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Wednesday, June 8, 2106 

Download Module News for Pro Version

I apologize for not being in contact with you via this newsletter for the past several weeks.  We’ve had a lot going on.  We’ve spent a lot of time developing a universal audio / video downloader.  In other words a product that can download any audio or any video from any website.  Period.  The windows version of this product is done, and below you will find more information about that.

At the same time, there are some issues related to YouTube that I need to tell you about. 

In the past, Google among others, have sued to block some products that perform downloading functions.  However, it’s important to remember that many uses of copyrighted material are considered legal under the fair use doctrine to U.S. copyright law. The fair use doctrine makes exceptions for non-infringing purposes like news reporting, research, education — or just for laughs. Consider YouTube’s first big legal copyright challenge, a 2007 video of a baby dancing to the Prince song “Let’s Go Crazy”. Universal Music Group, the copyright holder of that hit song, sued the baby’s mom for copyright violation. A judge ruled in favor of the mom and the baby, citing fair use.

Two things have happened recently that concern us.  Once is that Google has terminated one of our Adwords accounts citing the downloading module as the cause.  Even more recently, within the past week, Google has sent a cease and desist letter to a company that sells a YouTube Downloader application, similar to what we provide in Song Surgeon.

With development of Version 5 already underway, we are reconsidering the future of the downloading module in Version 5. While it is a popular feature, it is not the main reason the product was developed.  In fact the first two versions of Song Surgeon did not contain this module. SS was developed initially as a key and tempo change tool, and today, almost 10 years later, that continues to be its focus. 

Assuming we were to remove this downloading module from Version 5, the older versions (3 and 4) that contain this module would not be affected.  Any such change would only apply going forward.

Co-incidentally, over the past year we have been working on a new downloader product, one that can download any audio or any video from any site. With the aforementioned activities going on, it is fortuitous that we have developed this new product, Download Surgeon, because it will enable us to isolate all of the download functionality in a single product, thereby shielding our main products, like Song Surgeon, from any adverse affects.


New Product: Download Any Audio or Any Video from Any Website

Download Surgeon is our audio/video downloader that has been around for slightly more than a year. Its downloading capabilities are similar to that found in Song Surgeon Pro. 

Download Surgeon Version 2 has significantly enhanced capabilities. This new product enables users to grab any audio or any video from any websiteno exceptions. It’s a game changer.  No more wasted time trying to find a way to grab or download something, only to look at your watch and find out you’ve just blown two hours with nothing to show for it.

In addition to it’s ability to allow you to grab almost any A/V file, it will allow you to save, as either audio or video, in the most common file formats. That means it will be compatible with your phone, tablet, iPad,iTunes, Google Play, etc.  This includes the ability to strip audio from video files that you may find.

The version we are releasing this week is for windows.  Though both Mac and Windows versions went through beta testing together, there were more issues in the Mac version, so we elected to launch the Windows version first – and then go back to the Mac version.  And this week, as we launch the Windows version, we are resuming work on the Mac version – with the goal of having it available within a month.

If you’d like to test this out first, we understand. You can download the demo from the website and try it first.  Or, if you’d simply prefer to jump in and buy it under our 60 day guarantee policy you can also do that.  The important thing is that you do one or the other, now, today.  Don’t miss this.  Download Surgeon is simply one of those products you are going to have. Go here to learn more:

http://downloadsurgeon.com/entry/

If you buy Download Surgeon today, during this special launch period, you’ll get a $30 discount plus an additional $39 of bonuses. That’s a total value of $69 — more than the cost of the product.


Hope For Haitians Charity

Each year we select a charity to donate money to, and ask for your support and assistance in that endeavor.  This year the organization we have selected is called Hope for Haitians.  This is a group that among other things provides housing to the poorest of the poor in Haiti.  Many of you will remember the devastating hurricane that leveled much of the island a few years back leaving many people living on the street or in a make-shift shanty.

