Groundbreaking new technology that is able to understand and interpret music on a high level of abstraction. Incredible editing capabilities never seen before help you put new ideas to life in no time.
The fundamental idea is to build up compositions from smaller musical expressions that are combined to create a bigger structure. Much like traditional compositions build on a recognizable theme that is developed over time.
These so-called phrases contain any number of parameters that control the rendering of music (similar to automation lanes). Phrases can be gained from various sources: You can sketch them manually, record with a MIDI keyboard, or import from Standard MIDI files. You never need to worry about pitch and dissonance. Synfire makes them fit without compromising the original musical expression. Phrases can be shaped, stretched, mirrored, reversed, grouped, transposed and moved to different locations without corrupting harmony.
This new workflow is intuitive and fun. Instead of tinkering at the note level, you can design the big picture from a comfortable distance. Being able to import, decompose and re-use arbitrary musical material from existing MIDI files, your productivity will explode.
Users who worked with Synfire for a while can't imagine how they could have ever done without it. New refreshing ideas popped up all the time. This workstation is an inifinte source of inspiration. If you ever found yourself stuck in writer's block or felt unable to come up with new ideas, Synfire can help.
Record Once & Use Everywhere
Once you collected a critical mass of musical expressions in your personal libraries, the possibilities of using them in different projects are almost limitless. For a quick start, Synfire can also import everything MIDI you can get hold of and create phrases for you automatically. This way you can learn from traditional composers and popular songwriters and get inspired by their work.
The same phrase renders new music, depending on where it is being placed. Intuitive transformations can be applied that allow for easy motif development and musically sensible variation. Every composer who is worth his salt knows that building a piece from recurring motifs is key to an enjoyable listener experience. It makes a composition believeable and sound.
It's Not a Toy
No, this isn't one of those create-a-hit-out-of-the-box programs. Of course you are welcome to use Synfire just for fun, or to help you get started with the theory of music (both of which it is a great tool for!). However, since composers and producers have a legitimate desire for personal expression, Synfire is deep and powerful enough to support full control over the details of your music.
Synfire equally suits all musical styles. There are no stereotypes or templates built-in that could limit your individual freedom. Therefore it is also very unlikely that someone will guess you have used Synfire for a particular work.
Keep Your Ears Fresh
With Synfire you can constantly judge your work from an objective distance while it is evolving. The risk of losing objectivity by tinkering for hours at the detail level is minimal, because everything works so fast and convenient. Concentrate on creative decisions instead of getting lost in painstaking details. Since you spend way more time with listening than editing, we also call it Composing by Listening.
At The Heart Of Composition
Synfire specializes in creating original intellectual property, that is, arranging notes in pitch and time for multiple instruments, irrespective of the sounds you could use to produce it. That's a rather technical description of the true core of composition and songwriting: It's the score that matters! (even if you never print it). Recording and sound production do contribute a significant part, but melody and harmony is what really lasts (and what a composer or songwriter gets paid for).
Synfire acts as a hosts for VST/AU virtual instruments and also tightly synchronizes with (almost) all popular digital audio workstations (DAW). Using external hardware instruments is also possible. After you have outlined and finished a composition, moving it to a DAW is just a matter of mouse clicks. Alternatively, Synfire exports MusicXML and LilyPond formats, both suitable for further processing in popular notation programs.
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