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Unleash Your Inner DJ With Rytmik

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Music creator coming to DSiWare

If you're like us then there's a non-stop party going on in your head that you want the world to hear. Czech developers Cinemax want to help get that party out with their upcoming DSiWare music creation tool Rytmik.

With over 170 loops and samples of varying instruments and plenty of fiddling options, Rytmik sounds like it could be a lot of fun for transcribing that tune you've made up and is now stuck in your head.

Price and release date are currently to be determined, but in the meantime check out first screens and info below.

Rytmik is an application for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and for composing whole songs. Its user interface blends the fast and well-arranged interface of classic drum machines with flexible pattern interface of popular trackers and with modern sound library. It contains more than 170 carefully selected sound samples of drums, cymbals, percussions and bass and melodic instruments.

With Rytmik you can quickly and easily create the basic building stone – an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field, and modify their volume, polyphony and echo. You may arbitrarily combine up to 128 such clips in four tracks and create complex pieces of music. Moreover you have a rhythm library and varied collection of 16 pre-made compositions at your disposal that you may quickly compose your own pieces from.

Rytmik is not only for playing with sounds; in the hands of a skilful musician it can become a serious musical instrument – surprisingly powerful pocket music station. For the best musical experience we recommend connecting headphones or quality speaker system. You’ll become the king of the Friday party in no time…

  • pocket music station
  • huge selection of drums, percussions, basses, leads and fx instruments
  • intuitive pattern-based interface
  • up to 128 clips, each clip has up to 4 instruments with musical notation
  • selectable timing, location in the stereo field, volume, polyphony and echo
  • build songs from clips, combine clips into 4 tracks
  • switch between clip and song view
  • library of more than 170 sound samples
  • includes a library of pre-made clips and whole songs

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User Comments (31)

warioswoods

#1

warioswoods said:

Now this is the direction I've wanted DSiWare to take all along. It's too bad about Nintendo blocking direct SD card access, though, for that would open up all kinds of options, from saving in convenient formats to importing your own samples.

ReZon

#2

ReZon said:

I'm not seeing anything about sharing your music here (whether saving to SD or via WiFi). That seems like something that ought to be an important feature.

DSman59

#8

DSman59 said:

Only up to four instruments!? I think they can do better than that. Without SD saving or Wi-Fi, Rytmik has limited use. But it's nice to see something like this for DSiWare.

theblackdragonAdmin

#9

theblackdragon said:

there could be all kinds of creativity coming out of this if Ninty would just allow SD card access. :/

3230ru

#11

3230ru said:

.... wow.. musical app. must be fun. but wait arent it made by the same developer as that really poor game Sokomania. And it is just samples. They are not fun. Synthezisers are fun, chiptune is fun. People doing a lot of very cool homebrew apps. Why releasing this. Oh I know - because of "making games easier to play for a wider audience."

Ren

#12

Ren said:

this looks like a fun distraction. Sure audiophiles are going to poo-poo it, but what do you expect? It's probably under 10 bucks and it's a Nintendo game machine. I'd get it in a heartbeat just to make some fun songs in my free time.
True, there should be some kind of better file output, but if there is any kind of regular output and you must keep your songs you can just record it the old fashioned way with the audio out into some device and make it a file yourself. I don't think this is meant to compete with professional audio gear.

SwerdMurd

#13

SwerdMurd said:

be careful with these types of apps--they're almost always an amusing distraction for 5-10 minutes but end up having really no purpose other than to trick you into thinking your device has some sort of musical potential, when in actuality it's just another short-lived toy. This is precisely why I thought the App Store would be so amazing, but exactly why I've all but stopped perusing it completely--these apps are designed to appeal to your impulse-buying gene and only look as deep as they need to to get you interested. It's the "it's cheap and it does something music-related!" that the devs are counting on to move some units before the "...yeah it doesn't do anything." reviews come out.

And FYI--if you aren't an audiophile or at all musically-inclined and you buy this...your friends don't wanna hear your endless parade of crappy songs. Either they aren't musically inclined and just don't care at all and you're filling the air with noise, or they are musically inclined and are gonna have to smile through the horror they're experiencing.

Kid_A

#14

Kid_A said:

Sounds great--but I'll have to see some more info before I make the purchase.

Ren

#16

Ren said:

I think this is a little different than the app store phenomenon. I consider myself pretty "musically inclined" but I wouldn't ever make music from cheesy techno loops on a Nintendo app, and expect my friends to be hosting parties featuring them; but my "video game inclined" side would still do it on my own and have fun on a long train ride if it was 5 bucks or so. Call me a sucker, I guess. (I'd still wait for a review, but not expect it to kickstart my DJ career)

marekn

#17

marekn said:

To DSman59:
Not only 4 instruments. You can set 4 instruments in one clip and let play four clips at the same time in four tracks... So that 16.

