teach with imitone

working in music education, tutoring or outreach?

imitone team is seeking feedback about your needs and use-cases.
Contact us at teach@imitone.com with your thoughts.

Most Innovative Teaching Tool of 2020: look for us in the March issue of School Band & Orchestra magazine (coming soon).

what is imitone?

we are building a live voice-to-midi interface.

use imitone to... (click to learn more!)
...transform your voice into any instrument.

imitone can connect to any MIDI-enabled music software, allowing you to play notes by singing. This is live and instant, as seen in the video above.

It works with most real-world musical instruments, especially winds, reeds, brass and bowed strings. Use your violin to play a virtual trombone, or vice versa.

Instruments can imitate your power and vibrato. Use our expressive controls to make a single note glide, swell, tremble and fade away.

We are researching new forms of expressive control, enabling you to shape the sound more deeply with enunciation and breath.

...explore new keys & scales through play.

Try out unfamiliar keys & scales by improsiving with pitch correction. imitone follows your voice while playing only the notes in the scale. These notes act as real-time cues, guiding you to sing in-key.

The human voice can work in any scale or tuning, and so can our technology. Today, imitone comes with a small collection of Western scales, and allows you to enter a custom piano scale.

We are planning an update revolving around keys, scales & solfege, including Western classical, Indian, Arabic & East Asian traditions.

We are also planning to support just and microtonal tuning systems. We are seeking domain experts to advise us on these.

...train pitch & vibrato with live feedback.

imitone's tuner shows the exact pitch of your voice, compared to the nearest note in the scale. This is precise to a small fraction of a semitone. Use it to learn the feeling of microtonal pitch changes, like quarter-tones.

As you sing, imitone can play the nearest note in a chosen key & scale. Make sure you can hear both your own voice and an imitone-controlled instrument, and the dissonance between them can guide you into unison with the scale.

Anecdotally, we have observed that after a few days improvising in a fixed scale, amateur singers were able to reliably sing in tune with a noted reduction in scooping. We are interested in working with researchers to study this phenomenon and its implications on voice training.

...supplement your ear training practice.

imitone's tuner displays the exact pitch of your voice or instrument, precise to a small fraction of a semitone. Its volume bar displays a running measurement of voice loudness. Use it to learn the feeling of quarter tones, vibratos and tremolos.

Our technology also works with most musical instruments. For example, it can paint a precise picture of vibrato and glissando when playing violin.

We are planning to introduce new timbral measurements in imitone studio, such as brightness, formants and breath. These will allow you to visualize additional dynamics of a singing voice.

...compose sheet music with just a mic.

imitone works with composing software like including MuseScore, Finale, Sibelius, and Dorico. By creating a MIDI connection and recording imitone's notes, you can use your voice or favorite instrument to create a musical score.

So far, our work has focused on live and improvisatory uses. Instant response helps to guide the singer's pitch, but scooping and pitch fluctuations can produce additional notes.
To address this, we are planning a new pitch correction engine based on music theory, along with a new workflow for composing & cleanup.

Our PC/Mac app and plugins work with most other music software.
Chromebook, Linux, iOS & Android ports are in development.
imitone is an early access product.

the first instrument

Voice is a form of tone & rhythm we practice from birth, but singing for others is a vulnerable experience. It invites comparison with world-class vocalists from radio and television.

This high standard makes our first instrument into one of the hardest.

imitone augments voice in three ways:

Today, because of its quick tracking, imitone lends itself well to improvisation. Live, assistive play can help a novice vocalist to achieve a jam-state: a flow that normally requires a long process of instrumental practice and mastery.

imitone is our seven-year effort to create training wheels for musical creativity. We need your help as we research its role in a learning process.

the technology

imitone is still a work in progress.

Our patented self-attuning resonator measures voice pitch with unsurpassed speed and accuracy, transcribing it into MIDI notes which can control virtually any other music software.

Hover or tap to explore imitone:

Earlier voice-to-MIDI tools have been designed for experts who are equipped to work within the limitations of the technology.
We are working toward a tool that works like magic in the hands of a beginner, but imitone is already quite powerful for experienced vocalists. Similarly, audio and MIDI experts can explore imitone's full possibilities as a pitch tracker.

Our software needs further improvement as a composing aid. A musical score requires more extensive timing and pitch correction measures, which we plan to introduce using a new algorithm based on music theory. This will be the focus of our fifth and final phase of research.

we want to hear from you!

>> teach@imitone.com

Contact us to share your thoughts, or enquire about our pilot testing program.

If you are a member of imitone's early access program, our app's built-in feedback form allows you to message us with settings and technical data.

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