Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Imitone is designed to lower the "barrier to entry" for music making, enabling beginners to get ideas from their minds into the music software of their choice.
imitone itself is very simple to use and requires no set-up, but it's essentially a "remote control" that takes the place of a piano keyboard controller. You will need a music program for it to "talk to" in order to start playing. Many free and user-friendly music programs exist... (See the next question)Last updated:
imitone pretends to be a keyboard plugged into your computer, and can control any music program that accepts "MIDI input" -- meaning, almost all of them! Thousands of applications, including all the major programs used in professional music-making, come with built-in support for MIDI.
Compatible software includes: GarageBand, Fruity Loops, Ableton Live, Reason, Logic, Reaper, Digital Performer Sibelius, and thousands more that I can't begin to list.
Some major apps, such as Reason, require some manual set-up for controllers they don't recognize. I plan on working with the vendors of these apps to make this smoother.Last updated:
MIDI is the "language" most music apps and hardware use to control one another. Some (like imitone) "talk" in MIDI, and others (like your music-making program) "listen" for MIDI and follow the instructions they hear.
You don't need to know the specifics in order to use imitone effectively. If you're curious, you can learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDILast updated:
In addition to singing, imitone responds to humming, whistling and most types of musical instruments.
imitone is also designed to give you constant feedback on your voice pitch, allowing you to train your singing and improve your level of control over time.Last updated:
A person, for starters! :)
Imitone has also been tested with woodwinds, strings and free-reed instruments (accordion and melodica) with good results. We plan on testing many more -- and putting up demos! -- as the campaign continues.
The only instrument type so far noted to work poorly is the Kalimba, owing to its "inharmonic" tone structure.Last updated:
I've researched about 25-30 programs, ranging from respected industry standards to obscure freeware, which might be said to perform the same function as imitone. Some of them date back to the early 1990s.
First, imitone is a "real-time, low latency" controller. That means it responds instantly to you, while you sing. Most of the major pitch-detection systems are not realtime -- requiring you to record a clip of audio, transform it into notes afterward, and then use those.
Real-time pitch detection systems are, for the most part, very inaccurate when used with voice. imitone's vocal note-detection is currently competitive with the best among these, while beating its response time by a wide margin. Another advantage of "low latency" is that imitone can capture shorter notes.
The most important difference is that imitone is far more accessible than equivalent real-time voice-to-MIDI software. Its price will be far lower than competing software, and it will be available on both PC and Mac unlike many competitors. It is the *only* program which acts as a virtual MIDI controller -- the rest require manual setup -- and it offers features which help you to sing in tune and compensate for your errors, including scale-snapping and a unique feature called "tone stabilization".
For these reasons, I believe imitone will be the first voice-to-MIDI software to offer true creative liberation to beginner musicians -- a new and powerful way to get musical ideas out of the mind and into the machine.Last updated:
In short: I think imitone is the right choice for the majority of people. It's designed to be everything you need and nothing you don't for intuitive realtime music-making. Compare the mechanic's toolbox and the swiss army knife: A tradeoff between rigorous completeness and minimal elegance.
imitone prime is for the "adventurous and technically adept". It will be useful if you're interested in using imitone for live music performance, complex studio workflows, or non-conventional purposes outside of music-making (such as sound engineering, art installations or research). If you're the sort of person who loves to get into the technical details of things, its data visualizations, tweakable analysis and configurable MIDI sequencing will offer lots of fun and useful possibilities.
If that's not you: Go with imitone. You won't be disappointed. If you're still genuinely torn, remember that backing at the prime level gets you a copy of imitone as well.Last updated:
If you pre-order imitone, you will get access to imitone's beta within a month of the campaign's completion, and a copy of imitone when it is released.
If you pre-order imitone prime, you will get the above, access to prime's beta by July, and a copy of prime when it is released.
Access to the beta means you will be able to download and use non-final copies of the program prior to release. These may have bugs or issues, and you'll be able to help me locate and fix them.Last updated:
imitone will be available on Linux for free, as an "unofficial" port.
This version will not be fully supported -- it might not run on all distributions, and it may lack convenience features such as virtual device mode. I won't be able to provide full customer support for the Linux version.
The reason I'm doing this is that I really want to support Linux, but it's a lot of work to do for a platform that offers so few options for music-making. The nature of Linux is that it's free and accessible, but options for software are more limited and often some manual set-up is required to get things working the way you want them. Think of imitone's Linux port as reflecting this.
Backers who pre-order imitone will receive early access to the Linux beta as it becomes available. Backers who pre-order imitone prime will be entitled to its Linux beta and a Linux copy of the final program, but its availability is likely to take additional time.Last updated:
Currently we offer an alternative pledge through PayPal: http://imitone.com/paypal.html
Unfortunately since this isn't integrated into Kickstarter you will not receive E-mails when an update is posted to the project. However, you will have equal access to all rewards including beta versions of the software.Last updated:
In short: I don't think there wouldn't be much of a point to it. You would be waiting a very long time before you could get the app, and you would receive access at the same time as normal iOS users.
With all current pledge levels, you'll receive early access to the program for your PC or Mac, allowing you to play with it as soon as next month.Last updated:
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