With Keyboard Keyboard, you can play keyboard with your keyboard! Map almost any key on your keyboard to a musical command: play a note, play multiple notes, play a chord, transpose the keyboard, activate the sustain pedal, and more.
Use your Mac's built-in IAC Driver to record MIDI into a DAW (such as Logic or Garage Band) or play a softsynth with your computer's keyboard. You can also connect an external MIDI device and manipulate it with Keyboard Keyboard.
You can play and record up to four channels of MIDI simultaneously. Set a different General MIDI sound for each voice in the app, or use the instruments built into a DAW or softsynth. Each voice has its own velocity, transposition, and pan control.
The user interface includes ten MIDI continuous controller sliders, a pitch bend slider, and a pressure (aftertouch) slider.
MIDI data that can be sent to other software or devices includes:
- Note On / Note Off
- Continuous Controller
- Pitch Bend
Program change information is not recorded.
To map a key on the computer keyboard to a note on the piano, click the key on the interface, then click the note on the piano or play a note with an external controller. To map a key to multiple notes, click the notes on the piano with the Command key pressed. To map a key to a chord, continuous controller, transposition value, or velocity modifier, right-click the key and select the desired assignment.
Built-in presets include: Piano and Guitar, Piano and Bass, Guitar and Bass, Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Random.
- Includes a new option to receive key press events even when Keyboard Keyboard doesn't have focus, making it easier to send MIDI to a softsynth or another application
- Keys are now assignable to MIDI Pitch Bend
- Fixes a crash which may occur when opening a preset
- Fixes an issue where some keys didn't display correctly when toggling between the Apple Keyboard and Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
- Fixes an issue where numbers might be displayed as 01 instead of 1, etc.
Ratings and Reviews
I’m a beginner; and this app could very well work for beginner’s like me; to get creative, and to understand how music should be played. A Soft touch keyboard helps make playing music more fun and enjoyable; plus with the use of the mouse; makes it sweet and complete.
Can’t Send MIDI When App is Out of Focus
This was a feature that I had taken for granted in purchasing this app, that turned out to not be possible - assuming its a difficult technical challenge, but if you’re looking to tweak knobs of a synth or something in another app, you’ll have to toggle focus back and forth to use the keyboard app
Thanks for the review! Great idea to include a feature to globally receive key presses, I'll put that on the list for a future release. For now, the easiest thing to do might be to toggle "Show MIDI View" (CMD+0) and "Always On Top" (CMD+UpArrow)... Keyboard Keyboard still needs focus to receive key presses/send MIDI note messages, but this may help speed up your process a bit if you weren't already using this.
So geeky cool. Just the keyboard keyboard piano I was wanting.
I'm still figuring things out but I'm smiling. Sounds soooo fun and good.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.