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Here is a typical pipe band tuning scenario:
* To start all the pipers begin playing to warm up their pipes.
* After ~10 minutes the band’s leader makes a decision
where low A will be (e.g. 478hz).
* They would enter that frequency into NoteMaeven and it would
derive where all the other notes should be. **
* They would then use the Trial Tuning feature of NoteMaeven to
see how close they are to this ‘ideal’ standard.
Typically there will be some adjustments to the pipe tuning or
perhaps to the suggested frequencies.
But eventually the new standard will be ‘declared’.
* If you have a big band, you could distribute this new standard
to multiple phones running NoteMaeven.
* An assistant would take a phone to each piper and perform a
Tuning Trial against the new standard.
* The tuning trial gives the piper a frequency report on each note
and summary of sharp/flat-ness.
* With this information, someone makes the call about adding tape
or adjusting reeds.
What’s a Tuning Trial like? Someone stands two feet in front of the piper, holds the phone up for them to see, and then the piper plays the scale, one time, slowly.
Look at the screen shots if you can believe your eyes. But really you should download this free time-limited version. Seven days after installation, it will stop working.
If you don’t like it, just uninstall it. Thank you for your time. I would like to hear about your experience.
If you would like to revive NoteMaeven on your phone, you will need to purchase the application called NoteMaevenKey. It’s a very small companion program that allows NoteMaeven to run without any limitations.
** See Ewan MacPherson’s article ‘The Pitch and Scale of the Great Highland Bagpipe’.
You should first download and use NoteMaeven app for the free trial period and make sure it works for you. It makes serious demands on your devices microphone and CPU.
If you liked NoteMaeven, or just want to encourage me to keep trying, please buy NoteMaevenKey.
After you purchase NoteMaevenKey do not uninstall it or NoteMaeven will revert to the Trial Limit behavior, which may have already expired.
This application has a 2 day free trial period and then it will stop working. You will need to purchase and install WhistleMaevenKey to get full unrestricted access. Basically that should be enough time to make sure that your phone & whistle work properly with the application.
You will need a penny whistle that is tuned for the key of 'D'.
There are three simple lessons. The first one just presents the scale. When you play a note on the whistle, the note on the music staff lights up. This is just a gentle introduction to the instrument.
The second lesson shows you 'flashcards' of musical notes (random excerpts of practice tunes). This helps to build sight reading skills.
The third lesson is actually playing the pre-selected tunes. The music for each tune is presented on the phone display. As it detects your playing it scrolls the music (hands free for you).
For the first release the three included practice tunes are:
* The Minstrel Boy - Irish standard
* Garry Owen - 7th Cavalry theme
* Sou Gan - slow Welsh lullaby
Please take a moment to scan the screen shots and download the app for the free trial period. Send me some email and let me know about your experience.
* Formats multiple staff lines on a scrolling page
* 'Simplify Embellishment' mode for beginners
* 15 built in massed band tunes
* Reads your XML Music files
* Sound generator so you can hear the tune
Access to this application is free (no extra charge) to those who have purchased ChanterMaevenKey.
If you have not purchased ChanterMaevenKey you can only view two tunes, "Scotland the Brave" and "Amazing Grace".
The goal is that you would be able to view your complete pipeband playlist with this app. They will need to be in XML Music format (an emerging standard). My implementation of XML Music format is not complete, just the features that I think are necessary for bagpipe music.
There is a free PC application called MuseScore (http://www.musescore.org/) that creates XML Music files. It also converts some Bagpipe Music Writer scores.
Have fun and let me know how it goes.
It listens to you playing your practice pad and creates a pulse graph.
The graph can reveal weak spots in your playing and track your improvement.
This application was designed for tablets, 7" and up, but I have seen it work on 4" phones.
I've tested it on lots of simulators, but they don't test audio recording,
good luck and let me know how it goes.
It helped me, and it's free.
I play a snare drum in a marching band and being synchronized is very important.
How well do you keep time?
this guy times you down to the millisecond.
How smooth are your rolls?
it calculates standard deviation on your timing and pulse sustain
Probably this is geek overkill, but now that it keeps a score,
practicing is more like a game.
Before buying ChanterMaevenKey, you should first evaluate the ChanterMaeven Tunebook app to make sure it is what you expected. The feature set is limited, but you will get the idea.
If you liked the Tunebook, or just want to encourage me to keep trying, please buy ChanterMaevenKey.
