0

... a simple virtual instrument or utility that can hold a chord or note, on MacOS / OSX ?

Preferably, free software.

A lightweight, self-contained solution would be best; a simple VST/AU plugin will work too.

Thanks.

  • You can create this type of tool in jmax, a free visual programming system for music. – Richard Barber Nov 15 '18 at 7:54
1

I'm guessing that there's probably a "web audio" project (meaning it's just a web page built with JavaScript) that can do it. For instance here's an arpeggiator:

https://codepen.io/jakealbaugh/full/qNrZyw/

There are lot of other web audio projects like that and I'm sure there's probably one to do whatever you need. But I see so many of them and don't bookmark them so I can't recommend anything more specific than googling webaudio + {tool} or taking a look a Audiocrawl.co or browsing through similar lists: (1) (2) (3) (4).

Other than that there are free programs similar to Band-in-a-box like Impro-Visor and MMA. I can't speak to how good they are because I use BIAB. On mobile, Chordbot is a decent BIAB-type app.

With scoring software like Musescore (free) you could loop the playback of a measure or however long a phrase you need.

Personally, I tend to use either a hardware looper (and can just loop guitar or bass), my DAW that is usually already open, or BIAB. But I understand the need for a lightweight solution and I'd say a web page—if you can find one that meets your needs—is about as lightweight as you're going to get.

  • Thank you - Interesting tips, but no solution so far. I don't care for web pages; otherwise, this would nearly suffice: dronetonetool.com – Dmitri Aug 20 '17 at 5:56
  • The rest of the stuff is not at all lightweight. However, if there is no simple standalone utility, then a description of a simple way to do this using a DAW (with a simple and ideally free plugin) would be the next best thing. – Dmitri Aug 20 '17 at 6:11
  • A description of what you want to use it for might help others suggest tools. Is this just for practice or for live performance (where the network requirement and unreliability of a web page is dealbreaker)? And what are you practicing? Do you need just a single note/chord or are you playing over chord changes etc? For instance, I use such tools mostly for playing over entire progressions of chord changes mostly in a jazz-like context. What's your use case? – user37496 Aug 20 '17 at 17:28
  • The description of how to do it with a DAW depends heavily on your DAW. But generally it's a simple as setting some loop markers, hitting record, and playing a note/chord (or drawing one in). But your DAW is probably comparable if not more resource-intensive than say Musescore or a BIAB clone. In my case, it's just that I keep it open anyway because I use it so much. This is also what makes a web page quick and lightweight. You probably already have a browser open so loading a new page only takes seconds and very little additional memory. – user37496 Aug 20 '17 at 17:44
0

My CoreMIDI Library for LiveCode (HyperCard clone descendant, AppleScript-like) can do this, or whatever you want really with a little effort.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.