What we like about Hope For Haiti is that 100% of our donations go to the people of Haiti, so there is no corporate overhead taking part of the money… and secondly we (you and I ) working together can build an entire house for a family for $6500.  And that is my goal… to raise sufficient money to build one house.   Please join me with whatever small donation you can to help us reach this goal.   To learn more, and to donate, go here:

http://tmj-software.com/helpthepoorestofthepoor/



FREE Song Surgeon Mobile App

This is just one last reminder that we have a free mobile app called Song Surgeon Trainer.  This app has basic key, tempo, and looping features.  It does not have the more advanced features of found in the desktop version of Song Surgeon.

Use the link below to grab either the iOS or Android version of the Song Surgeon Trainer app.

http://songsurgeon.com/page/mobileapp.html




Until next week,

 

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 
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As for Song Surgeon, I love it.  It is very good for helping me figure out guitar lead solos.  Based on what I see of the next version, I would consider buying it if the upgrade price is affordable.  For now though, I want to thank you for Song Surgeon.  I have Version 4 for Windows and it is a great product.  I do my leg work on my laptop in the family room and thanks to your multiple & quite flexible licensing arrangement , I can use my resulting files to help me work on the song upstairs on my hobby room computer.  (I used to call it my Studio but I found out that to serious musicians, the word “studio” means something a lot more sophisticated than my hobby room).

I’ve probably thanked you for this great product in the past but I will take the time to thank you again.

I’ve worked in the computer business for 33 years and I’m so tired of the lack of innovative software.  With the exception of games (that I’ve lost interest in), most new software consists of upgrades to existing products.  Many of the upgrades are forced upon us because Microsoft licensing forces hardware manufacturers to use their latest OS, so everyone else has to make sure their product runs on it.  This results in those companies dropping support for the older operating systems which results in a lot of people spending money and getting no real benefit from it.  (Apple is also guilty with their IOS upgrades and app compatibility).

I plan to stay with XP and Windows 7 for a long while, so I hope you do not drop support for XP.  Take care.

 Chuck Grasser

Thursday, February 25, 2106

Weekly Video Tip – Managing Your 3 Licenses

This week’s tip addresses one of the most common questions we get from customers.  It is: I tried to register a new machine and your system won’t let me. It says I have registered 3 of 3 machines.  Or another slight variation, I am getting rid of an old machine and want to install on a new machine, how do a deactivate the old machine.  The video below discusses this issue and shows you how to manage the registered machine in your account.

https://youtu.be/I8RI_QaxaMU

By the way, if you missed the last newsletter you may want to view the video tip in that edition.  It showed how to reduce the vocals and isolate an instrument.  What’s more, I received more feedback from this video than I have from any other!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybPyoaHm6oo



FREE Song Surgeon Mobile App – iOS Version Now Available!

As most of you know, our Song Surgeon mobile app (Android) version has been available for a couple of months. And, finally after several months the iOS version is now also available.
 
Our Song Surgeon App has basic key, tempo, and looping features.  It does not have the more advanced features of found in the desktop version of Song Surgeon.

Use the link below to grab either the iOS or Android version of the Song Surgeon Trainer app.

http://songsurgeon.com/page/mobileapp.html

Since the Apple version of Song Surgeon Trainer mobile app is new, we’d appreciate your assistance in one of two ways. 

1. If the app works fine, please go to our Apple Store listing and leave us a comment and rate the app. 

2. Alternatively, if you find any bugs, please send us an email and let us know what your device is, what iOS version you are running and what the problem is. 

We fully expect to find some bugs with this first general release to the public – and we’d appreciate hearing from you if you encounter a problem.   Please contact me at info@songsurgeon.com





Software For Musicians Face Book Group

You are invited to join a Face Book group we recently created called Software For Musicians.  It has two primary goals. One is to give musicians a forum to share their thoughts and ideas about the software they use. The second is to feature a piece of software on the page each month and giveaway a free copy of this software.   All are welcome to join.  Here is that link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/436486146536324/

Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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My name is jon cumming, a singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Boston ma. I have been touring and playing professionally for 15 years or so.  I have been using and  trying, a million different apps and programs to practice with. I have apps on my ipad, android tablet, my pc, my phone…they all have cool things about them, not so cool things about them. But none of them do it all. None of them are my one stop shopping for a rehearsal session. I have been getting very frustrated, and was just about to code one myself ( I am also a software engineer for 15 years), until i stumbled upon Song Surgeon . I literally entered into a google search “The best practice app for a musician” and boom there you were.

