Quincy is a musical explorer of Life, a cellular automaton created by J.H.Conway. Conway’s Game Of Life has long been of great interest to musicians specifically as a pattern generator. Quincy is a full implementation of Life, capable of generating all possible variations, the common B3/S23 as well as others like HighLife or Seeds. It is document-based and features adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and more. Quincy comes with a large library of patterns, a color mixer for a document’s color set and many display options. Editing tools beyond pen and pattern stamp also include options like copy, paste and rotate.

One of the design decisions made early on in development was to implement sound generators in a modular approach. This ensures extensibility for future versions, but also has a more immediate effect. Each module has a distinct flavor while at the same time delivering an infinite number of variations. That allows the composer to chose a general color or direction to begin with and then work their way down from the top with scale choice, tonality and rhythm or voice considerations.

Quincy currently ships with 13 sound modules with more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines meter, key and a base scale as tone material. The Chroma module for example is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales. To get you started right away we included a large selection of sample documents that demonstrate each of these module's individual flavors and capabilities.

With an extended General MIDI sound library of over 200 individual sounds to select from Quincy offers a lot right out of the box. In addition to that Quincy implements virtual MIDI with very low latency to allow integration into DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic X, Reason and many more. Other settings include local audio control and selectable MIDI channel. All documents that Quincy creates are freely interchangeable with the iOS versions Quincy and Quincy Lite which are available on the iPhone App Store for a modest fee.

Quincy renders stunning visuals, produces the craziest looking metronomes, very atmospheric soundscapes and strange rhythmic patterns that have many uses in music production. To learn more about Quincy and for more screenshots and videos of the application in action, please visit our website. There you can also find links to the complete online documentation. Finally we made a playlist with excerpts of the latest 10 module sample docs on SoundCloud. You can take a listen here:

- Intuitive interface
- 13 sound generating modules
- Adjustable grid size
- Document based
- Full general MIDI instrument library
- Large pattern library
- Virtual MIDI
- Extensive documentation
- Ready for Retina®
- Discount for Educational Institutions

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What’s New

Version 1.0.8

• This version adds improved support for macOS High Sierra (10.13) and fixes some minor layout issues.

Ratings and Reviews

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Export to MIDI file?

I think this is an interesting way to generate music. Would have not thought of it myself. I have played guitar for over a decade and have earned a degree in computer engineering from a top teared college. I am interested in computer generated music as a tool for musicians to help complete human intuition, however this doesn’t have the complexity of how musicians play, it plays in a very timely way. This could be a great way to generate drum loops. Have you thought of rests? It could add a layer of behavior that makes it not so much like a clock. This app is fun to play with, and listen to, but functionally non productive. Would have given three stars, but it seems there was great effort with scales and instruments, and I know the difficulty in music generation working on my own algorithms. Anyway, if anyone is looking for the game of life, it would make much more sense to get this app and have sound along with the visuals. I am not an expert in the game of life, but I think its missing some of the basic structures that have shown significance in the past. Namely, once gospers hack was developed and allowed quicker analysis. I like this, and I hope it gets enough downloads to warrent continued versions. Also, you should have the default scale, blues pentatonic minor, for what should be ovious reasons.


Arthur Roolfs
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macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor


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