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Release 4.26     January 26, 2021
  • High quality multilayer soundfonts are increasingly offered on the internet for free. With this release, the functionality around the nimbu synthesizers is expanded.
  • nimbu can now also be played two-handed only with the two nimbu synthesizers by turning off the automatic in the control tab.
  • In this context, the routing of controller and after touch messages from keyboard to the synthesizers and sound modules has been extended.
  • The set soundfont is no longer reset to the default soundfont. This eliminates the need to rename the desired soundfont to the default soundfont name.
  • Further improvements concern the new session panel. In the session panel, 4 presets can now be preset and recalled for each of the instruments of the two keyboard sections. The recall is also possible via MIDI.
  • The session panel does not immediately call the first session. This means that it no longer automatically goes into performance mode and can thus be used for all requirements.
  • The session panel gets a solo button, which is used to play specific single categories. When the solo function is terminated, nimbu restores the original setting. In this context, nimbu now basically remembers for each category whether instrument or track were switched on.
  • The sliders in the session panel have been improved for use on touch screens by restricting the active touch area to a smaller area around the sliders, thus avoiding operating errors.
  • The display of the currently played bar part is now shown in eighth and quarter steps depending on the time signature. E.g. a 7/8 bar now has 7 steps. The type of display changes with each bar that has a new time signature.
Release 4.23     January 11, 2021
  • nimbu now lists up to 30 MIDI Out devices that can be selected, supporting more complex stage setups.
  • SyncStop can now be set to hard in the Control tab. In this setting, nimbu stops immediately when the left hand does not press any key. When a new chord is played, the system starts playing with the set Main variation.
  • In this context, the Main Variation setting has been revised so that it is preserved as far as possible and is not reset to Main A.
  • If playing is stopped with Stop or SyncStop, nimbu now additionally sends so-called All Notes Off Messages to the set sound modules. If no playing is going on, these All Notes Off Messages are always sent when the SyncStop button is pressed.
  • The setting of volumes via MIDI endless knobs has been improved.
Release 4.21     December 18, 2020
  • In this release, primarily the new features of release 4.20 are improved.
  • The time resolution of the VU level display in the session panel and in the mixer has been reduced slightly to support PC systems with lower graphics performance.
  • In contrast, the time resolution of the VU levels of the percussion instruments was raised, since the notes are very short in this field.
  • The master volume setting is now global, i.e. it is used for all volume settings in the entire session. This also applies to the One Touch Registers and the FadeIn/Out function. The session panel automatically sets this setting to the maximum value each time it is called up.
Release 4.20     November 10, 2020
  • For this release, all windows have been revised and standardised in terms of the colour of the operating elements.
  • The volume sliders now also show the names of the instruments. In addition these sliders got a new MIDI VU meter display.
  • The mixing console has been extensively revised with these new controls.
  • nimbu now offers an integrated Session Panel, which not only calls up the sessions but also controls them completely. The new volume sliders have been integrated into this panel. Furthermore, the pads for playing have been arranged in a more functional way. The Session Panel got a Master Volume control.
Release 4.01-1  September 9, 2020
  • The setting of chords in the Event Track has been improved. With these improvements, accompaniments can be developed even better in real time without playing the chords.
  • The chord input in the Event Track is now also done via the chord display. This allows the chords to be pressed on the MIDI keyboard or set via the chord symbol (fundamental + chord type).
  • It is also possible to select only the chord type in the chord display and press the fundamental on the MIDI keyboard.
  • In this context the setting of chords and chord scales in the event track has also been slightly improved.
Release 4.01     July 8, 2020
  • This nimbu release can be switched to an English user interface. The entire documentation is thus also available in English. The switch is made at the top right under UI.
  • With this switch, English chord, scale, and note names are used in nimbu.
  • At the same time nimbu.de is also switchable to the English language.
  • Furthermore, in sessions with markers at the beginning of playing, the initialization of Main A was improved if no marker was selected before playing.
  • In this context, the initialization of markers, which are called up during playing, has also been slightly improved.
  • For the assignment of the scales it is no longer necessary to enter the chord in the Event Track window.
Release 3.68-1  June 11, 2020
  • TempoEvents in the EventTrack now again automatically update the displayed tempo values in the Play tab and in the TouchPanel, but now also take into account the tempo changes already made during playing. Since Release 3.64, these changes in tempo during playing are always made relative to the respective tempo in the Event Track.
