For an even more comprehensive practice companion, Piano Diary can easily record, archive and share daily piano performances by connecting a user’s iOS device to any MIDI piano or keyboard. This enables the user to record a performance or practice session (stored on their device or in the cloud), and to play it back through their instrument. From there they can review it on the go (directly from the device), upload to YouTube, or monitor their progress through practice statistics. A handy calendar view gives daily, weekly or monthly feedback on how the user has been progressing. And the app rewards YouTube uploads and practice time achievements with extra high quality “Voices” for playback.
With a little clever application this can be used to conveniently archive recordings, store exercises used for practice, perform duets, create a community of musicians who share performances, and even export data later to use in other composition or notation software. And best of all it creates some friendly accountability and reward around practice, which is useful for musicians at any level.
All this is absolutely free and compatible with the large majority of Yamaha’s typical home and classroom keyboards and digital pianos. This makes it great value for money for young learners, opening up a level of creativity and functionality not yet seen in instruments at this price point.