Rochester, New York – Following in the footsteps of its successful counterpart for iOS, Quincy for Mac OS features the same editing and playback capabilities plus seamless MIDI integration into sequencers and DAWs alike. Quincy is a tool for the creation of image-based, interactive, live music. Compositions can be looped and react to mouse input during play. Quincy s core engine is a full implementation of Conway’s Game of Life, capable of generating all possible Life variants including HighLife and Seeds. It comes with a Life editor, a large library of patterns, color mixer, features an adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and many display options. Editing tools go beyond pen and pattern stamp and also include options like copy, paste and rotate.
Main Interface with Shape Palette
One of the design decisions made early on in development was to implement sound generators in a modular approach. This ensures extensibility for future versions, but also has a more immediate effect. Each module has a distinct flavor while at the same time delivering an infinite number of variations. That allows the composer to chose a general color or direction to begin with and then work their way down from the top with scale choices, tonality, rhythm or voice considerations and more.
Exposé Composition With Ableton Live Track (right)
Quincy ships with three sound modules (Chroma, Gregorian and Pentrix) with more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines meter, key and a base scale as tone material. The Chroma module is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales. A large selection of sample documents is included to demonstrate each of these module’s individual flavors and capabilities.
Koi Composition with iPhone 4s Screenshot (right)
With an extended General MIDI sound library of over 200 individual sounds to select from Quincy offers a lot right out of the box. In addition to that Quincy implements virtual MIDI with very low latency to allow integration into DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason and many more. Other settings include local audio control and selectable MIDI channel. All documents that Quincy creates are freely interchangeable with the iOS versions Quincy and Quincy Lite which are available on the iPhone App Store for a modest fee.
Quick Features: * Intuitive interface * Document based * Large pattern library * Adjustable grid size * Virtual MIDI * Full general MIDI instrument library * File transfer with iOS via iTunes File Sharing * Hi-res Graphics for Retina and 4k displays * Extensive online documentation * Academic discounts
Quincy is very powerful and a joy to work with. Create infinite variations on a theme by combining playback loops with random inserts or use in-performance editing by drawing into playing compositions without disturbing the original. Quincy renders stunning visuals, produces the craziest looking metronomes, very atmospheric soundscapes and strange rhythmic patterns that have many uses in music production.
Language Support: Quincy is localized into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
System Requirements: * Mac OS 10.9 or later * 64-bit processor * 6.3 MB RAM
Pricing and Availability: Quincy 1.0.0 costs $35.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac OS App Store in the music and education categories. Educational discounts are available. To celebrate this first release, Quincy is on sale through the App Store at a 30% discount until June 1st, 2015.