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Monday, April 3rd, 2017


Song Surgeon Version 5 –  Launch Details

This is countdown week.  We are working on many small remaining items, from revising web pages, to shooting training videos, to making final changes in the product itself.  Next week, the week of April 10th, we’ll be launching the Windows version of Song Surgeon Version 5.  The Mac version should be available about a month thereafter.

Version 5 has some very valuable new features. These include chord detection, key determination, and tempo detection.  The accuracy of these is comparable to best of those on the market today.   Moreover, I am not aware of any other slow downer that has all three of these features in one product.

Version 5 has been totally redesigned and includes the ability to customize many of the features and settings.  There is a long list of additional new and enhanced features, including the ability to create a 4 beat click track, overdubbing, a detailed editing module, L/R channel volume control, a larger number of algorithm settings including some non-real time ones that will provide even HIGHER quality audio that you currently get – and of course that is just the beginning.

I also want to remind you about something I announced last summer, which is the removal of the downloading modules from Song Surgeon. I explained in detail, at that time, why we were doing this.  If you’d like to review this again you can find it here:  http://blog.songsurgeon.com/?p=345

If you haven’t yet entered our drawing to win a free copy of Version 5, there is one more week remaining.  In the next section of the newsletter you will find the announcement and link for this contest.  Compared the lottery these are great odds, and there is no cost to sign up.

Below is one last Sneak Peek look at Version 5.   This happens to be a training Video on the use of the Metronome. https://vimeo.com/channels/1211992/page:3

 

 


Drawing to Win a Free Copy of Version 5

Would you like to win a free copy of Song Surgeon Version 5?  If so, enter our drawing by completing the form on this page.  We’ll be giving away 1 free copy for every 200 registrants.  Compared to playing the lottery, these are terrific odds.  Stay tuned to our newsletter to see if you’ve won.  We’ll announce  the winners on launch day.

http://songsurgeon.com/new_pages/drawing_page.php



Song Surgeon Pricing/Upgrade Policy


For more than two months I have been telling you the pricing is not going to change for Version 5. The retails prices will be $99 and $69 (Pro vs. Std.)  When we launch there will be a small discount PLUS there will be additional discounts for previous customers.  A complete description of those discounts can be found on our upgrade page here:  http://songsurgeon.com/page/upgrade_policy.html


How To Order (Not NOW…. Next Week)

When we begin selling Version 5, if you are a Song Surgeon customer (even if you purchased Upgrade Protection and are entitled to a free copy) you will need to log in by ticking the box in the image below, which will appear on the order page.   When you do, our system will look up your purchase record and apply your discount. Discounts are available for all previous purchasers of Song Surgeon. Discounts are not available if you own one of our other products, but not Song Surgeon. 

If you are considering a purchase of Song Surgeon, please note that the above Upgrade Policy allows you to apply the money you might spend on Version 4 now, to Version 5 on a sliding scale basis. For example, if we release Version 5 in early April you will be able to apply 100% of today’s purchase price against Version 5.  That’s a pretty sweet deal — so if you need key/tempo change now, there is no need to wait for Version 5 in a couple of weeks.


https://v4.songsurgeon.com/



Other Song Surgeon Version 5 Features

Over the past months we have shown you a number of the new features that will be found in Version 5 and there are many, many more. I’d like to refer you to a couple of new pages for more details.  Once of these is an overview of the the more significant changes in Version 5. 

http://songsurgeon.com/version_5_features.php

The second is a fairly detailed tabular comparison between the Standard and Pro models.

http://songsurgeon.com/new_pages/std_vs_pro.php

Next week we will be sending an email to you as we launch the product.  Be on the look out for this.   And, if for some reason you don’t receive it, just go to our website.  You will find a new home page and from there you will be able to navigate the site to learn more about the features, download a demo version, or order the product.


Until Next Week,

   James Todd
   Song Surgeon.com


p.s.   Here is the first feedback we have from some of our beta testers.

I really like the new look of the UI and the new features added. A definite improvement over version 4 (which was pretty good) and certainly a great value for the money. I was happy to participate. — M. Costello


– The ACCURACY of the chords detection is nothing short of “astoundingly GOOD”! —  D. Nuttal


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Song Surgeon Version 5 Update

This Sneak Peek video shows you how you can make tempo changes either in units of percent or in BPM.  Making tempo changes available in BPM’s was one of the most requested changes from our customers. Take a quick look.  I think you’ll like what you see.


Song Surgeon Version 5 Features

We have shown you a number of the new features that will be found in Version 5 and there are many, many more. I’d like to refer you to a couple of new pages for more details.  Once of these is an overview of the the more significant changes in Version 5. 

http://songsurgeon.com/new_pages/index4.php


The second is a fairly detailed tabular comparison between the Standard and Pro models.

http://songsurgeon.com/new_pages/std_vs_pro.php


Song Surgeon Pricing/Upgrade Policy


If you already own a version of Song Surgeon or are anticipating purchasing one soon, please see our Upgrade Policy.   This policy spells out, in detail, how we handle upgrades and any discounts you might expect as an existing Song Surgeon customer.  Please DO NOT contact us and ask us what your price will be if you purchase Version 5. When we begin to sell the Version 5, we will use the Upgrade Policy to determine your price based upon your purchase history.

