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Connecting your keyboard.

Most MIDI keyboards will work with Melodics. If your keyboard isn’t working correctly, or we can’t see it, try the following.

Select your instrument
Select your instrument.

First, make sure you have KEYS selected as your instrument in Melodics. Click the ‘switch instrument’ button in the top left to switch to keys.

Here is a list of supported devices which do not need mapping. Just plug in and play. Go to the settings tab and select your device from the ‘selected device’ dropdown menu.

Mapping your instrument

If your keyboard is not on our supported devices list or is not appearing in the ‘selected device’ dropdown menu, you’ll need to create a manual mapping. Hit the ‘map your controller’ button in settings. Follow the instructions on screen: hit the lowest key on your keyboard followed by the highest key.

Melodics can't see my keyboard
Melodics can’t see my keyboard.

Does Melodics say it couldn’t find a connected MIDI keyboard? Try the following.

  • Ensure that the USB cable is connected properly.
  • Try a different USB cable or different USB port on your computer. Avoid using a USB hub or USB extensions.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Close all other applications that are running in the background.
  • Factory reset your keyboard. You may need to refer to your user manual to find how to do this.
  • Ensure you have any necessary drivers installed for your keyboard.

Some keyboards will need specific drivers to be installed. Check the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers and updates.

My keyboard is connected but it’s not triggering in lessons.

If your keyboard is selected in the ‘selected device’ dropdown menu but isn’t triggering notes when you play a lesson, try the following.

  • Factory reset your keyboard. You may need to refer to your user manual to find how to do this.
  • The length and quality of your USB cable matters. Try using a shorter / higher quality cable. If you are using a USB hub or extension cable, connect to your computer directly.

To check if your device is sending MIDI, you can download MIDI Monitor (MacOS) or MIDI-OX (Windows). Install this, open the application, and hit a few keys to see if any notes are being registered. Your keyboard should be sending MIDI on channel 1.

Can you hear the metronome and backing track? Go to the settings tab and click the ‘play test audio’ button. If you can’t hear anything, make sure you have your audio output device selected in the settings tab and your volume turned up. Check out our audio setup guide for more information.

My keyboard is triggering the wrong notes.

If your keyboard is triggering the wrong notes in Melodics, it’s most likely because your keyboard’s MIDI settings have been changed.

Most MIDI keyboards have transpose or scale settings that can change what MIDI notes are sent. Remapping your keyboard in settings won’t help. Try resetting your transposition settings or try factory resetting your keyboard.

My keyboard doesn’t have enough keys.

Melodics will tell you which lessons you can and cannot play based on how many keys you have. Most MIDI keyboards will have an octave shifting function. If you can’t reach a note because it goes beyond the range of your keys, try hitting the octave up / down buttons on your MIDI keyboard.

Hardware guides.

Some keyboards may need additional setup. Please check the following hardware guides.

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

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