The beta website (and as of May 30, the main website and mobile app) has just been updated to v335, which is a tweak that I think some of you will enjoy. It’s a bit hard to describe, so I made a video about it – or scroll down for the written explanation.
This update changes the audio samples used in the keys of A, Bb, and B: it now uses capoed key-of-G chords. This makes it sound a bit more true-to-life for bluegrass, where guitarists almost always play these keys out of G position with a capo. But the main advantage is better-sounding accompaniment for modal tunes in A, Bb, and B, since the G chord used does not include the third tone of the scale. The video above includes audio samples of each so you can hear the difference.
Please give it a try and let me know what you think. The most important thing is to ensure that nothing sounds worse than before, and that you quickly get used to the way these keys sound now. I have a lot of ways to tweak samples if you discover a particular situation where something doesn’t sound right, so tell me if you notice anything!
Side note: I changed how the bass is played in these keys as an experiment. It will now randomly change octaves throughout the song. Curious to know if folks appreciate the variety or find it annoying in any way. [Update: some did find it annoying, so I disabled it for now and will revisit the idea later.]
Don’t like it? First, please tell me! Then, feel free to switch it back using the toggle switch in the Instruments panel. (Still not sure what to call it, but for now it’s the only toggle switch there so you can’t miss it.)
Thanks for trying it out!