MacGAMUT 6 Web Installers

(6.3.0 for both Windows and Macintosh)

You'll use the same MacGAMUT 6 Web Installers whether you're installing MacGAMUT for the first time or are reinstalling it or updating a previous installation. But if you're new to MacGAMUT, you'll want to check out the "How-to" Videos too, so don't just skip over the next paragraph! If ALL you want to do is to install MacGAMUT, though, click here to skip to the installers.

"How-to" Videos

The Web Installers on this page do not include the Managing Your startMG6 File and Exploring the Melodic Dictation Window videos. Because of the size of these additional materials, they are available as separate downloads. Many instructors require that students use the two "how-to" videos downloadable from the Extras page, so be sure to download those. Click on MacGAMUT 6 on the left side of this page and then select Extras. (Don't forget to download and run the appropriate Web Installer on this page too! Click here to skip to the installers.) NOTE: If you have installed MacGAMUT from a MacGAMUT 6 CD, you do not need to download these videos separately; you will find them in the Video Tutorials folder inside your MacGAMUT Work Folder in your computers' Documents.

Updating?

If you have a MacGAMUT 6 CD and can install from the CD, please install MacGAMUT from the CD BEFORE you install this Update. If you have already installed an earlier version of MacGAMUT 6, you can click here to skip to the installers.

The Web Installers on this page are the very latest version of MacGAMUT 6, but they do not install everything that would be installed from an actual MacGAMUT 6 CD. To download these materials, click on MacGAMUT 6 on the left side of this page and then select Extras. Many instructors require that students use the two "how-to" videos downloadable from the Extras page, so be sure to download those. (Don't forget to download and run the appropriate Web Installer on this page too! Click here to skip to the installers.)



IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHETHER MacGAMUT WILL WORK ON A SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC DEVICE: A lot of electronic devices out there are NOT computers in the traditional sense. You wouldn't expect MacGAMUT to run on a calculator, but what about all those new gadgets that let you do SOME things computers let you do? Short answer: If you have a device that runs ONLY IOS, Chrome, Android, Windows RT, etc., then MacGAMUT will not work on that device. If you have any questions or doubts about the adequacy of your computer setup, feel free to download and try to install one or more of the installers below, but if you don't have a "real" computer, don't be surprised if the installer doesn't work.

NOTE: If the installer window does not appear when you think it should, it is probably hidden behind other "windows" that are open on your screen. In that case, you can minimize other windows so that the installer window shows.

MacGAMUT User Web Installers

IMPORTANT: If you are updating or reinstalling MacGAMUT, these installers will install the latest version of MacGAMUT and the MacGAMUT font. They will NOT replace your start file where all of your work is saved.

Select the installer for your computer's operating system below. If your "system" is not listed, no installer is available for it.

Windows XP, NT, Vista, 7, 8, 10 MacGAMUT 6_3_0 Win (3.8 MB)
NOTE: This installer creates a MacGAMUT Work Folder in your computer's Documents, and puts a copy of the Text Files folder in that Work Folder so you can easily access the various MacGAMUT text files (User Guide, MacGAMUT Keyboard Shortcuts, etc.). We also strongly recommend that you keep your startMG6.mgs file and any custom presets or dictation library files your instructor may give you in your MacGAMUT Work Folder!
After downloading to a Windows computer, click "Run" on the "Download complete" dialog, or start by double-clicking the .exe file you have downloaded. Once the file has been unzipped, the installer will start automatically. Just follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
And if you haven't registered yet to receive your startMG6.mgs file, be sure to do that too!
Macintosh OS X (10.5 - 10.12) MacGAMUT 6_3_0 Mac SI (2.1 MB)
NOTE for 10.11 (El Capitan) users: When you click on the installer to open it, you may get a message saying it’s from an unidentified developer and you shouldn't risk installing it. That message results from an apparent problem in some versions of OS X 10.11. The good news is that if you just click on the installer a second time, it will work fine. If this installer really were from an unidentified developer, your second click would just give you the same scary warning again instead of letting you continue with the installation.
NOTE for ALL Macintosh users: The installer will place the MacGAMUT 6 application in a folder labeled MacGAMUT 6 in your Applications folder. It also creates MacGAMUT Work Folder in your computer's Documents, and puts a copy of the Text Files folder in that Work Folder so you can easily access the various MacGAMUT text files (User Guide, MacGAMUT Keyboard Shortcuts, etc.). We also strongly recommend that you keep your startMG6.mgs file and any custom presets or dictation library files your instructor may give you in your MacGAMUT Work Folder!
Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. If the installer does NOT start automatically, double-click the MacGAMUT installer to start it up. And if you haven't registered yet to receive your startMG6.mgs file, be sure to do that too!

