Quincy (iOS)

v1.6.2 - release notes

Play Mode

Piano Keys

In Play Mode we finally get to see our Life world animated and can listen to the generated music. We discussed the transport controls (i.e. Play, Step, Reset) previously, so there is nothing new in that regard. We do, however, want to take a look at the Performance View available on iPads.


Performance View

Performance View is only available on iPads and not if you run Quincy on an iPhone or iPod. As you can see above the Tool Slider went missing alltogether. Instead we have the document list permanently displayed on the left side. We also get to keep the general HUD above the grid display. The transport buttons (i.e. Play, Step, Reset) are now located in Quincy's application toolbar. The idea behind this arrangement is to allow quick access to all your compositions whilst maintaining a full view of the world display. You cannot get to the Edit or Draw modes from here, but you have access pretty much everything else via the toolbar.


Performance View Toolbar

Selected Key

The toolbar in Performance View displays on the left hand buttons for the Life Settings, Draw Patterns and Color Mixer windows. Remember that the chicklet buttons in the Color Mixer also set the current draw color - that comes in handy if you want to change the draw color while in Performance View.

The middle of the Performance toolbar hosts slightly smaller versions of your transport controls. These have the exact same properties as they do in regular (portrait) view and light up and highlight the same way. You can even latch the Loop button here.

On the right hand side we have buttons for the ubiquitous About Box where you'll also find a link to this documentation and buttons for our Settings and Module windows. Again - remember that the Settings window has controls for BPM and Loop length and we can access those here in lieu of the stepper controls in the Tool Section that went missing.


Progress Bar

Selected Key

Whenever the Loop button is latched Quincy displays a Progress Bar during play. It sits right above the Tool Section or when in Performance View right above the application toolbar. Of course it is in orange again - Quincy's highlight color.


Live Draw

While Quincy is playing a composition you can draw in the world display and have your composition react to that. Live Draw uses the current color and the current Draw Pattern.

NOTE: On older devices when running a fairly busy composition Quincy may have difficulties and stutter due to the huge demands on the processor. As stated before, try to keep things simple and your worlds small where performance is important. Also, be sure to review the chapter on performance tips later in this documentation.



Playing your compositions is the fun part. One thing to try when everything else is done is to pick different sounds. That can make a big difference. Depending on the speed of a composition sounds with longer envelopes or decay may work well. At other times a short staccato like sound may be the better choice.

Next we'll be headed over to Edit Mode.