The future of Complete Ear Trainer, Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer

First, we would like to start by thanking everyone who uses our apps. We have a lot of incredibly nice feedback and if we usually don’t answer them, we sure read them with great pleasure and they are very important to us and what keep us going.

We are currently very happy with the state of the apps on Android, and we have a build compatible with Android 12 ready to be published. On iOS, there is still a lot of things to port and small things to improve, but we are confident that the iOS port of the apps will be on par with their Android counterparts within a few months, with the same features and level of attention to details.

We are also investigating in possibly adding two major features:
• A new mode dedicated to chord progressions in Complete Ear Trainer
• A new drill type (or dedicated mode) in Complete Music Reading Trainer: chord reading

But, and this is the main point and object of this post, we are also thinking about changing some things on a more fundamental level. And as we are not really sure of what would be best both for users and for us, we would be really interested in having your feedback and help us decide what the future of our apps will be.

You might have heard about the recent news of Windows 11 being able to natively execute Android apps. That will definitely be a great feature of the OS. But this feature will use Amazon AppStore, and not Google Play. This means that you will not be able to use any of the apps you bought on Google Play on Windows 11: you will be able to download them, but as they won’t be able to access the Google Play services, you will not be able to retrieve your license and sync your progression between Windows 11 and your mobile devices.

It’s because the app is a “traditional” app: when you install it on Google Play or Apple AppStore, it uses the features of these stores to handle the licensing and the sync with the cloud. It’s a model that really has its advantages: we don’t have to build, maintain and operate our own servers. That’s why we can offer a “one-time payment that unlocks everything forever” (and one that is quite reasonably priced).

But we don’t like the idea that you cannot sync your progression and license between platforms.

Also, we have started to think about making a web and desktop version of the apps.

And that’s why we started to look into alternatives.

The alternative to the traditional app/software model is to have what is called a software as a service: you can use the software as a service on any device (Android, iOS, web, desktop), and your license and data are always synced between your different platforms and devices.

This is great, but there is a major problem with this: we cannot rely on Google Play or Apple AppStore services anymore. We have to build, maintain and operate our own servers. And that has a cost.

In other terms: we cannot offer the same “one-time payment that unlocks everything forever” with this model: we will need to have a subscription of some sort to be sure that we can continue operating servers and cover server costs in the future.

There is no way around this. Some companies manage to do software as services that stays free, but they are either huge company with funding that do not care to loose some money, and/or they sell your data. With niche apps for musicians, no funding, and with selling data absolutely out of the question, this is impossible for us.

But we are not sure about what would be the best way to do this. Not doing it at all and keep the traditional approach? Making the subscription optional? Making the subscription mandatory for new users?

That’s quite the puzzle for us, and that’s why we made a survey that you can take if you have a few minutes to spare: your feedback will be very important in helping us make the right decision.

Last thing: we are thinking of also improving our teacher/school management. If you are concerned by this, please answer the questions at the end of the survey and do not hesitate to be in touch with us and submit feedback and ideas.

Please click on this link to start the survey: https://forms.gle/1jkf6dGULAn6EXUR9

Thank you very much for your time and your help,

The Binary Guilt Software team.

2,000,000 downloads

The three apps that we have created and developed (Complete Ear TrainerComplete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer) have been downloaded more than 2 million times on Google Play!

We are humbled by this, and hope that these apps have been useful to most of the people that downloaded them.

In addition to continue working on the iOS port (a few features are still missing on iOS), we have started to work on some very cool new features for the near-future, more information coming soon!

Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer are now available on iOS!

We are thrilled to announce that Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer are now available for iOS!

You can download them here:

A few features are still missing compared to the Android version of these apps, but we have already started to work on them and they are coming in forthcoming updates very soon. Please find below the details of what is missing currently.

Complete Rhythm Trainer

  • Free practice mode is not available yet.
  • Polyrhythms mode is not available yet.
  • Custom drill creation/edition is not yet implemented in the app, but custom programs are. That means that if you are a teacher and have created custom programs on Android for your students, your iOS students can definitely join and play your custom programs on the iOS version of the app. Only the drill creation/edition is not yet available.
  • You cannot yet change tempo in drills.
  • You cannot yet individually set the metronome/instrument volumes in the app settings.

Complete Music Reading Trainer

  • Custom drill creation/edition is not yet implemented in the app, but custom programs are, same as for Complete Rhythm Trainer.
  • You can already connect a Bluetooth MIDI controller, but the user interface is not yet implemented. Therefore, the app will automatically connect to any Bluetooth MIDI controller available if you choose Bluetooth in the app menu.
  • Statistics are not yet available.

Apart from these, the apps should be identical to our Android versions. They should also be pretty stable, but do not hesitate to report any strange behavior you might encounter by emailing us at contact@binaryguilt.com.

Thank you for your patience, and please help up spread the word!

App updates

Almost a year since we have made a post about Complete Ear TrainerComplete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer. Time for an update!

First we have a developed a translation management system so anyone can help translating the apps in different languages. You can find it here: https://translate.binaryguilt.com. Thanks to this tool, but above all thanks to the wonderful Maksym Vlasov, Ezequiel Santos, Tomasz Sęczkowski, Christian Plonka and Miranda Roll-Lund:

Then, these last few months we added two sections to Complete Rhythm TrainerPolyrhythms (play and practice any polyrhythm) and Free Practice (write and play any rhythm).

On the iOS side, we are hard at work on the iOS port and we finally released custom programs for the iOS version of Complete Ear Trainer. Custom programs are of course cross-platform and you can create custom programs for your students that can be joined and played from both Android and iOS devices. Remaining features are currently ported (additional sound banks, UI update, etc.) and as soon as it is done, Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer port will start. We hope to release everything this year.

That’s all for now!

Complete Music Reading Trainer

It is a great pleasure to announce that our brand new app Complete Music Reading Trainer has been released on Android!

About the app:

The ultimate music reading training app. Designed like a video game and with strong pedagogical concepts in mind, Complete Music Reading Trainer is the fastest way to learn to read sheet music and improve your sight-reading skills. Whichever clef you want to learn and whatever your instrument is, the app will make you master any chosen clef or clef combination while rendering the learning process enjoyable.

Features:

  • 270 progressive drills covering all seven clefs (treble, bass, alto, tenor, soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone clefs) over 3 levels / 26 chapters
  • Content is organized in such a way that you can choose which levels or chapters are relevant to your instrument and focus on these, whether you play the guitar and only need treble clef, piano and need treble and bass clef, cello and need a mix of bass and tenor clefs, etc.: all instruments are covered
  • Practice key signatures up to 6 sharps/flats in progressive key signature drills
  • Practice common clef combinations in mixed clef drills
  • Play a selection of 19 drills in arcade mode
  • 5 octaves of actual recorded grand piano sounds
  • 6 additional sound banks are available, all with actual recorded sounds: vintage piano, Rhodes piano, electric guitar, harpsichord, concert harp and pizzicato strings
  • 3 ways to input notes: note circle, virtual piano keyboard, or by connecting a MIDI controller to your device
  • 4 sheet music display styles: modern, classic, handwritten and jazz
  • … and much more!

Get it here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.binaryguilt.completemusicreadingtrainer