Release 3.68     May 8, 2020
  • The nimbu system messages now have a prefixed four-digit number, which makes the user context immediately clear to support staff. This change has already been implemented as of 3.66 rev.1.
  • In the Play tab the markers Intro and Main can now be set just like in the Touch Panel. This change has already been implemented as of 3.66 rev.1.
  • The documentation of the first steps has been extended to give an even more detailed introduction to the automatic accompaniment.
  • This release is an intermediate step towards the next update.
Release 3.66     January 9, 2020
  • There are MIDI files with *.mid extension, although they do not have a standard MIDI file (SMF) format, but use the RIFF MIDI file (RMID) format instead. nimbu now imports these MIDI files as well. This change is already set as of 3.65 rev.1.
  • nimbu was extended for MIDI files with *.rmi extension to support the RMID format.
  • If the Edit check mark is set in the Control Events group of the Event Track and then scrolled in the empty Event Type List box, even though no corresponding events have been entered in the Event Area with the mouse, a system crash occurs. This does not happen anymore.
Release 3.65     December 2, 2019
  • nimbu now displays up to 64 audio devices in the synthesizer Windows and will no longer quit if more than 32 audio devices are installed on the PC. This change is already set as of 3.64 rev.1.
  • If you move through the bars with the Walk Through Panel while the Demo Keyboard and Melody 1 window is open, the keys of the melody in the Demo Keyboard are now also deleted when you go back in the Walk Through Panel. This means that the keys of the melody are always displayed correctly on the Walk Through of the Demo Keyboard. This was not the case before. This change is already set from 3.64 rev.2.
  • During MIDI file import, AUDYA Major markers are also assigned to the nimbu markers. All other markers of the AUDYA styles get the NoMarker marker. This change is already set from 3.64 rev.3.
  • If switched on nimbu now plays the chords from the EventTrack in addition to the chords played on the keyboard. Previously either the chords from the EventTrack or the chords played on the keyboard were played. If a chord is played at exactly the same time on both the keyboard and the EventTrack, the chord from the EventTrack will be ignored. nimbu therefore behaves in the same way with the chords as with the other event types of the EventTrack.
    For example, if Sections have their own chord progression, as is often the case in longer intros and endings, their chord progression can be set in the EventTrack without having to play it yourself.
Release 3.64     October 21, 2019
  • The Play Tempo setting in the Play tab was previously overridden by Tempo Events in the Event Track. This design has been changed so that the Tempo setting is now always relative to the value of the current Tempo Event in the Event Track. This means that, as before, the tempo presets always come from the Event Track. They are also set automatically when importing a style or MIDI file. However, if the tempo setting is changed now, nimbu remembers the amount of this change relative to the current value in the event track and takes this change into account when playing further tempo events. The amount of the relative change is also displayed. This also applies to tempo changes made via MIDI controller or Touch Panel. In this way, especially accompaniments calculated from MIDI files, which themselves vary the tempo during the course of the accompaniment, can be played very comfortably faster or slower. nimbu 3.62 rev. 1 already contains this design change.
  • When importing a MIDI file, the name of the track is now also listed to provide even more information about the structure of the MIDI file. Some MIDI files in MIDI file format 1, for example, mark the melody and bass tracks with this name. In this context, the documentation now goes into more detail about the importance of the correct assignment for the calculation of the accompaniment. It also describes in more detail how to identify the melody and bass tracks of a MIDI file.
  • The Options tab now contains a setting for the overall tuning. This setting changes the overall tuning of nimbu within a range of +1 / -1 semitone to flexibly support the interplay with other instruments, e.g. in a band.
Release 3.62     October 2, 2019
  • As a result of the extensive functional enhancements in Release 3.60, scrolling by wiping on touch screens no longer worked. This error has been corrected.
  • The import of PitchBend messages from MIDI files has been improved. PitchBends can move the pitch by more than a semitone step. The documentation now explains what has to be considered with these PitchBend messages.
  • When calculating instruments from a MIDI file, the original track is now also completely restored when rhythm adjustments are made, so that this calculation can be performed quickly and at any time with different settings.
  • nimbu uses the important control parameter in the group "at the end of note" to prevent transpositions for events that are already playing when a new chords being struck if this is not necessary. This parameter is now saved and automatically loaded each time nimbu is called up. This parameter, which is especially important for beginners, is also described in more detail in the documentation.
Release 3.61     September 28, 2019
  • As a result of the extensive functional enhancements in Release 3.60, the controller window is no longer displayed correctly. This error has been corrected.
  • nimbu 3.60 Benutzer sollten auf Release 3.61 migrieren.
