New Release Of RavelNotes Early 2019

Thank you for using RavelNotes! Pleased to let you know that I am currently working on a new release with greatly enhanced features. It is already possible to play with RavelNotes on internal iPad MIDI synthesizer apps like iMini, Sunrizer, iProphet etc. In the coming version, it will be possible to play on external MIDI devices like keyboards and synthesizers as well. Also new: “cycledrones” will be there: simply drag your notes and chords into these sequencer drones, which you can play just as any other notedrone. Especially the latter opens many possibilities. Ergonomics will also be improved, which should make it easier to use the app. More details will be revealed later. I estimate the new version will probably will be released early 2019. Please note that for an indie developer like me this this a lot of work. It includes not only programming but also graphics & design (it’s of course impossible to suit everyone’s taste here), writing a decent user manual, promoting etc. I really enjoy doing all this, but of course the release turn around time is a bit longer. I will try as long as possible to keep the app deployable on older iPads, going as far back as iOS 9.3.  Note, however that with these older iPads there are some performance limitations — e.g.  playing custom chords with more than 30 individual notes simultaneously — might put these older devices to their limits, but all functionality will be still possible on older iPads. I did not built any restrictions into RavelNotes, so it’s just a matter of trying where the limits are. I do however recommend as a minimum the iPad Air. I am also considering localizing in several languages, but this will have to wait: I have my limitations. Later.

Thank you for reading!

Kind Regards


User manual updated. Feedback and comments welcome!

The user manual for RavelNotes is now up-to-date and describes the many new features.

Suggestions and feedback is welcome because it helps me to improve the user manual and also RavelNotes itself even further.  Please use this form if you’d wish to send me a comment, thank you!

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New version 3.1. No More Ads. Play with Synthesizer Apps

There is a new version  (3.1) of RavelNotes now available in the Apple App Store!
Perhaps the most interesting new feature: It is now possible to redirect playing to synthesizer apps via Midi,
running on your iPad in the background, using the endless sound capabilities that many synthesizer apps on the iPad have! Also, the design has been improved. Advertising (ads) have been removed. Therefore this app is no longer free. (except for updates for existing users, of course)

Feature list for this 3.1 version:
• Real time playing!
• Intuitive design, easy to use.
• Play using the in-app 127 General Midi preset sounds, and/or:
• Play it cool redirected on up to four synthesizer apps running in de background,
e.g. Thor, iProphet, iMini, Sunrizer, Korg, Animoog, Z3TA+, Galileo… just to name a few.
• Play along with songs in Apple Music to improve your skills !
• Drag notes and chords anywhere on the workspace and play them (multitouch).
• Combine notes and chords into new custom chords and vice versa.
• Make multitimbral custom chords with notes simultaneously playing on different
synthesizers and/or internal sounds.
• Save your workspaces in the in-app database.
• Copy, Cut and Paste notes and chords.
• Several types of keyboard templates available.
• Share your workspaces with others by email!
• Works off-line. No internet connection or cloud needed. Useful on remote locations.
• Extensive built-in illustrated help file.
(not all listed here)
• Now also for iPad Pro.
• Advertising has been removed. No more ad bar at the bottom, therefore the workspace is now larger.
• Instead of using internal sounds only, you can now also connect via Midi and
play on up to four synthesizer apps simultaneously running in the background
on your iPad, e.g. Thor, iProphet, iMini, Sunrizer – just to name a few.
• Overlapping notedrones now play simultaneously when one of them is touched.
• Added pop up volume sliders, so that the volume for the four internal sounds can be adjusted individually.
• Added pop up pitch-bend and modulation sliders that are effective on Midi synthesizers.
• The active sound presets for the 4 sounds, volumes and Midi channel configuration are
now saved together with the workspace and restored when loading the workspace.
However, workspaces saved with previous versions of RavelNotes can still be loaded.
• Share your workspaces with others by email !
• Improved user interface with better color scheme and context switching toolbar.
• Combine multiple notes and chords into new custom chords and vice versa.
• Make multitimbral custom chords with notes simultaneously playing on
different synthesizers and/or internal sounds.
• The notes that make up a chord are now visible in notedrones
• Better keyboard templates: a new “guitar board”
• Keyboards are now movable in the workspace.
• Notes of the keyboard are now also selectable to conveniently make new
custom chords or save them to the clipboard and paste into the workspace.
• Improved embedded user manual.Have fun!