In fact, we love Tumblr so much, we decided to create a better way of importing, editing, and publishing Tumblr photos using Aviary
1) Click ‘Import’ in the File menu in Aviary
2) Click on the ‘Tumblr’ tab in the import pane
3) Enter your Tumblr username
4) Browse your Tumblr photos
5) Import your photos
Once you’ve finished playing with your imported photo and saving it, you’ll see the Share Menu which will let you publish your photo on Tumblr by clicking the Tumblr icon
Publish your awesome new photo to Tumblr
Eventually we hope to build some tighter integration so reblog links remain intact, but for now this method will suffice.
If there are any other features you think we should be working on, don’t hesitate to let us know. You can reach us at Support@aviary.com.
So how much better are the photos on your Tumblr now?!]]>
You can find the tempo of the QuantumTracks CD you are working with by looking at the far right “bpm” (beats per minute) column. First, click on the musical note button in the scale area where you see the display to set your scale to “tempo” instead of “time”. Next, set your canvas tempo by selecting View > Change Tempo from the menu bar above the canvas. Then enable snap to grid by clicking the “Snap To Grid” radio button at the upper left of the canvas it will have a check mark when it is “on”, or from the View > Change Tempo command. This makes it super easy to line up clips on tracks, and helps a lot when you scoot clips around.
An added bonus is when you right-click within a track segment to paste a clip, the jog slider (the vertical bar that shows where you are in the mix) will jump immediately to the beginning of that segment, so you don’t have to bump your new clip around!
Try it now!
Now anyone can create music and beats completely from scratch and right in their browser, by simulating almost 50 different instruments, ranging from common instruments like various drums, pianos and guitars to orchestral instruments like harps and flutes to more obscure (but fun!) instruments you may never have heard of like the balarimba and hammered dulcimer.
We spent the time carefully recording and toning each instrument so that you have a ton of variety to choose from. We opted to provide a simple point-and-click grid interface instead of requiring people to know musical notation, feeling that a point and click interface would be easier and more fun for most people to use and learn.
[Note: For those of you more attuned to precise musical notation, we highly recommend using our friends at Noteflight.]
Great for Simple and Advanced Users
Aviary’s Music Creator is incredibly simple and yet is also full featured, allowing more advanced users to mix and match any instruments – and even record your voice or upload your own custom sounds.
No Library Restrictions
Best of all, completed music made using our instrument library can be used by anyone for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial. We spent considerable time and money developing this library ourselves and have decided to give back to the community by releasing use of mixed sounds from our library under a Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0 Generic license.
We feel that by providing this tool without any commercial restrictions we will help the Internet cultivate and create an alternative shared library of musical loops that anyone can access and use without restriction.
For Aviary users specifically, this means that you will now have additional custom options beyond the thousands of professional tracks in the Quantum Tracks library that APM Music already generously provides in our audio editor, that may not be used commercially.
Export the MP3s
You can download any of the music loops you create in our new Music Creator as MP3′s. You can use them directly in Aviary’s online Audio Editor app as part of a larger sequence or even just to make your own custom ring tones!
Create some loops and share them with your friends – you can even use Aviary to assemble an entire song made by all of your friends together.
Here are some great loops that some of our users already made:
We are adding new instruments and sound-groups all the time and will be allowing Aviary users to add their own instruments as well. Next up will be a collection of human vocals, so you can create your very own human beatbox!
And for those of you who were excited enough to read through to the bottom, we even made some of our experimental advanced beta features available right at launch (but you’ll need to unlock them first by inviting 5 friends)!
Just look for this button in the app to unlock the beta features:
Unlockable advanced features include:
* Record your own voice
* Upload your own music
* Trim custom mp3s
* Solo and mute individual tracks
* Control the overall track speed (Beats per measure)
* Control the “velocity” of beats (i.e. how soft individual beats are played).
* More custom track controls
* & more!
I can’t wait to see what kind of music you can all create. And a huge props to Alan Queen, Akshara Weave and the Aviary team for creating such a versatile and magical tool. Now what are you waiting for? Go make some music!
May 31st – June 4th
When you look at the creations of Person13 you will find that he is wonderfully eclectic. From dark to strange to whimsical there is plenty of variety to make you think, make you laugh and to inspire you. Drop by and you’ll see why we wanted to showcase his work. Some favs:
Paste bitmaps into Raven.
Paste any bitmap from your computers clipboard directly into Raven. This will even work for images stored on your computer. Right click on a bitmap image and select the copy image command. (This command may be different in other browsers and operating systems). Once in Raven use the Paste Bitmap command in the edit menu, or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Ctrl+V to paste the copied bitmap into your file.
Note: This function requires Firefox and the Aviary extension Talon
The contest is running just in time for the release of the Jonah Hex movie starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox on June 18th. Making the contest a little extra special is the fact that it is being judged by Jonah Hex writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.
The winner is going to get a signed copy of Jonah Hex: No Way Back by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, as well as 5 free Comics from Graphic.ly, and some other surprise signed goodies from Jimmy Palmiotti.
Check out this Flickr Group to see what has been submitted so far.
So what movie do you think could use a little Jonah Hex?]]>
May 22nd – 28th
GeoValentino may have only a few images but all are spectacular. His talent and mastery of Phoenix is growing, each new image gets better and better. Many of his images are surreal scenes with a few whimsical creations thrown in. Visit his gallery of incredible images, maybe if we all ask nice he’ll make some more great images.
Hooray! You can now embed & share your Myna creations in the forums just like images. Go to your Myna creation page, click on the Link & Embed button to get the link.
Tip – Add Generated Textures from Peacock
It is easy to add any of the generated textures from Peacock to your creation in Phoenix. Start by clicking on the Options > New peacock layer at the bottom of the layers panel, which will add a effects editor smart layer. Double clicking on this layer will open a separate window where Peacock will be loaded. Any generators and effects that you add in this new window will be added to your original creation. Of instance, add a noise generator to add film grain, or use a plaid generator to get a fabric texture into your original image.When you are done setting up your generated effects click the Close and preserve changes at the top to send it back to your original creation.
What are you going to create with the new Spiro Spline tool?]]>
Frightened by this unprecedented environmental disaster, we wanted to take this opportunity to show you how to create your very own Sea Monster, without having to harm the environment. Check out this awesome tutorial for some great tips and tricks. Let your imagination swim free.
So what does your Sea Monster look like?]]>