Apps for Plug and Play

Wanna plug Makey Makey in and start playing and connecting everyday stuff with no coding involved? Check out these apps that use key presses. When you are ready to start making your own apps and games, head on over to Scratch to code your own projects!

Piano and Musical Apps

 

BongosPlay some bongo drums with the space bar and left arrow. Turn anything into a drum!

 

Piano
A piano designed for Makey Makey. Play a melody with the arrow keys and space bar (and click, too).

MK-1
A sampling synth made by Eric Rosenbaum for Makey Makey. Record your own sound, use preset scales, and set the keys to play just the notes you want.

Makey Makey Music Sampler

We know that kids (and adults!) love our piano and bongo app. So we wanted to make a sampler to get more kids interested in sound engineering and using digital audio workstations like Garageband and Ableton.

 

Scratch Piano
This is a piano you can play with the arrow keys. It was created using Scratch, an easy-to-use graphical programming language, so you can remix it and make your own version.

Patatap

Patatap is a portable animation and sound kit. This app works with all the letter keys, so you'll have to use the back of your Makey Makey or remap the arrow keys to use with this app.  Warning: contains flashing images.

Makey Makey Midi Player

This awesome midi app was created by Makey Makey Ambassador Liam Baum (aka MrBombMusic.) He built this app with p5.js & Soundfont-Player.  Plug in your Makey Makey, and choose an instrument from the dropdown and begin playing a full scale with the instrument of your choice! (Note: you will need to remap a few pins on the back of the board for keys h and j.)

 

 

Virtual Musical Makey Makey

This app was created by Johnny Tal as a way to easily upload any sound you want for any input, or choose an instrument from the list and easily monitor what's being triggered on the virtual Makey Makey.

 

SampleStitch

This app uses keyboard keys to play samples from milliseconds of a song! To use with Makey Makey, use WASDFG on the back of your board or reprogram your arrow keys to letter key presses.

Dot Piano

Dot Piano is a visual musical instrument that lives on the web. Use your computer keys or MIDI keyboard to record a song, then share it simply by sending a link. To use with Makey Makey, use WASDFG on the back of your board or reprogram your arrow keys to letter key presses.

Dot Piano

Piano Genie

Another great piano app! Click the Settings wheel to change the piano keys to Makey Makey keypresses and start playing! 

Sampulator

This sampler uses all your keyboard keys to make your own beats and music. To use with Makey Makey, use WASDFG on the back of your board or reprogram your arrow keys to letter key presses and then trigger sounds with your Makey Makey. Remap a couple of Makey Makeys to play more samples! 

 

Sound Effects
This page turns your keyboard into a sound effects machine. By connecting to the letters on the back of your Makey Makey, you can create your own way to trigger sounds. (Flash Player is no longer supported)

Chamber Music Piano
You can play 10 different notes on this piano (using w, a, s, d, f, left, up, right, down and space). Play along with the video for a piano duet!

Soundplant 

This downloadable app is great if you just want to drag and drop sounds onto keys on a keyboard, then press the keys to play them. Try it with the example keymap we made with drum and marimba sounds for mac or windows.

Makey Makey OneClick Drum

 

1 Button Piano

Makey Makey Harp

 

Games and Fun Apps

Owlie Boo (For Younger Students- Prek)

This is a series of very simple computer games that could be handled by toddlers and young children: by just pressing any key whatsoever, something happens on the computer screen. There are also games with mouse control!

Canabalt
This is a running game, with just one button: press the space bar to jump, or invent your own way.

Tetris
You can play this Tetris game with the arrow keys... or make your own custom controller.

Flash Flash Revolution
Make your own pads so you can play this dancing game with your feet instead of the arrow keys... or invent a totally new way to play.

Makey Makey Counter While Touching With Sound

Flappy Bird!

Makey Makey Spinner

Makey Makey Billie Jean (One-Key)

Flabby Physics

Works on a spacebar, but requires Flash! 

Create your own in Scratch!

Create your own apps, games, and animations in Scratch

Here are some great guides for getting started!

 

  

Time Investment
Up to 1 hour
Grades:
Pre-K - 12+

Supplies

  • Makey Makey
  • Computer

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