How can i use my laptop keyboard as a midi controller on Maschine 2?

Luma Member Posts: 2 Newcomer
edited August 2022 in Maschine

Hi everyone! I'm currently traveling and i couldn't bring my maschine mikro with me, and i need to make some modifications on some projects, but it's taking me way too much time with the mouse only... I was thinking about using my laptop keyboard for saving time, and i tried with a virtual midi keyboard and a driver that allows me to see the vitrual keyboard in the inputs of Mashine. Even though the virtual keyboard is selectionned, it's not detected by Maschine and i really don't know how to do...

If someone have an idea for helping me, or know how to use the computer keyboard as a midi controller, i will be very thankful 🙏


  • forbiddenera
    forbiddenera Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    A virtual MIDI keyboard should work just fine.

    You may need to setup a loopback driver for it to work though, open the "Audio & Midi Setup" app:

  • Luma
    Luma Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

    Thank you for your answer, but i'm on Windows. As i said, I'm using a virtual MIDI keyboard, it's detected in the Maschine's input options, but i can't use it, i can't play notes with it...

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI Administrator Posts: 2,432 admin

    Hi @Luma I don't think Maschine supports recording from the virtual keyboard. Maybe @Jeremy_NI has some suggestions? :)

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,044 mod
    edited August 2022

    The virtual Port your app uses has to be both enabled in the Preferences>MIDI>Input and in the Sound/Group>Input>MIDI, depending on what you're trying to control you might have to adjust additional input settings there as well. Depends if you're trying to play a Sound/Pad or a Group/Kit, for the latter you can try "DrumKit" mode as it's the simpler way and make sure you're playing the notes in the correct octave that Maschine expects.

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