Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I use Passaggi offline?
Passaggi uses streaming to keep the overall size of the app to a minimum. Currently, there is no offline mode, but it is hoped that, with the implementation of user accounts in the future, individual downloads will be possible.
The metronome beeps distort. Why is this?
Currently, the metronome beeps are embedded in the audio files. This means they are subject to the same algorithm that manipulates the pitch and speed of the backing track. This algorithm deals badly with attack, which is fine for the organ samples but does not favour the metronome beeps. A top priority for the next update is a separate metronome function that operates independently of the audio.
Can I change the temperament of the tracks?
No. The tracks are recorded in a temperament appropriate to the repertoire and it is not possible to manipulate this in an audio file. The same applies to organ registrations.
Can I use Passaggi on a tablet?
Some users may find that it is possible to install and use Passaggi on a tablet. In my experience, functionality is maintained, but the user interface does not resize properly. A resized version for tablet is high on the list of priorities. In the meantime, even if the app works on tablet, it is not supported.
Can I upload my own tracks to Passaggi?
No, but if you have a project you would like to see released on Passaggi, please contact me.
I've paid for Passaggi 1.0. Will I have to pay for updates?
The initial payment of £14.99 includes the first set of bundles (listed on the Passaggi Library page), a free PDF download of Improvising on a Ground for Complete Beginners, and all additional audio bundles and updates released within the first year (due to include the new Dalla Casa Passaggi edition). Options for charging after the first year are still being considered, but it is likely that a small monthly subscription will be implemented. Passaggi Investors will be exempt from this subscription.
I'm an Android user and the back button on my phone doesn't work in Passaggi. Why is this?
Passaggi is coded for both iOS and Android simultaneously. The coding platform that allows for this does not support the back button on Android hardware. Android users will need to use the back button within Passaggi to navigate around the app.
Why won't Passaggi play in the background?
Background app play is also a casualty of coding for both platforms simultaneously. Again, this seemingly simple feature requires a lot of additional work to implement and therefore hasn't been included in the initial build.
Is Passaggi compatible with all smartphones?
Passaggi was tested widely across Android and iOS devices. The only handset we tested on which Passaggi will not run is the Fairphone. This is because Fairphone do not support Unity, the coding platform on which Passaggi was written. Following enquiries with Fairphone, it is not clear when they intend to begin supporting Unity. If you are a Fairphone user who would like to use Passaggi, I strongly recommend contacting Fairphone and asking them to address this issue, as the more people contact them, the higher priority it will seem.
Where do the profits from Passaggi go?
Passaggi is being developed by the Septenary Foundation. The Septenary Foundation is a registered charity in the UK (Registered Charity Number: 1178218), and all surplus profits from the app will be used to support independent research in Early Music and Historically Informed Performance. We offer conference attendance grants for unaffiliated scholars, and small research grants to facilitate new editions of historical repertoire. Last year we supported four performer-researchers attending MedRen in Basel, and hope that, using the income generated by Passaggi, we will be able to offer more of these grants and support more research in the future.