Granted Software has released ReMIDI, a tool designed to enhance a keyboard performance by automatically changing notes into chords and chords into arpeggios or strums. The US$14.95 software is compatible with Mac OS X (10.2 and higher).
ReMIDI’s features are divided into two “assistants.” The Chord Assistant includes 27 different chords that can be triggered with either one finger chords or Easy Chords. Easy Chords are similar to a common home keyboard feature that, for instance, lets a couple of keys to indicate that a minor chord should be played. ReMIDI expands on the idea by allowing any of the 27 chords to be mapped to the Easy Chord keys. Advanced keyboard players can play chords directly in order to take advantage of the Performance Assistants, according to Granted Software.
Speaking of Performance Assistants, there are two of them: the Arpeggiator and the Strummer. The former plays the chords in a variety of ways and supports a variety of tempos, intervals, and durations. The Strummer is designed to help users obtain a realistic strum effect and to dynamically control the strum speed using a MIDI controller such as a Modulation Wheel.
A MIDI input device (such as a MIDI keyboard) and a MIDI sound generator (such as a sound module) are needed to use ReMIDI 1.0. A demo of the software is available for download from the Granted Software Web site.