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#1 2015-04-14 15:39:25

From: Seattle, WA
Registered: 2014-05-23

Getting the most out of the imitone beta

This is a guide to working within the limitations of imitone 0.7.0.

imitone can do some impressive things if used properly, but that isn't always easy.  The software isn't finished yet, and it has weaknesses which can frustrate your musical efforts.  Common problems and their causes are documented in this topic.

imitone Settings

Choosing a good volume threshold prevents imitone from picking up unwanted sounds and playing additional notes.  imitone's volume auto-calibration is still a work in progress, so it's usually better to set the threshold yourself.

  • Click the yellow circle (autocalibration light) at the top of the volume bar.  It should turn black.

  • Sing softly into your microphone and note the level of the volume bar.

  • Drag the volume threshold slider (the lower one) to just below the level of your soft singing.

Next, setting a musical scale is extremely helpful.  By limiting the notes imitone can play to just the ones that will be in your song, you can improve the chances of hitting each one correctly.

  • Choose a major scale by right-clicking or CMD-clicking the corresponding key on imitone's keyboard.

    • If you're just improvising, any major scale should do.

  • Left-clicking keys allows you to switch them on and off individually to set a custom scale.

  • imitone 0.8 will introduce a tool that automatically detects which scale you're singing in -- helpful when you don't know music theory!

If imitone is not responding to you, be sure to check your input / output settings.

Instrument choice

imitone is a controller and makes no sound of its own.  For this reason, the instruments you control with imitone are a major factor in how it will feel to use.

imitone 0.7 tends to produce false notes when it isn't tracking perfectly.  These are usually very short.  Attacking instruments like pianos and guitars play each new note with a distinctive BANG, making false notes a big problem.  Sustained instruments instead produce a continuous sound, making short notes nearly unnoticeable.

I'm working to eliminate these false notes, but for now imitone 0.7 works best with sustained instruments like these:

  • Winds like flutes, oboes and saxophones.  (Saxophones are fun.)

  • Brass like trumpets and tubas

  • Bowed Strings like violins and cellos

  • Electric Guitars (but not acoustic ones)

  • Synth Leads (most of them)

The above is only a partial list, and I encourage you to experiment!

Microphone Choice and Placement

imitone 0.7 relies on good bass tracking -- that is, being able to clearly hear the low parts of every note.  It's also important to minimize bass interference, like breath or humming machines in the background.

  • Sing close to the microphone as you can, without breathing into it.

    • Check for breath sounds by clicking the headphones button to monitor input.  (wear headphones while using it!)

  • If you have a high voice or are whistling, get away from deep noises like humming machines, fans, other and people speaking.

  • If you have a deep, raspy or nasal voice, you may need to use a microphone with better bass pickup.

    • Cardioid dynamic microphones provide the best bass tracking when you sing closely into them.


Singing Technique

imitone 0.7 works best with simple, clear sounds, and will always track these better than lyrical singing.

  • For quick singing, bah and dah work well.

    • Higher notes will tend to be more responsive, so consider singing higher and transposing with the - / + buttons as needed.

  • For singing low notes, a boh sound tracks best.

    • ...But be very careful that your microphone is not being blasted with breath sounds!

  • If you are singing slowly, especially with expression control, aah and ohh work well.


#2 2015-07-15 15:11:51

Registered: 2015-07-15

Re: Getting the most out of the imitone beta


I bought 0.7.0 but cannot use this please explain more detailed maybe need additional program.

Appreciate you!


#3 2015-07-15 15:29:33

Registered: 2015-07-15

Re: Getting the most out of the imitone beta

How can we change instruments?


#4 2015-07-21 11:15:09

From: Seattle, WA
Registered: 2014-05-23

Re: Getting the most out of the imitone beta

Donik --

imitone contains no instruments.  Its use is as a "universal remote control" for other music apps.  The final version of imitone will contain a small number of musical instruments, but probably won't have recording features.


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