 PM »
Okay, that's telling you that another app is accessing the microphone. That shouldn't affect the MIDI functionality. It does confirm for us that the other app is running in the background.
Repertoire Help / Re: MIDI output problem
« Last post by jwrioux on July 31, 2020, 09:56:09 AM »
Ah. It's a red icon with a microphone in it--it shows up when I scroll through my songs in the set list. When I click on it, my background app comes up.
Repertoire Help / Re: MIDI output problem
« Last post by arlo on July 31, 2020, 09:40:01 AM »
I'm not sure what you mean by the "red icon." IAA (inter-app audio) is not related to MIDI. You only need two things to send MIDI to another app: that app needs to support receiving MIDI from other apps, and that app needs to keep running in the background. You don't have to do anything special in BandHelper.

BandHelper sends to all ports by default, so whether the app listens on the default Network Session, or it creates its own virtual port to listen on, BandHelper's messages should reach it.

The other app would only need to create virtual ports and you would only need to select that app's port as the destination if you need to ensure that the MIDI you're sending to it will not be seen by other apps or hardware. Usually this isn't necessary because most MIDI messages include a channel number and you can set up each recipient to listen on a different channel.
Repertoire Help / MIDI output problem
« Last post by jwrioux on July 31, 2020, 06:54:40 AM »
I'm trying to get BandHelper to send program changes to a background app on my iPad. BandHelper indicates some sort of connection (the red icon), but the MIDI icon does not show the app among the MIDI outputs. The puzzling thing is that an earlier version of this same app works flawlessly with BandHelper. The app (BIAS FX 2 Mobile) does accommodate IAA, according to its manual. Am I designating ports incorrectly, possibly? Any help would be appreciated.
Tips and Tricks / Re: Flic buttons
« Last post by arlo on July 30, 2020, 01:40:57 PM »
If it's a keyboard emulator, yes, but you'd have to make sure it sends the keys BandHelper recognizes: Up/Down/Left/Right Arrow, Space, Enter or the numbers 0-9.
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