Release 3.60     September 6, 2019
  • With this release, nimbu also supports the MCU (Mackie Control Universal) and HUI (Human Control Interface) protocols known from DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) in order to comprehensively integrate master keyboards for controlling nimbu. An additional MIDI IN interface with free mapping of buttons, faders and endless knobs to nimbu functions is used for the connection.
  • In addition, nimbu receives an additional generic MIDI OUT interface for controlling LEDs and displays on master keyboards. Via this interface nimbu sends status information, so that nimbu can be played directly on the master keyboard with the above MCU/HUI interface, i.e. without a PC screen, touch screen or other controllers. The mapping of the LEDs to the nimbu status information is freely configurable.
  • The above extensions have been implemented in such a way that almost all functions of the Touch Panel and the Session Collection Panel can also be executed using a master keyboard or other MIDI controllers. Furthermore, the status information of the Touch and Collection Panels in form of the virtual LEDs is also sent to the real LEDs of the master keyboard. In addition, the selected accompaniment appears on the display of the master keyboard.
  • In this context the Collection Panel was revised. Playlists can now be created as collections from existing accompaniments, which can then be called up directly from the master keyboard.
  • With these enhancements, the documentation was adapted accordingly.
  • The additional MIDI interfaces are now available as an update of the Extended and Professional Edition. All other extensions are also included in the Core Edition update.
Release 3.41     June 27, 2019
  • As a result of the functional enhancements in Release 3.40, several improvements have been made.
  • The error messages when assigning MIDI Out devices are now more detailed.
  • An error has been fixed in the assignment of the nimbu Synth B.
  • After the very first start of a new installation, the chord recognition type 3-part is ready to play without having to select it or any other recognition type once in the list box.
  • Chapter I. Introduction in the manual has been revised and additional graphics have been included for illustration. Other sections have received additional notes.
Release 3.40     May 15, 2019
  • nimbu is now delivered completely with 100 fantastic rhythms. Rhythms from which new sessions can be created with ease.
  • These rhythms are called up for playing via a new so-called Session Collection Panel, which is divided into 10 groups or music genres. The first 5 groups are Beat-Rock, Pop-Disco, Folk-Country, Rhythm+Blues and Ballroom. The sessions of these groups can also be edited. In addition, there are 5 more so-called Collection Groups for own accompaniments.
    he names of the user collection groups and all sessions can be assigned by the user.
    Each of these 10 groups will record 20 sessions, so that 200 accompaniments will be accessed via the new panel. In addition, as many panels as needed can be created.
  • If a session is started from the Collection Panel, nimbu enters the so-called Performance Mode. In this mode, sessions that are called up are automatically started. Otherwise common queries, e.g. when changing settings, are suppressed to do not interrupt playing. Processing and performance are clearly separated.
  • As with the Touch Panel, all functions of the Collection Panel can also be controlled via MIDI pads or controllers and thus via the MIDI interface.
  • The settings for the keyboard areas can now be saved twice in nimbu as a system or in the session. When a session is loaded, it can set its own settings or use the currently activated setting in nimbu. These settings can be switched at any time, giving you more flexibility. The 100 finished rhythms use the currently activated nimbu setting by default.
  • The import of keyboard styles is now more fault-tolerant, so that styles with syntactical errors are also loaded. nimbu now has a 2 pass approach to correct errors. Furthermore, styles with extensions .prs, .bcs and .sst are loaded, so that no renaming of the extension is required.
  • The result of the scale assignment is displayed with further details. If you are familiar with cadenzas and the circle of fifths, or if you want to improvise musically, you will find further information here.
  • Adjustable amplification of the output stages of nimbu synthesizers or sound modules.
  • Version 3.40 is also a maintenance release: Error in AutoFill In for continuous notes and non-existent fill-ins fixed. The chord display, which shows all chords that nimbu resolves in the corresponding setting when playing, can now be controlled directly on the keyboard with chord inversions. Bug in larger styles with more than 128 bars fixed. Error when editing 64th notes fixed. Configuration of keyboard areas revised, whose notes are routed directly to the sound module used in nimbu.
  • This comprehensive extension is now available to our customers as an update of the three nimbu versions.
Release 3.11     February 15, 2019
  • nimbu now comes completely with 2 integrated synthesizers and a SoundFont sound library. These sound modules control the audio devices of the PC directly. They are also equipped with software DSPs for Reverb and Chorus. Since most PCs nowadays have a built-in HD audio device, some even with optical output, there is no need to install a sound card. nimbu can therefore also be used on Windows notebooks and tablets or on devices with touch screen directly at the MIDI keyboard.
