The Practice Room: A long journey but a much needed one with a great update

So I’ve not been here much. ha. Just noticed how long it had been since I started this fun project, The Practice Room. But the app has really come a long way and I’m glad to share it here. I’ve not seen anything that has been dedicated to the art of Instrument & Tape performances, but I’m hoping you’ll agree that this has value for those of us that enjoy playing some of this music.

What’s new? Well, it’s much simpler to use as the video may indicate. The old GUI was so cluttered it was hard to know what exactly to do. But now, it’s been simplified as much as possible for the moment. Could it be simpler? I’m not sure yet But here’s what’s new and where you might find some value in this app if you’d like to use it.

• The interface is much cleaner: fewer ‘save’ buttons and now the application will auto save Indexes in the proper location; all files are auto-saved with 1 click of the ‘Store’ button; only 1 playback button with an option to use a metronome with the audio file; fewer tools but only the ones that are needed – Selector & Zoom; separate Metronome Window, Preset Info Window and Instructions Windows to access Hot Keys, MIDI Control capabilities, & others.

• Use End Selection: this is a favorite feature of mine. Selecting a section of audio and turn on the ‘Use End Selection’ box. Audio will auto-stop at the end. There is an additional ‘Repeat’ & ‘Repeat Duration’ feature too if you want to play the selection multiple times without touching the computer.

• Capture Location: you can now capture the location during playback so it could potentially be used as a Start Position. I use it for a quick grab and make refinements.

There’s more, but I’ll let that suffice and here’s the video. Thanks for checking in!

About mikecrain

Educator Composer Percussionist; Advocate for Humanity, Music & Art; living a Balanced Life Passionately with a Zen & Taoist approach
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2 Responses to The Practice Room: A long journey but a much needed one with a great update

  1. Christopher Overstreet says:

    Is this available for download?

    • mikecrain says:

      Hey Christopher! Sorry of the delay. I do have a version “out” but there is a small bug. It only happens every now & then, but it’s confusing for users as it “auto-plays.” I’m working on this issue and hope to have a better version completed and on the website by Summer.

      Thanks for the inquiry!

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