Product Comparison

The above diagram illustrates the relationship of our products. While Synfire Pro includes every feature currently implemented (and will always do so in the future), the entry level Express Edition and its little brothers HN2 Advanced Edition and HN2 LE offer a focussed subset of features at a more affordable price. Cognitone customers have the option to upgrade to a higher edition at any time.

 

HN2 LE

HN2 Advanced

Synfire Express

Synfire Pro

Focus

Progressions

Songwriting

Entry Level Composition & Arrangement

Professional Composition & Arrangement

Typical Application

Explore harmony, enhance musical skills, support manual songwriting, export chords to your sequencer

Songwriting, create demos, find chords to a melody, play-along, export songs to your sequencer

Compose Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, Electronic, Ambient, Hip Hop, etc. Run synched with DAW

Compose contemporary orchestral music, game soundtracks, film scores, piano music, advanced electronic music, develop a personal style, work with DAW and notation software

Target Audience

Guitarists, Keyboarders, Students, Teachers, Electronic Musicians

Songwriters, Bands, Advanced Electronic Musicians

Entry Level Composers, Hobbyists

Composers, Producers, serious Enthusiasts

Connectivity

MIDI

X

X

X

X

Audio Hosting

-

-

VST, AudioUnits

VST, AudioUnits

DAW Synchronization

-

-

ReWire Transport

ReWire Transport

DAW Drones

-

-

VST, AudioUnits, AAX

VST, AudioUnits, AAX

Distribution in LAN

-

-

-

X

External Hardware Sync

-

-

-

X

MIDI Time Code

-

-

-

X

Song Position Pointer

-

-

-

X

Features

Harmony AI

X

X

X

X

Custom String Instruments

X

X

X

X

Palettes, Navigation

X

X

X

X

Progression Editor

X

X

X

X

Real-Time Sketches

-

X

X

X

Harmonizer

-

X

X

X

Import MIDI Files

-

Limited

X

X

Import Libraries 3)

-

-

X

X

Import Containers 1)

-

-

-

X

Export Notation

-

-

-

MusicXML, LilyPond

Export DAW

-

-

Drag & Drop

Drag & Drop

Export MIDI Files

X

X

X

X

Document Types

Progressions, Palettes

Progressions, Palettes, Sketches, Songs

Progressions, Palettes, Sketches, Arrangements, Libraries

Progressions, Palettes, Sketches, Arrangements, Libraries

Recording

-

Limited

X

X

Figure Recognition

-

X

X

X

Interpretation

-

Limited

X

X

Instruments

4

8

32

1024

Ports (Channels)

4 (64)

8 (128)

250 (unlimited)

250 (unlimited)

Structure

-

Linear

Nested

Hierarchical

Songs

-

X

X

X

Arrangements

-

-

X

X

Inheritance 2)

-

-

Limited (2 Levels)

Unlimited Depth

Morphing

-

-

-

X

Polytonality

-

-

-

X

Articulations

-

-

-

X

Lyrics

-

-

-

X

Phrase Pools 3)

-

-

X

X

Phrase Libraries

-

-

X

X

Phrase Editor

-

Harmony Only

X

X

Phrase Split & Merge

-

-

-

X

Render Parameters

Harmony

Harmony, Transpose, Variation, Interpretation, Volume, Pan, Reverb

Analysis, Bend, Breath, Expression, Figure, Gain, Harmony, Interpretation, Length, Modulation, Pan, Pause, Portamento, Reverb, Rhythm, Send, Shift, Step, Sustain, Take, Transition, Transpose, Variation, Velocity, Volume

Analysis, Bend, Breath, Chromatic, Expression, Figure, Gain, Harmony, Interpretation, Layer, Length, Lyrics, Modulation, Morphing, Pan, Pause, Portamento, Reverb, Rhythm, Scheme, Send, Shift, Step, Sustain, Take, Tempo, Time, Transition, Transpose, Variation, Velocity, Volume

Custom Controllers

-

-

8

8

Tempo Changes 4)

-

-

Static

Continous

Tempo Scaling (Time)

-

-

-

X

Cue Markers

-

-

-

X

X = supported, - = not supported

1) Import Containers: The Pro edition features a mass import of instruments and phrases when a container is pasted from the clipboard to another arrangement. This simplifies copy and paste between multiple projects and hence the construction of large projects from existing fragments.

2) Inheritance: Maximum depth of nested containers. In Synfire Express, you have two levels, that is, you can place any number of containers in the root container and then place additional containers inside those, but no deeper. This is sufficient for most popular musical styles. If you want to use container nesting as a means for motif development, you would need Pro.

3) Phrase Pools: Since 2015, these are now also included with the Express edition of Synfire, because collecting figures and phrases is an essential part of the workflow.

4) Tempo Changes: The Express edition uses a slider and numeric entry to set one global tempo. With the Pro edition, you can edit a continous tempo map graphically throughout the entire composition.