#9 Several problems


Dear VMPK,

I\'d like to use VMPK in combination with ableton, to see clearly on my screen which keys i\'m playing (the way my tutor uses it while explaining musical theory). I\'m working on windows 7 and i\'m unable to set VMPK right:
- If i don\'t tick omni mode, the keyboard stops functioning and there\'s no more midi coming through. If i tick they keyboard with my mouse, i do hear the sounds.
- If i do tick omni mode, the midi signals do get registered (keys get the colored \'ticks\') but i still hear no sound

Now, the fact that VMPK isn\'t working correctly for me this way is not my major problem, because i don\'t want the sounds from VMPK. I want to use the virtual piano\'s in Ableton. The problem i have, is that if i open VMPK first and Ableton after, then VMPK signals my midi movements but Ableton doesn\'t. The other way around, if i first open up Ableton it registers my midi signals from my keyboard but VMPK is not registering my signals anymore?

I compared my VMPK settings with my tutor, and he had a \'blanc\' midi output setting in VMPK. I tried to track all VMPK related files and deleted them, uninstalled the program and reinstalled VMPK but unfortunately, midi output is always entered with Microsoft soundoutput now.

I guess the fact that i\'ll have to tick omni mode currently in order to see the notes i\'m playing is troubling midi with ableton? If yes, how am i able to get a clean \'midi output\' setting in VMPK? :)


(screenshot was to big to upload on this site, so a screenshot can be found on http://postimage.org/image/j9tiniw53/\)


  • Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas

    • summary: Setup problems --> Several problems
    • status: open --> pending
  • Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas

    Ableton is a company that sells two main products: Live (software) and Push (hardware). I suppose that you want to use VMPK with Live under Windows. In this case, you need to know that Windows doesn't allow to connect two MIDI applications directly. In MacOSX and Linux the Operating Systems provide virtual MIDI cables, but Windows doesn't. You need 3rd party software if you want to connect the output from VMPK to the input of Live, or viceversa. Try loopMIDI for instance:

    VMPK only listens for events coming on a single MIDI channel, the same channel number selected in the "channel" control of the "notes" toolbar. Unless you activate the "omni mode", in which case it listens all 16 MIDI channels at once. This a is standard MIDI behavior. Search for "MIDI Omni mode" in Google for more information.

    I think that perhaps you need more background knowledge about MIDI. I don't understand what you are talking about when you say "registering my signals". Another issue: VMPK does not produce sounds. Have you read http://vmpk.sourceforge.net ?

    Please read also http://midi-clorianos.blogspot.com/2011/04/midi-connection.html


  • Conto

    Conto - 2013-01-09
    • status: pending --> open
  • Conto

    Conto - 2013-01-09

    this case, you need to know that Windows doesn't allow to connect two MIDI
    applications directly."

    This answered my problem, stupid windows :(

  • Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas

    • status: open --> closed

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