Bosca Ceoil v2.0

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I’ve very happy to announce a brand new version of my beginner’s music making tool Bosca Ceoil! This is version 2.0, the first major update since it was released in 2013. This new version of the tool is a significant update, and adds lots of features and improvements. Head to boscaceoil.net to download it!

If you’re totally new to Bosca Ceoil, the new site should tell you everything you need to know about what it is and what it can do. If you’ve used it before, here’s what’s changed:

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Midi and XM Support

A major problem that Bosca always had is that it was kind of a dead end: if you made a song with it, you could save it as a .ceol, or export it as a .wav – but that was that.

So one of the most important things that’s new is support for exporting as a midi file! Midi files are supported by lots of popular music applications, so this means that it’s now possible to, for example, use Bosca to compose the actual notes, and then later import the song into something like FLStudio so you can add VST instruments.

Also, in addition to midis, Bosca can now also export .XM files and .MML files, thanks to contributions by Rob Hunter!

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Resizable Window

I made Bosca Ceoil the same way I make games – with a fixed resolution, running at 60FPS. Which is great for games, but not so good for an app that you might want to leave running in the background while you work on other stuff, say.

The new version of Bosca has a proper resizeable window, so you can see a lot more of the song you’re composing. It’s something it should have had all along, and it makes it infinitely nicer to work with!

It’s also gotten some major performance boosts with caching and CPU throttling, and is generally just much happier about running in the background than it used to be.

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Nicer GUI

Bosca’s GUI has had a makeover. Things are generally brighter, clearer and more responsive!

Web Version

Thanks for Chris Kim, you can now use Bosca right in your web browser, without downloading anything! Try it here!

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Built in Tutorial

At long last, Bosca has a built in tutorial, with nice, clear little pop up windows! This is something I’m really happy about – Bosca’s a beginner’s tool, and this does a lot to make it that bit more accessible.

Bosca Ceoil is a completely free, open source project, and I’m very grateful to the contributions others have made to it – especially Chris Kim for his flash web port, Rob Hunter for writing the .XM and .MML exporters, and Damien L, who forked Bosca back to Air 2.6 so that it could be used on Linux. Thank you so much for your help!

Hope you enjoy the new version!

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12 Comments so far

  1. Micah on July 24th, 2015

    This is rad, Terry. I love it.

  2. JBantha on July 24th, 2015

    Excellent. Thanks a lot for the update on what already was a great software.

  3. Willem on July 25th, 2015

    Thank you so much Terry! This tool was already amazing and now I’m WAY TOO EXCITED about the resizable window 😀

  4. CahootsMalone on July 25th, 2015

    The ability to limit the available notes to those within a given scale or chord is quite useful and the ease with which it’s possible to do so is excellent.

  5. lopinjop on July 26th, 2015

    This is a fantastic program. I’ve been using it to compose music for the past 6 months since I’ve found it and I’m incredibly exited to be able to export what I’ve done to Midi and experiment on different platforms! This is seriously the perfect beginner’s tool to music tracking. I actually recently used Bosca Ceoil to teach the basics of music to a Boys and Girls Club group and it went over really well. I hope to continue using it as a teaching tool. Thanks so much for the added support for this powerful tool!

  6. M539 on August 11th, 2015

    Such a great update! I even made a version of Pushing Onwards with midi guitars in Bosca Ceoil! All ready for upload!

  7. Joxynox on August 22nd, 2015

    Thanks for the update, can we get a demo from you to see what can be do with this software? 😀

    (Ps : I love VVVVVV o/)

  8. RD on September 8th, 2015

    Your software is so good I wanna make babies to it

  9. Jaime on December 9th, 2015

    Hey terry, Buscaceoil es super cool, i follow you since a couple of years and i have used this program to create tiny compositions for some of my animated shorts

    so… Thanks 🙂

  10. A dude on January 27th, 2016

    i closed it and qhen i came back it keep opening a ‘boscaceoil.exe has stopped working’ message
    i restarted my pc and even reinstaled bosca ceoil but it keeps showing the same message :,(
    what do i do? (i use windows 7)

  11. lus on July 13th, 2016

    Bosca is awesome!

  12. Jeff K on May 27th, 2017

    You don’t know how grateful I am to have access to this resource for free. This is everything I’ve ever wanted in a basic music making program, and it excludes everything in sound design that’s too complicated for me to understand! It’s absolutely perfect

    Thank you so much Terry.

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