play any instrument with your voice.
explore and create music with only a microphone.

mind to melody
simply sing or whistle to control any music software as if you are playing on a USB keyboard.
intuitive, instant, expressive.

an invention for everyone
revolutionary audio technology in a tool anyone can use
to learn, to create, to play.
designed to enable.

…exactly what does imitone do?

imitone translates your voice into MIDI, the language of digital music.

As you sing into your microphone, imitone's unique technology will detect musical notes and instantly play them on a virtual keyboard.
This can be used to control almost any music app or digital instrument.

imitone also understands humming, whistling and most instruments.

…what do I need to use it?

imitone should run on almost any PC or Mac less than 7 years old.

You also need a microphone, some headphones and a music-making app.

For best results, use imitone in a quiet place—away from distracting sounds like people talking, television, or music.

…system requirements?
Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10
Mac OS 10.7 or newer
Windows XP or newer
Mac OS 10.6 (Intel) or newer
2Ghz Multi-Core CPU
Shielded Microphone
Modern Graphics Card
1.4Ghz Multi-Core CPU
Any Microphone

imitone may work on machines below the minimum requirements, but we can't guarantee this!

…a music-making app?

Digital music-making almost always involves three parts: a controller, a "DAW" and instruments. The DAW is where music is played, recorded and arranged. imitone is a controller, designed for compatibility with as many DAWs and instruments as possible.

Popular DAWs for beginners include Garage Band, FL Studio and MixCraft. All of these come with instruments.

We are working on a DAW guide to help new imitone users get started.

Note: imitone will eventually include several instruments, but it will still be most useful when connected to a DAW.

…a microphone?

imitone does not require an expensive microphone, and can typically work with built-in laptop mics as long as it can clearly hear your voice.

Quality recording gear and careful microphone placement can improve imitone's accuracy and latency, especially in loud environments.


While not required, headphones are strongly recommended. This is because imitone works best when it hears only your voice.

When using imitone with speakers, try to position your microphone so that it picks up as little feedback as possible.

…how well does it work?

While unfinished, imitone's self-attuning resonator technology makes it the most responsive voice pitch tracker in the world.

Here's a video we shot in early 2015:

A year later, the latest technology is even better. We are continuing research and development in order to build a tool that works "like magic".

…what's the latency?

In Fast Tracking mode, imitone 0.8.1 has been clocked at under 30 milliseconds for notes in the low tenor range and higher.

High-pitched notes track faster than deeper ones.
imitone also responds faster to "clear" tones than "gritty" sounds.

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created by evan balster
design by richard hogg
successfully funded on kickstarter

Patent pending. imitone and the imitone logo are trademarks of Interactopia LLC. Kickstarter is a trademark of Kickstarter, Inc.