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Connecting your keyboard.

Most MIDI keyboards should work fine with Melodics in their default setting. If your keyboard isn’t working correctly, or we can’t see it, try the following.


Default Connection

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.

Manual Connection

If Melodics doesn’t automatically recognise your device then you’ll need to manually map it:

  1. Open the Settings menu in the top right of the screen.
  2. Select ‘Map your controller’ from the right hand side.
  3. Hit the lowest key on your keyboard followed by the highest key.

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.

Connection Issues?

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.

Drivers & Firmware

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.

MIDI Settings

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.

Hardware Guides

Roli - Roli Keyboards need to be set up as a “normal keyboard”. There’s an article to explain how to do this here.

Nektar - Some Nektar keyboards have a transpose button which allows the keys to be transposed up or down semitones. If your keyboard is mapped but one or two keys out, try using the transpose button to align the keys with the right notes.

Ableton Push / Push 2 - These controllers are not currently supported for Melodics Keys, but can be used in Melodics Pads. Click the “Switch Instrument” button in the top left hand corner of the screen to change to Pads.

Used Melodics Pads before?

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.

Octave Settings

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.

Roli - Roli Seaboard Blocks have 24 keys – one less than the standard 25 keys. For some lessons, you may need to shift octaves to reach the high C.

If you’re still having trouble connecting your keyboard, get in touch with us and we can help!

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