Dhalang Microtonal Groovebox is a standalone real-time music workstation software for composition, production and performance of electronic and electro-acoustic music and sound design with alternative/microtonal/xenharmonic tuning systems and scales.
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June 6

Update 4.4

Fixed online rendering (REC on mixer view ) possible crashes and buffer glitches.
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May 15

Update 4.3

New:
- Audio input sync (real-time audio input peaks trigger sync) [experimental]
- Multiple MIDI input devices mode.
Fixed:
- Pitch bend recording from TouchPlay to Control track.
- Analog synth FM frequency changes with auto-glide.
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About This Software

"Some apps do just one job well, while other apps take, as William S. Burroughs said, “a broader, general view of things.”  Dhalang (the name derives from the puppet-master in the Indonesian shadow puppet theater) by the Finnish developer Joel Kivela does at least four different things, and it does each of them well.  It’s a microtonal tuning utility, a series of sound generators, a traditional DAW-type sequencer, a series of algorithmic generators, and a mixer.  It can both receive and send out MIDI.  It can be used as a complete all-in-one solution for composition, or it can be used in conjunction with other programs, or MIDI input and output programs. You’ll find it has a range of possibilities that will keep you occupied for not hours or days, but months on end." Warren Burt / Sound Bytes Magazine

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Have you ever wanted to sequence electronic and electro-acoustic music with authentic alternative tuning systems e.g. Indian or Arabic, and their distinct musical scales ? How about generating totally unique tuning systems and exploring their new sonic frontiers with traditional piano roll notation or with more adventurous algorithmic and stochastic sequencers ? Even though not an entry level music software, Dhalang requires no special musical training and only a refined ear for music and sound that go beyond the mainstream.

Dhalang MG consists of internal synthesizers and samplers all tunable to any tuning system. Internal mixer with multi-effect buses provides complete track production within the single software. Stereo or multichannel audio output can be rendered to wav offline or online while playing or mixing live.

Sequencers use scale subsets that allow very easy and fast grid-based creation of the most hypnotic, catchy or complex sequences possible. Algorithmic sequencers based on vector progression, Markov chains and physics generate musical sequences in a similar fashion to modular synthesis; Different operators and principles guide pattern or stochastic -based endless flow of notes that control internal instruments or external MIDI devices and software. With multiple state machines, algorithmic sequencer states can be in turn sequenced and interpolated in a song-like way. All different types of sequencers can even be linked and synced together allowing endless original musical possibilities.

UPD Network connection allows multiple instances of Dhalang to sync tempo to one another and for exchanging tuning systems and scales.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any with DirectSound, WASAPI or ASIO support
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 10
    • Processor: Quad Core i5 or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Audio interface with native ASIO support
    • Additional Notes: MIDI keyboad is recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: macOS 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: macOS 10.10 or later
    • Processor: Quad Core i5 or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: MIDI keyboad is recommended
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