Keyboard Wizard is a
GUI application that aids keyboardists performing in musical theatre, opera, rock concerts,
school and church musical events, or any other live performance.
Keyboard Wizard makes it easier for live keyboardists to perform, by taking care of tasks that
otherwise require extensive keyboard/synthesizer programming, or the pressing of a lot of MIDI keyboard
buttons while performing.
It also enables keyboardists to do things they wouldn't otherwise be able
to do by themselves with only ten fingers, including playing multiple instrumental parts.
It provides centralized control of multiple MIDI modules and virtual (software) instrument libraries,
so that a single keyboardist can play an orchestra's worth of sounds individually, in splits, layers, and maps,
in rapid succession, with precise articulation and dynamics, all from a single keyboard.
in the pit.
Keyboard Wizard features:
- Unlimited "steps" that can be invoked sequentially and
triggered via computer QWERTY keyboard and mouse, or via specially-assigned MIDI keyboard keys or controllers.
- Auto Change Trigger, or A.C.T., a unique technology that allows
Keyboard Wizard to automatically change steps (i.e., sounds) while the keyboardist
plays, without their having to hit "patch change" buttons or pedals. This allows
keyboardists to do what they do best: perform musically, without having
to simultaneously (and unnaturally) operate the program.
- Tabbed and bookmarked steps that make rapid navigation intuitive and easy.
- Pre-programmed MIDI bank/program changes.
- Unlimited layers and splits, via user-defined keyboard zones, each with its own sound or combination of sounds.
- Easy-to-create note mappings (with which you can play entire multi-voiced chords triggered by single
MIDI keyboard keys),
including separate white-note and black-note
harp glissandos automatically generated from harp pedal diagrams.
- Five levels of transposition:
- By keyboard (to support different MIDI keyboards having different numbers of MIDI keys)
- By sound (to adjust the virtual instruments that Keyboard Wizard controls)
- By step (to transpose different sections of music)
- By zone (to enable complex keyboard splits and layers)
- By global output (for on-the-spot transpositions of the entire "show")
- Per-step controller filtering and pre-programmed controller values that automatically configure
- Global controller remapping, to accomodate different MIDI keyboards or control surfaces.
- Intelligently-routed controller updates from the MIDI keyboard that keep all instruments in sync.
- Sixteen (16) MIDI OUT ports, which can be directed to
instruments and MIDI effects,
or to older MIDI sound modules and samplers.
- Optional "punch screen" flash, visible out of the corner of the keyboardist's eye, that gives confirmation of successful step changes,
allowing keyboardist to focus on
their sheet music and the conductor, rather than looking directly at the computer screen.
- A visual metronome, which can be set individually per step, giving keyboardist a silent, accurate tempo countdown prior to a musical entrance.
- Support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.
(Note: Keyboard Wizard requires Java 6.0
or higher, and thus does not support older non-Intel Macs that have only Java 5.0 installed.)