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Synthesia is a free game that teaches you to play the piano using falling notes. With it, you can:
  • Learn to play songs using a musical keyboard connected to your computer.
  • Keep track of your progress in every song with per-song scoreboards.
  • Slow, fast-forward, and rewind songs while learning new parts.
  • Practice left and right hand parts together or separately.
  • Try out any MIDI file you can find on the Internet.

With the new (completely optional) for-pay "Learning Pack" component there are a couple more features you can unlock. Have an easier time learning the notes in more...

What's New

Version 0.8.2:
  • Control everything with your keyboard. Remap controls to your keyboard's notes, wheels, sliders, and buttons.
  • Dramatically improved sheet music now featuring easier to follow animations, key signatures, time signatures, staccato notes, and much more.
  • Dozens of song library improvements including better search, category searching, simpler management, colorful flags more...


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Sanjinko Member IconComment+19

Synthesia 0.8.3 was released in April 2012.

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Version 0.8.2
Negritude Member IconComment+1082

In this latest update, there is some weirdness in that the main application is still a universal Intel/PPC binary, but the configuration utility is Intel-only.

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Version 0.8.1
Synthesia (developer)

Strange, sorry about that. I don't have a PPC Mac to test against and this is the first I've heard of the problem.

I'll take a look and see if I can't get it working on that side too. Shouldn't be any reason it can't.

Synthesia (developer)

Hrm, after lots of Googling, it looks like Xcode can (and is set to) do it. But any version of Interface Builder from 10.5+ can't make NIBs that are usable in Universal binaries anymore. :/

I don't have a 10.4 installation disk either to install an old side-by-side version of Xcode 2.

Joeschisa Member IconComment+24

No doubt fingering techniques are most important so your digits don't trip over themselves. After a quick glance at this update, would be useful to see the "finger number" on the keyboard as well as the piano roll. Better yet would be a hand showing cross-over techniques, but that sounds like a fair amount of work for the programer and there's more than one way to execute a music passage. Haven't looked through docs, but I guess there must be a way to add fingering notation to your own MIDI files since the programer's done it with his/hers.

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Version 0.8.1
Synthesia (developer)

You can show the finger hints on the keys with the "Key Labels" menu. It's the little "Mi" icon next to the "Eb" on the toolbar. In the same menu you can also set it up to only show labels for the notes you've elected to play yourself.


Thanks developer. Good stuff, the program so far.

Shoder Member IconReview+6

I've mailed to developer for pre-sales informations...
No reply! This is the pre-sales support!
Can you imagine post-sales ?????
By bye synthesia!

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Version 0.8.0

It seems to be free, or beta.

Synthesia (developer)

I'm very sorry I wasn't able to get around to helping you. Synthesia is a one-person project, and I just finished dealing with some major family health stuff that kept me away from the project for a few months.

If there is anything I can help you with now, feel free to email and I'll do my best.


Joeschisa Member IconReview+24

The old piano roll! This is great, and I could see it as a nice aid to learning music keyboard. Haven't tried it yet with my own MIDI files. As an old musician, I'm not sure what to do with it, but it is very nice. Took one star off just because I don't know where it could go (developer says it's a work in progress), and leave a star out for the future, but all in all it's good stuff. One thing, the interface takes you step by step, sort of like a game, in setting up to play, that's fine, but I was confused at first.

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Version 0.7.5
Teslanaut Member IconComment+149

Build a social network around this App/Game so people can share tunes together or play against eachother over the network. Also, an iPhone app/game would be awesome. Landscape play of course. Showing number counters at the top at when the note comes and then as it gets closer, you will see the bar coming. Charge 99 cents for the iPhone app/game and allow people to buy song packs.

Just a suggestion and hope.

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Version 0.7

Play "with" each other, ("against" might be counterpoint I suppose, or cacophony): a duet.

Diordna Member IconComment+6

It's like Guitar Hero for a keyboard. It's Keytar Hero! Awesome! Now if only it had popular rock songs too...

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Version 0.6.3
Lrkirsch Member IconReview+4

Very nice, helpful, and fun. Thanks so much! Looking forward to more releases.

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Version 0.6.1
PizzaCake Member IconReview+43

Synthesia has a great looking full screen user interface. I found the included midi files way too hard to play. I'm not exactly sure how the app scores you however, is the percentage based solely on hitting the note at the right time or does it take into consideration the duration of the note?

Does anyone know of any resources on the net for beginner level midi files to play piano, thanks.

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Version 0.6
Dave Wakeman

I'm also looking for some easy MIDI files to use w/Synthesia. Hope someone has some suggestions.

Very nice app. Kudos and thanks to the developer.

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Diogo Cocharro
Version 0.8.1
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Downloads 29,178
Version Downloads 11,452
License Free
Date 08 Nov 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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