IMPORTANT info: If you double-click your start file to open your newly downloaded MacGAMUT 6 Web Installer and MacGAMUT 2003 or the MacGAMUT 6 Demo or some other MacGAMUT application opens instead of MacGAMUT 6, your Macintosh is linking to the wrong MacGAMUT application. Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix. First close the MacGAMUT application that is open. Then right-click (or Ctrl-click) on your start file, and select Get Info. Click on the Open with arrow to make it point downward, and then select MacGAMUT 6 from the list of applications in the popup menu. Click the Change All button, and from then on, double-clicking your .mgs file will always open MacGAMUT 6.

Macintosh Pre-Leopard OS X (10.3 - 10.4) MacGAMUT 6_2_7a Mac (2.0 MB)
The installer will place the MacGAMUT 6 application in a folder labeled MacGAMUT 6 in your Applications folder. It also creates MacGAMUT Work Folder in your computer's Documents, and puts a copy of the Text Files folder in that Work Folder so you can easily access the various MacGAMUT text files (User Guide, MacGAMUT Keyboard Shortcuts, etc.). We also strongly recommend that you keep your startMG6.mgs file and any custom presets or dictation library files your instructor may give you in your MacGAMUT Work Folder!
Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. If the installer does NOT start automatically, double-click the MacGAMUT installer to start it up. And if you haven't registered yet to receive your startMG6.mgs file, be sure to do that too!
Windows 98, ME MacGAMUT Win 6.1.1 (3.2 MB)
After downloading to a Windows computer, click "Run" on the "Download complete" dialog, or start by double-clicking the .exe file you have downloaded. Once the file has been unzipped, the installer will start automatically. Just follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation. And if you haven't registered yet to receive your startMG6.mgs file, be sure to do that too!
 

MacGAMUT 6 Change History

Version 6.3.0 changes:

  • Fixed a very rare problem that could occur in the Written and Keyboard Intervals Make My Own levels sections.
  • Changed the dictation library names to match the current MacGAMUT version number (for instance, MGMelodies 2003.mgm is now called MGMelodies 6.mgm).  MacGAMUT 6.3.0 and higher “knows” libraries with the same names except for “6” in place of “2003” are exactly the same library so users will not have to locate the “new” libraries.
  • Now saves instrument and volume settings for Harmonic Dictation during a session so that the user does not need to select these settings again if he/she leaves Harmonic Dictation to work on a different component and then returns to Harmonic Dictation.
  • Windows only:  Fixed a very rare problem that could cause MacGAMUT to freeze when the Virtual Keyboard was being used.
Version 6.2.8a changes:
  • Macintosh only: Added an updated music font (Gamut2M) necessary for use with OS X system 10.11 (El Capitan).  The new font also works with OS X systems 10.3 (Panther) through 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • Windows only: Developed a workaround for a sound bug that first appeared in Windows 10 Insider Build 10162 in early July 2015, less than a month before the official release date of Windows 10.  According to Microsoft, this new sound bug may or may not be fixed in future releases of Windows 10, but either way, MacGAMUT users will avoid the problem if they download and install the 6.2.8a MacGAMUT User Web Installer for Windows.

Version 6.2.8 changes:

  • Macintosh only:  We are no longer providing updates for non-Intel Macintosh computers or OS X systems 10.3 (Panther) and 10.4 (Tiger). The MacGAMUT 6.2.7a installer which does work on these ancient computers and systems is still available.
  • Fixed a couple of very minor cosmetic problems.

