Synthesia
Synthesia 0.8.2
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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
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 you can use for whatever, send to Trash, skip around in the preview, and zero repopulation time once you come back from a song.
  • Keyboard settings are remembered much smarter between sessions.
  • A great Mac install experience instead of a plain DMG.
  • Windowed mode on the Mac.
  • Much, much more.
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...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Synthesia User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Sanjinko commented on 01 Sep 2012
Synthesia 0.8.3 was released in April 2012.
[Version 0.8.2]


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Negritude commented on 05 Jun 2011
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.
[Version 0.8.1]

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Synthesia (developer) replied on 05 Jun 2011
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.
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Synthesia (developer) replied on 16 Jun 2011
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.
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Joeschisa commented on 05 Jun 2011
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.
[Version 0.8.1]

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Synthesia (developer) replied on 05 Jun 2011
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.
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Joeschisa replied on 05 Jun 2011
Thanks developer. Good stuff, the program so far.
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Shoder reviewed on 08 Feb 2011
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!
[Version 0.8.0]

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Joeschisa replied on 05 Jun 2011
It seems to be free, or beta.
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Synthesia (developer) replied on 05 Jun 2011
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.

Thanks!
Nicholas
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Joeschisa reviewed on 16 Oct 2010
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.
[Version 0.7.5]


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Teslanaut commented on 19 Sep 2009
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.
[Version 0.7]

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Joeschisa replied on 05 Jun 2011
Play "with" each other, ("against" might be counterpoint I suppose, or cacophony): a duet.
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Diordna commented on 03 Jan 2008
It's like Guitar Hero for a keyboard. It's Keytar Hero! Awesome! Now if only it had popular rock songs too...
[Version 0.6.3]


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Lrkirsch reviewed on 28 May 2007
Very nice, helpful, and fun. Thanks so much! Looking forward to more releases.
[Version 0.6.1]


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PizzaCake reviewed on 06 May 2007
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.
[Version 0.6]

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Dave Wakeman replied on 28 May 2007
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 rated on 05 Jun 2011

[Version 0.8.1]


Downloads:28,513
Version Downloads:10,787
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Free
Date:08 Nov 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 a song with the new practice mode. And, view songs as sheet music in addition to the falling note display.


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