Liquid Rhythm Updated to Version 1.4.1!
It’s amazing how quickly things can come together. Only two weeks ago, the BeatWeaver was this totally different thing and now we’re releasing a brand new, redesigned and revamped version. As a result, Liquid Rhythm has been updated to Version 1.4.1.
The team at WaveDNA is super excited to share this latest release with you!
On top of usual bug fixes and improvement tweaks (which you can nerd out on toward the bottom of this page), we’re extremely proud to unveil the latest incarnation of the BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer, and the new Maps panel.
BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer
Just two weeks ago, our lead developer, Adil, suggested we revisit the BeatWeaver. So, after some alarmingly harmonious meetings about its design, our team has redesigned the BeatWeaver into something we’re sure you’re going to really enjoy making music with. In addition to the redesigned UI, it’s also more interactive, helping you compose by providing ways to drag and drop rhythm clusters everywhere and anywhere.
Check out the quick tutorial video here:
The Maps Panel
Somewhere along the way, someone suggested that the BarForm and BeatForm maps should become interactive modules. So we’ve placed both maps in their own panel, and now the objects within them interact with most other elements in Liquid Rhythm.
To download a copy of the latest version, please click on the download link below for your system.
Note: To use the Max for Live Clips plugin in Ableton Live 9, update Live to the latest version, and update your Max to version 6.1.7 before installing Liquid Rhythm. (the Max update must be installed first.)
What’s New in 1.4.1?
Here is a summary of changes for 1.4.1.
- The BeatWeaver’s workflow has been improved, as well as its aesthetic design.
- The wheels (maps) have been separated from the BeatWeaver – they are in their own panel, which can be brought up via the Map button in right side of the toolbar at the top
- Way better support for drag and drop – you can drag and drop BeatForms and BarForms from the Maps into the Arranger, as well as the other major components of the interface.
The list below provides details on the new features, workflow improvements, and bug fixes included in 1.4.1.
BeatWeaver Features & Improvements
- Redesigned and revamped interface for BeatWeaver (as well as better feature titles)
- BeatForm and BarForm Maps (the giant wheels) are now detached from the BeatWeaver panel and placed into their own panel. It can be opened and closed on its own.
- Improved overall interactivity
- You can drag and drop BeatForms from the Palettes into BeatWeaver
- You can drag and drop BeatForms from the BeatWeaver into the Arranger
- You can drag and drop BeatForms from the BeatForm Map into the BeatWeaver
- You can drag and drop BarForms from the barForm Map into the BeatWeaver’s Step Sequencer
- You can drag and drop patterns from the BeatWeave List into your Arranger for instant gratification
- You can drag and drop BeatForms and BarForms from the Maps directly the Arranger
- You can use dials to scroll through BeatForm options in the BeatWeave List
General Features & Improvements
- You can use the drag and drop icon within the Transport Toolbar to quickly save your arrangement as a MIDI file directly into the Sample Browser. It’s a quick way of saving your ideas for later use.
- Using the arrows keys to navigate the Sample Browser with Instrument Swap mode active will now swap the instruments into the swap track target.
- Plugin mode settings panel now displays the sample rate, as well as a warning if the sample rate is not 44.1khz rate.
- Fixed an issue with the Liquid Rhythm plugin installer that would cause an “The Installation Failed” error if it didn’t find Ableton Live 9 and Max For Live on your drive.
- File and Folder choosers could potentially hang when interacting with the desktop or initiating a drag and drop from the File/Folder choosers.
- Library Browser’s loops, kits and instrument tables had a bug where right-clicking on a row after filtering could cause a crash.
- Right-click context menu was not appearing in the Mixer panel, Library Browser or the BeatWeaver for Windows users. Fixed.
- Loading a file with a missing user-created voice could cause a crash.
- Hid the Audio settings when running Liquid Rhythm in Max For Live mode.
- Fixed an issue that would cause the error reporter to not recall the user’s email address.
- Fixed an issue where changing the color of a channel for an instrument that has been deleted would cause an error.
- In Max For Live mode, when viewing Custom Instrument Types, it was not possible to view the MIDI note numbers, this has been fixed.
- Loading a MIDI mapping file with settings for the track header or the mixer panel could crash if the track has since been changed.
- Duplicating a track when MIDI mapping mode is activated will now enable MIDI mapping automatically on the duplicated track.
- Sample Browser no longer adds hidden files when adding a folder.
- Sample Browser would not allow users to access directories containing files of size zero on Windows.
- Fixed a bug that would cause MIDI mapping to be be saved for master channel controls.
Known Issues and Limitations
- Launching Liquid Rhythm for the first time may cause Mac OSX to suggest the file is unknown, and to move it to the trash. Refer to this to get around this issue: http://www.wavedna.com/liquid-rhythm-mac-security/
- The Guided Walkthrough option is disabled in the startup screen – we found an issue that we will fix for next release.
- Liquid Rhythm Standalone may not launch for Windows 8 users. Right-click on the application and choose “Run as Administrator.”
- Liquid Rhythm Max for Live Clip mode: Moving MIDI tracks around in live while Liquid Rhythm is open may cause Live to crash.
- Overdub recording mode is glitchy.
- Real-time MIDI recording has some lag.
- Pressing Undo during MIDI record can cause Liquid Rhythm to crash.
- MIDI scripting for some devices (QuNeo, Base) is limited to Liquid Rhythm Standalone mode. We are currently working to add support for other modes.
- Liquid Rhythm may be unresponsive when computer goes to sleep and wakes.
- MIDI Mapping track-specific controls (such as volume, solo, mute) can be lost after quitting Liquid Rhythm and relaunching.