MUSICAL TYPING KEYBOARD (MTK)

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If you do not have a MIDI keyboard attached to your computer, you can use your computer's keyboard to trigger notes!

 

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Note: The functionality depends on the capability of your computer's keyboard.  Many keyboards do not allow more than three keys to be pushed at a time.  If you find yourself wanting more than three keys on the MTK, we recommend you purchase an actual MIDI keyboard rather than looking for a better computer keyboard.  This feature is supplied as a way to make music and is not necessarily the best way to make music, though.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 How To Bring Up The MTK

 

Select "Musical Typing Keyboard" from the "Help" menu or you can click the "Musical Typing..." button found on the Instrument Preset window.

 

bring-up-mtk

 

Keyboard shortcut : CTRL + ALT + K

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Playing And Recording Notes

 

The MTK spans 17 notes or 1.5 octaves which can be played via the computer's keyboard.  Make sure to add a Virtual Instrument Track and choose a preset.  Press the keyboard buttons on the MTK to trigger the associated notes.  Press multiple keys at a time to play chords.  Press the SHIFT key to sustain notes.  Adjust the default velocity by clicking the velocity adjust keys < or >.  To bend the pitch down and up, click the 1 or 2 keys while playing back notes.  To adjust the modulation, click the keys 3 to 8 from off to maximum modulation.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Adjusting The Playable Range

 

You can change the playable range by an octave or note.  To change the playable range by an octave, press the Z or X keys.   To switch the playable range by a note, press the C or V keys.  Alternatively, you can click on a note on the smaller keyboard on the bottom.  This will set the starting key for the playable range.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Keys

Function

A thru "

Mapped to playable notes (white keys)

Q thru {

Mapped to playable notes (black keys)

1,2

Adjust the pitch bend

3 thru 8

Adjust the modulation from "off" to "max".

SHIFT

Sustain the currently played notes, even if the keys are released.

Z, X

Adjust the playable range by +/- one octave.

C,V

Adjust the playable range by +/- one note.

<,>

Adjust the default velocity for new notes.