ToastyYogurt

#18

ToastyYogurt said:

I love the idea, but it would only be an insta-purchase if it let you back to SD cards in a popular audio format; if it did, my iPod would be full of these mixes.

RyuZebian

#20

RyuZebian said:

As long as it's not only loops... I'm sick of just using loops! :( But if it contains different instruments then it may be worth my while. But I wouldn't want to pay more than 500 points if it can't import the files for listening on another platform... Listening to the music in the DSi music player would be be fine too, as long as it won't be program only!

SwerdMurd

#21

SwerdMurd said:

@everyone - Korg DS-10 plus is coming out soon...for DSi owners, you get double the channels to work with and it's multiplay compatible with the previous version.

Martin_Linda

#22

Martin_Linda said:

Hi guys, thank's for your interest and comments. I'm the programmer of this app. This app is not loop based. It is sample based and you set notes that trigger samples of different instruments (in similar way to trackers or some grooveboxes). There are no audio loops. You can make short clips from your note sequences. It is not a pro audio gadget but, as you will hear soon from videos, it is capable of producing some decent rhytms, or some cool techno or dnb stuff. For shure you can save your songs - up to 255. And yes, you can export your music only with audio out of your nintendo. Finally it is not intended as some monster dj tool for making your enemies loose the battle, but it is ment to support your sonical creativity and I hope using it is fun.

JimLad

#23

JimLad said:

Sorry I know this is completely off-topic, but for fans of Little Britain in regards to the above poster I just have to say...
"Martin, it's Lindaaa..."

warioswoods

#24

warioswoods said:

Thanks for the details, Martin. I'm always more inclined towards a developer's products when they are willing to show up and answer questions on blogs directly.

MiiMiiMii

#25

MiiMiiMii said:

It is nice to see a developer take time to answer questions. It will be great if the final songs can be exported somehow. Although, as you state, something like this ap should be seen as a fun tool for practicing, not something to get you to Number 1 (but stranger things have happened!), it's still good to be able to get the music out.

I remember playing Music on a PS1 demo, and loved it - spend hours playing just the demo. Then I clocked that my music (ish!) would never get past a memory card - and an instabuy got screwed up and thrown over my shoulder!

Phobos

#26

Phobos said:

Oh, wow! This is something I can use! It'll save me downloading Mario Paint Composer at least...and what's more? I'm a DJ on the go! Got to download this no matter what!

metalslugger

#27

metalslugger said:

i've got a strange question:
would the R button be very important when i'd be using rytmik?
i ask this because a few months ago , i dropped my dsi and since then the R button is broken, and on the screenshots you see R - edit clip.
can this also be done with another button, otherwise downloading this wouldnt make sense for me :(

r0mer0

#28

r0mer0 said:

@ metalslugger:
The R button is not important, you can use the on-screen "Clip Edit" and "Song Edit" buttons to toggle modes.

All controls are accessible with the stylus, and it is highly intuitive to work with (to me … ). For example, over each active step of the pattern sequencer appears a striped bar indicating the samples volume, under the step is a red bar indicating its pitch — drag to change.
Drag a similar striped bar next to the label "Volume" to change the main volume of this sample, and its root-key with the red on orange/yellow slider right below.

Above the pattern sequencer sliders are mute and solo buttons for the 4 samples of a clip (or a keyboard if needed), and below is an orange and black striped portion where you can alter the step length of the pattern sequencer.

There is even a delay effect build in, with controls for delay time in steps (up to 8), repeat amount (1-4) and volume mix (no panning). Delayed notes are only played if there are still voices free. I expected to make such delay effects by hand, finding this build in was a very welcome addition!

The sequencer and arrange tools are among the best I ever used, the only downside seems to be that there are no controls for note length (all samples are one-shot but will overlap in poly mode as long as there are voices free or mute themselves in mono mode), and no advanced performance tools available like pitch bend, portamento, vibrato, tremolo.

The samples sound great with headphones,haven't tried speakers yet. Luckily they are not optimized for playback on the DSi speakers! The library is quite good, but has few natural sounds, it consists mostly of synth sounds with just enough lag of character to be usable in the mix.

Sadly, it is not possible to edit a clip while the song is playing back: click on Clip Edit during playback and the clip starts immediately with all other clips muted, click Song Edit, and the song continuous where you left it. So, Rytmik might not be a performance tool, but it is easy to use, sounds good and is just plain fun!

Myndaember

#31

Myndaember said:

Seal your lips around the "R" button and blow. Making sure not to get any spit in there and that will fix it.

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