Version 6.2.7a change:

  • Macintosh only:  Fixed a very minor Harmonic Dictation grading problem that occurred when a user removed an inversion from the second part of a secondary function analysis.

Version 6.2.7 changes:

  • Added messages giving the complete file path and name when current and/or BACKUP start files are saved at the end of a MacGAMUT session. Also added messages and warnings to make it clearer that BACKUP files should be used only in case of an emergency (for example, if the user's current start file has been lost or damaged). It's still a really good idea to save a BACKUP copy now and then, but just remember that a randomly selected BACKUP file from a previous week or month will be missing all the work you have done since you saved that BACKUP file.
  • Fixed a couple of minor, extremely rare problems.

Version 6.2.6 changes:

  • Windows only: Added a message referring users without midi capabilities to a solution for the problem (go to www.macgamut.com/WindowsMidi/).
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a rare problem that could cause the “Clean Slate” dialog to freeze.
  • Macintosh only: Added additional messages for anyone who was having difficulty making a backup file copy.

Version 6.2.5 changes:

  • Added new error messages as well as a message to remind new users to register on our website to receive their start files.

Version 6.2.4 changes:

  • Added helpful messages for users having difficulty finding the correct given note when entering responses from the Virtual/MIDI keyboard.  Also added helpful messages for users who seem to be having difficulty with the mechanics of entering notation on the screen.
  • Added a new library (MG Progressions Rev.mgh) to the MacGAMUT installers so the library will be readily available if your instructor asks you to install new presets that require this library.  (If your presets file does not require this library, you can just ignore it.)
  • Macintosh only:  Made some cosmetic changes necessary for 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • Fixed a couple of very minor, extremely rare problems.

Version 6.2.3 changes:

  • Added a few more refinements to the process of switching back and forth between "Clean Slate" and "Continuous" methods of scorekeeping.
  • Fixed Virtual Keyboard entry problems that occurred if the user clicked on a key and dragged off the Virtual Keyboard. In addition, the duration is now calculated the same way as if you had clicked the mouse and dragged to an adjacent key, i.e., the duration represents the length of time the mouse click is held while still on a key before you drag off the Virtual Keyboard. (If you can keep the beat going in your head and hold your click on each key for the correct duration before dragging off the Virtual Keyboard, it's now relatively easy to enter pitch and duration simultaneously in Melodic Dictation without producing extraneous rests in the notation derived from your Virtual Keyboard entry.)
  • Removed unnecessary accidentals from notation entered either through a midi keyboard or the Virtual Keyboard.
  • Fixed numerous tiny little things that no one else would probably ever have noticed.

Version 6.2.2 change:

  • In addition to the “Clean Slate” method of scorekeeping that was introduced in version 6.2.0, allowed users to change back to the “Continuous” method if they prefer.  Users can now switch back and forth between the two methods at any time.  For a detailed discussion of the differences and advantages of the two methods, choose the What are Clean Slate and Continuous Scorekeeping… submenu item from Scorekeeping in the Change menu in MacGAMUT 6.2.2.

Version 6.2.1 changes:

  • Fixed a couple of problems with the new way the Recalc button works on Get Stats screens.
  • Macintosh only:  Fixed a problem that could prevent MacGAMUT from automatically locating alternative dictation libraries, even if they were in the same folder as the start file, when they were used on a different computer.

Version 6.2.0 changes:

