There’s no question that great work is being done with computers and technology across every possible field and industry. But some of the most impressive hybridizations in tech and craft are happening in music. Thanks to software like Electronic Piano, more and more artists are able to explore their creative boundaries with MIDI technology, and do it affordably.

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Electronic Piano (and its new update to version 2.6, available today) has got to be one of these easiest to use interfaces for musicians looking to experiment. With 128 different musical instruments available–and the ability to combine as many as seven of them at once–there’s no limit to the scores that musicians can produce with it. These instruments not only include almost fifty varieties of drums, but there are twelve separate chord progressions available at the touch of a single keystroke. Even better, those chords can also be played to sound like separate guitar strings, eliminating the tinny cheap sound often associated with off-the-shelf produced digital music. In order to overlay more depth to the music, version 2.6 lets you play around with different octaves as well.

All of the musicality functions are great for serious musicians, but if it requires a degree in computer science and a team of IT guys to run it, it doesn’t do you much good. Thankfully, Electronic Piano is built with ease-of-use in mind, meaning you can focus on the music instead of wasting all your time figuring out how the platform even works.

While this software is definitely not professional studio-quality stuff, it’s easy to install and won’t chew up much memory, meaning it’s great for someone starting out with MIDI interface. Its Open Source Code means you can put your efforts (and your budget) into the right recording or speakers while getting your feet wet with the technology side of things.

To try it out for yourself, download the latest update to Electronic Piano from FileHippo by clicking HERE.