February 11, 2016 in Educational (E)
[prMac.com] Rochester, New York - RoGame Software today is proud to announce the release of Mozart 2 Pro (v1.0.1), an important update to their popular music learning application for OS X. The biggest all-around change in this new version of the Mozart music reading game has to do with the game logic itself with the addition of half and quarter notes. These are introduced in realistic time-based subdivisions and appear exactly as they would in real sheet music. Ranges, another main focus of the game, are now announced in music notation at the beginning of each new round. They are reflected in the instrument's scale highlights as well. So using the piano instrument for example one now sees level 1 announced as ranging from middle C to g4 in music notation with exactly 5 gum drops on the keyboard indicating where those notes are located.
Clef selection in Mozart 2 Pro was completely reconfigured and is now instrument based. Most instruments have 2 - 3 possible clefs and some up to 5. The game also employs "octave-dropped" treble and bass clefs where indicated. Finally a new grand staff option has been implemented as well and is available in several of the game's instruments. Clef selection itself has been moved out of settings and is now handled by simply clicking the current clef in the notation view.
Also new in Mozart 2 Pro is a feature called "Do Over". Do Over in essence allows the player to repeat a game exactly. Since there are only 3 initial life points a single mistake can easily cost the game. So with the new Do Over feature the player can now tap the Do Over button, load the last game and give it another shot. Multiple do overs in a row are supported and will repeat a game not only with the exact pitches but with all game characters, jump hoops and all abandon. Do Over - new in Mozart 2 Pro.
Beside half and quarter notes another two game characters were added. The first of these is called "Double Time". The rotating Double Time cubes occur early on in the game and if identified incorrectly will double up the speed of the note movement for rest of the level mimicking the Jazz ensemble tradition of the same name. The second new game character occurs in the upper levels of the game and is simply called "Detonator". When a detonator is identified correctly it will clear the entire staff by detonating all remaining notes in quick succession. From an educational point of view quite ingenious because most player will wait until the last moment to clear as many notes as possible which means pre-positioning their fingers and reading those notes rather quickly.
Instruments are essential in the Mozart music reading game and Mozart 2 Pro adds the entire classical string instrument family. Violin, viola, cello and double bass - all feature instrument specific clef choices and ranges. As an added plus some some lesser common options that are already available for instruments like the guitar were implemented as well. As such all of these instruments support left-handed stringing and maybe more importantly string detuning. String detuning or scordatura can throw the most experienced reader for a loop, yet there are many works in the classical repertoire that require one or more strings to be tuned differently. With Mozart 2 Pro scordatura as well as reading in alternate clefs can now be practiced in a casual game for the entire classical string family. Yet another new instrument added is the 5-string Banjo. It also comes with string detuning and support for left-handed stringing.
Mozart 2 Pro not only adds instruments, it also changes what they can do. One example of that is called "Missed Note Highlighting". Any diatonic note that vanishes after hitting the clef area is now highlighted on the instrument for a second or two so one knows what it was the next time around. Another new instrument feature is the note info view. Between games any key or position played on an instrument now displays a small window with that note in music notation. A great way to look up any note one might have missed during the game.
There are many more new additions in this new version of the music reading game like the remaining notes indicator that lets one know how many notes are left in a level. Or the many added animations, the completely revamped mandolin instrument, the last score highlighting in the top ten list or the new instrument graphics in general. One final tidbit however has to do with sound. The new Mozart 2 Pro app comes with 235 assignable instrument sounds, no add-ons needed!
* Letters (C, D, E), Solfege (Do, Re, Mi)
* Banjo, Bass, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Viola, Violin
* Much improved game play
* 235 assignable instrument sounds
* Half and quarter notes plus new game characters
* Do Over feature
* Missed note highlighting
* Note Info Views
* Grand staff and "octave-dropped" treble and bass clefs
* Improved range visualization
* MIDI support for class-compliant devices
* New documentation website
* Supports El Capitan
Mozart is a fantastic game that can help anybody improve their music reading skills and the new pro version adds a huge amount of new features and improvements. Designed for the beginner as well as the professional, Mozart 2 Pro is an excellent tool towards better reading in 12 minor and major keys, for practicing Solfege, unfamiliar keys, tunings and clefs or just to have fun while learning. Guitarists will find the Training Mode a valuable tool to study unfamiliar positions or maybe explore new open tunings. Pianists may want to improve on bass clef reading. And the upper levels of the game are challenging for the most advanced musician with double-flats, double-sharps and occasional key signature switch.
Mozart 2 Pro is localized into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.
* Mac OS 10.10 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 28.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Mozart 2 Pro (v1.0.1) costs $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the education and music categories. Educational discounts are available.
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