In the previous few posts we talked about why we decided to make a new music notation tool for drummers. As we are putting the finishing touches on Aered and getting ready to announce its release date, we thought we would list its main features before going into more details about them. Here is what Aered’s interface looks like:The bottom part of the screen contains the editor pane, where you can enter notes by hovering the mouse over the staff lines, then clicking once you are happy that the instant music notation preview corresponds to your musical intent. Aered’s ability to automatically produce good quality music notation at the same time as you are entering it is its main feature and our main motivation for making it.
In the top part of the screen is the layout pane, where you can review and format what the sheet music will look like on paper. The layout pane also lets you quickly navigate between bars to edit. Changes made in the editor pane are instantly reflected in the layout pane. Both the editor and layout panes are rendered using hardware accelerated graphics, letting you pan, zoom and visualize changes with a fluidity that is unique among the music editors we have used.
The left hand menu contains the input and output features. You can export your work to pdf for printing, and also import ascii tab files to convert them into music notation. You can load a mp3 or ogg music file and have it played back, synchronized with the drum track you are editing. Aered will play the drum part using high quality drum samples from Atelier Robin’s Natural Drum Kit library. In the future, you will also be able to input your music into Aered by drumming with Aerodrums.
In the next few posts we will illustrate the workflow of editing drum music with Aered through examples and videos.