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Author: w0lfie
Posted: Dec 31 2005 - 10:20 PM
Subject: re: New keyboard
The keys are much easier to read now. I hadn't thought about the size (pixels) of the applet. I forget there are people out there with 800x600 resolution. So this will be more accessible to them.
Keep up the great work!
user picture Author: rt
Posted: Dec 25 2005 - 11:42 PM
Subject: re: New keyboard
Thanks for the feedback! Here's another attempt: (at the bottom)
I went in the opposite direction and reduced the number of keys some more, while at the same time slightly increasing their size. I think there are still situations when a 500-pixel keyboard is nicer than an 800-pixel one.

More feedback is welcome.
Author: w0lfie
Posted: Dec 22 2005 - 03:26 AM
Subject: re: New keyboard
I think it would be easier to see if the notes were black on white and white on black.
Also I'd mark middle C or make middle C clearly in the middle. :-)
Maybe make the range g, to g'' (just kidding, that's just my personal bias and probably won't be that helpful)

Other than that, it's about as intuitive an interface as I have seen, but I don't know if it would be much use to non-musicians.
I wonder if there isn't a simplified way of doing rythm, too? Like Parson's code for note length. Like Short/Medium/Long. So Beethoven's 5th would be SSSL. And the New World Symphony would be LMMLSL; Or maybe just Long/Short: LSSLSL. Arguably for certain motifs (Beeth.5), the rythym is the most important feature. So I'm glad, you're going to take it into account soon.
user picture Author: rt
Posted: Dec 20 2005 - 11:20 PM
Subject: New keyboard
For supporting a better search algorithm that also takes rhythm into account, and also for easier posting of melodies in this forum, I have modified the keyboard.

My aims were to make it possible to enter notes with just one click per note, control the rhythm, and still allow the informed user to use the full flexibility of Lilypond (if you know Lilypond, you are not limited to the four note durations suggested by the keys).

The latest prototype is here:

I would appreciate your feedback. Is it easy and intuitive to use? Would you change the looks (e. g., use different colors or shades of grey?)

Eventually, I think I'll also try to write something like this in Javascript to get rid of the annoying consequences of using Java such as the delay before it starts. However, that version would probably be silent.
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How to insert music:

Add a bit of sheet music, along with a MIDI file, simply by entering note names in Lilypond syntax between the [L] and [/L] tags.
For example, you can try what happens if you enter: [l]g'4 g'4 d''4 d''4 e''4 e''4 d''2[/l] (use the Preview function if you don't actually want to post this).
You can create these lists of note names by clicking on piano keys here.

How to post an audio recording:

If you just want to sing, whistle, or play a melody so that other forum visitors can hear it, follow these steps:

  1. Record your audio here.
  2. You should notice a 32-character hash code, something like: 2a40281c5001c5a7d8c9f57fcdeccfaf
  3. copy this hash code and paste it into a forum post, enclosed in the audio tags, for example: [audio]2a40281c5001c5a7d8c9f57fcdeccfaf[/audio]

How to mark a thread as solved:

If the original question in a thread is solved, please mark it as solved using the "solved" icon (or by just typing [solved] into your post). This makes life easier for people who are willing to identify melodies, since unsolved problems are easier to spot that way. If a problem turns out to not be solved after all, just write [/solved] in a new post, and the thread will be labeled accordingly.