Chord Cadenza is a free MIDI sequencer that enables you to accompany a MIDI file while it’s playing. The application finds the right chords for you to play on either a MIDI or PC keyboard.
Beyond MIDI files, which Chord Cadenza synchronizes automatically, the program will also synchronize and save MP3 audio file formats so that you can play along with them. You can even play along with other sources, and synchronize as you go. Best of all, you can extract and edit chords and major and minor keys, and get creative – improvising as you play along.
Installing Chord Cadenza is as easy as downloading the program and running the setup file. The on-screen instructions are simple to follow. Setup will check the computer and install the correct 32 or 64-bit application. Soundfonts – free sample-based synthesis files that are available in the thousands on the internet – are installed in the Soundfonts folder and a Sample Projects folder is set up in your Music folder if you select that option. Once installed, the software can be used would-be musicians of all levels.
The program displays as a MIDI sequencer with volume, muting, panning and patching tools and includes a built-in synthesizer which uses SoundFonts. A MIDI output also allows an external synthesizer to be used. The interface is divided horizontally with menu and tools in the top half and chords in the bottom. You can specify how you want to display your tracks. The PlayMap: maps the MIDI keyboard, the TrackMap: displays MIDI tracks in a sequencer style and the ChordMap: displays chords.
A number of play modes are supported for use at different skill levels. Extracting the chords and keys from a MIDI file is accomplished with a simple click and the SoundFonts powered synthesizer does the rest.
Synchronize to play along, or edit files and create new mixes with Chord Cadenza’s multitude of tools and MIDI sequencer.
- Works with MIDI or PC keyboard
- Extract MIDI file chords, keys, and modulations
- Synchronize MP3 files
- Play modes to suit multiple MIDI keyboard skill levels
- Control volume, mute, patch, pan and more from track display
- Display chords, solfa or pitch notation
- Output to soundcard or external MIDI synthesizer
- ASIO sound driver supported
- Play chords and bass or melody
- Mouse access to modify chords
Chord Cadenza is fun software that lets you accompany your favorite music and even lets you play along with streaming audio or live musicians with no musical keyboard or musical reading skill required. Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1,10 (32 and 64-bit), Chord Cadenza requires minimum Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, and a sound card or MIDI synthesizer.