How-to: Use an external MIDI keyboard

Soundation Studio supports external midi keyboards with two options. One is through Web MIDI in Google Chrome and the other using a plugin called "Jazz-Plugin" (for all other browsers). We recommend using Google Chrome as it requires no setup other than using the latest version of the browser.

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. If you are using the latest version of Google Chrome the button will light up and midi will be enabled and you can skip to Step 3.

If you are using another browser you will get a pop up asking you to install Jazz-Plugin. 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

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

You can also get even lower latency by using the Chrome version of Soundation Studio.

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.