Virtual MIDI Keyboard as VST?

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KVRAF
2065 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Post Sun May 16, 2021 4:47 am

Hi Everyone,

I am looking for a (hopefully free) virtual midi keyboard that I can run as a VST in Soundigy Midilab, Plogue Bidule and other plugin-chainer type of hosts. The keyboard needs to respond to my computer keyboard, though. Does anyone know of such a device that they could recommend?

Thanks!

KVRer
4 posts since 20 Sep, 2020

Post Sun May 16, 2021 4:58 am

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midiKeyboard by Insert Piz Here
https://plugins4free.com/plugin/1428/ (https://plugins4free.com/plugin/1428/)

QuicKeys by Tobybear
https://plugins4free.com/plugin/1429/ (https://plugins4free.com/plugin/1429/)

But i don't know will be it work in this hosts

KVRAF
5719 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Sun May 16, 2021 5:25 am

IIRC Unify (another plugin host) has one built-in, but the other two mentioned earlier should hopefully work out ok for you

KVRist
186 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Sun May 16, 2021 7:17 am

Reaper has one built in.

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KVRAF
29934 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Sun May 16, 2021 7:40 am

Dirk Diggler wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 7:17 am
Reaper has one built in.
Does it work as a vst with Soundigy Midilab, Plogue Bidule and other plugin-chainer type of hosts?


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KVRAF

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2065 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Post Sun May 16, 2021 8:30 am

Thanks, everyone! Piz seems to fit the bill here :).

KVRAF
1640 posts since 26 Aug, 2012

Post Sun May 16, 2021 8:32 am

why'd'hell do ya want dat?

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KVRAF

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2065 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Post Sun May 16, 2021 5:09 pm

Renoise only records midi from VSTs when sent from another program using a virtual midi cable (such as Loopmidi). I would like to trigger chords using Scaler 2 and record the midi into Renoise. I would further like to trigger those chords using the computer keyboard when I am on the road for work, but Renoise automatically takes control over the computer keyboard when it is running. Thus, I needed a VST virtual midi keyboard to run separately in a plugin chainer program that I could trigger with the computer keyboard.

KVRAF
4930 posts since 27 Jul, 2001 from Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA

Post Sun May 16, 2021 5:25 pm

Xotopad is a standalone application that requires LoopMidi or the like to connect midi.
https://feelyoursound.com/xotopad/

KVRist
186 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Mon May 17, 2021 4:52 am

Sorry I don't have,
Soundigy Midilab, Plogue Bidule and other plugin-chainer type of hosts.

Give the Reaper demo a try, it's the only way to know if it will work for you.
Good luck,
Dirk

KVRAF
2057 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Mon May 17, 2021 5:54 am

Very usefull info for virtual controllers here

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KVRAF

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2065 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Post Mon May 17, 2021 7:49 am

Dirk Diggler wrote:
Mon May 17, 2021 4:52 am
Sorry I don't have,
Soundigy Midilab, Plogue Bidule and other plugin-chainer type of hosts.

Give the Reaper demo a try, it's the only way to know if it will work for you.
Good luck,
Dirk
Thanks. I have Reaper, and like it a lot. However, I needed the virtual midi controller in question to operate Renoise - completely different issue/DAW.

KVRist
186 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Mon May 17, 2021 9:19 am

Sorry I didn't know those were DAW's.
I know it sounds crazy but why not use a real physical controller?

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KVRAF

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2065 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Post Mon May 17, 2021 9:36 am

Two reasons. First, part of the charm of Renoise and the history of trackers in general is that note and other information is added using a computer keyboard. While I originally thought this would be clunky, the more I learn about and use Renoise, the more I like it; it definitely provides a different perspective and experience for making music. Second, I travel a fair amount for work, and while I have a couple of small travel MIDI controllers (Korg nanoKey, Akai LPK25, Launchpad Mini), it is easier to just not bring them with me. Airport security sometimes wants to do a search when they see these (especially the Launchpad), and it is just easier to make music without them if I can.

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