Frequently Asked Questions
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ToneTap is a new breed of MIDI
wind controller for woodwind players.
ToneTap gives woodwind players what they have wanted since
the advent of synthesizers and MIDI: the chance to
expressively control synthesized instruments using a true,
acoustic woodwind instrument.
With ToneTap, you play an unmodified woodwind instrument: a
flute, saxophone, clarinet, or recorder. With no need for
an expensive hardware controller, ToneTap can do what the
other controllers cannot by converting the pure sound of a
real woodwind into a highly expressive MIDI stream.
ToneTap is made entirely of software. There is nothing to
plug in or turn on, except your Mac.
What ToneTap is not:
ToneTap is not like other wind
controllers that you may know about, such as the Lyricon,
the Yamaha WX series, or the Akai EWI series. And ToneTap
with its MIDI effects section offers unique features and
ToneTap is not a hardware-based wind controller. The
hardware-based controllers substitute switches, sensors,
electronics, and wires for the acoustic instrument, making
them very different from an acoustic woodwind to learn and
ToneTap work with flute, saxophone, or clarinet?
all of them. ToneTap Professional Edition now supports all
of these instruments. Woodwind input choices are provided
which have been crafted specifically to interpret the sound
of a particular woodwind instrument. Choose from concert
flute, soprano or alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, and soprano
or alto recorder.
ToneTap Student Edition at this time is limited to support
only the soprano recorder.
Who can use ToneTap?
from professional musicians to schoolchildren. Anyone who
can learn the recorder.
If you can already play a supported woodwind instrument,
you are ready to control just about any MIDI synthesizer or
music workstation for Mac, including GarageBand, Live,
Massive, Reaktor, Logic, Traktion, Cubase, Core, Renoise,
Metro...the list goes on.
With a MIDI interface for your computer you can control any
MIDI hardware synthesizer you may have, including those
great synthesizers that were made for the hardware-based
do I need to get started?
you need to be running Mac OS X Leopard or above. Second
you need a supported woodwind instrument (flute,
alto/soprano saxophone, Bb clarinet, alto/soprano
recorder). Third you need a MIDI software synthesizer and a
set of headphones.
That's all. Just install ToneTap
Software and you are ready to play.
want to play recorder, which model should I use?
already have a soprano recorder, that is likely all you
will need. Otherwise, Yamaha and Jean Baptiste school
recorders (Soprano, also called Descant with A=440 using
the "English" or "Baroque" fingering) are very playable,
have good intonation, and are durable, requiring no
maintenance at all. These are the least expensive recorders
recommended (at only about $5 USD). Of course, recorders of
higher quality will also work well with ToneTap.
I get into this without spending a ton of money?
ThingTone Software we know that the cost of gear is a big
factor in what you choose to play. Therefore, in addition
to testing our software with the high-end tools of the
trade, we have also spent considerable time developing
another approach which can keep costs low without
compromising the quality of your music.
This begins with taking advantage of the equipment you
probably already have (a Mac and GarageBand) and
selectively adding on MIDI plug-ins to suit your needs and
budget. Our free Gear Guide has a section on where to
find some of the best values.
are "Professional Edition" and "Student
See the details of each product on our Editions page.
Where can I get your product and what does it cost?
ToneTap is only available
online through our website and authorized dealers.