Re: Hall and Oats and Smokey Robinsons songs
Thanks so much for all the info. I did see the promo future gui layout video of Song Surgeon and it looks impressive whenever it is released. I’m on PC not Mac--- and I also like the chord detection of Riff Station which is another contender different than Riff Master. Riff Station shows the chords, up coming chord and shows a list of all chords detected—nice feature.
It would seem that song chord detection technology is radically improving. I saw an android app chord detection that was quite impressive and it would substitute synth chords sounds with a simple slider move in real time of the song playing
I really like the auto chord detection programs and am hoping that Song Surgeon does this well. Perhaps they only do first position chords. But I’d like to find a program that can do Jazz chords and voicings and also analyze gypsy jazz with capabilities to analyze many different positions and inversions. Does such a program exist. Will the upcoming Song Surgeon do this.
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Band-in-a-Box] Hall and Oats and Smokey Robinsons songs
Song Surgeon and their parallel program "Download Surgeon" capture streaming audio and video. But so will the free/open-source program Audacity. In fact, Audacity on a Mac with "Soundflower" is equal or better than Song Surgeon or Download Surgeon in terms of what I call "purity" of the sound captured. It may be my Windows computer (Win 10/64) but sometimes if I capture on Windows, the audio has extraneous "stuff", jitter sometimes when a background process starts or ends, or who knows. I've captured hundreds of hours of audio on the Mac and have never encountered the "stuff" that I seem to encounter with Windows.
The current version of Song Surgeon doesn't compete well with Riffmaster Pro when it comes to slowing songs without changing pitch. However, Transcribe from 7th String Software is REALLY good at the slow-down thing. Transcribe also tries to identify notes/chords. It is OK, but hopefully the new version of Song Surgeon will have mastered both "needs" (slow/tempo change and pitch/chord identification).
A realistic outlook, based on my current knowledge/experience is that Riffmaster Pro may be a good tool, but until you can try Song Surgeon 5.x or compare Transcribe, you may be best advised to master Audacity for capture, especially if you can use a Mac with Soundflower.
No matter what you use to capture, if it sounds clean, save it as WAV to avoid adding to whatever compression was invoked at the origin. You'll also find that when you slow down a captured track, whether with Song Surgeon, Transcribe, Riffmaster Pro, et al, you'll be more likely to be satisfied than if you saved disk space and compressed your captures to MP3. What was originally perhaps say 128kbps in the stream could like be a lot less when you compress the captured stream to MP3, even though your software says it is saving to 320kbps.
Just my $0.02.
On 2/26/2017 2:46 PM, 'media production' media_production@... [Band-in-a-Box] wrote: