How-to: Use an external MIDI keyboard

Soundation Studio supports external midi keyboards through a plugin called Jazz-Plugin in all browsers as well as experimental Web MIDI in Chrome. Please make sure you have the latest version of Jazz-Plugin, Flash and Chrome installed on your computer before proceeding with the instructions below.

Step 1

Connect your midi keyboard to your computer.

Step 2

Launch Soundation Studio and click the button in the bottom right corner that says MIDI. The browser will create a pop up asking you to install Jazz-Plugin or enable Web MIDI in Chrome. Click OK and the Jazz-Plugin site will open. Download and install the Jazz-Plugin for your OS. You might need to restart your browser for the changes to take effect. The MIDI button now toggles MIDI on or off

Step 3

Skip this step if you don’t want to enable experimental Web MIDI in Chrome. To enable Web MIDI in Chrome type in chrome://flags/#enable-web-midi in the address bar. Click Enable and Relaunch Now for the changes to take effect. The MIDI button now toggles MIDI on or off

Step 4

Select the channel you want to play with your keyboard (only instrument channels works with midi, i.e the blue ones). Press a key on your midi keyboard and you should hear the selected instrument play the note.

If you experience a delay between the time your press a key and the sound being played back please lower your buffer size by clicking Settings -> Edit Settings

Please note that lowering your buffer size can result in maxing out your computers CPU faster than on a higher buffer size.

Recording MIDI

To record what you are playing on the MIDI keyboard simply click the Record button while a blue instrument channel is active and Soundation will automatically record it to a Note Clip. The same applies when using the Virtual Keyboard.

Also note that external MIDI is only supported by:
Firefox 3.5+
Chrome 4.0+
Safari 4.0+
Opera 10.5+
Internet Explorer 8.0+

Please upgrade if you are running an older version of your browser.