I am never inclined to contact a developer unless i am complaining about something. But alas i am only contacting you to say bravo! Job well done. You (the developers), must be musicians, because there is no way an average cat could create an app that for a seasoned musician is just simply perfect! This thing does everything i want it to. Just spent one night with it. And I’m like..yup..does that. Yup just what i need here! Just tried the YouTube sniffer and I’m like…ok so wait, i can now just very simply grab the audio for all these tunes i see on YouTube i wanna learn, save em as wavs and then open it up and start looping parts? Really? I don’t have to download a separate ripping app, that is usually a piece of garbage unless you spend big money, open that app, rip the tune, store the file, open my looping app, find the file, load it….blah blah blah. No, all within the app. CD ripping, same thing. I have only spent one night with this thing an i am so excited and thankful for this product. Absolutely you all deserve a pat on the back! Well done and thanks!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2106

Weekly Video Tip – Vocal Reduction

If you’ve ever wondered how to take a song, remove the vocals and then enhance your instrument of interest, so you can more easily hear, following along and learn, this weeks video tip is for you. In this video we will show you how to get the most out of the Vocal Reduction feature found in Song Surgeon. On most songs, simply applying Vocal Reduction isn’t sufficient to get good results.  There are a couple of additional tricks that you need to use – and this video demonstrates these.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybPyoaHm6oo



FREE Song Surgeon Mobile App – iOS Version Now Available!

As most of you know, our Song Surgeon mobile app (Android) version has been available for a couple of months. And, finally after several months the iOS version is now also available.
 
Our Song Surgeon App has basic key, tempo, and looping features.  It does not have the more advanced features of found in the desktop version of Song Surgeon.

Use the link below to grab either the iOS or Android version of the Song Surgeon Trainer app.

http://songsurgeon.com/page/mobileapp.html

Since the Apple version of Song Surgeon Trainer mobile app is new, we’d appreciate your assistance in one of two ways. 

1. If the app works fine, please go to our Apple Store listing and leave us a comment and rate the app. 

2. Alternatively, if you find any bugs, please send us an email and let us know what your device is, what iOS version you are running and what the problem is. 

We fully expect to find some bugs with this first general release to the public – and we’d appreciate hearing from you if you encounter a problem.   Please contact me at info@songsurgeon.com




Song Surgeon Version 5 Update


We continue to make progress with Version 5.   Chord detection is finished. Currently we are completing the implementation of the new User Interface – which will be a substantial change – and a significant improvement over Version 4.  In addition we have also begun work on automatic beat detection.  In the next newsletter I will shoot another video of the new UI and share that with you.

We continue to have inquiries about timing. We still have a lot of work to do, but our goal is to have something ready before the end of the year.  As we always to we get questions about our upgrade policy.  You can read how we handle upgrades, and who is eligible for a free copy and who is not, by going here.

Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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Well done, it is very pleasing to know that there are still individuals out there who understand the full dimension of ‘Customer Service’.

Our modern world seems to focus on ‘efficiency’ and call volumes not the quality and the underlying impact products make and how they relate to an end users world.  Unfortunately a lot of customer services centres are staffed with what I call ‘drones’ hence my much used term these days ‘DWD’ [ dealing with drones ].

Nothing beats being able to talk directly to a resource that can relate to what you are actually trying to achieve with a product or application.  Customer feedback stories like this just add to supporting the conclusion ‘I made the right choice product/company to provide my tool’.

Keep up the great work and looking forward to growth and additional value from your organisation.  Thank you and regards,

Ken Murdoch
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Song Surgeon Video Tip – Recording

In this weeks video tip we show you how you can grab ANY audio or song from the internet. Yes, that’s right– I said ANY.  To do this you must have the Pro Version — and although the sniffer module can grab all of Youtube and the Main Sniffer can grab other sites, this does not use the sniffer module.  In fact, it is a fall-back for the sniffer module.  When it is unable to grab audio that you want this a 100% sure thing.  Take a watch.



Song Surgeon Mobile App – Download it Today!   It’s Free!

As most of you know, our Song Surgeon mobile app (Android) version has been available for a couple of months. As soon as the version was completed we immediately began working on the iOS version.  This version, which will run on Apple’s mobile devices, is scheduled to be completed this month. 

