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Features Demo Basic Educational Professional Institutional Details
 Latest Version Click on link to see the full list of added features.
 User Manual  
Click on link to go to User Manuals page.
 Download Page
Try HarmonyBuilder-Basic (Free)
Try HarmonyBuilder-Basic (Free)
Try HarmonyBuilder-Basic (Free)
  Download the installer for the Free Trial version. This includes all the Basic, Educational and Professional functionality.
$325 par Clé + Abbonnement Serveur Upgrading to a higher version will discount the payment already made for the lower version.
 Buy Activation Key
Activate HarmonyBuilder-Basic
Activate HarmonyBuilder-Basic
Activate HarmonyBuilder-Basic
  An Activation Key can be purchased online via PayPal or Credit Card
  Activate additional features by upgrading to higher versions of HarmonyBuilder, using the "Upgrade to " menu in the application's menu bar.
 Easy to use
All commands are self-evident, and can be quickly reviewed by reading the roll-over tool-tips, or by watching the product Video. For more details, consult the User Manual.
 Speedy editing
Most editing functions have a keyboard shortcut, to allow for speedy composing and editing. Shortcut reminders are available in a convenient drop-down menu.
 View .HAB  files
Get .HAB files from the Sample File Repository.
 Nudge notes
Move notes along the chromatic scale, and hear changes in the resulting chord. Ideal for exploring complex harmonies in chorale format.
 Change note length
Chenge the note length with one click
 Split & meld  notes
Easily change a note into two notes with half the length. Use this to create passing notes and embellishments.
 One-click chord entry
insert the Tonic chord with one button click
 7 navigation modes
Hear the score using one of 7 navigation modes (Chord, Chord (part-wise), Note, Step, Go To, Line-Flip, Cinematic and Static Cursor), enabling full control of what is heard while composing and editing.
This application is written in Java, so will run on any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) that has Java 6 (or higher) installed on it. Get Java here.
 E-mail composition  hyperlink
E-mail a private hyperlink, to any number of friends, that will open the composition directly in a browser.
 Text tool
Comments, chord symbols, lyrics, etc. can be added to the score.
 Line Tool
Add lines to score, to indicate specific notes or chords.
 Save song files  
Save song files to your hard drive or public web archive. Also, save in MIDI format.
 Save Forum files  
Save compositions in the www.harmonydiscuss.com forum directly to your hard drive.
 Save/Edit Archive files  
  Save compositions in the www.harmonyarchive.com public archive to your hard drive, and re-edit them.
 Score Printing  
Print the score to paper or PDF format.
 Chord Grid  
Choose from 132 individual chords, and add them to the score with one click.
 Automatic Chord  Recognition  
All scale chords are recognized by the program, and described in a Nomenclature panel, both in Figured Bass notation and Chord Symbol notation. Also, exact intervals between adjacent notes are shown.
 Note Coloration  
When in Chord navigation mode, the position of each chord tone (root, 3rd, 5th, 7th) can be color-coded for easy recognition. This is very useful for creating chord extensions!
 Checker Panel    
As you compose, color-coded markings will appear over voice-leading errors, like parallel and hidden 5ths and 8ves; the incorrect motion of 7ths, diminished 5ths, and leading-tones; surpassed note range limits; excessive intervals between notes; and more. See User Manual for complete descriptions.
 Error Printing    
Any combination of errors can be selected for printing to paper or PDF. Teachers can then return corrected homework to their students as a printout or a PDF attached to an e-mail.
 Chord Voicing  Generator (Builder  Panel)      
The program lists all possible permutations of note positions (i.e. voicings), within a user-defined range, for each selected "next" chord.
 Error Filtering      
All chords that contain voice-leading errors with the "previous" chord can be filtered out of the options list. Also included are a voice-crossing filter and repeated-note filter.
 Chord Selector      
All triads and seventh chords (from both major and minor scales) can be selected from a chord wheel, together with their inversion and voicing choice.
 Suggestion Window      
This feature shows the best options for the "next" chord, based on the "previous" chord.
 Visual and Aural  Feedback      
Each potential "next" chord is presented both as a sound and a color combination, helping the user choose the best "next" chord in the composition.
 Set Melody      
This feature allows users to fix a melody note for each chord, then see (and hear) all voicing options having that melody note, including those found in other keys! Excellent for the reharmonizing a given melody.
 Set Bass Note      
This feature allows users to determine the bass note of each successive chord, then see (and hear) all chord and key options! Excellent for creating or resolving Figured Bass excercises.
 Personal Online Score  Database        
Sudents or teachers can log in to a password-protected personal online account to save or retreive their scores.
 Dedicated Forum        
Personalized forum with full control over Forum Categories and database.

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