What's new in Ondes 1.1 : Hold, Scales, Tuning Systems, and More

November 5, 2014 12:11 AM

This is the second post in a series about the new features coming in Ondes version 1.1. The first is here.  Ondes version 1.1 includes a whole bunch of new ways to configure and use the playing surface.  


The new HOLD function allows you to sustain notes indefinitely.  The hold button is a little quarter circle in the bottom left corner of the keyboard.  It works like this - play some notes, then press the hold button.  You can then let go and the notes will be sustained.  Once a note is held, you can drag it around to change its pitch, volume, and other parameters tied to note location.   To release it, press the hold button again.  New notes can be played over top of held notes without being sustained, so this is a nice way to set up a drone to play over top of.  The hold button can optionally be hidden from the keyboard settings window if that is not your cup of tea. 

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Ondes now comes with an assortment of scales and modes ranging from the mundane to the exotic.  You can also create your own scales and save them for re-use in a later patches. 


Has 12 tone equal temperament been bringing you down?  Feel like you could use some mathematically pure thirds?  In Ondes 1.1 we’ve added support for non-equal tempered tuning systems such as Just Intonation, Pythagorean Tuning, LaMonte Young's Well-Tuned Piano, and Highland Bagpipes, to name a few.  You can also create & save custom tuning systems, or import from .scala files*.    

You can also change the tuning reference from the modern A = 440hz reference pitch.  Historical performance geeks take note!


There are now two snapping modes : guide and chromatic.  Chromatic snapping is the default setting from version 1.0.  In chromatic mode, all notes, including those that are not a part of the scale, have snapping applied to them. In guide mode, only notes from the scale will be snapped to.  This is  


In version 1.1 there are now two ranges for the keyboard, the default 1.5 octave range, and the new 2.5 octave range for long-range slidey goodness. 

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