SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Cookie Apps is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Real Piano 4.0 for iPhone and iPad. Real Piano is a favorite among amateur and professional musicians as well as music educators because of its full 88-key sliding keyboard design, impressive graphics, authentic grand piano sound and extensive feature set. The highlights in this latest release include a first-of-its-kind auxiliary app called Real Piano Remote for use on a secondary iOS device and a complete overhaul of the settings interface.
"We understand a pianist's need to move fluidly and nimbly across the keys, and addressing this need has remained an integral part of our development since version one," said Richard Bao, co-founder of Cookie Apps. "It's why we built our entire 88-key keyboard to be accessible during play with touch-to-slide and pinch-to-stretch functionality, instead of using clumsy octave paging controls like you see in other apps – and it's why we developed Real Piano Remote. We know pianists don't want to leave the keyboard to adjust settings, and now they don't have to."
Real Piano Remote is a great value-add for anyone who has two iOS devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth. It enables users to control various settings – volume, audio effects, transposition, etc. – in real time from one device while keeping a hand on the keyboard on the other device. There's also a feature that converts the secondary iOS device running Real Piano Remote into a sustain pedal.
Innovative notation features in the remote assist professional musicians with chord research and score composition. They also reinforce Real Piano's viability in music education, where the app continues to be popular among music teachers and band instructors. With both apps running on separate iOS devices, educators can play keys or strike chords on the Real Piano keyboard, and the music score instantly appears in Real Piano Remote.
The redesigned settings interface boasts new audio effects and enhanced transposition tools, and because the interface is built on a translucent background, users can now see the keyboard layouts taking effect as they toggle between them. To meet professionals' sophisticated tuning needs, version 4.0 includes a much wider range of frequencies than its predecessor as well as quick access to the most commonly used frequencies. The new Game Center support in Real Piano will likely appeal to those who enjoy earning usage and skills-based achievements.
Real Piano's recording and sharing capabilities, which were released in Real Piano HD Pro 3.0 last year, remain a highlight in version 4.0, though these features are currently only available on iPad. Pianists simply press the record button and start playing; pressing the button again stops and saves the recording. Recordings can be played back through the recordings interface, and players can easily share their recordings via e-mail, Facebook, SoundCloud and iTunes.
"We've really outdone ourselves with this new version. We're always working hard to address the needs of all types of users – amateurs, professionals, songwriters, instructors and students. In fact, requests we receive from our diverse user base continue to drive app enhancements and features, so while we love hearing glowing feedback like 'wonderful,' 'amazing,' 'easy to play' and 'by far the nicest' piano app, we also encourage users to continue sharing with us stories of how they're using Real Piano, and to keep their feature requests coming," said Bao.
Get Real Piano™ 4.0 and Real Piano Remote 1.0
Real Piano 4.0 for iPad and iPhone is available in the App Store for $2.99. Real Piano Remote 1.0, a supplementary app, is free to download and use. Anyone who has previously purchased Real Piano HD Pro can update to the latest Real Piano on both iPhone and iPad at no charge.
For more information, visit http://www.realpianoapp.com