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|
Bongos: Play some bongo drums with the space bar and left arrow. Turn anything into a drum!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 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.
Another great piano app! Click the Settings wheel to change the piano keys to Makey Makey keypresses and start playing!
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!
Chamber Music Piano
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.
|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!
Flash Flash Revolution
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!
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