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README-OSX.txt

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INTRODUCTION
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Piano Booster is a MIDI file player that displays the musical notes AND teaches you how to
play the piano. You can play along to any track in the midi file and PianoBooster will
follow YOUR playing. PianoBooster makes sight reading fun!

Piano Booster is a free (Open Source) program available from:




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REQUIREMENTS
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To run Piano Booster you need a MIDI Piano Keyboard and a MIDI-USB interface if the keyboard
does not have a USB interface. (If you don't have a MIDI keyboard you can still try out
PianoBooster using the computer's keyboard, 'x' is middle C).

To hear music from the computer you will need a General Midi compatible sound synthesizer.
While there are many possible choices for the Mac (Timidity, FluidSynth or an external MIDI
Synth), the easiest way is to use SimplSynth, which can be obtained for free (MIT license)
from:



This must be started before Pianobooster, and also allows to load custom Soundfonts.


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MIDI FILES
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To run PianoBooster you will need some Midi files preferably with right and left piano
parts on channels 4 and 3. Some high quality demo MIDI files that are compatible with
PianoBooster are available on the PianoBooster download page see:




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INSTRUCTIONS
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Double Click on the DMG file containing PianoBooster, then just drag the pianobooster.app
file wherever you wish (/Application folder is suggested).

Once the Piano Booster application starts up you must first setup the midi input and midi
output interface from the Setup menu. Next open a midi file ".mid" or a karaoke ".kar" file
using File/Open from the Piano Booster menu. Now choose the skill level, if you want to
just listen to the midi music -- select 'listen', to play along with a midi keyboard with
the music following your playing -- select 'follow you'. Finally click on the Play icon to
start.

It is recommended that you shut down all other programs whilst running Piano Booster so that
the scrolling notes move smoothly across the screen.


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LICENSE
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Piano Booster is fully copyrighted by the author and all rights are reserved.

PianoBooster is free software (Open Source software): you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

PianoBooster is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;
without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
See the GNU General Public License in the file "gplv3.txt" or from the web site
.


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SOURCE CODE
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As part of GNU General Public License the source code for PianoBooster is available from
the Source Forge site