Posts Tagged ‘new version’

Salsa Rhythm for Android goes beta !

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Salsa Rhythm for Android is finally here! Announced today, the first beta version will be distributed to 50 selected users for evaluating and collecting feedback.

This journey has began back in January 2010, when the first line of the source code was written. Back then, the iPhone platform was more popular than Android by far, so we have put our efforts in completing the iPhone version first. Today, nearly 2 years after the first seed, this source code has grown into a fully functional Salsa Rhythm application.

The new application will be tested in the following month, and then will be released to the Android Market, after making some changes and adjustments, based on the community feedback.

Interested? Find additional screen shots and information on our community google group, where you can follow development of the beta version, discuss it and help us make it better:

3 New Piano Patterns, 1 New Bass Pattern

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

We have just added 3 new Piano patterns, contributed by Tyrone Collis from Germany. While at it, we also added a new Bass pattern that matches the existing I-IV-V-IV piano pattern, suggested by the trumpet player Pete Nater from New York. Finally, we added some new percussion patterns contributed by Jürgen Messerer from Switzerland. Jürgen is currently working on creating additional bongo patterns for us, so expect another update soon.

Here is the list of the new Salsa music patterns:

Piano

  • Montuno I-V-V-I + Passing Tones
  • Montuno i-V-V-i (minor)
  • Montuno V-V-I-I

Bass

The new bass pattern is called “Tumbao I-IV-V-IV”. It matches the first two piano patterns, “Montuno I-IV-V-IV” and “Montuno I-IV-V-IV + arpg. + passtone”, as well as the minor variation “Montuno i-iv-V-iv” and the ‘light’ variation “Montuno I-IV-V-IV Triads”.

Percussion

  • Bongos – Martillo Var1
  • Bongos – Martillo Var2
  • Bongos – Martillo para clave
  • Cowbell – Every Beat
  • Güiro – Güiro Danzón
  • Maracas – Maracas Son
  • Maracas – Maracas Son Montuno
  • Maracas – Maracas Son Montuno 2

iPhone version updated

Yesterday we also released a new version of Salsa Rhythm for iPhone. The Salsa Rhythm application version 1.7 now includes all the new patterns mentioned above, along with a new Rhythm & Timing videos page providing direct access to our online Salsa Rhythm & Timing video collection.

Salsa Rhythm app on the iTunes AppStore

Downloadable version

All registered members can download an updated version with all the new patterns. To download the new version, please follow this link: http://www.salsabeatmachine.org/download.html.

If you want to become a registered member, you may consider donating to support the project.

Eddie Palmieri, a famous Latin Pianist

Merengue Machine finally gets a Guira

Friday, March 4th, 2011

It’s been more than a year since the initial release of the Merengue Beat Machine, and we have finally added the last ingredient missing in the Caribbean sauce – The Güira.

The Güira is a metallic percussion instrument from the Dominican Republic. It resembles a cheese grater, and sounds similar to the maraca. You can find a Güira in almost any Merengue arrangement, along with an additional percussion instrument called “The Tambora“.

The Güira

Up to now we have used the Maraca in place of the Güira as we did not have any satisfactory audio samples of the Güira. Last week, one of our users, nick-named “El Conguero”, sent us some quality recordings of his personal Güira, so now we are finally able to include this fascinating instrument in the Merengue Machine arrangement.

We have included 5 different patterns for the Güira instrument, going from simple downbeat-only patterns to more syncopated and engaging patterns. But why write so much when you can simply click and try it yourself?

http://www.salsabeatmachine.org/merengue-rhythm.html

 

Salsa Rhythm App v1.3 Delayed, Rejected by Apple

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

The release of Salsa Rhythm App v1.3 was planned for today. Unfortunately, a that bug was found during apple’s review process will cause the release to be postponed until the next week.

The bug per Apple’s description happens on iOS 4.1 in the following scenario:

1) Launch Salsa Rhythm.
2) Go to the info page by tapping on the info button in the bottom right corner.
3) Select the “Send us Feedback” button.
4) The app crashes.

Unsurprisingly, when I tested the above scenario on my device it did not crash at all, no matter how hard I tried. Since my device had iOS version 3.1.2, I realized that this was the time to upgrade to the latest version, so I went all through the upgrade process.

Even then, after upgrading to iOS 4.1 I still was not able to reproduce the bug. I went all over the code again and again trying to guess where the bug could come from. Finally, after almost an hour of scratching my head, the solution came into my mind: Perhaps the app reviewer at Apple did not have an email account configured on his iPhone device?

With that idea in mind, I deleted the mail account settings from my iPod Touch, and voila – the app crashed when clicking on “Send us Feedback” and I was finally able to reproduce the bug. Needless to say, the solution was simply adding two lines of code for displaying an error message in case the user has no mail accounts configured.

This bug existed since the very first version of the application, but it was only discovered yesterday during Apple’s  review process. In my opinion, this bug has almost no impact – in reality, who uses an iPhone/iPod touch without taking advantage of its Mail program ?

New version of the Online Salsa Beat Machine

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

The new version of the Salsa Beat Machine is finally ready!

Some of the major changes in this version include:

  1. Unified Mixer interface that replaces the old Instruments tab
  2. New “Visualizer” display, displaying the beat count along with animated congas and claves that move along with the music
  3. New sound sample for the Clave instrument
  4. Improved sound engine, with much more accurate beat display
  5. Play/Pause button, as requested by many users, and buttons to mute/unmute all instruments at once
  6. Popup menu for controlling instrument properties and changing patterns

You can view the new version immediately by going to our homepage, http://www.SalsaBeatMachine.org/, and clicking the big blue “Start the Beat Machine” button.

Users of the standalone version can also download an update for free, using our download portal page at http://www.SalsaBeatMachine.org/download.html.

We hope you enjoy this new release and looking forward to hearing your feedback, comments and suggestions.

The new visualizer tab

The new "Visualizer" tab

Salsa Rhythm Software for 64-bit windows systems

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

The “Salsa Rhythm Software”, which is the standalone version of the online Salsa Beat Machine, is now available for systems running the 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Up to now, there was a problem in the Adobe Flash Player release that caused the program not to function under 64-bit systems. The new release works this problem around by lunching the Flash Player in 32-bit compatibility mode, thus allowing all users to enjoy the standalone Salsa Beat Machine version.

All past and current donors (listed at our http://www.SalsaBeatMachine.org/donate) are eligible for downloading the new version. Send us an email to beatmachine@salsa4fun.co.il with your request, and we will email you your personal download link for this new version.

If you do not own a copy of the standalone “Salsa Rhythm Software”, you may wish to consider donating – all donors are eligible for a copy. Starting from the next month, the software will also be available for purchasing online. You can find all the information needed to make your donations here:

Donate to the Salsa Beat Machine and get a free copy of the Salsa Rhythm Software

New user interface for the Salsa Beat Machine

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

It’s been a while since my last post and a lot of stuff has been going behind the scenes… I will keep posting in the following days to keep you on the loop with the latest news and updates of the Salsa Beat Machine.

I have decided to redesign the user interface of the Salsa Beat Machine to make it easier to navigate and a newer look. The new design is already live and you can see it in our website: http://www.SalsaBeatMachine.org/.

This is just one of many incremental updates that I have planned. In a few days a newer version with additional changes will be up for you to see such as this preview for example displaying an upcoming version with a different look:
Introducing the new user interface for the Salsa Beat Machine

The previous user interface is still available, and you can easily switch between the two. I am waiting to hear your feedback, and I hope you will find this new version more useful and attractive.

Until the next post…