You can watch the video below for a quick overview of the new features, followed by an update about what’s coming next. Or just keep reading below the video for all the details.
Medleys! Multiple songs can be combined into a set and Strum Machine will seamlessly play through them one after another. Songs can be in different keys and at different tempos if desired. Watch a video overview of how medleys work, or just load up a song and then go to “Medley” in the right-hand sidebar to get started.
New “playlist” features! Go to any song through a list and you’ll see a list navigation bar at the top of the screen, with Auto-Advance and shuffle features available. Learn more about the new navigation bar.
Ending brackets! These can be used to have a repeating section end differently on each repetition. Learn more.
The song editor copy/paste functionality now works across browser windows/tabs, making it easier to copy part of one song into another.
Changed behavior of the restart button (and Backspace key); it will now go to the beginning of the current section. You can press it twice to go back to the beginning of the song.
Clicking Auto-Finish “rep markers” doesn’t start immediately anymore. I’m consdering making this the behavior of the section rep markers as well.
Apple introduced several “show-stopping” bugs in version 15 of Safari and iOS that affect the audio system that Strum Machine uses for a small but significant number of users.
Some bugs (such as broken MP3 decoding) could be worked around, while others (like the bug that sometimes halts playback altogether) only Apple can fix. I’m still looking into what bugs are causing which problems, though. If you encounter any issues with audio playback, please write email@example.com and describe the issue you’re facing – or better yet, send me a video!
Strumming patterns! I’ve posted about this before, so I won’t repeat myself here, but this is still my top priority for Strum Machine. I got delayed by this new beta release (which was necessary to finish before programming the new strumming patterns, but took much longer than anticipated), the bugs that Apple introduced in v15 of Safari/iOS, and some life stuff. So it will probably be 2022 before the new strumming styles are ready for testing. But I will post an update before the year is over to show you all the progress I’ve made.