  • In this context, the Windows Performance Monitor was used to measure the hardware requirements on different test systems. The technical requirements for nimbu have been revised. Due to the omission of the sound card and the relatively low hardware requirements, nimbu can run on inexpensive used systems with integrated touch screen.
  • The soundfont libraries are now integrated directly into nimbu and are only limited in size by the main memory of the PC, which is an advantage for multi-layered soundfonts.
  • Since nimbu is now delivered completely and is ready to play after a few settings, the documentation has been revised accordingly.
  • This comprehensive extension is now available to our customers as an update of the three nimbu versions.
  • Version 3.11 is also a maintenance release: In the Composition Mode, the routing of the played melody notes for sound generation and thus also the recording works again. In addition, an error during bar-by-bar editing has been fixed in this mode.
Release 3.04     January 8, 2019
  • In the instrument windows the played chords are displayed completely, i.e. in their 3 or 4 voiced form.
  • With 4-voice chord recognition, the 3-voice chord recognition can additionally be switched on in case no chord is recognized while playing although 3 keys are pressed.
  • In the tab Control a chord display is now available, which shows at a glance all chords including their inversions, depending on the current setting for chord recognition. A total of several hundred chord fingerings can be called up here, whereby the basic notes and chords can also be entered directly on the MIDI keyboard.
  • The chord display does not not only show the chords but also the chord scales assigned to these chords.
  • In this context, the setting of the chord scales in the Event Track has also been revised and improved.
  • Adjustment in the Control tab that major sixth chords are interpreted as inversions of the corresponding minor chords or, in the case of 4-voice chord recognition, the corresponding minor seventh chords. This setting now applies to all inversions. Since it also affects the calculation of the harmony progression, it is explained in more detail in the documentation.
  • Fixed an error when indexing drum events.
Release 3.01     November 8, 2018
  • Ending and Bridge markers now run until the end when a new sequence part is requested for a new section and only then jump to the new section. This gives you enough time to set the new target markers in the new section while playing.
  • Ending and bridge markers cannot be set while an intro is still playing.
  • In AccompanyingMode it is now possible to preset a sequence part with a new section for each section of a sequence part, which will then be played automatically if no other sequence part with a different section is requested while playing.
  • In the sequence definition, the settings can now only be made depending on the two modes Accompany and Compose, so that the functions are now clearly separated from each other.
  • In the group Record Playing of the MIDI export tab the recording can also be reset.
  • nimbu is now available in the Core, Extended and Professional editions. Existing customers receive nimbu Professional with a download. The edition is displayed via the (?) in the upper right corner.
  • In the manual, the topic of data backup was included in the last chapter of the introduction.
Release 2.84     September 14, 2018
  • When you create a new accompaniment, the global nimbu settings for MIDI controllers or MIDI pads are taken over.
  • The Scale Keyboard now also shows the fundamental note of the scale. Furthermore, the Scale Keyboard now also shows the scales of self-played chords.
  • In the Event Track the assigned scales are also displayed during a Walk Through.
  • Error in the display of the available markers in the Touch Panel fixed.
  • MIDI file import simplified and improved. All chord instruments are loaded with one click.
  • Additional setting option to interpret major sixth chords as the first inversion of corresponding minor seventh chords, which is harmonically appropriate in the majority of cases. This is also the new default setting.
  • Indexing of event areas improved.
  • Error correction option for older session files.
Release 2.83     July 31, 2018
  • The note length of the events can now also be set variable by dragging with the mouse by clicking on "variable" in the "Note length" group of the "Start" tab.
  • To create your own arrangements, you can load specific sections from other sessions in the group "Import from Session Files" of the "Process" tab. During this import, the settings that specify which instruments are initially switched on for playing are now also applied. Accompaniments from other sessions are loaded completely into the current section.
Release 2.82     April 26, 2018
  • nimbu can now be controlled more flexibly with MIDI controllers or MIDI pads. The control is done via 2 MIDI In interfaces, either via Control Change, Program Change or NoteOn or NoteOff messages.
    On the one hand, the configuration is done for nimbu as a system. On the other hand, session files can have their own configurations. To set up, all you have to do is press the corresponding switches or knobs, whose MIDI messages are immediately displayed and then assigned to the 80 nimbu functions.
  • In this context, the setting and recalling of the three One Touch registers have also been revised.