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Play A Piano / Synthesizer / Oscilloscope


Play A Piano / Synthesizer / Oscilloscope

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Play A Piano using your mouse or keyboard, read the notes on the musical score as it plays for you, see the wave forms as you play a tune. Multimedia madness : mixing math & music -- create, see & hear wave forms. Control the decay and choose between the pure tone of a sine wave or the richer sound of a wave with overtones : your virtual vibrating piano string. Fun & educational. Java 1.0.2, requires speakers and a ""sound card""; Midi is NOT required.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: May 14, 1998
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 27, 2014
Submitter: Paul Flavin



Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Rusty Simpson
11 years ago

Rusty Simpson (Student)

I really did not find much value in using this site. There was to much of a
delay and the sound was not clear. Maybe someone who is fascinated with science
and music, might get some use from this site. The Jingle Bells song that you
are suppose to be able to play did not even sound correct during some parts. You
can make the wave form, frequency, and fade change. You can here the
difference and see the actual wave form change. I would not recommend this site
to band directors.

Technical Remarks:

This site takes time to load. When you click on the keys of the piano keyboard
there is a delay, as well as when you use the computer keyboard to play the
piano keyboard. You are suppose to be able to change songs and then play them,
but I was unable to get it to change songs.
Used in course

Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Not really much use in a physics course, but still this is a clever applet. On
Netscape (NT) some of the controls acted a little rough.