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 and 64bit)
- 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 10$ 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) Mac platform is not supported
2) MIDI importing\exporting is yet not supported
3) MIDI recording is not supported
4) 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 VSTi plug-in for windows computers. Each instrument button is routing the MIDI signal to the matching VSTi instrument in the DAW through a matching MIDI channel (from 1 to 16). All you have to do is to connect your midi keyboard to Jumper and set your VST instruments in your DAW to recieve midi signal from Jumper's midi channel. Jumper is now free and can be dowloaded from our site in the download section (Fanan team demo pack).
Boo boom is slot based drum sampler. It uses 20 (.wav) file sample slots to build 20 drum components drumkits. According to this approach, every slot can be anything, from kicks to snares or cymbals or you name it. Each slot is triggered by its own unique midi note which noted on its slot button. For instance, slot 48 is triggered by note number 48 in the midi keyboard (c2). The samples menu is divided into 14 categories, including a wide range of drumkit components types. Each type button (kicks, snares, claps, etc.) is directing to it’s own sample library folder which located at “C:\Users\yourname\Documents\Fananteam\Boong\core”. Once you press on any type button, you get the list of the samples you can choose from. Each sample folder has a room for 150 samples. Of course, you can add your own wave files straight to the folders and delete the existing given samples. Boo boom will read them.
Boo boom comes with 30 full drumkits to start with. They are all replaceable, so its up to you to decide.
Boo boom has also a built-in mixer that allows you to tweak any sample separately. You can use the EQ, change the pitch, pan and you can use our pitch based round robin effect which has a wide control ability on the final sound. The mixer is also armed with 3 master effects (compressor, reverb, delay).
Boo boom can also be expanded to up to 20 “physical” outputs in your D.A.W (20out mode). In this mode, every slot gets its own separated channel in the D.A.W mixer and allows you to manipulate every sample separately (The master effects are disabled in this mode).
Boo boom loads drumkits extremely fast and uses a “one button press” preset manager which allows a super-fast presets switching. It also allows you to tweak the active keyboard's octaves and tweak or fire up the master effects by using macro knobs and buttons.
Boo boom uses 24 presets drumkit banks. Each preset represents a full drumkit containing all the components.
Boo boom is attached to our product line pack which costs 10$. Registered customers can download the pack and get Boo boom for free!
Demo limitations: demo sound every 20 seconds, “20out mode” is disabled (the audio output is stereo only).
Ringo is a midi groove machine. It is a midi tool and doesn’t make any sound, but only control other VST instruments. It uses the hardware arranger groove approach to play midi groove styles by dividing them into variations, just like the hardware arranger do. This grooving method allow users to build their own drum styles and controlling them instantly with their midi keyboards or midi pads, even in live sessions. Ringo drives 10 variations. 3 main variations, 3 fill variations, 2 intros and 2 endings. Each variation can be written separately at its own sequencer piano roll and controlled by its own unique midi key. Ringo can control 4 VST instruments at once. It has its own tempo knob (but indeed, can be synced to the D.A.W’s tempo as well), it has a crash generator which allows the user determining which note is generating a cymbal crash and has its own midi setup section that routes the midi out to a specific midi channel in the D.A.W. All the 4 instruments slots can play together or one by one (solo mode). Ringo also offers choosing the user’s midi styles straight from the GUI. Once the user saved a style in one of Ringo’s library folders, it will be shown at the style manager.