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December 6, 2004
Circular Logic has launched new versions of the InTime Tempo Tracking System: version 1.2 for Windows, and version 1.0 for the Mac OS X operating system. This release brings InTime to the Mac platform for the first time. The InTime 1.2 update for Windows offers more efficient processor usage than previous versions, and new features: Presets and Playlists, Mini Controls Window; Relative Tempo Limits; and increased Tracking Bias range.
InTime is a tempo tracking system intended to expand the ways in which musicians think about performing and creating music with computers. With InTime, musicians play freely, and the computer follows their tempo changes in real-time, allowing natural expression in computer-accompanied live performance, composition and recording.
Musicians are free to improvise because InTime does not need to know in advance what the user intends to play. It is capable of following broad, sweeping tempo fluctuations, as well as the subtle nuances of playing with a groove, according to the company. The primary use of InTime is to synchronize software sequencers and effects to a live drummer or other musician, so the performers are no longer stuck following the rigid timing of a computer. Other users take advantage of InTime's natural tempo tracking to record tracks with a natural feel, improve the accuracy of notation software, or even have a light show sync up to what they play.
InTime can work as a sync master, driving other software and external MIDI devices to slave to a musician's playing. InTime users can play and record along with pre-recorded MIDI tracks, and those tracks will follow their playing in real time. They can loop a MIDI file, great for practicing with a rhythm track. There are features for customizing InTime's behavior, such as the tempo limiter, which allows users to set a minimum and maximum tempo, so they don't speed up or slow down too much. The Groove Tracking mode lets users play "around" a steady tempo but still play with feel. There is also a suite of advanced tempo tracking controls that lets the users refine InTime to follow their personal style of playing.
InTime is priced at $159 USD, with fully-functioning demo versions available for download. Demo videos, showing InTime in use, are also available as well.
For more information, visit their web site at www.circular-logic.com