Chord Cadenza

Chord Cadenza is a free software that helps you to play and improvise chords with a MIDI file or audio source that is being played.  It can also dynamically assign notes or chords to keys on a MIDI or PC keyboard.


  • MIDI Sequencer with track display, mute, solo, patch, vol, pan, etc.
  • Generate keys and chords from MIDI file pitches
  • Edit keys, chords, and time signatures
  • Read lyrics from a karaoke MIDI file (.kar), or create and edit lyrics from scratch
  • Display chords on a vertical piano roll to facilitate playing and improvisation
  • Display solfa or pitch notation
  • Output to sound-card (using soundfonts) or to a MIDI synth (hardware or software)
  • ASIO and non-ASIO sound drivers supported
  • Play with a MIDI keyboard or a PC keyboard
  • Multiple play modes to allow for different levels of MIDI keyboard skills
  • Synchronize and play along with MIDI files (.mid, .kar) or audio files (.mp3)
  • Split the MIDI keyboard to play bass and chords, or chords and melody
  • Add new MIDI file tracks from recorded play sessions
  • Modify chords on-the-fly with the mouse
  • Play along with any audio stream or other musicians.
  • No need to read musical staff notation
  • Musical keyboard skills not required


Software Requirements

Chord Cadenza will run under Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-bit or 64-bit). It requires .NET 4.5 (usually present by default).
The installer checks if .Net 4.5 or later is installed, and provides an option to download and install it if necessary.

Hardware Requirements

Sound output or a MIDI synthesizer is required.
A MIDI keyboard is recommended, but not required.


Download the latest version here:

Run the setup file and follow the on-screen instructions.

This will install a 64-bit application on 64-bit computers, or a 32-bit application on 32-bit computers.

If the Starter Soundfont is installed, it will be placed in the Soundfonts folder in the user's Music folder. If the Sample Projects option is selected, they will be placed in the Chord Cadenza Projects\Samples folder in the user's Music folder.

There are no viruses, spyware, adware etc. in this application. It is not trialware - the download link contains the full version of the program without restriction.

You may get a warning message about an unrecognised app or publisher. If you unsure about ignoring this, you can download the app from the Microsoft Store below, which should not display any warning messages.

There is also a Microsoft Store App available for Windows 10 PC users. This has been validated and certified by Microsoft. It has fewer installation options, but the same functionality as the desktop app above.

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