  • Further refined the complex routines which transpose modulatory melodies so chromatic and post-modulation pitches are even more likely to be spelled correctly when the correct answer is shown after the final answer check. The new more sophisticated routines also help insure that MIDI/Virtual Keyboard entries of modulatory melodies will appear on-screen properly notated.
  • Changed the way the succession of right and wrong responses is graphically displayed in the row of boxes at the bottom of each exercise screen to make it more user-friendly.  Once a student has missed too many exercises to achieve mastery in the current attempt, the score boxes are cleared, giving the user a “Clean Slate” rather than keeping all those red-X reminders of past mistakes.
  • Added a “Save” menu command allowing the user to save up-to-the-minute stats to his or her start file at any time while working on MacGAMUT.  While MacGAMUT has always saved stats automatically and frequently as students worked, this “forced save” option reassures the individual that all stats to that very moment have been duly recorded.
  • Set up a separate MacGAMUT Backups folder as the default location for saving backup files so a student will be even less likely to mistakenly use a file beginning with the word “BACKUP” instead of opening the current start file he/she should be using.
  • Simplified the way “Recalc” works on the Get Stats screens.
  • Added an eye-catching congratulatory message when the student achieves mastery on a level to make it more obvious that clicking Go On will take him/her to the next higher level.
  • Fixed one very minor error each in the Melodic Dictation and Harmonic Dictation libraries.
  • Fixed numerous other little things that very few users are likely to notice.

Version 6.1.9 changes:

  • Made it easier to erase bar lines using the eraser in Rhythmic Dictation and Melodic Dictation.
  • Added a reminder about the advantages of using Keyboard Shortcuts and the Virtual Keyboard; also updated several alerts to make them even more helpful.

Version 6.1.8 change:

  • Fixed a problem that could occur if double flats and double sharps are not allowed in Scales levels that include whole tone, whole-half, and half-whole scales.

Version 6.1.7 changes:

  • Fixed a problem that could allow whole notes and filled-in whole notes to appear to be beamed together in Rhythmic Dictation and Melodic Dictation.
  • Macintosh only:  Fixed a problem that could prevent the user from changing the way chords are played in Chords Make My Own drills and whether or not noteheads are drawn for you on the staff in Scales Make My Own drills.

Version 6.1.6a change:

  • Fixed one tiny error in the MGProgressions 2003 library.

Version 6.1.6 changes:

  • Windows only: Fixed a problem that resulted from decreasing the maximum number of accidentals in Scales exercises.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a problem that could occur if the staff is scrolled to the right when the user is entering beams or ties in Rhythmic Dictation and Melodic Dictation.

Version 6.1.5 changes:

  • Windows only: Fixed a bug that could cause a crash if the user’s MIDI/Virtual Keyboard entry could not be notated.
  • Decreased the maximum number of accidentals that may appear in any Scales exercise in those levels where double flats and double sharps are not allowed.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed MacGAMUT sound problems in system 10.7 (Lion).

Version 6.1.4 changes:

  • Windows only: Improved the way file opening and saving works.
  • Included some minor improvements.

Version 6.1.3 changes:

  • Fixed a problem with Melodic Dictation grading that could occur when the user enters more notes than are in the melody.
  • Modified the ways clefs are selected when C-clefs are included so that the selection process is now less random (slightly favoring treble and bass clefs over C-clefs in the context of a reasonable number of exercises).

Version 6.1.2a changes

  • Macintosh only: Improved the way MacGAMUT interacts with the computer's default volume setting.

Version 6.1.2 changes:

  • Macintosh only: Fixed a problem with Make My Own Drills that could cause stats to be saved incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug that erased the given noteheads when the user enters notes from the MIDI/Virtual Keyboard for a Scales Aural Training exercise (only applies to Scales Aural Training levels where the noteheads are given and the user only needs to notate any necessary accidentals).
  • Refined grading of Rhythmic and Melodic Dictation exercises when the user response includes consecutive rests.
  • Improved some MIDI/Virtual Keyboard entry routines that deal with bizarre situations.

Version 6.1.1b changes:

  • Macintosh only: Fixed a problem that could prevent the notehead cursor from appearing and could also prevent the entry of accidentals on some Macintosh computers.

Version 6.1.1 changes:

  • Key CD no longer required to run MacGAMUT!
  • Fixed a problem that very rarely resulted in a missing pitch when playing chords from the Play menu or when clicking on Play I.D. in a Chords exercise.
  • Slightly refined the way “Undo” and “Redo” work for note editing. Also added “Undo” and “Redo” for Harmonic Analysis.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a problem that very rarely resulted in a wrong pitch in a Scales exercise.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a problem that could result in part of the user’s staff disappearing when the correct answer was given in Scales.
  • Windows only: Automatically modified the on-screen Virtual Keyboard so that it does not have to overlap the MacGAMUT exercise screen on a Netbook or other small screens.
  • Included three very minor corrections to the original Melodic Dictation and Harmonic Dictation libraries.
  • Included numerous cosmetic changes and fixes several very minor problems that most users would probably never have noticed.

