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.
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.
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Tastiera: Un piano en tu dashboardmoazine
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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.
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.