Have a seat at any piano and open the app. Now watch through your phone's screen as your hand plays along.
It's really that simple. You too are an Instant Musician.
Using Apple's ARKit technology, the Instant Musician app superimposes augmented reality indicators directly on your piano or keyboard that show you which notes to play, when to play them, and for how long to hold them.
Select the right speed and accompaniment options for your best performance. And rehearse individual sections in Practice Mode, before returning to Play Mode to put it all together.
Music Everywhere, grand-prize winner of the Unity/Microsoft HoloLens Developer Competition, introduces the power of purposeful mobile AR on iPhone, and invites you to play themes and melodies on any piano from songs you already know and enjoy, instantly!
Ratings and Reviews
Not a bad start
Good: It technically works and does what it says it will do. Rhythm game-esque bars float down and align perfectly with the keys you need to play at the appropriate time.
Bad: You are only playing a simple melody line with one hand and holding your phone in the other. The field of view can only capture a handful of keys at a time, so you have to move your phone around while you are playing to see more of the keyboard to play the correct notes.
Also, having to have a dollar bill on you at any given moment to calibrate is kind of frustrating. I tried with a 20 and it didn’t work. Happen to be out of singles? You’re out of luck.
Verdict: A decent first step in what will ultimately be an amazing application of AR. One day when a wearable headset can layer the augmented bits across the entire keyboard, this could really revolutionize the way people learn to play music. As an actual product right now in 2018, it’s kind of a neat little novelty but entirely impractical. The team behind this obviously is thinking towards the future and it’ll catch up with them eventually. I look forward to seeing where it leads.
Great app for fun
It’s so cool to play guitar hero on my keyboard.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for trying Instant Musician!
- Music Everywhere, Inc.
- 208.9 MB
- Requires iOS 11.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Music Everywhere, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- All Classical Access $2.99
- All Jazz Access $2.99
- All Rock Access $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.