This is an updated review of HearandPlay’s Song Robot reflecting the last 9 updates that it has undergone since the first release. If you had read my original article about Song Robot, I was not entirely excited, but as an avid fan and member of HearandPlay’s GMTC I had a hunch things would get better. They certainly have. For me it was a rough road getting there so I don’t completely discard what I wrote before, but I can now honestly say that Song Robot is a great piece of musical training software. I highly recommend it now.
Here is a list of the latest updates which I think have really been fantastic. Off the top of my head, I think there have been about 3 or 4 releases since the very first one. The update below give you a brief idea about what has been added. All are great additions and have really improved the Song Robot software immensely.
Update #1 – Note names show up above the keys now. Left hand note names show up in blue. Right hand note names show up in red. Note names can be defaulted to the key you’re in or you can choose to only show flats or only showsharps.
Update #2 – The current key of the song now showsup above the keyboard display.
Update #3 – When you transpose to a new key, the area that shows the current key dynamically adjusts to
tell you what new key you’re in so you’re never lost!
Update #4 – Help buttons added, which link to a tutorial
section that will continue to grow with helpful information.
Update #5 – An adjustable split color feature has been added. The right hand will light in red and the left
hand in blue. You can adjust the split point, which is set at middle C (“C4) by default.
Update #6 – An incredible LOOPING feature has been added. You simply press the button to set your end point. Then, simply press ACTIVATION button to start the loop feature and it will repeat at your selected speed and key until you deactivate. Nice!
Update #7 – We’ve now added the ability to slow down a song to 10%… that’s 5 times slower than the first version of SR.
Update #8 – Press either on Play or Pause or the Space bar of your keyboard will switch between play/pause.
Update #9 – You can also use your mouse wheel to control any sliders (volume, pitch, tempo). Lastly, the scrub bar is 100% precise now and will allow you to go to any point of the song you want.
Plus new midi files have been update and made available with the latest release!