Long ago, the Chronotron user interface was tab-based, close to the ribbon toolbar concept in Microsoft Office. This worked fine for a while, but as the application grew more and more features, the upper part of the screen started to get a bit too crowded. It became clear that a better solution had to be … Continue reading Exit the Hamburger Menu
You may have noticed a number of remarks in the app change log regarding specific improvements on ARM CPUs. Knowing that Chronotron isn't available for Windows Mobile, what's the point of those "DSP performance enhancements on ARM"? The answer is that there are a few Windows laptops and convertibles out there which sport an ARM … Continue reading Chronotron on ARM and the Chicken and Egg Problem
I've been using Chronotron as my daily driver since Release 43, when it first supported playlists. Even though Chronotron main purpose is to deconstruct tunes – audio and video material in general – and to assist musicians while they practice an instrument, the app has evolved over the years to become an all-rounder media player … Continue reading Everyday Chronotron
Chronotron supports playlists since Release 43. The playlist functionality is accessible through the Playlist pane, which you can open by selecting Playlist out of the hamburger menu. In this post I'll go through the ins and outs of playlists in Chronotron. Creating Playlists There are multiple ways to create playlists in Chronotron. You can either: … Continue reading Using Playlists in Chronotron
The G-clef is arguably the most recognizable musical symbol, also for non-musicians. Its familiar shape looks like a distorted ampersand symbol, though you might be surprised to learn that it actually emerged as an evolution of the letter G (well, I'd say it's as close to the original as this portrait of Picasso, but historians … Continue reading The Clock-Clef
Ventriloquists can utter entire phrases while their lips remain still. Their second voice doesn't appear to come from the usual parts of the body you would expect it to come from, yet it is there. So, when I first saw Jeff Dunham perform, I joked to my colleagues "This guy must have two soundcards". The … Continue reading Chronotron and the Ventriloquist Machines
When I use Chronotron to practice guitar licks, I find it cumbersome to operate the app while having my two hands lying on the instrument. For us guitarists dropping the pick to hit a button isn't a big deal after all, but things get really bad when you're playing violin or cello. There are different … Continue reading Your Voice is My Command
A friend of mine asked me recently why Chronotron is a Windows-only app. This is not an infrequently – nor unfrequently – asked question. Chronotron is a media player app whose design language is clearly touch-oriented. Music apps have been the realm of Macs for as long as I can remember, and today most touch-enabled … Continue reading How Old are You, Windows User?
A hundred years make a century, so goes the saying. What about a hundred app releases? A centu-re-lease. Bad jokes aside, reaching the 100th release of Chronotron is quite a milestone. It means the app package has been rebuilt, the release notes updated and the Microsoft Store review process completed at least as many times. … Continue reading Release 100 is Here!
The wide variety of Windows-compatible hardware out there poses a challenge to developers of apps that rely heavily on device CPU and GPU capabilities, let alone the developers of the OS itself. In apps like video games and media players, the configuration dialog always has a couple of settings whose sole purpose is to accommodate … Continue reading Pimp Your Chronotron