Finally, after some developing period, we can thankfully provide to arranger fans a second release of "Callisto - Arranger module" project. Yes, there are yet some limitations, most of them related to our developing platform (please, read the full list of limitations below), BUT... once you are a music producer or song writer or a composser that in love with the arranger format and yet feel quite connected to every new trend that hits the computer music production market, you probably won't miss any opportunity to blend those two formats together. Thats how we feel about this project and this yearning to blend and combine both formats to a kind of modular-hybrid creature, was a serious motivation engine for all of us throughout the development period. So, the dream to use a DAW as an arranger organ and any midi keyboard\midi controller is here. The abillity to create your own styles and share VST based styles with others can certainly push hard hobbyist and even PROs to the arms of their computer and use those thousands of VST instruments that no 4000$ hardware arranger can actually compete them.
So, what is Callisto?
The current versions of Callisto are built around the same concept: they bring the style based accompanyment to the computer + the traditional mechanisms that can be found in any hardware arranger, like the intros, fills, endings and main variations buttons that switch between it's 10 variations set, according to the well known arranger method. those features are backed by 10 sequencers per instrument which create the midi sequences for each. The sequences should be programmed manually by drawing midi notes in each of the variations piano roll tool and saved as a file. You'll also find one finger\fingered chord switching methods, keyboard splitting button, start on key press feature, piano mode, multi solo mode, automatic crash system, hold variation mode and a tempo knob. You can also use automation to power up any significant button or knob straight from your hardware midi keyboard\controller (MIDI learn) and an easy to use "jump to" menu which determines wich variation continiues which sequence after a transitions.
Differences between Callisto versions
Since Callisto is a very unique project, it has three versions that fit different needs. They are all based on the same mechanism, while built for different environments and purposes:
- This version is the free demo. Its totally free and fully functional and works as a stand-alone application. Its based on "plug&play" method and uses 7 built in wavetable synths to power both solos and style components (3 synths for style accompanyment and 4 synths for solo instruments) and a dedicated built in drum sampler to power the drums sequences. The sampler has total 30 drum-kits, based on standard wav. samples, arranged into categories (which can be substituted with your own samples easly). You can build your own drum-kit any time by using each of the sampler's 10 sample slots and you also can use some lovely built-in effects to spice up your sequences. This version needs an Asio driver to work properly and supports the free ASIO4ALL driver which presumably works with any reasonable Windows computer.
Callisto VSTi (32bit)
- This version is pure midi based version. It connects itself to vst instruments that opened in your DAW by using the midi channels. Each channel of the total 12 channels represents one instrument slot. Callisto has 12 instrument slots (6 slots for style components and 6 for solos). In this way, you can, for instance, send channel 1 to the drums vst, channel 2 to the bass vst and so on, which means that Callisto can control 12 vst instruments at once. Indeed, this version will allow you to record your songs in the DAW.
- This version is also a pure midi based one. But unlike the VSTi version, its a stand-alone application that uses VSTi instruments that opened in your favorite DAW with virtual midi cables, like loopMIDI
. Each Callisto's slot sends it's midi sequence through a separate midi cable and controls the VSTi instruments that set to it
A part from the free Callisto synth, for 27$ or higher contribution
, you get both the Callisto VSTi
and the Callisto stand alone
versions, PLUS some nice bonuses on future developments to come.
Current versions limitations
Please read this carefully. We already pointed some of the limitations at the prologue, but to keep things clear and bright, we provide you the full list of limitations:
1) Callisto is yet 32bit
2) Mac platform is not supported
3) MIDI importing\exporting is yet not supported
4) MIDI recording is not supported
5) Callisto stand alone doesn't recognize post-plugged MIDI equipment. To use your midi equipment properly, you should connect it to your computer before loading up Callisto.
6) Callisto's piano roll doesn't support drag&drop, copy&paste, note dragging or note back length increase\decrease. The drawn notes are stuck to their base grid. The only way to increase\decrease their length is from the right.
7) No other arranger style format is supported at the moment. With this versions you can only make your styles or share the pre-made Callisto styles with others.
8) When creating a new style and setting the time signatue, it can not be changed after saving.
9) Time signature is fixed and pre-determined for all the variations of the style.
10) The piano roll's octave range is 3 octaves (starting at key C3 (36) up to B5 (71))
11) Styles programming's root key is always key "C". You should program style's midi pharses as they've played in "C" octave.
*There may be some more small limitations which will be probably fixed, as long as the development period continues.
Jumper is a new concept that allows live performers to play with up to 16 VSTi instruments on stage or in live jams. By using your keyboard's midi cc buttons, you can instantly switch between instrumets that opened in your favorite DAW and you can even split your keyboard into 2 zones and route instruments to keyboard's upper and lower zones. Jumper is a stand alone application for windows computers and its based on virtual midi cables method. Each instrument button is routed to a matching virtual midi cable that connected to a single VSTi instrument in the DAW. All you have to do is to to connect your midi keyboard to Jumper, route it's instrument buttons to any midi cable that connected to any VST instrument and violla, they are all under your control. Jumper is added to our "full version" product bundle, with Callisto and Callisto vsti.We also added a reduced yet fully functional demo version to our free demo bundle.