If you missed the announcements for the Android version of the app, you can grab it here.  It’s free. Here is the link:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.laxyo.SongSurgeon

Our Song Surgeon App has basic key, tempo, and looping features.  It does not have the more advanced features of found in the desktop version of Song Surgeon.

Stay tuned to this newsletter to for additional updates as they become available.    If you are interested in learning more about the app you can go here and read the USER Guide. 






Song Surgeon Version 5 Development Update

We continue to make progress on the development of Version 5.  As our first task we tackled the single biggest new feature: chord detection.  I have seen a couple of interim builds with this technology and we have it up and running in Song Surgeon. I can’t show it to you yet, but by the end of August we should complete the Chord Detection implementation and then I will be able to demonstrate it to you in a video.  

The next feature on the list to be implemented will be automatic beat detection.

Below is a mock up of what the Version 5 GUI will look like.

In case you missed it before here are a few of the major changes we’ll be making to Version 5.

  • Addition of chord detection
  • Addition of BPM detection
  • Addition of a metronome
  • Addition of Playlist feature
  • Addition of midi file support
  • More detailed wav form graphing
  • Addition of audio file search capability

My initial estimate for the development of this new version is 6 – 12 months.  After we get a couple of months under our belt we should be able to refine this estimate. As always stay tuned for updates as work progress.

Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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When I first purchased song surgeon I didn’t really expect that much but it turns out to be a much more valuable tool than  I imagined !  it’s very useful for grabbing YouTube videos and playing them back at different speeds different keys , isolating or emphasizing certain instruments, and it helps me in my performances at church and at my home studio. I play guitar and bass. A feature I would like to see is ‘sectional song looping’ for example skip intro – play verse 1 – play chorus – skip verse 2 – play chorus 2 – skip verse 3 – play bridge & ending  — loop song . This would correspond to MY version of the song and allow me to practice just like I will do it for the group performance. Best

T. Dolan
Las Vegas Nevada

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Weekly Highlights
Last month I stated that this was going to be a busy year for Song Surgeon.  We are in the process of building and developing new products and services that should make Song Surgeon your one-stop shop for audio key and tempo change needs.  To be specific, when we are done, we will have the following products and services to offer:

  • Our desktop products Song Surgeon Standard and Pro (both Mac and Windows)
  • A new version called Song Surgeon Trainer, that will be an entry level product (both Mac and Windows)
  • A mobile app version of Song Surgeon for Apple (iOS) and Google (android) devices.
  • A FREE (DIY) Online Key and Tempo changes service
  • A $7 custom Key and Tempo change service (we do the work for you)
  • PLUS we will soon be kicking off the development of Song Surgeon Version 5.


It should be an exciting year. Stay tuned.

SONG SURGEON VERSION 5 UPDATE

I am pleased to announce that we have now completed the licensing of two separate pieces of technology that will be used in Version 5.  One is a chord detection technology that will allow SS to detect the chords used in a song.  The second is a bpm technology that detects the bmp or tempo of a song. 

Although we have not yet begun work on this new version, I hope to initiate work sometime during the second quarter of this year. Stay tuned for more details.





SONG SURGEON MOBILE APP

Development on the mobile app continues.  I expect to have the first test build of the Android version later this month. Once I have that build in hand, I will be in a better position to provide an estimated timetable for its completion and availability.

This app will have basic key and tempo change functions. It will not have all of the bells and whistles found on the desktop version.  Though not definitive, we are leaning toward providing this app for No cost.  We’ll certainly keep you posted of our progress.


SONG SURGEON TRAINER

Our work on Song Surgeon Trainer is nearing completion.  I am hoping to launch it my the end of March. We may not quite make that time frame but that is our goal.

Song Surgeon Trainer be our entry level desktop product.  It will have the ability to change key and tempo and will allow the creation of a looping area. However, it will not be able to save changes. And it doesn’t have any of the other functions found in Standard or Pro. 

Song Surgeon Trainer will be similar to Tascam’s Voice, Guitar and Bass trainer products, but it will be much less expensive and will be able to open most audio file formats, unlike the Tascam units which restrict access to only a few file types. Above is a preliminary snapshot of what the software will look like.

