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 VirtualKeyboard by 4drX is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
VirtualKeyboard VirtualKeyboard
Product VirtualKeyboard
Developer 4drX
Price (MSRP)
19€
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s)  
Effect(s)  
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.4.8
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows 7 and greater
 
1.4.8
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
10.6 and greater
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
MIDI
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionKey File

VirtualKeyboard is a highly configurable virtual keyboard for use as a 32/64-bit MIDI Instrument or Logic MIDI Effect plugin, or as a standalone program. Display multi-channel MIDI input in a resizable keyboard layout to learn new songs, show what you are playing in your video demos or send notes by clicking on its keys if you don't have a MIDI controller. The standalone version includes a SFZ player and offers a free download of an acoustic piano. You'll find this virtual keyboard more flexible than other ones because it allows you to:

  • Stop the cursor in your DAW and still see what notes were being played (note that most virtual keyboards will clear all notes when you press stop).
  • "Mute" or "Solo" MIDI channels and display their notes in different colors. To mute a channel: "Cmd"-click (Mac) or "Ctrl-click" (Win) on the MIDI channel legend or click on the "Mute" button. To solo it: Alt-click on the MIDI channel legend or click on the "Solo button".
  • Make the notes fade away instead of ending abruptly to help you visualize quick runs. Use the "Fade" sliders to set their visual queue in milliseconds for each channel. Notes sustained with the sustain pedal can be set with a longer, independent fade out. Tip: set the sliders to the maximum for infinite fade outs.
  • Visualize the Soft, Sostenuto and Sustain pedals and play them with your mouse (or hide them by dragging the top of the pedals to the bottom). You can also use the "Shift" key to control the sustain pedal if you don't have a physical pedal. Please click inside the plugin if the keyboard focus is lost while switching between plugins.
  • Change the color of the highlighted notes that are on or sustained.
  • Hold "Alt" to drag the keyboard horizontally with your mouse.
  • Hold "Alt-Cmd" (Mac) or "Alt-Ctrl" (Win) and drag the keyboard to stretch it (changing the key width).
  • Resize it: drag the bottom-right corner of the keyboard to change its height and width, drag the pedal boundaries to change their dimensions and edit the key width in the menu.
  • Label the keys with their note name, octave or MIDI number .
  • Hide all settings to show only the keyboard by clicking anywhere on the keyboard while holding the "Cmd" (Mac) or "Ctrl" (windows) key.
  • Use it to trigger notes with different velocities (clicking at a different height of each key if "Velocity" is 0 or send constant velocities if "Velocity" is greater than 0).
  • Play, pause and resume MIDI files at different speeds. You will probably find the following keyboard shortcuts useful:
    • 'up arrow': increase the speed.
    • 'down arrow': decrease the speed.
    • 'spacebar': play / pause.
    • 'left arrow': rewind 4 seconds.
    • 'right arrow': fast forward 4 seconds.
  • Play notes too with your computer keyboard. Click on 'Settings' to configure your computer keyboard. The key mappings for a QWERTY keyboard are:
    • '1 octave' mode:
      • "asdfghjkl" for notes CDEFGABCD.
      • "z": decrease octave.
      • "x": increase octave.
      • "c": decrease velocity.
      • "v": increase velocity.
    • '2 octaves' mode:
      • "zxcvbnm" for notes CDEFGAB, "qwertyuiop" for notes CDEFGABCDE (+1 oct).
      • ", ": decrease octave.
      • ".": increase octave.
      • "k": decrease velocity.
      • "l": increase velocity.
    • Use "Shift" to control the sustain pedal in both settings.
      Important: please click inside the plugin if the keyboard focus is lost while switching between plugins.
  • Save your settings automatically with your DAW project.
  • Finally you can use the VirtualKeyboardStandalone version to open, play, pause and resume MIDI files at different speeds without loading a full featured DAW.
    VirtualKeyboardStandalone is compatible with Windows Audio, DirectSound, ASIO and Apple's CoreAudio devices. If you are runnning Windows, please select ASIO to minimize latency (and if your soundcard doesn't include an ASIO driver, try with ASIO4All).


This download includes 2 plugins: VirtualKeyboard and VirtualKeyboardSynth, and a standalone program: VirtualKeyboardStandalone.

VirtualKeyboard doesn't produce sound.
If you need it please use VirtualKeyboardSynth or VirtualKeyboardStandalone: they both have a SFZ (aka sound font) Sampler built-in.

{See video at top of page}

VirtualKeyboard with Cubase

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.80 from 5 reviews

Reviewed By fuchs777
May 27, 2018

Took me a while to find a multicoloured keyboard as VST. I do piano tutorials, so this is a great help.

