Lead your own band or orchestra with HCX as an accompanist, rehearsal tool, or music tutor. HCX makes MIDI files respond to your keyboard playing. It turns pages automatically. You speed up, it speeds up. You jump to another place in the music, and it jumps there and keeps following.
HCX is compatible with thousands of commercial and free MIDI files, as well as properly-formatted MIDI files that you make yourself. It also works with the MIDI files available for most popular piano teaching methods, from publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred and Frederick Harris.
When you load a MIDI File into HCX, the app shows one or two tracks in notation (such as piano left- and right- hands). If you connect a compatible MIDI keyboard, it will expect you to play the music you see on screen while it plays all the other tracks.
As you play, HCX determines your location, tempo, and dynamic expression, musically coordinates the accompaniment tracks to match your playing. In other words, you are the soloist and HCX is the conductor, orchestra, and page-turner.
HCX has been honored with the Frances Clark Award, given to products that change the face of piano teaching.
How HCX Works
- Learn: waits for you to play the correct note
- Jam: plays the accompaniment tracks at tempo - you have to keep up
- Perform: follows your tempo and jumps to another part of the piece if you jump
- Track Mixer: manage your accompaniment tracks by turning them on or off
- Mute Accompaniment: single-button for muting all accompaniment tracks
- Keyboard Display: on-screen keyboard that highlights the correct note(s) and position on the keyboard
- Practice Loop: mark a section of the piece for repetitive practice
- Single-hand Practice Option
- Score Enhancements: HCX keeps the dynamics, fingering, and you add clef changes
- Playback Controls: Playback your most recent performance. Control your performance with dynamic playback options (wait-for-attack, wait-for-special-signal, restore-tempo, ignore-soloist)
HCX comes loaded with sample MIDI files from a variety of publishers to get you started.
Supported File Types
HCX works with thousands of MIDI Files. The best-quality files usual come from commercial publishers or can be purchased here. You can also make your own using a sequencer, notation, or auto-arranger program.
Minimum System Requirements
- Mac - OS X Version 10.3 or later
- Windows - Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, or 98SE
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Mario Ajero is Coordinator of Class Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He received his doctorate in Piano Pedagogy from Oklahoma University.
“I have repeatedly seen piano teachers’ jaws drop as they realize what the remarkable new software Home Concert (HCX) is doing.”Sam Holland, Co-author, Frances Clark Music Tree
“I don’t know when I’ve been as excited about a program as I am by Home Concert (HCX)....“Sandra Bowen, Piano & Keyboard
“Home Concert (HCX) is an effective teaching tool for students at all levels both as a practice companion and performance partner.“Dr. E. L. Lancaster, Keyboard Editor-in-Chief, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Minimum System Requirements
Mac - OS X Version 10.5 or later; 1 GB RAM, 1024 X 768 display
Windows - Windows 7, Vista, or XP Service Pack 3; 1 GB RAM, 1024 X 768 display
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