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Free Drum Tab Editor – DrumBurp v0.6 available now

Hi folks,

So I finally found some time to package up and release the latest changes to DrumBurp. I’ve removed a couple of irritating minor bugs, and greatly improved two parts of the GUI that have been bugging me for ages:

  • A better interface for choosing alternate repeat number markings. Previously, a text box was used to enter anything you wanted; this was fine, except that the MIDI playback expects the repeat markings to be in a definite (undocumented!) format. Now you can only choose valid repeat markings, and they’re a lot easier to choose with the GUI too.
  • A much better method for adding repeated notes. I’m stoked about this, I think I’ll probably record a video tutorial sometime soon. Instead of having to enter the repeat interval and the number of repeats you want, you now just point and click: select the note you want to repeat, point where you want the first repeat to be, then point to where you want the last repeat to be. The new notes that will be added appear in a nice blue colour while you’re doing this. It looks awesome!

So, nothing major, but some serious stuff had to happen under the hood to make this work, especially the repeated notes interface. Hope you folks enjoy it.

DrumBurp v0.2 release

I’ve made version 0.2 of DrumBurp available for download. Changes include:

  • High resolution printing and PDF export. A wider range of available paper sizes.
  • Better handling of changes to measure counts: changing the count now moves the notes to the appropriate place.
  • DrumBurp will open files passed to it, so you can double-click to open .brp files in Windows.
  • Minor bug fixes:
    • Undo of ‘remove section end’ operation now gets section titles in the right place.
    • Changing fonts also changes spacing and positioning correctly.
    • More accurate ‘fit to page’ option.
    • Setting alternate endings works correctly.

Please give DrumBurp a whirl, and let me know how you get on!

Philosophy of a drum tab editor

Why did I set out to write a drum tab editor?

After a number of years of being frustrated in one way or another by the software I could find – not just the free stuff, but things I was willing to pay for – I finally snapped. I realised that the only person that cares about exactly what I want in a drum tab editor is me. Now, maybe this means that DrumBurp won’t be for everyone, but I can live with that. I’m not looking for fame and fortune here, I just want a piece of software that I can use. If anyone else gets any use of it too, then that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, but it’s not why I’m doing it.

So, before I got started, I had a think about what I was trying to create, and I decided I needed to have an overall vision to help with the difficult decisions. I came up with this.

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