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Press Release - Chord! for iOS v2.5 - June 11, 2015

For immediate release Independent developer Thomas Grapperon is releasing today a major update (v2.5) to its acclaimed iOS guitar app Chord!.

Chord! for iOS is a polyvalent tool for guitarists which suits the beginner as well as the experienced player. Chord! knows music theory and uses it to do computations instead of relying on (always incomplete) databases of existing results. Like a human musician, its exclusive algorithms know when to perform musical transformations and simplifications in order to deliver the most natural results. This gives the app the unique ability to adapt to its user and his instrument.

For example, for any chord (even with a split bass), the app can show all the fingerings fulfilling some user choices: number of fingers and their maximum reach, with or without barres, with or without jumped strings, etc. For the more advanced player, it also supports any kind of drop voicings (drop 2, 3, 2-4, …), strings sets, inversions, etc. The app can even compute chord arpeggios (*) with the same freedom of choice.

The app can go the other way too and tell which chords are corresponding to a given fingering. The user can then reverse-search its findings and learn more about the chord he has just made up on its instrument. The app will even give him other ways to play it.

What the app does for chords can also be done for scales. It can compute scale fingerings and generate block patterns (*), as well as reverse search scales. The app is shipped with more than 350 scales, but the user can now add his own (*), so there is no limit! All the scales, all the fingerings!

Chords and scales can be harmonized and the app can suggest chords to play over a specific scale, or scales to play over some specific chords.

All of this can be done for any tuning, whereas it’s the standard tuning, one of the hundred ones shipped with the app, or one entirely created by the user, with or without a capo, with any number of strings and for various instrument (guitar, but also bass, ukulele, banjos, mandolins, etc.).

And now for the “pièce de résistance”: the app also handles songs with lyrics and chords. The app isn’t shipped with songs, but it can import songs in text format (as found everywhere on the web) by copy/pasting. It recognizes lyrics and chords and do all the tedious tasks for you. Each song can be “fingerized”, transposed, edited, shared, or exported to a professional grade print-ready PDF. The app also has an intelligent auto-scroll module and you can link audio tracks from your music library and make the song scroll as the track plays.

Chord! as been featured several times on the App Store, as well as in the Apple’s “The Song” campaign in 12/2014.

Chord! for iOS requires iOS7 or newer and is available right now as an universal (iPhone + iPad) app on the App Store.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/chord!/id606691230

Video Trailer: http://youtu.be/KjvmPfOPQGs or https://vimeo.com/130451837

Press Kit: http://getchord.com/assets/presskit.zip

Main features of the app:

  • Unique engine that can generate chord and scale fingerings for any chromatically fretted instrument: guitars, bass, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins,…
  • Chords and scale harmonization.
  • Reverse search from fingerings.
  • Intelligent songbook with full iCloud sync.
  • Print-ready full-vector PDF output of songs and fingerings.
  • Works with any chord, any scale, any tuning.
  • No IAP’s

(*): Some of the new features of the version 2.5:

  • Scale fingerings and chord arpeggios
  • Custom chords, scales, and custom fingerings
  • Sync audio tracks from iTunes with song scrolling.

Chord! for iOS v2.5 Changelog

  • Scale fingerings: like for chords, the app can now compute proper scale fingerings (with block patterns) from given parameters like the maximum number of notes by string, or the maximum offset from string to string for example.
  • Chord arpeggios: using the same engine as for scale fingerings, the app can compute chord arpeggios.
  • Scale fingerings and chord arpeggios can be exported as full vector PDF’s or raster images like JPG or PNG.
  • Custom everything: you can now define completely custom chords, chord fingerings, scales and scale fingerings. These custom elements can be anything you want, even wrong musically! You’re in control! No more hide an seek to find that fingering you’re looking for to put in a song! Simply spawn it! You can tell the app that CΔ is the chord with notes [C E B] and with fingering [x x x 2 2 2] if you want. Once defined, your custom elements are as first class citizens as the other ones. They are included in reverse searches, harmonizations, fingerizations, etc. So now, the app handle all the chords, all the scales, and all their fingerings, and this, for any tuning.
  • In the same spirit, you can define custom “Symbols” and use them to write songs. Think of “/” or “2x” for example.
  • A new grouping type called Collections. They can contains ordered lists of songs, chords, scales, etc. Chord and scale fingerings collections can be printed as PDF or exported as JPG or PNG images. Collections of songs can easily be exported as files and shared with other users of the app. They don’t replace tags, they live beside (and collections can be tagged too!).
  • You can have several PDF export templates.
  • You can link auto scrolling with audio tracks from your iTunes music library (or by adding your own files to the app). You can adjust the speed and the pitch of the playback independently. So you can bring Jimi one semitone higher if you want to play along directly with your guitar standardly tuned for example.
  • The import algorithm does a better job in recognizing chords/lyrics lines, as well as chord symbols.
  • Lines jumps and inlined chords can manually be removed with one touch of a button.
  • Backup archives can now contain all your data: songs, chords, scales, as well as collections and tags. They are also more efficient so a thousand of songs library archive should take less than a MB.
  • Songs can be sorted by Author, Title or Last modified date, and displayed as a list or as thumbnails.
  • You can define your own color set for dots coloring.
  • Scale list can show intervals instead of notes.
  • Songs views can optionally keep the screen on.
  • Basic support of bluetooth page turners by responding to up/down or left/right keystrokes.
  • On iPhone, the app remembers the last chord input method used. So if you use only the “Simple mode”, you don’t have to select it each time. The same for scales.
  • The full screen fretboard is optimized and renders much faster.