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  1. It has been a while, but now there's a 8.4 version to download from synthesiagame.com. The leading zero has been dropped from the version number (0.8.4 -> 8.4) so don't get confused over the huge leap in version numbering. There are all kinds of new stuff, like reorganized screens, better keyboard graphics and theming support, but the most important news is the Ipad version (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/synthesia/id579518445?ls=1&mt=8) The Ipad version is the reason for the UI revamp in the desktop version and for dropping the zero from the version number as Apple doesn't allow any
  2. I can't sight read sheet music either. Learning songs using the learning pack / melody practice mode where the game waits for you to play the correct notes is the whole point of Synthesia in my opinion. So I would certainly recommend it. Synthesia 0.8.3 was released a few days ago by the way. It has a new song achievment system, a redesigned song/mode selection screen, cleaner game screen and all kinds of other fixes and improvements.
  3. Synthesia 0.8.2 is was released the 7:th of November. It's a quite large release. These most important features in my opinion, but there are many more that may be important for you, so check it out! NEW: Key binding screen (off the Options screen) that will let you bind keys, mouse clicks, or MIDI input (including notes, controller events, program changes, and pitch-bend wheel) to any game function. Combine any of those with the Ctrl key to do even more. NEW: Many dramatic improvements to the sheet music display. This came at the expense of the scrolling display mod
  4. Nope, but I agree that that's a reasonable guess when reading my posts in this thread I was looking for a Mac-compatible Guitar Hero but for piano. I didn't think such an app existed, but then I found Synthesia and was so excited that I had to share the news! It originally featured some video game music tracks, so I thought OCR would be a good place to start. And then I've continued posting in this thread for each update to bump it and hopefully make more people find out about Synthesia!
  5. Out of curiosity, what features do you think Synthesia would need to teach someone to play more properly than it currently does? Fingering was quite an important one.
  6. Synthesia 0.8.1 was released 6:th of June 2011. The major new feature is the fingering support - as any piano player knows, learning the correct fingering for a song makes learning the song much easier! - Add finger number hints to your songs in a single click. - Finger hints included for all 100+ built-in songs. - Simplified track settings let you jump in fast. - Improved library searching to find your favorite songs quicker. - Many improvements in MIDI, device, and computer compatibility. - Tons of tweaks and fixes.
  7. Synthesia is selling for $20 instead of $25 this weekend (26-28 november 2010), so if you haven't bought a learning pack key yet, now is a good time!
  8. Yeeay! Synthesia 0.8.0 is here! - Online song recital. Scores posted for all to see. - Named profiles. See your name next to your scores after playing locally or online. Compete against friends. - Many settings can now be changed during gameplay. There was also a 0.7.5 release a while ago, but it was quite boring for us "mere mortals" so I didn't bother to make a separate post about it: - Revamped track settings saves time with copy and paste settings. - Better song library performance, especially with big collections. - Several tweaks and improvements to all play modes.
  9. Synthesia has had sheet music for a while, but it's far from perfect yet so I don't know if Zircon would approve it quite yet. If Nicholas follows the voting list (https://www.synthesiagame.com/features.aspx) Synthesia will get full-screen sheet music display in the next version, but he has said he will focus on the more game-like features in the next few versions to have something that appeals to all future Rockband 3 users. Also, there are still many "improved sheet music" tasks on the feature list that have almost no votes, but he'll try to pick some of them from time to time anyway.
  10. I'm glad you liked it! In my opinion Synthesia is all about the practice mode that you get in the learning pack - be sure to check it out! Unfortunately the price for the learning pack just increased from $20 to $25 but the good news is that it won't change again for a while. However, it will eventually increase to something like $30-$40 so you don't have anything to lose if you buy it now as all future upgrades will be included in the price. I still think it's totally worth it - other similar packages cost $100 or more.
