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SimpleChord is part tool and part toy. It's a chord reference and composition tool for Mac OS X. It can show chords, play them, and order them into progressions, and it doesn't end there.

  • Many Musical Possibilities - From power chords to jazz, it's all there.
  • Your Composing Assistant - Arrange chord progressions right in the application to try out new sounds or use it to create accompanyment.
  • Have iPod, Will Travel - Chord dictionary and saved progressions can be exported to your iPod.
  • Works with MIDI keyboards - Use a MIDI keyboard peripheral to find chords that work with your more...

What's New

Version 4.2.2:
  • Fixed bug with looped playback of progressions


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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ArchieTheArchiver Member IconComment+24

I downloaded this app and, although it says it is version 4.2, the app is actually version 4.1.

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Version 4.2

This has now been corrected. The downloadable version is 4.2.

Kevin Olson Member IconReview+0
Kevin Olson

I enjoy this app because it does just what it says, very easily. I can hear the chord, see it diagrammed on the keyboard, assemble it into a progression, then export that out as a midi file. It works very well, and the developer is very responsive. Great learning tool, fun to just play around with, too.

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Version 4.0
macsterdam Member IconReview+98

Been using this for a long time now and it just gets better and better. Great program, great support. 5 stars doesn't do it justice :D

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Version 4.0
ed.perry Member IconReview+0

I have used SimpleChord for a year now and find it to be really valuable as a sketch tool to rough out ideas to be fully developed later in Logic Pro. First, it's rock solid; it's never crashed on me. With low machine overhead, it runs on my fairly old portable, so i can work anywhere. The user interface is simple letting me get a lot of work done quickly on developing chord progressions. I can play with some ideas, get a good idea of what I want, then go to Logic Pro to flesh out the songs.

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Version 3.3.1
@a Member IconComment+0

I would love to seee MIDI export as well as an AudioUnit plugin to use with host apps.

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Version 3.3.1
ronwalk Member IconReview+0

What a wonderful little program; elegant, useful. It's meant to do just what it's meant to do. In addition to it's technical workings, it's also beautifully designed. It's obvious that somebody's paying attention with a high level of consciousness. I'm really pleased.

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Version 3.3
kgpat Member IconComment+2

I like the software and found myself using it, so I purchased a registration on March 10th. I waited and waited for the code to be sent, then I figured it's the weekend so I'll give it a couple of days. Now it's March 15 and I still don't have my code. I have emailed the developer twice with no response. Maybe thru MacUpdate I can get a response.

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Version 3.3
Nuttdan (Developer)

Hi Kevin,

I recieved your registration, and several times I tried to email it to you, and it bounced, so I had no way of contacting you. You wrote in from another address, so I sent off an appology and a registration there, thinking all was well. Evidently it wasn't recieved -- some block or filter somewhere. So now I'm emailing you from every address I can find.

Please contact me by some means if you still haven't gotten it. If there's an AIM screenname or phone number I can contact you at, that works too.

By god, there's *gotta* be some way to get this guy his serial :-).

Dan Grover
Wonder Warp Software

feature Member IconReview+0

Superb, simple, easy to use program.

great for finding those forgot chords without interrupting your work flow with over complicated features!

chord progression is a welcome bonus too


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Version 3.2.6
CrappyRealbasicMadeSoftware Member IconReview-3

I'll stick with a more professional tool from a more main stream company as opposed to a little shareware product that may or may not be there tomorrow.

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Version 3.2.6
Anonymous Member IconReview

Right now the link is working ok.

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Version 3.1.3
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Downloads 21,935
Version Downloads 5,921
License Shareware
Date 31 Jul 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $12.95
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