Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Symphonix Evolution 2.1 for iOS 7

We're pleased to announce that version 2.1 of Symphonix Evolution is about to be released!  This update supports iOS 7 and the user interface has been changed to a "flat" look, while preserving the familiar layout of previous releases.  We think you'll find that the new interface is much cleaner and more modern-looking:

The old look is also retained when running under earlier versions of iOS, so if you haven't yet upgraded you won't see too many differences to the screen design.

Other changes in this release are:
  • Added a new setting so that the Drum Percussion MIDI channel can be changed or completely disabled
  • Added a new setting so that the mixer volume controls can be locked during playback so that a song cannot change the volume using MIDI messages.
  • The Piano Roll now scrolls when a song is playing
  • New Tempo Track function allows the user to select which track to use for tempo change events
  • Tempo Changes can now be edited in the Piano Roll screen using the Controller lane
  • It is now possible to connect two or more instances of Symphonix Evolution running on different iPads using the remote connection function
There are also some bug fixes:
  • Resolved an issue with Audiobus initialization on iOS 7
  • Fixed crash when saving a file that was last loaded using Dropbox
  • Fixed incorrect note values when selecting chord inversions
  • The Undo function was not working for ties and slurs
  • General stability enhancements

In order to resolve an iOS 7 bug that affected Audiobus integration we needed to change the app's internal product name.  This means that you may have to delete the old version from your device and then reinstall it manually using the "Purchases" tab in the AppStore app.   DELETING THE APP WILL ALSO DELETE YOUR FILES so it is important to back them up before you update.  (We understand this is inconvenient - we made this change because our only other option would have been to require you to purchase a new app).

To back up your existing files you can use the iTunes "file sharing" method to copy them to your computer as explained in the Symphonix Evolution user manual, or you can use a tool such as the excellent iExplorer application from Macroplant.  Alternatively, saving the files to a Dropbox account will prevent them from being lost.


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