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    New product using Garritan technology

    I found this press release on broadcastnewsroom.com.
    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference is April 14 through 19 in Las Vegas.

    --Wheat

    Company News: Page (1) of 1 - 04/06/07


    Abaltat Muse™ Video-Driven Soundtrack Composer Launches With Special NAB2007 Rebate

    Visitors to Abaltat Booth Can Register for 40 Percent Discount on Download



    DMN Newswire--2007-4-6--Abaltat, a provider of radical music software solutions, today announced that it will offer a 40 percent discount to NAB attendees who register to download its innovative Abaltat Muse™ video-driven soundtrack composer. The company will showcase the new software application at NAB2007 in its booth, SL7424.

    “The highly imaginative technology behind Abaltat Muse allows video editors to actually create original compositions tailored to their specific picture sequences,” said Siun Ni Raghallaigh, managing director at Abaltat. “The software actually writes the music to the picture and provides the editor with tools for refining or updating tracks at any point. The resulting music has the aural quality of a recorded band and can be altered in real time to achieve just the right sound.”


    Abaltat Muse represents a fundamental departure from traditional post-production tools, exploiting artificial intelligence to measure select elements of a moving picture and then composing music to match those elements. Designed specifically for video editors, Abaltat Muse uses a combination of picture window, timeline, and keyframes to compose music, leveraging a video editor’s skills — not a musician’s — to create music.


    Among the elements that help the video editor achieve the right sound are the preferred style of music, the elements in the picture, the instruments needed, and the time signature that works best with the edit. Once a best fit is achieved, the user has limitless options in adjusting the composition using factors such as melodic constraints, scale modulation, and audio mix. All these adjustments can be performed using keyframes in a timeline synced to the picture.


    document.write('');<IMG src=http://ads.digitalmedianet.com/ads/servlet/view/banner/image/zone?zid=98&pid=0&keywords=Abaltat%2C+Muse%2C+NAB& position=1 hspace=0 vspace=0 border=0 alt=Click Here!> Abaltat Muse composes the music and plays it out using a sample player and virtual instruments. The software incorporates technology from experts in the audio industry, namely Native Instruments and Garritan Libraries. Consequently, the audio and instrument quality is extremely high. The audio can be exported as AIFF or WAV files. The composition can be exported as a MIDI file, should the editor require a composer to do additional work on his or her composition.


    More information about Abaltat Muse and other Abaltat products is available online at www.abaltat.com.


    # # #
    About Abaltat
    Abaltat was founded in 2003 in Galway, Ireland, with a daring vision: to create radical 21st-century computer applications. Using a combination of highly experienced television editors, first-rate musicianship, and the most imaginative programmers in Ireland, the company has created a unique software product for video and film editors: the world's first video-driven soundtrack composer. More information is available at www.abaltat.com.
    Wheat Williams
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    Re: New product using Garritan technology

    Wheat,

    Thanks for the post. It's an interesting concept, however, I wonder if this is just another way for film makers to control every aspect of the film process. I have a feeling that this may hinder the life of a film composer, rather than help it. Especially for composers who write for low budget, independent films. It seems to me that this is very similar to the "canned" music film makers can license to put in their films. Only time will tell, I guess. I, myself, intend to continue composing film music the old fashioned way!

    Just my $0.02.

    Jonny
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    Re: New product using Garritan technology

    Wheat, you certainly are a few steps ahead. I thought this would be announced at NAB but it seems the word is already out.

    Albaltat Muse is a very cool program. It is video driven soundtrack composition software for the video industry.

    From their website:

    Up to now, video editors in search of a soundtrack have had various options such as original composition, commercial music or library music. Abaltat Muse™ is the World's first video-driven soundtrack composer. This is not a search engine with a large database of library music or music loops. Abaltat Muse™ actually composes a soundtrack.

    Abaltat Muse™ is designed to empower video editors by allowing them to further control the generated music. The software is designed so that video editors can find a perfect soundtrack match for their picture sequence by managing the composition of the music i.e.
    • the style of music (genre),
    • the elements in the picture,
    • the instruments needed
    • the time signature that works best.

    Re-editing a piece of video because of, say, copyright issues or best-fit will be a thing of the past.

    Abaltat Muse™ can also give first drafts of a composition so that an editor can have a guide track which can be updated and/or recomposed when the edit is complete or at any stage during the edit.

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    Re: New product using Garritan technology

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny Lost
    Wheat,

    Thanks for the post. It's an interesting concept, however, I wonder if this is just another way for film makers to control every aspect of the film process. I have a feeling that this may hinder the life of a film composer, rather than help it. Especially for composers who write for low budget, independent films. It seems to me that this is very similar to the "canned" music film makers can license to put in their films. Only time will tell, I guess. I, myself, intend to continue composing film music the old fashioned way!
    Jonny,

    I don't think this software is going to compete with film composers (certainly hope not!). This seems more of a compositional sketch tool. There is no compositional program that can replace a real composer (just as there are no sample libraries that can replace a real musician).

    It will allow fast sketches and perhaps replace "canned" music. I can see film composers using this as a tool in their arsenal to provide first sketches so that a director or producer can indicate the mood or feel of a scene. Imagine running different sonic scenarios to a film on the fly

    Gary Garritan

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    Not sure I would support something that even has the possibility of
    making fewer jobs for composers.
    It's bad enough already.

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    Re: New product using Garritan technology

    I think that this is definitely just another tool in the arsenal for composers... Believe it or not, film people are not exactly the most musical, they're still going to need a musical person to use somehting like this, so that's where you come in... this is for those jobs where the film maker doesn't have a large budget for music and with some thing like this , you can offer to do music, and since it elminates a lot of the grunt work, you can do it for very cheap... Or you're helping out a friend... I know some of you would not want your name associated with this kind of work, but sometimes, you just need the money... What I would suggest to the people who make the software, that it would very good if they could have several audio exacmples on their website for all their products cause you really can't get an idea ofwhat this can do without sound examples...

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    Just to throw a few pennies into the pot . . .

    I see this as a useful tool for people learning/polishing their video editing skills, in much the same way that sample libraries can help composers and arrangers get a better sense of what to write for "real" musicians.

    Would/could this replace live musicians and composers? In some ways, perhaps, but I doubt that AI will replace natural creativity in any of our lifetimes.



    Joe

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    Re: New product using Garritan technology

    Remember that technology creates more jobs than it replaces. Except for the bots. They will eventually replace humans in most occupations. Ah, a dogs life.

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    Re: New product using Garritan technology

    But can it synch music to a wordstring like Siun Ni Raghallaigh? June O'Reilly might be less of a problem.

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    No excitement,

    this would be only another way to find fast a temptrack to a scene. A good cutter has hundrets of good temptracks in his head and archive, and he knows whish he best take for this or that scene.

    So this software helps to find easyer..., not more and not less.
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

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