Had a problem on the Mac with CPU with plugin.

Support reacted fast and sorted the problem out in 2 days with instructive e-mail dialogue.

Now Im ready to work again.

Thanks a lot.

Christian from Berlin.

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Reviewed By mizpulyn
May 12, 2018

I use this plugin as visualiser to see what notes are being played. I use it with chord generators or when i want to see what notes were recorded during previous recording session. I dont use QWERTY keyboard as input - i use 88 key MIDI keyboard - so i cant judge on the features regarding QWERTY input.

I tested several similar plugins and this is the ONLY ONE that has everything:

- no octave limit - i can display all 7+ octaves of my 88 MIDI keyboard.

- keyboard is resizable with absolutely no size limit - i have 30" LCD display and the keyboard is resized edge to edge with nice height too.

- keywidth is also resizable.

- you can scroll the keyboard left / right by 1 key increment so you can choose EXACT crop of the displayed keyboard range
(this is something i couldnt find on any other program - ussually the left / right scrolling jumps by whole octave increments)

- all the size config is REMEMBERED so you adjust the size once and it loads like that everytime you load the VST in future.

- display octave or note names for quick orientation.

- customisable color for active keys to make things high contrast.

- fading is nice bonus - the keys that are released do not loose color immediatelly with Note off message but the color fades down slowly (can be set in miliseconds) - this is nice for piano beginners.

- in Reaper the VST integrates flawlessly and reacts to notes from timeline MIDI clips, notes played live via MIDI keyboard, notes played by any plugin that preceeds this plugin in chain - all at once - no issues... the window can be in foreground or background and always works...

- the tiny icon bars can be hidden and window resized so you ONLY see the black and white keys and nothing else - very very clean design.

Check the DEMO it made me buy it after making sure all the above checks.

For 19 USD i didnt find any plugin that would combine ALL these benefits IN ONE... Congrats for WELL THOUGHT OUT PLUGIN.

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Reviewed By ardente_patience
January 28, 2018

It is the tool which (I ignore why) is absent in all most popular daw and which is nevertheless incredibly practical. The designer of the software takes time to listen to your requests with regard to the possible concerns which we can meet, he quickly brings solutions. I deeply advise it to you .

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Reviewed By Pedro777
January 16, 2018

Very nice program, with a lot of options:

- works as a stand-alone and as a vst-instrument.

- comes with a nice piano, loading very fast.

- the author is more than willing to explore user-wishes.

- recently he added the option to locate the Sounds-folder elsewhere.

I use the program with much pleasure.

Peter Smith.

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Reviewed By JimGramze
February 21, 2017

Any time I don't remember what notes are being played on a track, I pop this in and watch the keys. So much easier than squinting at the piano roll. Very handy. Long fade times can spell out those chords for you, just start and stop playback on the chord and it will sit there long enough for the slowest person to locate. Love this thing.

10/10 for what it is.

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Discussion

Discussion

Discussion: Active
garbarek
garbarek
15 November 2017 at 10:40pm

There are so many times when I want to scan through VSTs and AUs quickly without the fuss of starting up a DAW.

Much easier to use a Host such as Plogue Bidule or Blue Cat's Patchwork and put the Virtual Keyboard or Virtual Keyboard synth first in the chain. There are lots of synths and sampler instruments that don't feature a piano style interface and you're pretty much stuck without an app like VK.

There is depth to the app, too. There are a number of options that add flexibility and, thus, value to the software.

Well done 4drX. Thanks for such a cool app.

Vast
Vast
19 January 2018 at 10:26am

I have only one question: Can you also enter different velocities with the virtual buttons?

4drX
4drX
21 January 2018 at 5:30pm

In the section "Play notes too with your computer keyboard" you will see the keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease the velocity. If this is not what you are trying to achieve, please use the feedback form that shows up when you download the demo to send us a feature request.

Martyprod
Martyprod
30 April 2018 at 6:56pm

Hi, just bought your virtual keyboard App ! thanks to have made it .

one question : how do we know when an update is released ? and where to download it ? we receive an automated mail with a link to it ?

Thx .

P.S: you have a Siren number, are you french ? ;).

4drX
4drX
13 May 2018 at 4:33pm

Coucou Marty ;)

When an update is available you will see appear in the top left corner of the VirtualKeyboard interface an hyperlink that reads « Click here to update ». Alternatively you can add this kvr page to your favorites and you will receive a notification. You can use the same link that you received when you purchased it, to download the latest version.

J'espère que ça aide.

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