We anticipate this entry level product being used primarily for practice purposes, due to the fact that changes cannot be saved and that it doesn’t use the HQ algorithms found in the Standard and Pro models.  If you don’t currently own a version of Song Surgeon and are looking for something inexpensive this should be of interest. It will be available for both Mac and Windows machines.


Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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I teach chorus, guitar, and gen. music in an elementary school. I use a prerecorded accompaniment with the choral music. If the tempo is too fast or too slow, I am able to change it using songsurgeon. The pitch variation aspect of your product gives me flexibility in choosing choral music.

This week my 3rd grade recorder students played a melody to a prerecorded accompaniment; however, the recording was too fast.  I slowed it down enabling them to be successful playing the melody with the accompaniment. I have not yet used it with my guitar classes, but plan to when the students are introduced to tabs and begin playing guitar solos. I think your product it very useful to music instructors.  I’m a novice at sound production, and when I need help you are very quick to respond. I appreciate your speedy service, since I usually need the information for a lesson I am going to teach that week. I love your product and use it weekly — M. Badovinac


Thursday, February 26, 2015
Weekly Highlights
Last month I stated that this was going to be a busy year for Song Surgeon.  We are in the process of building and developing new products and services that should make Song Surgeon your one-stop shop for audio key and tempo change needs.  To be specific, when we are done, we will have the following products and services to offer:

  • Our desktop products Song Surgeon Standard and Pro (both Mac and Windows)
  • A new version called Song Surgeon Trainer, that will be an entry level product (both Mac and Windows)
  • A mobile app version of Song Surgeon for Apple (iOS) and Google (android) devices.
  • A FREE (DIY) Online Key and Tempo changes service
  • A $7 custom Key and Tempo change service (we do the work for you)
  • PLUS we will soon be kicking off the development of Song Surgeon Version 5.


It should be an exciting year. Stay tuned.

SONG SURGEON VERSION 5 UPDATE

Here is a brief update on the status of version 5:

  • We have identified, tested and successfully licensed a technology that will allow us to incorporate BPM detection into the new build. 
  • We have identified, tested, and are in the final stages of negotiating a license that will allow us to use a Chord detection system in Version 5.


This is great news because these are two of the major components we were planning to add to Version 5 – pending finding appropriate technology and licensing it. Now that we have them nailed down these two features should be a certainty for Version 5. Although work has not yet begun we hope to kickoff the development of Version 5, in the 2nd quarter of this year.





SONG SURGEON MOBILE APP

Development is underway for our Mobile App. This will be a two step process. First we’ll complete work on the Android build.  Once this is done, we’ll begin working on the iOS (Apple) version.

This app will basic key and tempo change functions. It will not have all of the bells and whistles found on the desktop version.  Though not definitive, we are leaning toward providing this app for No cost.  We’ll certainly keep you posted of our progress.


DOWNLOAD SURGEON – NOW AVAILABLE!

I have mentioned Download Surgeon over the past several months in this newsletter.  It is NOW available.  DS is an tri-module A/V Downloader.

This product is similar to the download module found in Song Surgeon Pro, though with some changes and improvements.  If you own Pro, you will need determine whether the modest enhancements found in this product are worth the
extra dollars. That is a decision for you to make, not us.

However, if you have a Standard version of Song Surgeon or have been a demo user – and you are looking for a way to download audio and/or video from YouTube, SoundCloud, Reverbnation, and thousands of other sites, then I encourage you to give this a look.  

During this launch period, we are offering a 50% discount off the normal price of $39.95. That means you can grab Download Surgeon right now for $19.95.  Here is the link to the ordering page:

http://downloadsurgeon.com/shopping/

Please note  that your purchase entitles you to install on only one machine, not three as we do with Song Surgeon. Download Surgeon runs on both Windows and Mac (OSx) machines.

Like all of our products, Download Surgeon comes with one full year of support – and is also backed by our no-hassles guarantee policy.   If for any reason during the first 90 days, you are not satisfied, contact us and we’ll refund 100% of your purchase, no questions asked. 


SONG SURGEON TRAINER

This desktop app is under development right now. Song Surgeon Trainer be our entry level desktop product.  It will have the ability to change key and tempo and will allow the creation of a looping area. However, it will not be able to save changes. And it doesn’t have any of the other functions found in Standard or Pro.  

