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Casio Releases iPhone App That Lets Users Compose Original Music by Singing or Whistling a Melody

New Version of Chordana Composer Enables Uploading to YouTube

July 16, 2015

Microphone input interface
Microphone input interface
Keyboard input interface
Sol-fa (do, re, mi) input interface

Tokyo, July 16, 2015— Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the latest version of Chordana Composer, an iPhone app that enables users to automatically compose a musical piece from a short melody when inspiration hits. The app is available now at the iTunes App Store. Users who have already purchased Chordana Composer will receive the update free of charge.

Casio first released Chordana Composer in January 2015, and the app has been a runaway hit, ranking as high as No. 1 in the App Store’s paid iPhone music app category in the following countries: Japan, China, Panama, Maldives, Estonia, United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong. The app has struck a chord with a broad cross-section of users.

Chordana Composer Version 2.0 now gives users the ability to upload their original musical compositions to YouTube. The number of composing genres has been increased from five to nine genres, and there is a new sol-fa (do, re, me) input mode for those not versed in using a music keyboard. The expanded range of features also includes the ability to convert an original piece to a ringtone*1 or MIDI data (for further arranging on a computer), and then send it by email, as well as enhanced integration with Casio electronic keyboards. The expanded feature set ensures that users of all levels can enjoy composing songs, from beginners to experienced composers and arrangers.

*1 To play an original song as an iPhone ringtone, the phone must be connected to a Mac or Windows computer which has iTunes installed.

Even beginners can compose and share original music

Enter an original melody from one to eight measures in length by either whistling or singing the melody (microphone input), or using sol-fa (do, re, mi) input on the screen. Choose from one of nine available genres and three types of impressions. The app does the rest by automatically composing an original musical piece, complete with intro and ending. The original piece can then be uploaded to YouTube, complete with video notation. As well, users can easily create a ringtone*1 from their original pieces.

Expanded features for skilled composers

Notation input interface
Keyboard input interface

In addition to the above-mentioned methods, a melody from one to eight measures in length can be entered by either tapping the on-screen keyboard or positioning notes on the on-screen staff. In Version 2.0, users can select obbligato passages, and convert the original song to MIDI data (melody and accompaniment).

Enhanced integration with Key Lighting keyboards

Sample of use when connected to key lighting keyboard
Sample of use when connected
to key lighting keyboard

Integration with Casio’s key lighting keyboards*2 has been enhanced. In addition to lighting up the right-hand melody part, Version 2.0 now lights up the left-hand chord progression on a connected keyboard.

*2 Commercially available MIDI interface or adapter is necessary. Please see the Main Specifications for details.

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Chordana Composer Version 2.0
July 16, 2015
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Main Specifications

Bold indicates new features in Version 2.0

Motif input
Select input mode
Microphone (Whistling, female voice or male voice) input, DoReMi input, Keyboard (17 keys) input, Notation input
One-measure count-in
When using microphone input or keyboard input
Specify motif input location
A (1st theme), B (2nd theme), C (3rd theme)
Motif length
Default: 2 Measures
Selection: 1 Measure, 2 Measures, 4 Measures, 8 Measures
Automatic
Composition
Select genre
Pops1, Pops2, PopRock, Rock, Jazz, JazzBallad, Dance, Classical, World
Select impression
Joyful, Ballad, Groove
Tempo
Default: 107
Selection: 60 to 280
Key
Default: C
Selection: F, F#/G♭, G, G#/A♭, A, A#/B♭, B, C, C#/D♭, D, D#/E♭, E
Time signature
4/4 meter
Obbligato1
Location A (1st theme) on/off, Location B (2nd theme) on/off, Location C (3rd theme) on/off, Variation on/off, Fugue style on/off
Obbligato2
Location A (1st theme) on/off, Location B (2nd theme) on/off, Location C (3rd theme) on/off, Variation on/off, Fugue style on/off
Melody-making method
Fluid: Compose different melodies each time from same motif
Fixed:Compose same melody each time from same motif
Others
Change of melody in measure unit, Movement of melody, Tension of melody
Playback
Functions
Play/Stop, AB repeat, Select timbre of each part, Part on/off
Edit Melody
Edit functions
Melodies in the finished piece of music can be edited in the score
Hints functions
Notes are color coded as five types according to their relation to the music
Share Tune (Export)
YouTube
Upload a music video*3 (includes slideshow of score)
Email
Send a Ringtone*4, Send a MIDI file*5, Send a audio file (AAC format)
AirDrop
Send a audio file (AAC format)
When Connected to Electronic Musical Instruments
MIDI out
During playback of the tune, it will output the melody (right hand) and chord progression (left hand)*6
Connection method
iOS-compatible MIDI interface (commercial product) or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (Apple) with USB cable (commercial product) or Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit with USB cable (commercial product)
Others Functions
Save tune, Load tune
System requirements
iOS 8.0 or later
Compatible devices
iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch (5th Generation)

*3 User needs a Google Account.

*4 To play an original song as an iPhone ringtone, the phone must be connected to a Mac or Windows computer which has iTunes installed.

*5 Melody and accompaniment.

*6 Chord progression only. It is different from the accompaniment played in the app.

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