STUDIO VERSION 2
(Mac Classic mode only)
Chord Studio is a musical program all about chords,
from simple triads to complex jazz voicings. It is
- Educational, telling you the name of a given
combination of notes, or letting you hear how a chord with a given
- Practical, for printing out professional looking
charts for yourself or others to play
- Creative, letting you experiment with chord sounds
in a unique way that would be cumbersome to do in a normal sequencer
Chord Studio can play through a sequence of chords,
or save one as a MIDI file. It will also open a MIDI file, presenting
it as a new chord chart.
NB Chord Studio was a popular program
in its day but is now quite elderly and not compatible with Mac
OSX. It should run in Classic mode if available. If there
is sufficient interest I may rewrite it for Windows, then migrate
it to OSX.
There are three types of window in Chord Studio.
This diagram shows their relationship to each other:
The Make Chord Window
(top) lets you hear a chord when you know the name. If the little
keyboard button is pressed, playing a chord will send it to the
Keyboard Window (bottom left). This
is the heart of Chord Studio. Here you can play a chord via MIDI
or clicking on the keyboard, and see its name displayed. Clicking
the 'Send chord to chart' button (far right button) will send the
chord in turn to a Chord Chart (right).
Chord charts also have a keyboard button. When pressed, clicking
a chord in a chart sends it back to the Keyboard Window.
MAKING A CHART
If you already know your chords, you can make
a chord chart very quickly. Simply play a chord on your connected
keyboard, hit the spacebar, and that chord is automatically added
to a new chord chart, and the Keyboard Window is blanked ready for
the next chord. Proceed like this to add a chord per bar. If you
want, say, two chords per bar, just hit '2' to specify the number
of beats gap since the last added chord.
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