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Old 09-30-2019, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Virtual Midi Piano Keyboard - MIDI Ox alternative

I just ran across this while scrambling to fix a script that needs MIDI input despite not owning any MIDI devices, and it didn't look like anyone's posted it here yet.

http://vmpk.sourceforge.net/

Virtual keyboard, controller events, etc. Yay!
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:28 PM   #2
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Very cool. Thanks! I used Bome's virtual midi keyboard on the Windows side of my DAW, and it came in handy now and then. Snagged it with Synaptic.
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I just ran across this while scrambling to fix a script that needs MIDI input despite not owning any MIDI devices, and it didn't look like anyone's posted it here yet.

http://vmpk.sourceforge.net/

Virtual keyboard, controller events, etc. Yay!
I have just used my pc keyboard with a standalone soft synth - but thanks YA - good lookin out! Will test it... thnx
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Have you (anyone?) tried the JACK Virtual Midi Keyboard anyone? here it is...http://jack-keyboard.sourceforge.net/ thx in advance
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Very cool. Thanks! I used Bome's virtual midi keyboard on the Windows side of my DAW, and it came in handy now and then. Snagged it with Synaptic.
FYI I found the version on Synaptic a bit buggy - if I added a pair of controller buttons for the same CC, only one of them would work. The .AppImage download from the VMPK site is a bit more up to date.
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FYI I found the version on Synaptic a bit buggy - if I added a pair of controller buttons for the same CC, only one of them would work. The .AppImage download from the VMPK site is a bit more up to date.
The version I got through Synaptic is v0.4.0 dated April 3 2018, and seems to work for what I'd use it for with REAPER. I just try to avoid downloading and installing anything from 3rd parties if I can get it directly through Synaptic. REAPER and some paid Linux VSTs are about all I've installed outside of Synaptic.
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The version I got through Synaptic is v0.4.0 dated April 3 2018, and seems to work for what I'd use it for with REAPER. I just try to avoid downloading and installing anything from 3rd parties if I can get it directly through Synaptic. REAPER and some paid Linux VSTs are about all I've installed outside of Synaptic.
They're on v0.7x now - v0.4 looks like it was around 2016. The official download is through SourceForge, so it's not exactly disreputable.
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They're on v0.7x now - v0.4 looks like it was around 2016. The official download is through SourceForge, so it's not exactly disreputable.
I'm just extremely cautious with Linux, since I don't know it's inner workings like the back of my hand as I do with Windows.

With Windows I knew all the names of all the native modules that should be running, and could quickly spot unwanted rogue tasks (like program updaters I don't want constantly running) in the task manger which is not the case with Linux, so I am very reluctant to download and install anything that isn't from a reputable company that I at least know something about.
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Is this superior to Reaper's built-in virtual keyboard? I use Reaper's keyboard on occasion and it seems to work fine.
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Is this superior to Reaper's built-in virtual keyboard? I use Reaper's keyboard on occasion and it seems to work fine.
As a keyboard it gives you a few more options, but the big draw for me is that you can add buttons/switches/sliders/knobs to handle CC messages. I have a couple of scripts that are meant to be triggered by CCs via Reaper's MIDI Learn, but I don't have any MIDI hardware to test them with.
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