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Thursday, May 12, 2011

beaTunes 3 Early Access 4

beaTunes2 logoIt's been only a week since EA3, but since a couple of things changed, I'd like to pick up the pace a little bit. Some of you might have noticed that in EA3 several analysis tasks didn't work when use online resources was turned on. This is now fixed along with a number of other little things.

In today's announcement, I'd like to highlight a new feature DJs should be interested in—if they're into harmonic mixing. For a long time, beaTunes has offered key detection, but unfortunately this is of limited use, when the instruments used in different recordings aren't tuned the same way. Typically, one tunes for the 4th A to be at 440Hz (concert pitch). But this isn't always the case. When analyzing the key (with use online resources turned off), beaTunes now also calculates the used tuning, if it can be determined with enough accuracy.


As shown in the image, beaTunes displays both the actual A4 frequency in Hz and also the deviation from the regular concert pitch tone in cents. Each cent represents 1/100 semitone. Thus 50 cents deviation mean that the tuning is shifted by half a semitone.

So when looking for a harmonically matching song, you can now take tuning into account. Obviously, a similar tuning will match better than one that is quite different.

As always, there is some more info in the NOTES.txt file.

Alright, here's the obligatory warning: Before downloading and installing this, please make sure you understand what Early Access means:

  • Absolutely no warranty for whatever
  • Features may or may not work, appear, and disappear
  • It may not be possible to migrate data to future or previous versions (even though I make a reasonable effort)
  • This version will cease to function 2 weeks after its release
  • You cannot buy this version

And here are the download links:

Important

This EA version changes beaTunes' internal database layout quite a bit, which takes a while. Do not interrupt this process, even if it takes very long! beaTunes 2.x will not be able to use the database anymore, after you ran beaTunes 3.0. If you intend to try 3.0 and then go back to 2.x, make sure you back up the database before you try 3.0 (depending on your OS it's in ~/Library/Application Support/beaTunes/Database, C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\tagtraum industries\beaTunes\database or C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\tagtraum industries\beaTunes\database)! You also might want to check out this article about exporting beaTunes data.

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