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Ok, here's what I need, and have not been able to find. I need a virtual midi controller, but one that sends the midi to another program within the computer, not to a "midi-out" like all the virtual midi controllers I've seen so far. Basically, I want to be able to record midi songs with music software (i.e. Logic, Cakewalk, DirectMusic Producer, etc), but play them using my computer's keyboard. I found a good virtual midi controller that works well with the qwerty keyboard, but it only has midi-out to a device, not to software. It is called, simply, Virtual Midi Controller 1.01, and it is a good example of what I am NOT looking for. Any help is appreciated!

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This is similar to what I'm looking for, but not quite it. Unless it can import custom instruments (either in SF2 or DLS format).

I need to be able to play a custom midi instrument using my computer keyboard... So this program would work great if I could import an instrument. Or if it could export the notes I'm playing as if the notes were being imported from a physical midi controller.

Let me know if you're still confused about what I want, thanks for the help!

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If your MIDI out device supports sound banks/patches or Sound Fonts then Anvil Studio can use them. In the case of Sound Fonts you'll probably need something like a SoundBlaster Live soundcard. I'm not sure if you can change the sound banks/patches for Windows's software syth or not. And as far as DLS goes, I didn't see any support for the file format at all.

If you want to spend a little money ( $40 to $100 depending on what you want), you could buy the add-ons that support VST and ASIO plug-ins. Then perhaps you can find one such plug-in (probably more money) that supports what you are looking for.

And if you are willing to shell out a few hundred, you may be interested in a more professional package altogether. One like Reason or Fruity Loops Studio

Sorry if that's not the answer you wanted. It's the best I could give =)

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I'm not sure if you can change the sound banks/patches for Windows's software syth or not.

I guess that would be DLS wouldn't it =)
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Come to think of it...
I've never used CakeWalk or Logic. But I would assume that if they support MIDI-In devices then they would support a PC keyboard as one such device. I've had times in the past where one PC would work fine using a keyboard and another wouldn't. It might depend on the keyboard itself(?).

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current versions of cakewalk don't support this because of the way WinXP switches focus for foreground apps. So I found one that works like a stomp box for VST's.

http://www.tobybear.de/p_minihost.html

Just plug them up and have a whirl at it. If your VST supports MIDI controller generation then it will work for you, but it's mostly for trying out VST's. Handy if you have a ton and want to demo a few before implementing them in your DAW.

Having said that there are quite a few of qwerty to MIDI progs, but program compatibility varies greatly.
Here's a few:

http://www.axxeom.fsnet.co.uk/trollo.htm

http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/audio/vpiano.htm

http://www.bome.com/midi/keyboard/

for the last two you need

http://www.midiox.com/index.htm?http://www.midiox.com/myoke.htm

which apparently "fixes" the windows focus problem as well.

Hope this helps!

Tony
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http://www.anthem-audio.com

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MIDI-OX and MIDI Yoke are exactly what I was looking for - so far I've not gotten them to work, but I'll keep trying. At least it's what I was looking for! Thanks for the help!

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