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.




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




A thru "

Mapped to playable notes (white keys)

Q thru {

Mapped to playable notes (black keys)


Adjust the pitch bend

3 thru 8

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


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

Z, X

Adjust the playable range by +/- one octave.


Adjust the playable range by +/- one note.


Adjust the default velocity for new notes.