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pressx2select
Jun 18, 2013, 02:43 PM
Long time lurker here wanting to see if anyone has some thoughts on this. You guys always have some awesome ideas and conversations in this forum so I figured I'd pick your brains.

When using Garageband for keyboard typing I've always thought it was annoying that you could only really type one octave at a time. I was wondering if there's anyway to plug in a second usb keyboard and trick the computer into thinking it was a midi keyboard and modifying it to be able to produce two octaves. Ultimately you'd be using the keyboard something like the crude drawing I made.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-usMtLIZXA80/UcC2QaxWoFI/AAAAAAAAATw/-vNedr-AyiQ/s640/two%2520octive%2520keyboard.png

The main reason I'm asking is because I have a bunch of old USB keyboards that would be great for this but I don't have any Midi Keyboards.



Boyd01
Jun 18, 2013, 03:41 PM
Wouldn't a real keyboard be better? I see new 2 octave keyboards for as little as $48 and used ones for $30 on the Guitar Center website, for example.

Sackvillenb
Jun 27, 2013, 05:58 PM
I'm not aware of any method to do this.

But you can definitely buy a cheap midi keyboard nowadays that will give you a few (or more) octaves, and the midi keyboard will give you a much better "feel" while playing, and control over note velocity, etc. :)