Creative Prodikeys-Working in Linux?

  • MadDuk
Posted: Mon, 09/08/2008 - 21:29
I usually spend most of my time with guitars and drums, but just recently I have purchased a USB keyboard from Creative called the Prodikey. It is a computer keyboard with a set of piano keys at the bottom. It seems to works just as a USB MIDI keyboard would work in Windows, yet I think Linux is not recognizing it because of it's association with the regular keyboard. I have not found any solutions anywhere else. Is there any way to open up a midi port for it?

Companies should learn

  • MadDuk
  • 08/17/07
  • Tue, 09/09/2008 - 21:50
Heh..I really just bought this thing on impulse. It was a one day sale for 20 bucks and free shipping, I couldn't resist, I'll just keep using my E-MU XmidiX1 which does work in Linux. At least the MIDIkeyboard cover provides a nice ergonomic hand rest and the PCkeyboard is very much like a laptop. How much time would it take for a company to make something compatible with Linux, thus making it more marketable. It took ATI long enought to realize how many people were switching over to Nvidia before they started increasing support for Linux users. Usually M$ has more to do with it than anything.

Sad but true

  • porisija
  • 09/29/07
  • Tue, 09/09/2008 - 16:11
Purchasing new hardware is not always a walk in the park. Before any decisions try surfing the net for Linux compliant hardware that fits your purposes. I would take the Creative keyboard back and ask for a refund. Later on stay away from such hardware. There are already many USB-connected midi keyboards that work fine in Linux - such as (some) M-Audio products. (Any users at this forum?) I purchased a few years ago a generic MIDI keyboard - just keys, no knobs besides pitch bend and modulation - and it works fine with an old Ensoniq PCI soundcard, that cost me some 5 euros.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 09/09/2008 - 11:35
Just received a mail from Creative that states they do not support linux. Then I don't support Creative - Easy.

seems not...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 09/09/2008 - 07:12
Not a class compliant device. Need win 2000 or XP to make it work it seems.

Is there special windows drivers for it?

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 09/09/2008 - 05:32
Or does it work "out of the box" If it needs drivers it is not so easy. You need to find linux drivers for it then. If it works out of box it should be a class compliant device and thus should work in Linux. That's about the scope of the help I can give you I'm afraid...