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Launching Symbolic Composer 7.1 For the Mac
SCOM 7.1.5 is now here!
2014, AUG 19 --- Tonality Systems today launch Symbolic Composer 7.1 for the Mac. Symbolic Composer 7.1 adds Quick-Tool buttons, which make it easy to use even for a hipster-generation composer working in a cafe.

SCOM 7.1 also sports with guitar synth, guitar chords, insert templates, auto-correction, and new functions suitable for experimental and contemporary composers.

Generate sequences from SCOM 7.1's vast algorithm libraries. Record finished score in Apple's MainStage, or finalize it with your preferred sequencer/notation software such as Logic or Sibelius.

What is Symbolic Composer?

Symbolic Composer 7.1 is a massive collection of computer music and research algorithms packed in an efficient music composition language and interactive development environment.

Besides providing the composer a toolbox of traditional composition tools Symbolic Composer also enables the composer to explore advanced fractal and chaos mathematics to determine compositional elements.

Symbolic Composer's rich molecular music language enables the composer to extend musical capabilities and helps to realize the maximum power of existing studio investments spent on synthesizers and sequencers.

SCOM 7.1 provides extensive realtime algorithmic music programming environment for the composer working on contemporary, electro-acoustic and experimental styles. And it does Classic, even Hiphop, too. It's up to your freedom how you write your score in SCOM's rich music language.

Compile full CD-quality audio right from SCOM, using your softsynths and knowledge on mixing. Display instant notation, too.

SCOM 7.1 works together with Logic, Sibelius, Finale, Encore, Digital Performer, Reason, Reactor, Rondo and QuickTime. Here playing SCOM 7.1 through MainStage 3 in OS X 10.9.4.

Control integrated MIDI playback with a click, press forward, rewind, stop/continue, and turn on loop mode to keep draft playing while editing the score. Combat ear-fatigue and quickly switch to GM sounds, and back to final sounds when ready.

SCOM 7.1 includes now tempos & signature correction, which improves score readability. It also corrects wrong data, and keeps sections in sync.

Hold down mouse to show extra button menus. These let you quickly turn notation
on/off, set loop mode, change playback app, jump to tags, find score in Finder, browse index, access Lisp, prettify scores, and insert templates.

Notice the "Label", "Score" and "Custom" buttons on the left. These let you insert titles and empty fill-me score templates to start a new project - and you can define your own custom templates, too. Simply select your insert from the button menus.

Introducing Guitar Synth

Take a peek in the new guitar synth. Def-riff allows to transcript your guitar playing intuitively. Just enter the frets that you are playing.

SCOM 7.1 analyzes tablature into tonalities, symbols, rhythms and dynamics.
Pretty cool! No time-consuming notation stages in between.

If you know how to play guitar, this provides a neat way to enter riffs and chords into SCOM, and arrange them to full-blown composition. And tweak them algorithmically.

Arrange riffs in sequence and rehearse (edit order, fingerings and listen). Use riffs in def-section, add some additional instruments and the score is ready.

- Enter chords, arpeggios, solos, and let them drive your composition parameters and synths.
- Use tablatures and picking patterns, or apply algorithms to move virtual fingers around the fretboard.
- Use direct chord-names from score books, such as c#7b5#9m, dm6add9. These lovely full-bodied chords match the way a guitarist plays them. You can define your own fret-chords, too.
- Make slightly detuned guitar to add warmth. Emulate special tunings used by famous guitarists and styles. Use drop-d, open-e and other tunings, or make your own.
- Works with all fretted instruments suchs as guitar, bass, mandolin, sitar up to 12 strings.

SCOM The Music Language

• Complete Chord, Scale and Micro-Tonal libraries fully expandable by the user.

• Mathematical Generators & Processors provide advanced fractals, chaos and number-theory functions.

• Symbolic Generators & Processors allow Recursion, L-systems, Fibonacci, and other special solutions.

• Programmable Neurons supply added intelligence to your instrumentation.

• Programmable Phrase Library allows sequential drum and chording pattern generation.

• Standard MIDI file output. This makes SCOM a perfect partner  no matter of the software and hardware you are working with.

• Build-in 96 channel MIDI playback (MIDITrail). Plays through GM MIDI or IAC to MainStage on final sounds. Press button to record score in production quality audio.

• Build-in Notation (LilyPond), HyperHelp & Search.

• Music Language, that allows composing music of any style and complexity.

• Historical & Contemporary Music functions supply the classic compositional tools.

• Over 1000 Algorithms included, combine freely to each other for exponential creative freedom.

"SCOM covers past 500 years of compositional traditions and the tools for the future. SCOM's rich music programming language supplies the composer tools to program any music style and complexity. When the idea hits you, just draft your score and press Compile", summarizes composer and music educator Nigel Morgan from UK.

System Requirements
Macintosh OS X 10.7-10.10, 4 GB RAM minimum, 8-32 GB suggested.
Windows XP/7/8, 2 GB RAM minimum, 4-16 GB suggested.


SCOM runs first on Demo Mode, which cancels most functions. You can freely listen/notate/view score examples and browse documents. Authorization restores full functionality.


“Symbolic Composer was one of the first systems that I encountered that explored the art of algorithmic composing interactively. The system functions are selected from hierarchical menus and pasted on the editor, so it’s a completely different approach to musical compositions. It’s like composing music from one’s DNA structure.”, Composer Richard Devine.


"Nowadays, symmetries are widely used in musical composition, for instance in the various transformation tools of sequencers, and explicitly in the author‚s prestor (see chapter 49) and in Opcode‚s MAX or in music software with fractal composition tools as realized by Mesias Maiguashca [220] or by the ingenious Symbolic Composer software",  Mazzola G., Author of Topos Of Music (If the direct link has changed due publisher, search the title at Springeronline


"I wish to thanks people that have contributed in important way to the creation of this book:
   All the developers of the wonderful algorithmic composition software Symbolic Composer, that I have used for the composition of the exercises - and Douglas R. Hofstadter for the beauty of his ideas on the perception, and parallels to artificial intelligence", Claudio Martini, Author Of I Pattern Automutanti

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