How to install and use: Virtual MIDI keyboard player

  • Pablo
Posted: Sat, 10/18/2008 - 23:45
This nice application by Pedro López Cabanillas. So simple and so funny. Installation: 1) Download vmpk from 2) Install cmake and libqt4-dev. 3) Follow the README file (cmake, make and make install). Launch: Drag the piano icon to the panel and click it. Or write vmpk in a terminal. Ideas for use: Testing sounds: Start Jack, start the promising software or hardware synthetiser and test the sounds with just the keyboard. Having fun/educational: Make up different keymaps, for example, you can assign contiguous keys to consonances like in a harmonica and make playing easy and attractive for children or non-musicians. Even at the first attempt they'll be surprised to hear nice music coming from their fingers. Writing to a MIDI sequencer: Start jack, start your favourite MIDI sequencer, mine is Rosegarden and connect vmpk as a record device and write some music from the keyboard. Other ideas are welcome Pablo


  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Wed, 10/22/2008 - 18:34
Step 2) Install cmake, libqt4-dev (and its dependencies) AND libasounds-dev (otherwise, when typing cmake . there is a configure error, "alsa >=1.0 not found")