It interesting when something new comes along and you’re reminded of something similar you already purchased a while back. This is the case with the recent release of HearandPlay’s Song Robot. I was thinking “gosh” I already have something similar and now I remember … MIDI KEYZ!! A while ago I purchased an excellent piece of software from GospelMusicians called MIDI KEYZ. You can checkout the video below to see Jamal showcasing MIDIKEYZ with MIDI files.
My favorite MIDI KEYZ features are key transpose, split keyboard left and right for midi files ( see photo above ), Slow down tempo, isolate bar and beat, plus a few other things. There are a ton of features with MIDI KEYZ though, but I mainly use it for MIDI files. I actually only started using it again recently with the MIDI files I get from HearandPlay’s GMTC and other resources that I am a member of. The Song Robot files also play very well in MIDI KEYZ. You can see I have loaded up the file “As The Deer” into MIDIKEYZ and it plays great. Check out the split colors on the keyboard for the left and right hands. You can also MIDI this up to your keyboard to get that rhodes sound on playback as well.
Like with vanBasco, Song Robot and others, MIDI KEYZ is another great alternative for MIDI file playback and instruction. It is commercial software priced at $39.99. There isn’t much MIDI file support for MIDI KEYZ directly from GospelMusicians if correct, but you can get MIDI files from all over the internet and of course if you are a member of GMTC or have purchased the “Song Robot” package from Hearandplay you can get more MIDI files there too.
Excerpt: The Split Key feature allows you you split the keyboard colors. As keyboard players ourselves, we know how important it is to decipher between what is played in the right and left hands. The Split Key feature gives you a “relative” idea of what each hand is playing by allowing different colors of the keyboard to light up per your choosing. For teachers this is even more important, as you can use it as a guide when teaching your students.
Note that you define the split key note and from there the notes are split at that point. So it’s important to understand that there “may” be some slight differences from how the original was played with the left and right hand, but it’s close. In fact, most of the time it’s right on!! What I like the best is that it breaks up the chords and notes so that I more easily figure out how I want to play chords with both hands. When all the keys are one color, it can be both hard on the eyes and confusing. The Split key feature is very unique with MIDI KEYZ and so far I have not see any other software that can do the same.
You can purchase MIDI KEYZ at the GospelMusicians store. Note that I am not an affiliate.