First, make sure you have Keys selected as your instrument in the top left corner next to the ‘Switch Instrument’ button.
Most keyboards will work fine with Melodics. It’s best to use our default mappings, as these are designed and tested to work with Melodics. Check to see if your controller is on our supported devices list.
Check the Settings menu first, your device should appear under the “Connected hardware” dropdown menu.
If Melodics doesn’t automatically recognise your device then you’ll need to manually map it:
It doesn’t matter if your keyboard starts on the note F or something other than C – map it by hitting the lowest and highest notes anyway. Melodics will be able to work out how many keys your device has.
If Melodics doesn’t register any of your inputs, try connecting it through a different USB port.
If you have another USB cable, try using this instead.
If you’re using a USB hub, try connecting directly to your computer.
You might also want to check that your device isn’t currently being used in another audio application or DAW. If you have multiple MIDI devices connected at the same time, try disconnecting these to check if there is a conflict.
Check that you have the latest drivers and firmware updates installed for your device. Check the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers and updates.
Make sure you restart your computer once installed before reopening Melodics.
Check your keyboard is sending MIDI via Channel 1. (You may need to check out your keyboard manual to find out how to do this). Many keyboards will have an editor application that will allow you to change MIDI channels and also apply custom mappings.
To check if your device is actually sending MIDI, you can either download MIDI Monitor (for Mac), or MIDI-OX (Windows). Install this, open the application and hit a few keys to see if any notes are being registered – you should also see the MIDI channel here.
If all else fails, it is worth trying resetting your keyboard to its default settings.
If you’ve used Melodics Pads before and have a mapping already, you might need to go into settings, hit ‘Revert all mappings’ and then either select the default mapping provided in the dropdown menu, or remap this using the ‘Map your controller’ feature.
Most MIDI keyboards will have an octave shifting function. If you can’t reach a note because it goes beyond the range of keys on your device, or if Melodics is telling you that you are playing in the wrong octave, try hitting the octave up / down button on your keyboard.
If you’re still having trouble connecting your keyboard, get in touch with us and we can help!
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You can play it with your computer keyboard, but it is a much better experience with access to a MIDI keyboard, pad controller, or MIDI drum kit.
These MIDI devices are connected: