Update 1.2 - Scales Mode is Here!

Scale ModeThe new scale mode allows you to change from playing the standard chromatic scale to playing the scale of your choice in any key. It has over 25 different scales available from both western and world musical traditions, with more to come in future. Humanizing ChordsThe new humanizing feature is an addition to the chord mode. It slightly varies the velocity and timing of each note in the chord in order to give your compositions more tonal colour and a more human feel. FullscreenThey have also included a new button to toggle fullscreen mode as per user requests. Use MIDI controllers with any DAWIn good news for users of multiple DAWS or systems other than Ableton, you can now use the MID controllers with any music software, even on Mac. This update is free to existing users so if you are one, check your inbox. They have a 14 day free trial if you want to try it for yourself. ​

Surface Pro Audio's Massive Yeco Review

Some of you may have missed this but, ​just before Christmas, Robin Vincent of Surface Pro Audio and Molten Music Technology, published a full review of Yeco over on his Youtube channel. It is embedded at the end of this article and it's well worth a watch. It is the most comprehensive review of Yeco to date and goes into very precise detail about almost every feature. We'd like to thank him firstly for taking the time to put Yeco through its paces and secondly for his very kind words and compliments. The accompanying article over on his site can be found here for those who wish to read it (and we do encourage you to) http://surfaceproaudio.com/yeco-touch-control-ableton-live-full-review/ Both the video and the written review do an excellent job of explaining exactly what Yeco does and what we intended it to be good at and used for. Robin makes this distinction nicely  At the time, we did not have the browser feature released which was a pity I guess as it was one of things Robin said he would have liked to see. There were plenty of other suggestions in there that we are looking at or were already looking into such as MPE support, which I can tell you is on it's way. Overall though we couldn't have been happier with the review and we of course urge any of you reading this to check it out and try Yeco for yourself.  

Replacing the Demo with a Free Trial

So, the current demo is basically a cut back version of Yeco with limited abilities, mainly a limited number of tracks and limited access to the touch MIDI controllers. It allows people to see if Yeco runs on their computer and gives a flavour of what it's like to use. It is unlimited and free. The problem is that is does not give people the opportunity to experience all the features of Yeco before they buy it. The 14 day free trial however, is different in that you can try Yeco with all its features but for a limited time only. We think this is enough time to figure out whether you wish to purchase or not. The reason for changing from a free demo to a free trial is pretty simple. It's what people are asking for. Those who have the free demo will still be able to use it but we are ending support and updates for it. We are emailing everyone who downloaded the demo to let them know and move them to the free trial if they so wish. Also note that when signing up for the free trial we do not ask for any payment or credit card information whatsoever. Download the free trial here​

The Browser is Here! Yeco Version 1.1 release

Today we are releasing our most requested feature to date, access and control of Live’s browser. This allows you to preview and load instruments, effects, packs and plugins right there in Yeco, without having to go back to Live. We promise this will save time and improve the smoothness of your workflow The browser update is free to existing users so if you are one, check your inbox. We have also made several improvements in speed and reliability across the application. Thanks to everyone who provided us with feedback for this one. Take a look at the video below to see it in action.

Update 1.04 + Chords​

Added chords featureThis feature allows you to assign chords to keys on any of our controllers. Watch the short 1 minute tutorial below to see how it works. Auto starts MIDI with last settings on launchThis was much requested by users. This feature means that Yeco now remembers the last virtual MIDI port that was chosen and connects to it automatically the next time you launch Yeco.  Remembers screen ratio selection on launchSimilarly Yeco now remembers the screen ratio last chosen and loads it automatically on launch Choose direction of velocity on padsAs our pads were velocity sensitive increasing along the y-axis from bottom to top. Following user feedback, we have now included a control to change the direction of the sensitivity to go in the other direction. Of course you can also disable this at any time and set the desired velocity for the entire pad. ​Improved update checkingYeco now informs you if there is an update available right from the home screen on launch. Of course you will still get an email notification from us too. Bug fixesMany thanks to all those who took the time to report issues. Below is a list of fixes for this update.Fixed labels on double hexFixed issue with scenes and track select when keyboard is openFixed issue where pad names would not update if a midi device was put in front of the drum deviceFixed bug where RtMidi would be re-initialized when the MIDI button was pressedFixed error where clips in frozen tracks would not be shownFixed crash caused by keyboard aftertouch. Installing the UpdateThis update is free to existing users. Click the 'Check Updates' button on the Yeco launch screen to go directly to the update page.We advise you to uninstall the previous version of Yeco before installation of 1.04Once you have installed 1.04, it is necessary to reinstall the remote scripts 

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Different Strokes; A Touchscreen Review​

Acer T27HL vs. Asus PT201Q vs. MS Surface Book

 

People are always asking us which touchscreen they should buy and we’re very reluctant to answer that question because there is such variety in the price and type of touchscreens available today. Also there is no ‘perfect’ touchscreen for making music. Like everything else involving gear, it is a balance of needs and budget.

 

Here in the Yeco office we have three very different touch displays with different strengths and weaknesses. We’re going to go through them one by one to give you an idea of the variety that’s available and what kind of features are out there.

 

Acer

Acer T27HL

27”, 1080p, 10ms, Price on Amazon £442 - €510 - $575

This is a large, sturdy display with a glossy finish.

 

Pros:

Very easy to see and touch the various elements

Forgiving if you fudge a touch or two

Large monitor is great for all your other work too

Relatively affordable

 

Cons:

Larger screen means slightly higher latency as the signal has farther to travel

Heavy and difficult to transport

Glossy screen smudges easily and needs more cleaning

 

Asus

Asus PT201Q

19”, 1080p,<10ms latency, Price on Amazon £700 - €812 - $920

 

Pros:

Compact and light, easily transportable

Matte finish screen is very smooth and does not mark easily

High quality aluminium construction

Has a stylus included fro media work

Very low latency

 

Cons:

Quite expensive

 

Surface book pro

 

MS Surface Book

13.5”, 3000x2000dpi, <10ms latency.

 

Now before we start obviously the big difference here is that the Surface Book is a 2 in 1 laptop and the others are touch monitors but its what we have in the office so here goes.

 

Pros:

Vey high resolution

Very low touch latency

3:2 aspect is much better for working (worse for movies though)

Portability

Stylus is very handy

 

Cons:

Screen and bezel seem to be dirt magnets

Pricey*

 

*More clearly has to be said here because the Surface Book is a powerful laptop with a detachable touchscreen. Compared to buying a high-end laptop or desktop with a separate touchscreen then its actually good value. But if you already have a good machine then it's probably a bridge too far.

 

It is a serious piece of kit and really it doesn’t compare to the other two but it is relevant to bring up touch laptops in this conversation as we think they’ll become more and more popular as times goes by for a variety of reasons. Read our other blog on the subject http://yeco.io/mobileproduction.html

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