Cognitone updates Synfire Pro and Synfire Express to version 1.7. The entire sound setup and device management was rewritten and the user interface was largely simplified to make sure the Music Prototyping Studio is more intuitive, robust and accessible. Many features were added or improved, making this Synfire the most advanced ever.
The new update comes with a much improved MIDI file import: Now you can batch-import a library, reading all files in a directory (Pro). This is especially useful for importing drums or other phrases for a particular single instrument.
We also fixed a number of bugs and improved the interactive behavior of the Harmonizer, to make it more intutive.
This update is another step forward. Some new feature enhancements and many bug fixes are included. We feel the software has reached a milestone now. In order to keep the ball rolling, we will now focus on communication for a while. You will see more videos and examples soon. We will also look how to better support new users with getting familiar more quickly with Synfire. This fall we will finally start promoting Synfire actively.
In case you wonder why we paused making new videos for a while, this is why: We are nearing completion of the next Synfire Pro update, which will be a big step towards a more integrated, simplified and intuitive user interface. We integrated the progression editor, harmonizer and a simple mixer console right into the arrange window. Although not a pure single-window layout, the most frequently used features are now easily accessible from within the arrange view, keeping your desktop and head clear.
The new update is online. The complete list of changes is here:
The most important changes are:
Merge & Split Phrases
Select multiple phrases (instruments,"tracks") and do Phrase>>Merge. That will combine their figures and other parameters into a single phrase. Phrase>>Split does the opposite. Great for working on complex figures where many symbols would cover each other. Of course, all phrases are required to use the same sound, or the command will be grayed out.