Tastiera piano widget

New version (15th January): Version 1.5 of Tastiera does chord analysis. As always, please get in touch if you have suggestions regarding further improvements, keeping in mind that the development so far has very much been shaped by feedback from users.

Tastiera (Italian for ‘keyboard’) is a Dashboard widget that transforms your computer keyboard into two independent 1½-octave piano keyboards, each of which has a flexible range and can be assigned to any of the 128 instruments defined in General MIDI.

As can be seen above, the widget itself will clearly show which key corresponds to each note, and this holds true for any keyboard layout.

Instrument and note/octave names are available in italiano, en français, auf deutsch and in English.

Download and registration

Tastiera is shareware; you can download it free of charge and try it out for a period of up to 30 days.

The unregistered version has a limited choice of instruments and ranges and only analyses chords with C as the lowest note, but is otherwise identical to the full version.

Click on this button to pay in euros, currently €6.66.

Click on this button to pay in US dollars, currently $8.50.

Click on this button to pay in pounds sterling, currently £5.38.

The licence is sent out automatically, typically within a minute of a successful payment. Please make sure you provide a working e-mail address.

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System requirements

Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) or Snow Leopard (10.6) is required, as well as Safari 5.

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User comments

Private communication:
Thank you so much for this amazing widget! Simple, efficient, a lovely tool to have at hand. Bravo for your excellent work.
Paul Jackel via VersionTracker:
So far, functions perfectly. It not only simulates (or assigns) pitches to the keyboard, it will also sustain a pitch if the given key is held down. In addition, I find the interface to be very attractive. [...] as a professional singer, I suspect this little widget [...] is going to prove invaluable.
Private communication:
I love this widget! [...] I’ve been searching desperately for months, and there’s absolutely nothing even close to this. This widget is straight-forward and extremely simple to use.
MacGeek19 via MacUpdate:
This is soo cool.
Private communication:
I wanted to write to compliment you on the beautiful Tastiera widget. It is a nicely designed piece of software, simple to use and lovely to behold.

Version history

1.5 (15th January)

Chord analysis.

1.4 (20th June 2010)

Fixed problems with non-US keyboard layouts.

1.3 (16th July 2009)

New, more piano-like design.

1.2 (16th February)

Added the option to show note names. Translation into Italian, French and German completed (error messages and ‘Done’ button added).

1.1.1 (16th August 2008)

Corrected default ranges, which were too low in version 1.1.

1.1 (5th August)

Decoupled the two 1½-octave manuals. Added choice of instruments (previously only one piano sound). Adjustable range (previously fixed at G–c and c–ggg respectively). Instrument and note/octave names available in Italian, French, English and German.

1.0 (5th July)

Initial release.

0.5 (27th May)

Expiring public beta.

Remaining minor issues

One or two key positions are probably wrong for American (ANSI) and Japanese (JIS) keyboards. (This has to do with the physical keyboard layout and number of keys.) Please get in touch if you are using one of these keyboard types and would like this issue to be fixed.