After you purchase ChanterMaevenKey do not uninstall it or the Tunebook will revert to the limited feature set behavior.
You should first download and use WhistleMaeven app for the free trial period and make sure it works for you. It makes serious demands on your devices microphone and CPU.
If you liked WhistleMaeven, or just want to encourage me to keep trying, please buy WhistleMaevenKey.
After you purchase WhistleMaevenKey do not uninstall it or WhistleMaeven will revert to the Trial Limit behavior, which may have already expired.
The app also has a player embedded in it so you can hear the melody in rhythm.
The tunes are arranged for a 'D' whistle (plays in the key of D and G).
Some tunes have been edited down for this project:
* Amazing Grace
* Atholl Highlanders
* Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
* Bach: Minuet in G
* Danny Boy
* Garry Owen
* Minstrel Boy
* Scarborough Fair
* Scotland the Brave
* Sou Gan
These are the tunes that I wanted to learn and now I always have the music with me.
This app requires Android version 3.2 which is a step up from the WhistleMaeven Tutorial. Sorry for any inconvenience, but 3.2 manages screen space a bit better and it gets really tight on 4" phones.
Have fun...patrickH Support@ImaginationProcessing.com
There are a lot of things a congressperson does to help their constituents. Many are hard to measure. But IMHO the most important thing they do is to cast votes in Congress, and that we can measure precisely.
By categorizing bills into Special Interest Groups and cross-referencing rollcall votes we can get some insight into the value-system that a congressperson holds.
Do they vote 100% along party lines? Do they support Obama Care? What about the Keystone XL Pipeline?
What are your hot buttons? If congress voted on them, then this application can answer the question: "How are you being represented?".
'Worst Republican' or Independent Thinker?
'Worst Democrat' or Independent Thinker
Centrist Republican Senators
The two primary problems it addresses are:
1) Carrying around a lot of CDs
2) Finding the right music to go with your situation
The problems with CDs are:
* compared to flash drives they are large and bulky
* they are mechanical and not always readable on all players
* information about the music is hard to search and compare
We assume you will address this problem by storing all your music on iTunes and then copy your iTunes directory onto a USB flash drive.
Finding the "right music for your situation" means matching the style of the dance (Jig, Reel, etc), the number of repetitions, and where possible, match the devisor recommended music. We have created a database of Scottish Country Dance music (SCD_DB) that tracks this information for all the CDs in our library. At last count this was more than 3400 entries.
PlayMaetion is an application that merges the contents from the SCD_DB and your iTunes library and presents a manageable spreadsheet of information. It requires that you use a tablet sized screen. I have been testing with displays as small as 7".
PlayMaetion also includes a music player with some special features for dance teachers:
1) delayed start so you can join the dance set
2) speed adjustment to slow down some music
3) position queuing so you can start the music at a pre-specified location.
The SCD_DB is currently administered by a group of teachers in the NW United States. We do not consider it proprietary but clearly it needs to be collectively managed. We leave this issue open for some future users group.
The application is free to download and there are no adds. There is a User Guide built in.
This application provides a 3D art gallery on your phone/tablet to show these objects.
These models were generated using the Blender modeling tool and published on www.BlendSwap.org. The associated license of these models allows me to share them with you for free, as long as we provide credit to the artist, which I am happy to do.
Most model compositions include lighting schemes to enhance the visual affect. In this version of the Maetion 3D Gallery, we had to impose a common lighting & context. Some models were just so big and complex that 'adaptations' had to be made. I'm sorry about that; apologies to the artist. I will try to improve the experience as the application evolves.
Until then, I have provided links to the artists' home page where you can view their portfolio in its original form.
You can set the beats per minute (BPM) by tapping on the screen.
The boot is actually a 3D rendering of an "Army Boot" Blender model, created by BlenderBoy55. For more information about Blender go to http://www.blender.org/; for more on BlenderBoy55 go to http://www.blendswap.com/user/BlenderBoy55. Note that they are not necessarily users of (or endorse) this app, but they let me use the model as long as I give them credit. So there you go and thank you very much.
By default this app runs in "Trial Mode" which means you can only run the metronome at 80 BPM. If you like the app you can purchase and install MaetronomeKey to enable BPMs at all speeds. You don't need to run MaetronomeKey, it just needs to be installed on your phone/tablet.
You do not need to launch MaetronomeKey (this app). The Maetronome app simply checks to see if this app is installed on your system.
If you do uninstall this app, Maetronome will go back to 'Trial Mode'.
So don't do that.