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.

Open BTV Solo System System Settings

Open BTV Solo System System Settings


Click on the “Midi Input Port” box and select your midi controller.

BTV Solo Midi Input Port

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”.

BTV Solo Pitch Bend Mode

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.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me via the contact form or leave a comment in the comments section.

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Have fun, experiment and keep learning.


For more information on BTV Solo go to www.btvsolo.com
For video tutorials on BTV and Beat Thang go to www.learnbeatthang.com
Read the BTV user manual

6 Responses to How to Connect a Midi Keyboard With BTV Solo in No Time

  1. ted harris says:

    what do i have to do to get m-audio keystudio to work with btv? had try to use preference windows.

  2. Marc K. says:

    Ted – It is important that you connect your keyboard with your computer *before* starting the BTV software. Then follow the steps in this tutorial and you’re good to go.
    If it still doesn’t work try another USB cable or another USB port on your computer.

  3. Christian says:

    Problem connect my mpk mini
    Un the software btv

    I choose
    Midi input port select my Mpk mini
    Error btv.exe stop fonctionning

  4. Troy I. says:

    I connected my AKAI Max49, but only the keyboard works and not the pads. Am I missing a step?

    • Marc K. says:

      I don’t know the AKAI Max49. M-Audio and Novation midi keyboards assign their pads to a keyboard octave (as far as my experience go, I have never really used the pads on these keyboards). Are the pads assigned to an octave that’s loaded with samples in the BTV or to an empty octave? Just a guess…

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