PianoBooster is a fun way of playing along with a musical accompaniment and at the same time learning the basics of reading musical notation. The difference between playing along to a CD or a standard MIDI file, is that PianoBooster listens and reacts to what you are playing on a MIDI keyboard.
The PianoBooster project plays standard MIDI files and allows you to change the speed of playback and transpose the music etc.There is a scrolling musical stave that shows the notes for just one part from all the parts in the complete musical arrangement.
PianoBooster has been designed to allow you to play along on a midi keyboard with the scrolling notes shown on the screen. The notes you press on the keyboard appear as coloured lines on the musical stave, the colour of which depends whether you have pressed the right or wrong note.
A different musical instrument sound is used for your playing depending whether you are playing the right or wrong notes. This feature also allows PianoBooster to be used with printed sheet music so you can hear if you are playing the right notes while at the same time keeping your eyes on the printed score. The music accompaniment will automatically wait for you to find and play the correct notes in the piece.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Added note names for beginners (to be used with a piano key note labels)
· Added assignable left and right midi channels.
· Improved MIDI timing accuracy.
· Greatly reduced the memory footprint.
· Reduced the CPU load.
· Reduced the screen flicker (recommend setting the screen refresh rate to 60Hz and for Intel Graphic chips updating the drivers).
· Added keyboard short-cuts. These are - speed up/down, play from start, play/pause, next previous song, left right both hands.
· Remembers the song settings in a configuration file called "pb.cfg". These are the midi channels, speed, left right or both hands.
· Now works well Ubuntu 9.10 and Intel graphic chips. (Those with Ubuntu 9.04 and Intel should upgrade to 9.10 and this version)
· Fixed various start up issues.
· Now correctly notates repeated accidentals that occur in a single bar.
· Added the option to display courtesy accidentals.
· Added a simple help page.
· Added an installer for windows.
· 'make install' now works on Linux.
· Now works with small screens eg an EEE-701