Version 6.1.0b changes:

  • Macintosh only: Fixed a possible program crash that could occur when the user chose a Make My Own Drill as the first thing to work on.

Version 6.1.0a changes:

  • Macintosh Intel only: Fixed an Intel “translation” bug that prevented non-transposable melodies from being presented correctly. This bug was perhaps most obvious in the earlier levels of the Prep Presets Melodic Dictation library, but it also occurred if an instructor had customized any Melodic Dictation library to include non-transposable melodies.

Version 6.1.0 changes: Major Update!

  • Added the MacGAMUT Virtual Keyboard—an on-screen “piano” Keyboard that allows users to enter responses from the Virtual Keyboard whenever MIDI/Virtual Keyboard entry is allowed. This new feature is especially important for the ISC Keyboard drills, but it is also convenient for entering RD, MD, and HD responses (assuming the Instructor has not changed the default settings that allow MIDI/Virtual Keyboard entry in RD, MD, and HD). As with MIDI entry, users can enter pitches and durations separately or at the same time using the Virtual Keyboard in MD. Users can also “play” the Keyboard whenever it is visible.
  • Added computer keyboard shortcuts for rests in RD and MD.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a variety of problems if the user entered a large number of extra notes from a MIDI keyboard.
  • Added numerous minor refinements (too minor and too numerous to list separately) that make MacGAMUT even more user-friendly.
  • Fixed a problem that could result in incorrect stats for time spent and number of exercises completed for Make My Own Drills, depending on how the user accessed these drills.
  • Removed unnecessary blank space at the end of the staff in MacGAMUT RD and MD windows on extra-large monitors.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a possible MIDI conflict between MacGAMUT and other programs that use MIDI.
  • Fixed problems with showing time stats for specific date ranges.
  • Windows only: The problem was with showing Written and Keyboard time stats.
  • Macintosh only: The stats were shown correctly, but the “from” and “to” dates did not remain selected when the user changed to stats for a different kind of drill.
  • Fixed an RD and MD “Squeeze” problem that could result in a bar line not being moved correctly.
  • Made it possible for Windows 98 and Me users to use the earlier version of the Gamut font if they are unable to install the new MacGAMUT 6 Gamut2 font.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a problem that could occasionally result in incorrect grading of an inversion in a secondary function analysis if the instructor had specified that cadential six-four chords should be analyzed as V64 instead of I64.
  • Fixed a problem which resulted in Written or Keyboard Interval exercises including only ascending Intervals when an Instructor had specified both ascending and descending Intervals in a custom-created level.
  • Windows only: Fixed a bug that could prevent the Enter MIDI button from being activated at the right time.
  • Windows only: Took additional steps to prevent other programs from interfering with MacGAMUT’s sound output (an extremely rare problem, but nonetheless annoying if it happened to you!).
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a grand-staff Keyboard Chords MIDI entry bug that could result in incorrect notation, even though you played the correct notes on the keyboard.
  • Macintosh only: Fixed a record-keeping bug that could make a user lose credit for work that had been completed.
  • Windows only: Fixed a problem some Windows computers might have in recognizing MacGAMUT CDs in external or secondary CD/DVD drives.
  • Fixed a bug that identified some wrong compound Intervals with a “nonsense” quality (e.g., x11 or z11 instead of P11). Might have given the user the impression that the wrong answer was just too far out there for MacGAMUT to identify, but it really was a bug!
  • Macintosh only: Removed a bogus alert message a user might see when installing new presets. (Presets were, in fact, installed properly, even though the message said there was a problem with the presets file.)
  • Windows only: Fixed a MIDI problem that could occur if MacGAMUT was used with a MIDI interface with multiple ports. Also fixed a sound problem that could occur if the user switched from MIDI sound to Windows computer sound.