If you are considering a purchase of Song Surgeon, please note that the above Upgrade policy allows you to apply the money you might spend on Version 4, to a Version 5 basis on a sliding scale. For example if we release Version 5 in early April you will be able to apply 90% of today’s purchase price against Version 5.  That’s a pretty sweet deal — so if you need key/tempo change now, there is no need to wait to purchase Song Surgeon.

We are pleased to announce that pricing for Version 5 will be the same as for Version 4. Song Surgeon Pro will be priced at $99 and Standard at $69. All existing customers will receive discounts, as specified in the above referenced Upgrade policy, at launch to reduce this price even further.



One Stop Shopping For All Your Key and Tempo Needs

Did you know, that in addition to the desktop Version of Song Surgeon, we offer a variety of other products and services.

Mobile App –  Song Surgeon Trainer is a basic version of Song Surgeon that has been released as a mobile app.  It is available FREE on both the Apple and Google Play stores. http://songsurgeon.com/page/mobileapp.html

DIY Key/Tempo Change – Song Surgeon has a free online service that anyone can use to change the key and tempo of a file.  Simply signed up for a free account, and then log in, upload your file, change the key or tempo and then download it again. http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/

Custom Key Tempo Service – Song also offers a custom key and tempo service.  For $7 we will have one of our audio experts adjust the key and or tempo of your file to meet your specific needs.
http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/Entry2.php

Until Next Week,

   James Todd
   Song Surgeon.com


p.s.   Stay tuned to this newsletter for updates on the progress of the development of Version 5.  I can’t wait to put this in your hands – and I am confident you are going to love it.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Song Surgeon Version 5 – Sneak Peak Video


This week’s sneak peak video provides an overview of the metronome feature found in Version 5.  The metronome will, by default, be synced with the tempo of the song.  However, you will be be able to unlock it and use the metronome separately.

https://youtu.be/GpURKoACdU4



Song Surgeon Version 5 – Development Update

For those of you that have been following the progress of Version 5, you know that we are behind schedule.  In mid-December I made the decision to revise the main interface (GUI) so it would work correctly on ultra-high resolution monitors.  I estimated that this would take 2 weeks, it has taken four. Finally, however, I am seeing some light at the end of this tunnel. 

The last time I discussed the release date, I mentioned the end of February.  I think that is now unlikely and it will more likely be in the middle of March.


Song Surgeon Pricing/Upgrade Policy


If you already own a version of Song Surgeon or are anticipating purchasing one soon, please see our Upgrade Policy.   This policy spells out, in detail, how we handle upgrades and any discounts you might expect as an existing Song Surgeon customer.  Please DO NOT contact us and ask us what your price will be if you purchase Version 5. When we begin to sell the Version 5, we will use the Upgrade Policy to determine your price based upon your purchase history. 


We are pleased to announce that pricing for Version 5 will be the same as for Version 4. Song Surgeon Pro will be priced at $99 and Standard at $69. All existing customers will receive discounts, as specified in the above referenced Upgrade policy, at launch to reduce this price even further.


One Stop Shopping For All Your Key and Tempo Needs

Did you know, that in addition to the desktop Version of Song Surgeon, we offer a variety of other products and services. 

Mobile App –  Song Surgeon Trainer is a basic version of Song Surgeon that has been released as a mobile app.  It ia available FREE on both the Apple and Google Play stores. http://songsurgeon.com/page/mobileapp.html

DIY Key/Tempo Change – Song Surgeon has a free online service that anyone can use to change the key and tempo of a file.  Simply signed up for a free account, and then log in, upload your file, change the key or tempo and then download it again. http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/

Custom Key Tempo Service Song also offers a custom key and tempo service.  For $7 we will have one of our audio experts adjust the key and or tempo of your file to meet your specific needs.
http://songsurgeon.com/ssweb/Entry2.php

Until Next Week,

p.s.  Below is a comment we received recently from a user of Song Surgeon Version 4:

I’m very satisfied with the product. I use it almost every day to change key in karaoke songs, and it is the best product on the market to do that without making the sound bad Also the EQ is one of the best software based EQs I ever used. Thumbs up!

Bo Olsen
Denmark

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Song Surgeon Version 5 Sneak Peak

In this week’s Sneak Peak video we show how you can customize the audio quality algorithms you use within Song Surgeon to give you even higher quality audio on key and tempo change. We have also added a new, third, default algorithm setting. Song Surgeon is renown for its audio quality, but with this new customization settings you can make it even better. Here is the link:


https://youtu.be/xPprrm5TcYQ



Other Version 5 Information


February is still looking like the launch window.  We still have a couple of weeks of work, then we go to beta testing.  After beta testing we need another 2 weeks to make any last final changes, corrections and bug fixes, and then …. we will release it to you.


Pricing/Upgrade Policy – If you already own a version of Song Surgeon or anticipating purchasing one soon, please see our Upgrade Policy.   This policy spells out, in detail, how we handle upgrades and any discounts you might expect as an existing Song Surgeon customer.  Please DO NOT contact us and ask us what you price will be if you purchase Version 5.  We do not have the time to respond to such inquiries.  When we begin to sell the product, we will use the Upgrade Policy referenced herein to determine your price based upon your purchase history. 


Pricing for Version 5 has not yet been set, but I don’t anticipate any big change in the pricing currently offered for Version 4. 

Wishing you a healthy, happy and holy Christmas and holiday season.

James Todd
Song Surgeon.com


p.s.   Stay tuned to this newsletter for updates on the progress of the development of Version 5.  I can’t wait to put this in your hands – and I am confident you are going to love it.

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


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