As featured in the Apple 'Your Verse' and 'iPad is Musical' TV Ads, recommended by The New York Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Rolling Stone Magazine, and played live by legendary band Squeeze on the Jimmy Fallon show (NBC).
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Pianist, the ORIGINAL iPhone piano, turns Professional for the iPad with photo-realistic graphics and an unbelievable sound. Pianist Pro was the number one music app for the iPad at release.
- Full recording and overdub facility.
- Live MIDI control of external synths via CoreMidi, USB, Network MIDI, OSC or DSMI.
- Standard MIDI File import and export.
- Audio (WAV) file export.
- 16 professionally recorded instruments (pianos, organs, guitars, synths).
- Built-in effects, arpeggiator and drum machine.
- Soft and Sustain pedals, and velocity based on key strike position.
- A full 88 key Single or dual keyboard layout with configurable key size.
- Onscreen pitch bend, modulation and swell pedal controls.
- Vibrato and Low-Pass Filter.
Pianist Pro is a virtual piano designed specifically for the iPad, with the same great interface and style that has made Pianist the best known piano on the iPhone, and a whole host of new features too.
It features full MIDI import and export capability, allowing you to record song ideas while on the road and export them via MIDI to your Digital Audio Workstation back at the studio. You can also use Pianist Pro as a great master MIDI keyboard, either with USB, CoreMIDI, or via Wi-Fi. Drive your soft or hard synths wirelessly from the sofa, or from another room. Pianist Pro can even be used as a MIDI sound source, driven by an external hardware keyboard.
A built-in arpeggiator allows the user to create perfectly timed runs just by holding down a few keys, and complex patterns of notes and chords can be programmed into the arpeggiator and played back live. Pianist Pro makes it easy to play shuffle-beat blues piano, complete with walking bassline and overlayed jazz chords - all by simply holding down a single chord. Changing the chord changes the melody but maintains the tight rhythm provided by the arpeggiator. A drum machine offers an elegantly simple interface for adding rhythm, with a choice of drum kits to suit a range of musical styles. While a delay effect can be used to bring energy and interest to a synth bassline, or guitar or piano riff.
The 'Scale Piano' interface allows the user to select a musical scale from a large choice of presets (eg. Natural Minor or Pentatonic Blues) or define their own scales from scratch. Notes and runs on that scale can then be played back in any key, simply by sliding a finger up and down a virtual touch-pad on-screen.
Musicians at all levels have raved about Pianist Pro. Visit our website (moocowmusic.com) for demonstration videos, a full description of functionality including the user manual, and more screenshots.
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Added support for 64 bit processors.
Ratings and Reviews
Ultimately does the one thing I need it to
Frankly, this review would be a lot harsher if I'd wanted this virtual piano to sound decent and be vaguely like playing an actual piano. Unintuitive to the point of being poorly designed UX aside, the sample playback engine is remarkably poor. Even using an 88 key digital piano as a controller keyboard, it is almost impossible to get a decent performance out of this. The samples don't respond to sustain and key velocity in any sensible way, forget about aftertouch or ghost notes. It plays like a handful of single-velocity samples with poorly executed ASDR envelops, and no round-robin switching between sustain and held notes. It's like banging on a mediocre sounding upright with a hammer for all of the nuance you can get from it. In the end however, what I needed was an app that would record MIDI while I sketched out songs, and then send MIDI out back into my DAW later in. And alas, GarageBand doesn't do MIDI out. This is actually a decent MIDI recorder. So I use an external metronome and the audio of my Casio digi piano, and it works well enough in that regard. But unless you are using this app in this one specific way, just buy GarageBand, whose sampled pianos shine a harsh light on this app by some measure.
Outstanding keyboard app
I'm a working musician and this app is one of the primary reasons I bought an iPad. It's not 100% perfect yet, but it's the best keyboard app in the App Store without question, and I've started recommending it to my students and colleagues.
Beautifully configurable keyboard, excellent samples, almost no latency (extremely responsive, in other words), close attention to sonic quality (for example, no clipping no matter how many samples are sounding at a time -- unlike many other App Store instrument apps). FYI, you can easily remove the colored note names from the keys.
Only real issue is how much screen real estate is used for controls that can't be hidden. This is both visually distracting and wasteful of space, especially in the dual-keyboard mode. My favorite improvement would be an option to have only keys onscreen (you'd touch and hold a certain corner, or a tiny "i" somewhere, when you wanted to change info/options) -- or at the very least an option to grey out the controls so they're not so distracting visually.
Great wifi midi
I just went out and bought a new MacBook pro and the first thing I sis was look for apps that would connect through midi wifi network sessions using the Mac's audio/midi setup. I was very surprised how easy the connection was and the zero latency I got through my wifi network without having to create any special ad-hoc networks. The set up just plane works. I was controlling synths in GarageBand in seconds. The dual keyboard setup with mod wheel and volume pedal makes controlling AU instruments a pleasure. I was so happy with what I experienced that I stopped looking for other midi wifi apps! The app itself is extremely powerful even if your not going the wifi route. I loved the piano and arp as well. There are few apps we have on the AppStore that call themselves pro and actually live up to the name. This is one of them.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.