Old 08-14-2011, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hey,

I have MIDI drum beats currently set up in REAPER that I would like to control with my computer keyboard. Is this possible?
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:39 AM   #2
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You can control MIDI with the virtual midi keyboard, set the track to receive it as input, then click on it and it'll control note-on from there on.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:43 AM   #3
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Then you can control the Virtual Midi keyboard with you 'qwerty' keyboard.

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Old 08-14-2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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View > Virtual MIDI Keyboard.

Also please vote on this vital improvement of qwerty midi:
http://forum.cockos.com/project.php?issueid=3284

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Old 08-14-2011, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thanks! Can I also start a loop using the midi keyboard?
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Old 06-26-2020, 11:21 AM   #6
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I was looking for some alternatives to this, i found glovepie and other software and while it recognised the secondary pc keyboard as a different input, it didn`t blocked the original keyboard strokes so it was impossible

It WAS

Now it's possible to use your secondary pc keyboard as a midi controller/keyboard

1)Download UCR https://github.com/Snoothy/UCR

2)Install the "interception" software (this will intercept the keystrokes even before they reach Windows) instructions here https://github.com/Snoothy/UCR/wiki/Core_Interception

3)Enable key blocking (to avoid the original keystrokes and only allow midi input) https://github.com/Snoothy/UCR/wiki/...h-interception

4)Follow the instructions to install this Midi output Module https://github.com/Snoothy/UCR/issue...ment-649834199

5)Install LoopBe https://www.nerds.de/en/loopbe1.html , this driver allows to send local midi to Reaper.

and then just use UCR to map your secondary keyboard to loopbe midi output, asign your keys and execute
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:00 PM   #7
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Thanks! Can I also start a loop using the midi keyboard?
Its certainly possible with a "normal" MIDI keyboard, which has integrated DAW controls for record and play (and the buttons work).

What I've done is to turn the metronome on, then time mark (say) bars 2-5, the ensure loop is on. Then put the time cursor to the start, then hit record. You'll get the metronome, then you could play 4 bars of notes, then hit play. It will record those 4 bars then loop. Its important to get the timing spot on, don't hold a note over the 4 bars otherwise you'll start recording a 2nd take which consists of the tiny fraction of the last note at the start.

I wouldn't fancy it on a computer keyboard but in theory it would be just as possible, you might need to assign keys to "play" and "record" actions.
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