  11. Two months, two new Synthesia versions! What's new in 0.7.3: - Metronome. Control the speed, volume, and style. Works with simple, compound, and even changing time signatures. - Have fun with instruments. Click a track's instrument icon to change. - Find songs faster. Search with the new song library filter box. - Create quick loops between bookmarks using the < and > keys. - Speed improvements. Gameplay now runs smoother than ever. What's new in 0.7.4: - Lighted keyboard support: the next note will light up while stopped in practice mode. Turn it on via the Keyboard Setup screen
  12. The accelerated development pace is already beaing fruit! Nicholas will try to release a new version of Synthesia at the end of each month. This is what's new in version 0.7.2: - (LP) Song looping: Learning Pack users can create loops with one click to keep practicing those tough parts. Statistics are shown in real time detailing how you are improving. - Synthesia is now aware of smaller keyboards. Set your size on the keyboard screen and Synthesia will play notes outside your reach or move them closer so you can play them yourself. - Scoring revamp: hold notes for their full duration for m
  13. Synthesia development is hastening its pace! Version 0.7.1 has been released! This time it took only 8 months (compared to 1 year last time)! Jokes aside, Nicholas (the developer) is going to try to put down some more time into the project in the coming months to prepare the game for the opportunity/threat coming from Rock Band 3 that will according to rumors will include a keyboard-like instrument. --- What's new in 0.7.1 --- - Song Bookmarks: place markers that let you jump right to those tough sections. - New play screen navigation: click the timeline to jump, the buttons to navigate, o
  14. A new version of Synthesia has been released - it only took a year :-/ Many of the new features have been available for quite some time in the development version that can be downloaded from the forum. (LP = Learning Pack feature. The learning pack costs $16 for a while but the price will increase to $18 soon) - New Song Library with audio previews and sorting by difficulty and rating. - More than 20 new songs and over 100 songs updated to split the left/right hand parts. - (LP) Scoring for practice mode -- now you can follow your progress. - (LP) Sheet music display improvements includ
  15. The point is not to be good at reading falling notes and thus immediately be able to play songs that you have never seen/heard before. The point is to use sheet music or falling notes - whichever suits you best - as an aid and learn the song by heart so that you ultimately don't need any falling notes / sheet music.
  16. Synthesia 0.6.5 has been out for a few days now: What's new in 0.6.5 (Learning Pack feature = L): - (L) Note and key labels (C, C#, D or Do, Re, Mi). - (L) Resizeable sheet music display. - 120+ new songs included from G Major Music Theory. - Faster startup and gameplay. - The usual assortment of bug fixes and improvements. On October 1:st the price will increase from $14 to $16. There's also a Feature voting section (http://synthesiagame.com/features.aspx) where users registered on the Synthesia formus can vote for the features they would like to see next. The longer one is a forum me
  17. Synthesia 0.6.4 has been released! Main new features: - sheet music display (not perfect yet) - a "wait-for-me" mode that stops the song until you play the correct note - a great way to learn to play a tricky song! There is a catch, however: these features requires you to buy a key for $14 to unlock the so-called Learning Pack, but the good news is that the key will work for all future versions of Synthesia. There are four demo songs included that let you try out these features without paying. If you're interested in buying the game, now is a good time since the price will increase as mo
  18. Of course the piano roll view is not easier to read for you if you have 13 years of experience reading sheet music In your case the game will most probably not be of any help as a learning tool. You are able to read the sheet music and immediately know what keys you are supposed to press. It sounds that you are trying to use the piano roll view in the same way as sheet music in the sense that you expect to be able to read it and play it correctly almost at the first try. If that's the case I agree that it's nearly impossible - multitudes of notes fall down so fast that there's no time to i
  19. Guitar Hero or Keyboard Mania are games that won't teach you to play for real (the two octaves used in Keyboard Mania is not enough). I see Synthesia mainly as a educational tool that helps people to learn play music on a real piano, with the game aspect more like a bonus. Not everyone knows how to read sheet music, and for those the piano roll view in Synthesia makes it easier to learn to play the songs since they can see exactly what keys to press and for how long, and you can also choose to let the computer to play the song so that you know how it's supposed to sound. Due to the new Fast Fo
  20. Synthesia 0.6.2 has been released a few days ago. Among the new features there's a rewind/fast forward function which makes it much more easy to be able to learn to play the songs. High-score lists is another new function.
  21. Hi! I just got a tip this morning about a program called Synthesia (http://www.synthesiagame.com) that I think is a great concept! It is a kind of Guitar Hero clone, but for piano. You need to have a MIDI synth to use it, but if you have one, this app has the potential to be useful – something you can't say about Guitar Hero with its mere five buttons! If you aren't used to playing music from notes but need to see what keys you should press, this application seems to be a perfect way to learn to play any music that you have on a MIDI file! You can alter the speed of the playback to make it
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