The free music and rhythm game
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Performous is a
free cross-platform karaoke, band and dancing game, where
one or more players perform a song and the game scores their
performances based on timing and accuracy.
supports songs in UltraStar, Frets on Fire and StepMania
formats. Also, microphones and instruments from SingStar,
Guitar Hero and Rock Band as well as some dance pads are
If you have
trouble with the program (no songs found, audio not working,
etc), try running it on a terminal. Some useful debug
information is printed there.
-h [ --help ]
you are viewing it
--log ] arg (=.*/error) selects log
-v [ --version ]
display version number
save a list of songs in the
specify an audio device to
print audio related
utility to get joystick button
without a switch are interpreted as song folders.
audio device configuration
Performous normally autodetects microphones and playback devices
correctly, but if this fails on your machine, you will need to
configure them in the Audio Devices -screen. Advanced
configuration is possible through the command line, just remember
to enter the configuration menu and press Ctrl+S to save
them to your config file so that they don’t need to be
specified every time the program starts.
The list of available PortAudio devices is printed to the
console, but it can also be seen from the GUI.
In-game navigation uses the following keys:
Change selected option/song
Exit the current screen/mode
Switch between full screen and windowed modes
Pause or Ctrl+P
Change audio volume
Switch the sort order (song name, artist, edition, genre or song
Search for songs (write the text to find, uses regexp format)
Randomize songs (sort them again)
Refresh song list (reload from disk)
Enter jukebox mode (play songs entirely, hide song browser, allow
seeking with Up/Down)
Fast forward or rewind the song
Skip long instrumental breaks, or get the grading instantly at
the end of song.
Toggle synth mode (synthesized tone for notes)
Adjust audio/video sync. Use if the notes pass the black line at
Adjust audio roundtrip latency. Use if the pitch wave does not
match the notes, when you match your timing to what you hear.
The total of USB controller latency combined with audio output
latency. Adjust so that you can hit the notes best when playing
by ear (not looking on screen).
Toggle karaoke mode (hide notes and scores)
Toggle pitch wave rendering (only when karaoke mode is disabled)
Hot reload song from disk (useful for making or repairing songs)
You can find
more information at http://performous.org/ or