Finding suitable programs to play certain audio and karaoke files can be difficult. While basically functional, QMidi for Mac's dated interface and lack of instructions could make it a less attractive download for all but the most experienced users.
QMidi for Mac comes with a free trial version with a pop-up nag screen. After the installation completed, the user is prompted to purchase the full version, which costs $12. This menu can be dismissed after waiting a few seconds. The program lacks user instructions, but support for updates is available and additional program versions have fixed reported bugs. The menu, which is not intuitive unless the user is very familiar with complex audio programs, contains dated graphics and very small buttons. When the program is started, a file menu pops up for selection of audio files for playback. A slider indicates the position of the audio file currently playing. Just below are buttons for playback, including play, stop, forward, and back. Additional menus can be opened to control track details and configure the sound returned along with the tempo. When users are working with karaoke files, the size of the lyrics and the screen can be adjusted. Audio playback performed as it would on other, more popular programs.
With its dated menus and lack of instructions, QMidi for Mac would be a viable audio player option for only the most advanced and specialized users.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of QMidi for Mac 2.2.5.
QMidi is the ultimate MIDI/Karaoke player for the Macintosh. It can organize and play many types of media files, including movies and CD+G, and allows easy text and chords editing/synchronization. It features real time pitch shifting, time stretching and the ability to display karaoke and movie content in full screen mode, even on a second monitor. QMidi has an intuitive user interface, which you will be able to use immediately. You can quickly make playlists of your favorite songs and play them sequentially. You can also use the library to organize your files similarly to iTunes.
What's new in this version:
Restored compatibility with OS X 10.6 (Snow leopard)
Transport window now looks fine on retina displays.
Large Sysex MIDI messages are now handled correctly.
Fixed a last minute bug which occurred on version 2.6 when exporting to movie.
PDF thumbnails were not displayed on Mac OS Sierra (Apple bug #27457412). Fixed.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Fantastic. I use it for professional Karaoke. Use it with 2 monitors, one for lyrics, the other for small mirrored lyrics and many playlists. One different playlist for each singer. With expose no problem to hidden and show the playlists. And it read a very large kind of lyrics formats: karaoke, wordbox ecc...