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What RiffBook Is
RiffBook is a computer "notebook" for music where you can quickly record audio, video, transcriptions, tablature, and text notes and keep everything together in one organized place. The best part is that RiffBook has powerful searching and browsing features so that you can find your riffs later!
Use your computer's built-in microphone to capture audio, or use the built-in iSight camera to record videos showing exactly how you are playing the riff. Enter transcriptions by dragging and dropping notes onto the staff. Index the riff for later searching by choosing characteristics such as genre, mood, chord progression, and keywords.
The Two Editions: Standard and Professional
|Organize Riffs into Songs|
|Riff Search Function|
|Riff Library Browsing|
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What RiffBook Is Not
RiffBook is not a high-end recording/sequencing program like Logic Pro or ProTools. RiffBook is intended to be a quick and easy way of capturing your ideas. It's simple and it's efficient. Capturing audio from your computer's built-in microphone generally serves its purpose. We're not talking about production-quality music here; we're talking about quickly capturing the idea before you forget it. There's no complex setup involved. There are no complex editing commands to learn. If you don't like what you've played, just record it again.
RiffBook is not a high-end transcription program like Sibelius or Finale. If you want to write a score for a symphony, some of the dedicated notation programs will suit your needs better. Instead, RiffBook gives you streamlined tools to quickly jot down your ideas in transcription or tablature format.
RiffBook Professional is not a video editing program like FinalCut Pro. RiffBook Professional gives the ability to capture video from your built-in iSight camera to capture how you perform your riff much like an instructional video would do. Much like recording audio with RiffBook, there are no complex editing commands, just "record" and "stop." It's that simple. If you are looking to create more complex presentation-quality videos, a dedicated video editing program will suit your needs better. If you just want to capture something quick so you'll remember how to play what you just created, then RiffBook will work well for you.
RiffBook is not a database. RiffBook has a lot of features that resemble a database, and for most purposes you may think of RiffBook as being a database. But instead of storing all of your data in one big database file, RiffBook saves your data in separate files. There is no danger of one big proprietary database file becoming corrupt and suddenly losing all of your work just because one file went bad on you. The audio and video files are stored in standard formats that can be opened in other programs. When you use RiffBook, your work is safe and future-proof!
Why Use RiffBook?
We've all done it. We played a brilliant little piece of music on one day, only to return to the next rehearsal without the foggiest idea of how that riff went. After losing some of our best music this way, we've decided to tape our sessions. Now we have a big pile of tapes and have no idea where to begin looking for our riff. Even if we know what tape it's on, it will still take valuable time finding it. With RiffBook, you can quickly record a new riff and have a permanent record of it that can be found again very easily.
RiffBook is great for storing and cataloging riffs that you really like, but have no use for yet in a song. Over time, your riff library in RiffBook will grow. Later, during the songwriting process, RiffBook can be used to search for riffs that meet certain criteria such as chord progression or musical genre. The riff library can be browsed in order to generate song ideas. Riffs can be organized into song folders within RiffBook in order to group them and to designate them as being already used. This management of in-process work allows you to keep track of where you are in the songwriting process.
With RiffBook, you can also add linked files to riffs or songs. When a file is linked with RiffBook, RiffBook makes an "Open" button that allows you to quickly open the file with the application that created it. This is great for linking files such as Logic Pro recording sessions. With one click, your document opens in Logic Pro. Using linked files in RiffBook, all of your music work can be brought together and organized in one place.
RiffBook Minimum System Requirements
|Mac OS X 10.4 or later (10.4.11, 10.5.8, 10.6 or
1280 x 768 Minimum Screen Resolution
iSight camera for recording video in Professional Edition
Universal application (for both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs)
200MB Free Hard Drive Space
100MB Free RAM