Song Surgeon Trainer will be similar to Tascam’s Voice, Guitar and Bass trainer products, but it will be much less expensive and will be able open most audio file formats, unlike the Tascam units which restrict access to only a few file types.

To the right is a preliminary snapshot of what the app will look like.

We anticipate this entry level product being used primarily for practice purposes, due to the fact that changes cannot be saved and that it doesn’t use the HQ algorithms found in the Standard and Pro models.  If you don’t currently own a version of Song Surgeon and are looking for something inexpensive this should be of interest. It will be available for both Mac and Windows machines.



Karaoke Users

I know we have many Karaoke users among Song Surgeon.  If you are one, I’d like to ask a favor. We are exploring the possibility of creating a product solely for Karaoke singers.  Please take a minute and respond to our survey on this potential product to help us better understand your needs and what features you would want in such a product.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f93b05f5-03a6-448b-806e-050d5603b79e

Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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I purchased Song Surgeon 3 months ago and use it primarily for keyboard learning. It sits on a dedicated laptop I bought off Ebay for about £25 and is invaluable for learning short complex passages of music.

In comparison with other solutions I have previously used for slowing down music, eg Audacity, Amazing Slow downer and the Tascam LR 10, Song Surgeon is the outright winner in terms of sound quality and ease of use and has completely replaced other solutions.  D. Beazley, UK


Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Weekly Highlights
We have a lot going on.  Some of it I mention in this newsletter. Other items I can’t divulge just yet.  But it’s going to be a big and exciting year for Song Surgeon.  Please take a quick read through the newsletter and you’ll see a couple of new things that are underway.

SONG SURGEON WEEKLY VIDEO TIP – Project Files, Exporting and more

This week I’d like to discuss .ssp or Song Surgoen project files. Many people use this routinely and never think twice about them – that is until that move these files from an old machine to a new machine and try to use them.  As part of this discussion we also cover Song Surgeon portable project files – something new in Version 4 that you may not realize you have.



http://youtu.be/dyc-NP3Cyh4



SONG SURGEON MOBILE APP

I know, I know… it may be hard for you to believe…. but after many years of discussing this we are finally go to build apps for Song Surgeon-  both iOS (apple) and android.  The Song Surgeon App will contain very basic functionality when contrasted with the desktop version. Essentially it will allow you to open a file, change key, change tempo and set up a single loop.  That’s it.  Price-wise we haven’t made any final decision but it is likely to be free or at most $.99. 

We’ll keep you posted as things progress.  It’s too early to tell you WHEN to expect it, but in a couple of weeks I should know more.  Stay tuned!


DOWNLOAD SURGEON – Coming soon!

Beta testing for this product will be completed within a week.  That means by the end of the month we should be launching this new product.

Download Surgeon is a spin-off of the sniffer technology found in Song Surgeon with some changes and improvements.  This new product utilizes 3 separate download options.  Two of these are the same as the two found in Song Surgeon Pro.  The third is a new module that initially will download from 9 or 10 specific sites such as Sound Cloud, Reverbnation and Facebook to name a few. New sites will be added to this third download module periodically.

If you are interested in this new product, which should be available in the first quarter of next year, please click the link below and sign up for the launch list.

www.downloadsurgeon.com

If you already own Song Surgeon Pro, Download Surgeon will largely be redundant.  However if you own Standard or haven’t yet purchases Song Surgeon, but are  looking for a way to download audio/video this should definitely be of interest.


SONG SURGEON CUSTOM KEY AND TEMPO CHANGE SERVICE

Custom Key and Tempo Change Service (only $7) is now here!  Over the years I have had people contact me and ask about the possibility of sending us files, and having our audio experts perform the key and tempo change on their files.  Finally after many years I have decided to implement such a service and it is now available.  Here is a link to that page.

http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/Entry2.php


SlideTrax Product Input

SlideTrax is new product that we launched last year.  Its target is musicians who want to easily upload their music to YouTube.  As you may now, YT doesn’t allow audio on the site, so music or audio must be converted to video before it can be uploaded. We are looking for input from musicians to refine and improve this product. We’d appreciate 1-2 minutes of your time to complete a brief survey.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=aa5adcd2-2329-498e-8f8a-7c6203b8fd46



