Chris Reed updates MidiKeys to v1.8

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Chris Reed MidiKeys

Chris Reed has released version 1.8 of MidiKeys, a free virtual MIDI keyboard for Mac.

MidiKeys is a small application for Mac OS X that presents a miniature MIDI keyboard onscreen. You can use the computer keyboard to play MIDI notes, or click on the keys with the mouse. There is also an option to select a MIDI source and see incoming notes played on the keyboard.

MidiKeys has no way to produce sound on its own. In order to hear a sound when you press keys, you need to connect the MidiKeys output to a synthesizer of some sort. This can be either a softsynth or a hardware synth connected through a MIDI I/O box. Apple’s AU Lab works nicely to play Audio Units.

Changes in MidiKeys v1.8

  • MidiKeys is now a universal binary.
  • Minimum system is now 10.5.
  • Changed ownership to Immo Software.
  • New configurable hot key to toggle global hot keys.
  • Support for automatic software updates using the Sparkle framework.
  • New option to show the key caps on the on-screen keyboard.
  • The MIDI channel field has been changed to a pop-up menu.
  • The disclosure button to show the destination and listen menus is now a normal button instead of being a repurposed toolbar toggle button.
  • Pressed key highlights are drawn with a slight gradient.
  • New Global Hot Keys menu item.
  • New preferences to control the visibility of overlay notifications.
  • It is now possible to have no modifier key for global hot keys, so you only have to press the key corresponding to the note.
  • Key maps were extended to use more keys on the keyboard.
  • Non-English localisations have been disabled for this release due to the number of UI changes.
  • Added a preference to make the keyboard window transparent to mouse clicks when MidiKeys is in the background.
  • Made the keyboard window minimizable.
  • Reorganized the preferences window with several tabs.
  • Added preferences to control software updates.

MidiKeys is available to download as a freeware application for Mac.

More information: MidiKeys

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