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Postby Nicholas » 09-10-14 2:34 am

DrTechDaddy wrote:So what I'm suggesting is that Synthesia could be a core platform for experimenters who want to tinker with keyboard designs!

This is a very cool direction, though it's such a big idea that I'm not sure I'd include it in Synthesia directly. An experimentation platform almost sounds like a different app altogether built using the same underlying technology.

Like kiwi alluded to, these are definitely ideas that I'm open to -- and would even like to tackle one day -- but finishing the work on our core competency ("a fun and engaging piano practice tool") has to take priority. Unfortunately, the remaining work is not a short list.

DrTechDaddy wrote:My hunch is that playing short sequences in random order would result in much accelerated learning...

This type of experiment does fall inside the core competency, which means it's the kind of thing I could see adding much sooner.

DrTechDaddy wrote:... consider synching several Synthesia tablets to the same "conductor"...

This is another thing that would be absolutely amazing to witness in a room full of users, but I fear it would be a third app on top of Synthesia and the instrument experimentation platform.
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Postby kiwi » 09-10-14 9:08 am

Nicholas wrote:
DrTechDaddy wrote:My hunch is that playing short sequences in random order would result in much accelerated learning...

This type of experiment does fall inside the core competency, which means it's the kind of thing I could see adding much sooner.

Random is not the good direction cycle of 4th or 5th or jump to one degree in a scale (it's call substitution) and why noàt a random button but
It's a little like my feature request:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6727

Hability to wrote a grid (have the chords displayed on an interactive keyboard).
Or choose a tonality and some random cadenzia (I V VI II V per eg) and the goal is too play the chords both hand and séparate.

If i am not very clear let me know.

This is really important for to improvise on piano ;)
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Postby godspace » 10-18-15 5:24 pm

Hello, here some ideas of piano midi gameplay :
https://youtu.be/fnSVZDKXKrs
https://youtu.be/uDi6fSakJiM
Thanks!
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Postby Nicholas » 10-24-15 3:08 am

Those are a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing those videos.

I'm actually pretty excited about a smaller side project coming up (after Synthesia 12 is finished) where we'll get to explore some ideas like these.
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Postby KaleidonKep99 » 11-06-15 11:01 am

Can you add support for external textures for both piano keyboard and notes? That would be awesome! :D

Also, I made a preview of what I am actually talking about (I sent you an e-mail about it, no answer tho):
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As I said, this would be an awesome feature! :o
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Postby Zac » 11-07-15 10:46 pm

More colours in notes/piano (arbitrary colour support), would be amazing for me too! :D

I wonder if you can add much more colour support as soon as possible in Synthesia 11! 100% awesome! :D

Also about Synthesia 11, is there a testing preview out there for me to explore the new version (Mac/Windows) OS?

This is intended for Synthesia 11, but I've been seeking to find out a dev preview for Synthesia 11 to test using Wine, since it's not for Snow Leopard Macs anymore. (Synthesia 11)

By "Synthesia 11" I mean "Synthesia 10.3"! ;)

Best regards - Zac :D
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Postby Nicholas » 11-10-15 5:10 pm

KaleidonKep99 wrote:Can you add support for external textures...

It's probably going to be a resource-editing thing for the foreseeable future. It wouldn't be too hard to add, but there are lots and lots of things that are higher priority right now. Sorry!

KaleidonKep99 wrote:Also, I made a preview of what I am actually talking about...

Those keyboard keys aren't half bad. :D (I never ran the version you sent; I try to avoid running modified executables from sketchy sources, hehe. ;) )

Zac wrote:I wonder if you can add much more colour support as soon as possible in Synthesia 11! 100% awesome! :D

You're not going to make me link to the same post saying "Not in 11" for a third time now, are you? :lol:

Zac wrote:Also about Synthesia 11, is there a testing preview out there for me to explore the new version...

Not yet. The video creator was just wrapping up when I discovered a new curve ball thrown by Apple. That switch-over is taking a little longer. After that we'll start pushing out previews of Synthesia 11. Keep an eye on the Development Updates section of the forum.
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Postby Dendrophobe » 12-17-15 9:34 pm

Is there any way to get a dump of statistics for a song? The thing I like most about Synthesia is the ability to see how well I'm doing in terms of score, but it'd be awesome if I could get some more fine grained data. Stuff like longest combo, how close I am to holding all the notes correctly, etc, would be a great start. Building on that, it'd be neat if I could build a chart of where errors typically occur in a piece to figure out where I should be practicing next (histograms of each practice session, with errors on the y axis and measure numbers on the x would be pretty helpful). Just being able to get a CSV of performance data for each hand would be useful.

Anyway, I'm thrilled with the software, so keep up the great work!
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Postby Nicholas » 01-02-16 8:16 am

The best you can get for statistics is the table on the song setup screen (on the "Points Earned" tab). Double-click anywhere in that chart to copy the whole thing to your clipboard in a format you can paste right into something like Excel. (I think it's technically TSV.)

Regarding a chart where errors usually occur, that is something we're hoping to add to Synthesia 12: a replay feature where your mistakes are overlaid on the song's notes. Also, showing measures in the timeline that have mistakes.
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Postby KyleF217 » 08-08-16 8:24 am

Hi, this might already exist but I sure haven't found it, I think it would be great to have our own folders within Synthesia. They already have the "Easy" "Medium" etc folders, so it should be possible to make our own folders right?
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Postby Nicholas » 08-08-16 5:38 pm

You can organize things into folders (the same way Synthesia does for the Easy, Medium, etc. songs) using the Metadata Editor.
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Postby DrTechDaddy » 08-18-17 11:49 am

Re Alternate Keyboards Layouts per my post of 09-08-14:
Are we any closer to being able to create the "experimental platform" to explore alternative keyboard layouts?

I do see movement on key coloring.

A simple color scheme I'm fond of (which can be done on real keyboards with markers or masking tape) is to color the F and B keys gray--this divides the keyboard into two complementary pentatonic keyboards--one white, one black--with the gray keys adding the diatonic scale notes to both.
Given that Synthesia is played from piano-roll vs. traditional notation, it's no harder to "read" the key of F#/Gb than the key of C,
so this mod would make it possible to learn to play songs in both the "key of white" and the "key of black",
and easily transpose a song from one to the other to fit a voice range. Songs traditionally scored in F or G could be easily played in F#/Gb instead.

A first step toward an alternate keyboard would be an alternate coloring scheme for the keys, e.g. alternating black-white vs the 7-5 pattern. Then, just cover the bottom part of the (formerly) white keys, and you have a keyboard of 12 skinny keys in alternate colors!

The next step would be to change she "shape" of the keys.

Another idea, to go with key color change, is change the mapping between the computer keyboard and the piano keyboard, so I could implement a 6-6 pattern on the computer keyboard if not on the actual piano visual:
Example: the chromatic scale from C could be: a W s E d R f T g Y h U j I k O l P ;
where I have capitalized the computer keys from the upper row to highlight the row distinction.
this adds the computer keys "r" and "i" and moves notes F G A B to the "upper" keys.
One gets slightly more range by starting with note "C" on the upper row with letter key "W" and leaving notes F G A B down on letters F G H J.

Activating the upper and lower rows of keys would provide additional fingering options.

I see it's possible to change the background image. How hard would it be to overlay the keyboard,
or shrink it's vertical dimension so I just see a row of "twinkling lights" as the keys are pressed?
I would imagine the problem area would be adjusting the size and number of keys.
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