Karaoke Users

I know we have many Karaoke users among Song Surgeon.  If you are one, I’d like to ask a favor. We are exploring the possibility of creating a product solely for Karaoke singers.  Please take a minute and respond to our survey on this potential product to help us better understand your needs and what features you would want in such a product.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f93b05f5-03a6-448b-806e-050d5603b79e

Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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I’m a chromatic harmonica player and Song Surgeon is brilliant. I particularly like the feature that allows you to slow down a piece of music that is difficult to learn. Also the “Loop” feature allows me to hear the same “hard to learn” sections over and over until I have mastered it.  Song Surgeon is absolutely amazing!

P. Lord


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Weekly Highlights
A belated Happy New Year to everyone.  I am really excited about this new year. We have a lot going on with Song Surgeon as well as many of our other products. Thank you for your patronage in the past and I look forward to again serving you in 2015.

SONG SURGEON WEEKLY VIDEO TIP – Saving SS Changes

In reviewing the Help Desk over the past week, I see a number of tickets related to saving changes. In SS there are two ways to do this. One is to save as a Project File (.ssp). The second is to export and create a new audio file.  This training video discusses and shows you how to do this.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbPZqmj3bqk



SONG SURGEON VERSION 5 – Frequency Analysis and Beat Detection

We are still working on getting all of the pieces in place for version 5.  There are two outstanding things we are tracking down. One is chord or note detection.  The second is automatic beat detection.  Once we have finished our evaluation of these technologies we’ll be able begin the actual development and work on the new version.

We expect to begin the development of this new version in the first quarter of this year, with a goal of completing it before the end of 2015. 


DOWNLOAD SURGEON – Coming soon!

Download Surgeon is a spin-off of the sniffer technology found in Song Surgeon with some changes and improvements.  This new product utilizes 3 separate download options.  Two of these are the same as the two found in Song Surgeon Pro.  The third is a new module that initially will download from 9 or 10 specific sites such as Sound Cloud, Reverbnation and Facebook to name a few. New sites will be added to this third download module periodically.

If you are interested in this new product, which should be available in the first quarter of next year, please click the link below and sign up for the launch list.

www.downloadsurgeon.com

Our objective for this product was the end of January.   This might slip into February… we’ll keep you posted.


SONG SURGEON CUSTOM KEY AND TEMPO CHANGE SERVICE

Custom Key and Tempo Change Service (only $7) is now here!  Over the years I have had people contact me and ask about the possibility of sending us files, and having our audio experts perform the key and tempo change on their files.  Finally after many years I have decided to implement such a service and it is now available.  Here is a link to that page.

http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/Entry2.php


SlideTrax Product Input

SlideTrax is new product that we launched last year.  Its target is musicians who want to easily upload their music to YouTube.  As you may now, YT doesn’t allow audio on the site, so music or audio must be converted to video before it can be uploaded. We are looking for input from musicians to refine and improve this product. We’d appreciate 1-2 minutes of your time to complete a brief survey.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=aa5adcd2-2329-498e-8f8a-7c6203b8fd46



Karaoke Users

I know we have many Karaoke users among Song Surgeon.  If you are one, I’d like to ask a favor. We are exploring the possibility of creating a product solely for Karaoke singers.  Please take a minute and respond to our survey on this potential product to help us better understand your needs and what features you would want in such a product.

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=f93b05f5-03a6-448b-806e-050d5603b79e

Until next week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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Thank you for the demo of differences of Pro vs Regular Song Surgeon.  I appreciate it, AND I have another request that I hope you will entertain and develop, that is produce a similar kind of demo for those of us who’s instrument is VOICE.  i.e. How I can optimize my use of the differences between Pro & Regular SS in learning new songs or adapting them to my singing style, shorten, add loops, etc.

Also, thank you again for helping me figure out and fix the problem I had with my computer not functioning properly.  You may recall that I had a friend come over fix my i MAC computer (taking off malware, etc.), which turned out to be my problem, not the SS app.

Again, thank you.  Your thoughtfulness in helping your customers make the best use of your program is impressive.

