Category Education and composition / Reference
Version 4.2.2
Format App
Compatibility simplechordMacOS X UB
License Commercial Software
Price $10  /  9€
4 / 5 , 4 votes
Updated On Nov 6, 2009
Total Downloads 4,010
Mac Downloads 4,010

Chord reference

SimpleChord is a quick, handy reference to chords for musicians. It can aid in learning new chords, building progressions, transcribing, and other tasks. It displays the notes in a chord, their positions on the keyboard, and can even play the chord aloud.
Requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or better.
simplechord simplechord v 4.2.2 Nov 6, 2009 MacOS X UB
Wonder Warp simplechord simplechord v 4.1 Feb 5, 2009 MacOS X UB
SimpleChord 4.1 adds augmented 7th chords.
SimpleChord 4.0.2 fixes a bug where GarageBand refused to import MIDI files exported with SimpleChord.
SimpleChord 4.0.1 adds native compatability for Intel Macs and minor interface refinements.
Wonder Warp simplechord v 4.0 Jul 28, 2006 MacOS X PPC
More chords: flattened fifths, 6/9s, suspensions, and more.
New "Chord Info" palette displays intervals, notes, and half-steps.
MIDI Exporting of progressions
Looped playback of progressions
New keyboard: now scrollable, resizable, and pretty.
Major interface enhancements.
ChordPro importing
chord simplechord v 3.3 Mar 12, 2006 MacOS X PPC
Export chord progresions to other programs using MusicXML!
chords simplechord v 3.2.4 Jan 2, 2006 MacOS X PPC
Will now accept registration numbers generated using a new method (old ones work too)
reference simplechord v 3.2.1 Aug 30, 2005 MacOS X PPC
Removed some embarassing debug code
download simplechord v 3.1.3 Aug 12, 2005 MacOS X PPC
Fixed crash in iPod window
Other small bug fixes
mac simplechord v 3.1 Jul 20, 2005 MacOS X PPC
Can edit progressions' details after they are created
Can now reorder chords in a progression more easily
Significant interface refinements
Fixed/refined AppleScript support
Fixed some registration issues (international users should have no more trouble with that
windows simplechord v 3.0 Jul 12, 2005 MacOS X PPC
Progressions: Create chord progressions from within SimpleChord
Inversions: Invert chords for more interesting sounds.
Reverse Lookup: Press the keys, find the chord.
Built in help
Major refinements, rewrites
macintosh simplechord v 2.3.3 Apr 6, 2005 MacOS X PPC
  • Totally fixed SimpleChord for iPod bugs for good!

  • - Changed documentation and some dialog boxes to reflect new company name (dropped 'Group').
    - Dock icon now bounces annoyingly when shareware reminders come up.
    - This is the last maintenance release before I start adding some major features (progressions, inversions, reverse-lookup)
    pc simplechord v 2.3.2 Feb 11, 2005 MacOS X PPC
  • Keyboard now draws a little nicer and faster

  • Fixed bug with iPod exporting that made it not properly spell chords like the rest of the application can.

  • Now supports new registration code format (new codes will not work with old versions)

  • - Interface refinements
    simplechord v 2.3.1 Nov 8, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed bug with iPod exporting that made it effectively worthless.

  • Interface refinements
  • simplechord v 2.3.0 Oct 24, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Added octave shift option in Preferences to shift the playback up or down in intervals of octaves.

  • - Added new "Tempo Finder" tool.
    - Interface refinements
    - Updated documentation
    simplechord v 2.2.1 Sep 20, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed display bug with optional black notes under red (default) appearance

  • Interface refinements
  • simplechord v 2.2.0 Aug 14, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Added 2 new kinds of chords (add9, minor add9)

  • Added lots of new keyboard shortcuts so it's possible to access nearly any chord quickly from the keyboard. (see documentation)

  • - Keys now darken while pressed.
    - Fixed rare bug with favorites not showing in some circumstances.
    - Fixed bug with optional notes not displaying properly
    - Interface refinements.
    simplechord v 2.1.1 Jul 24, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Chord spelling issue really resolved.

  • New spelling section in preferences lets user choose between strict and simplified spelling

  • Interface refinements

  • Jaguar problems will be addressed soon.
  • simplechord v 2.1 Jun 4, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Playback Method option added

  • Random Chord command added

  • Chord spelling issues resolved at last!

  • Fixed display bugs with a couple key!

  • Interface refinements

  • Code optimizations

  • Jaguar crashing will be addressed soon!
  • simplechord v 2.0.2 Apr 24, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed major 9th chords.

  • Jaguar crashing and chord spelling will be addressed soon!
  • simplechord v 2.0.1 Mar 16, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed diminished 7th chords.

  • Fixed 'purchase' link in nag dialog (D'oh!)

  • Metronome now uses a palette and accepts only numbers for the tempo

  • Chord search window slightly refined

  • Added keyboard shortcuts to documentation

  • Favorites dradrawer.
  • simplechord v 2.0 Jan 24, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Option to accept MIDI input to control SimpleChord

  • SimpleChord for iPod feature added

  • Internet Chord Search added

  • Added favorites feature

  • Added window opacity option

  • Added metronome

  • Changed the off-by-default 'Extended mode' to be, instead, an off-by-default 'Mini mode'.

  • Now costs $6.95 (Sorry, folks, but a guy's gotta pay the web hosting!)

  • Code optimizations and rewriting

  • Redone manual
  • less...
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    version 4.2.2, MacOS X UB
    I'm getting crashes anytime I use a midi controller or even when I use Manyetas Midi Keys software to play notes. So it does have a bug with using midi input.
    I how he will fix this.
    version 2.0.2, MacOS X PPC
    In Version 2.1, all the spelling and interval bugs that plukam brought up are now fixed!
    version 2.0, MacOS X PPC
    V2.0 is riddled with incorrect chord spellings, and simply incorrect intervals. 7th and dim7 are identical. 9th and Maj9th are identical.
    HOWEVER, the author is VERY responsive and nice, and he is working hard to get rid of these errors quickly. So, IMHO, this is at present a good program.
    If he significantly expands the number of chords, this program will be very good.
    If he allows the user to define any chord, name it, and the program would be able to play and show it in any key, THEN he will have an excellent program.
    version 1.0, MacOS X PPC
    Simple, lightweight, built-in sounds to immediately play the chords.
    Very cool. Thanks for thinking of it...
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