A midi keyboard can dramatically enhance fun and productivity making beats with BTV Solo. In this tutorial you will learn how to connect a midi keyboard to BTV Solo in 3 easy steps.
1. Connection first
Connect your midi controller before you open BTV Solo.
2. Already Done?
Open BTV Solo and load a Kit. With most midi controllers connection should already be working and you should be able to play.
If this is not the case open the system settings by clicking on the “System” button.
Click on the “Midi Input Port” box and select your midi controller.
If it isn’t listed close BTV Solo, manually check the connection between your midi controller and your computer. If necessary change the connection cable.
3. Pitch Bend Settings
Most midi controllers have a pitch bend wheel or stick. Using pitch band can add extra craziness to your beats. Wether you use it subtly to add some kind of vibrato or extremely for weird pitch up or down effects you might want to change the pitch bend range and mode.
“Pitch Bend Range” defines how many half notes a sound can be pitched up or down at most.
Use small values for subtle vibrato’s and high values for wild pitch madness! Experiment with different settings.
With “Pitch Bend Mode” you can select whether the pitch bend is applied only to the selected track or globally. For most cases “Track” will be the appropriate selection. But for some cases it’s “Global”.
Leave all other settings as they are.
I hope this tutorial has helped you connect your midi controller to BTV Solo and to set the pitch bend settings to your personal flavor.
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Have fun, experiment and keep learning.