Sincerely, W. Fry

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Weekly Highlights
Wow, we are loaded for bear in this newsletter.  In addition to the normal stuff, we have more information on Download Surgeon – new product that will be introduced early next year.  We are also introducing a $7 custom key and tempo service, and there is a brief update on Version 5.  Lastly we are continuing some of great Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials.  Read on for all the details.

SONG SURGEON WEEKLY VIDEO TIP – Re-downloading SS

As many of you know we implemented a new Help Desk a couple of months back. One of the nice things it allows me to do, is to easily see what issue(s) are the most common ones.  To my surprise that issue turns out to be something very basic: How to download and reinstall Song Surgeon.  The video below walks you through the steps of not only how to download but also how to deactivate an old machine to free up one of your 3 slots if that is necessary.



http://youtu.be/aanYR60FdI0



SONG SURGEON VERSION 5 – Chord Finder or Frequency Analysis

We have completed an evaluation of the frequency analysis technologies available.  This is the technology that can determine a note or a chord with some degree of accuracy. Among the candidates we have identified one that has stood out; it has much greater accuracy than the others.  We are currently in discussions with this university to license the technology so we can include it in Song Surgeon Version 5.

We expect to begin the development of this new version in the first quarter of next year, with a goal of completing it before the end of 2015. 


DOWNLOAD SURGEON – Coming in January

By the time you are reading this I hope to have a beta version of this product on my desk.  Download Surgeon is a spin off of the sniffer technology found in Song Surgeon with some changes and improvements.  This new product utilizes 3 separate download options.  Two of these are the same as the two found in Song Surgeon Pro.  The third is a new module that initially will download from 9 or 10 specific sites – such as Soundcloud, Reverbnation and 8tracks(internet radio station), and Face Book to name a few. New sites will be added to this 3rd download module periodically.

If you are interested in this new product, which should be available in the first quarter of next year, please click the link below and signup for the launch list.

www.downloadsurgeon.com


SONG SURGEON CUSTOM KEY AND TEMPO CHANGE SERVICE

Custom Key and Tempo Change Service (only $7 bucks) is now here!  Over the years I have had people contact me and ask about the possibility of sending us files, and having our audio experts perform the key and tempo change on their files.  Finally after many years I have decided to implement such a service and it is now available.  Here is a link to that page.

http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/Entry2.php


ONGOING CHRISTMAS PROMOTIONS AND DISCOUNTS

We have several ongoing Christmas promotions that will be ending in about 1 week. Here is a brief description. Grab them while you can.

Video Surgeon – This product is the video version of Song Surgeon. It opens video files, and changes key and tempo, allows you to zoom in, set up loop points, etc. and also download videos from YouTube.   We are offering up to $50 off, plus a $1 CD if you want a physical product to put under the tree.
http://shopping.videosurgeon.net/v2/discount/black_friday/

SlideTrax – This is one of our newer products that enables a user to make a quick and simple video from any audio file. The resulting videos are compatible with and can be uploaded to YouTube and Face Book.  It’s a very handy tool for musicians who have an audio file of music they’d like to share.  We are offering a 50% discount.
http://slidetrax.net/shopping/order/index.php?code=Xmas

Audio Switch – AS is a very handy tool to have around for musicians.  It allows for the mass conversion of audio files from one format to another.  It even allows you to select video files for conversion and strips the audio from the video file. Whether you have 100 or 10,000 files, you can load them up, start the program and walk away.  It’ll do all the work for you.Grab it today at a 50% discount.
http://shopping.audio-switch.net/discount/index.html?code=half_off

Until Next Week,

James Todd
Song Surgeon

p.s.  As we normally do in this post script section, here is the text from an email we recently received from one of our customers. 

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Thank you very much for the above attached file and all your previous e-mails with attached revised files.  The Jingle Bell Rock reduction has worked well, as you say. The original was not a very clear version anyway, so the result is excellent in those circumstances. I have had a brief listen to all the other revised files and they sound fine, thank you. If I may, I will have a thorough listen tomorrow to check them, as you recommended. 

Thank you so much for giving such priority to my work. It is very much appreciated. The glowing testimonials about your company’s superb service and products are indeed well deserved.

Jon O.
Exeter, England