ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black

ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.9
  • Total Downloads:
    149,332
  • Date Added:
    December 20, 2011
  • File Size:
    7.17MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    634
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black is a cool Flash app that simulates a piano keyboard on your desktop. You can play it with your mouse or with optional keyboard controls. By tapping out notes in a numbered sequence, even total beginners can play simple tunes like "Happy Birthday" and "Jingle Bells" to more complex melodies such as those by Mozart, Bach, and the Beatles.

Virtual Piano's interface does indeed look like a real piano keyboard, albeit a reduced one, with attractive highlights on the black keys, which are functional. That was a good sign since we've seen many similar programs in which the black keys were strictly for show. The controls are minimal: Fullscreen, Activate Keyboard Control, four Sounds options, and a Songs button that opens a drop-down list containing many tunes you can tap out on the keys when the keyboard controls are activated. Virtual Piano can also record your performances, and a red Recording message appears when it's doing so. You can play back your recordings via the Control menu, which includes a Loop feature. Clicking a question mark icon toggles the key symbols on and off. When it's activated, Virtual Piano displays the corresponding PC key symbol on the piano keyboard, with letters for white keys and numbers and symbols for black keys. The sound quality is very good indeed; in fact, too good for our test system's built-in audio chip. The realistic dynamic range and sustained tones frequently exceeded the tiny op-amp's capabilities, resulting in audible distortion, especially when using high-quality headphones. Most musically inclined users will have a better sound card or external speaker system, which will do a better job of reproducing challenging piano tones as well as yield an even more realistic piano tone.

Best of all, Virtual Piano Black is totally fun. Clicking Songs pins open the songs menu just above the keys. We merely had to select a tune, activate the computer keyboard symbols on the piano keys, and start tapping away. As the ButtonBeats documentation states, you can be playing Beethoven in minutes, even with no musical experience at all. This is the baby grand of piano sims.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"fun but flawed"

March 20, 2014  |  By crucialherman

 |  Version: ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black 5.9

Pros

Looks great and plays notes brilliantly

Cons

Keys play when mouse hovers over them. That could be useful but it's moreso to be able to turn it off. Can't select the songs in the drop down, they are only text and not clickable.

Summary

Not sure if it's the virtual piano black's fault or some software conflict but, either way, for now I'll have to find an alternative.

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4 stars

"Lovely Virtual Piano"

June 21, 2013  |  By AlphaKelly

 |  Version: ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black 5.9

Pros

Nice sound quality

Cons

Cant customize our own keys and hard to press multiple keys together

Summary

It's fun to play

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4 stars

"Easy to use, it probably could be made better"

October 19, 2012  |  By solow46

 |  Version: ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black 5.9

Pros

very nice little program

Cons

nothing to add

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5 stars

"Simple and fun."

June 14, 2012  |  By k-yJelly

 |  Version: ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black 5.9

Pros

As good as a piano can get on a PC keyboard. The songs that are built in and translated to key-notes are super fun!

Cons

A little glitchy with multiple-key notes, or maybe it's just my computer. The scrolling box of songs is very touchy, and sometimes a little glitchy if you're reading the notes and playing them at the same time, you just have to get used to how to do it.

Summary

It's free, it's fun. I dig it.

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5 stars

"I was playing Beethoven in minutes."

February 26, 2012  |  By ForLoop5

 |  Version: ButtonBeats Virtual Piano Black 5.9

Pros

Very fun Piano simulation for the computer!

Cons

Its too nice.

Summary

I have been playing this thing for 4 years. So much fun.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher ButtonBeats
Publisher web site http://www.ButtonBeats.com
Release Date October 04, 2011
Date Added December 20, 2011
Version 5.9
Category
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.17MB
File Name BlackPiano.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 149,332
Downloads Last Week 634
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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