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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed! System
If one opens a standard MIDI file in QuickTime Player, chooses "Get Movie Properties" from the Movie menu, and selects "Music Track" and "Instruments" from the popup menus, the resulting instrument selection window will let you open an on-screen MIDI keyboard. Just double-click any instrument, and you'll see something like the image at left.

As this dialog does not allow you to record or alter the sequence contained in the MIDI file, it is not particularly useful from a composition standpoint. However, it does give you a chance to easily try out all the different timbres built into the Quicktime MIDI module. There are far more sounds available than you might expect, and several of the built-in timbres are provided under license from Roland USA.
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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: codec3 on Apr 16, '04 10:46:01AM

You can record it with WireTap



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 16, '04 11:34:28AM

Wow! Now if someone can hip us to a way of playing notes from our Mac keyboard into GarageBand ....

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Virtual Midi Keyboard
Authored by: gaudior on Apr 16, '04 11:43:47AM
On versiontracker: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/mac/22642 It works pretty well. You start it after you start Garageband.

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Virtual Midi Keyboard
Authored by: PancakeMan on Apr 16, '04 12:16:51PM
Or I've been using MidiKeys, which works and appears to offer more keys (the "QWE..." row is a lower octave, with "123..." black keys, and the "ZXC..." row is a higher octave, with "ASD..." black keys).

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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: wookitus on Apr 16, '04 01:02:11PM

This has been in Quicktime for ages. I used to play with the keyboard that you can access through midi files in Quicktime when I was a kid. Classic users shouldn't feel left out on this one.



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: purple on Apr 16, '04 07:09:42PM

Agreed. This is old news and barely a tip. If you wanted to make it a good tip, you might mention that you can change from QuickTime instruments to SoundFont and DLS sound banks (based on what's chosen in the Sys Prefs/QuickTime conrol panel). You might also mention that the keyboard responds differently when you hold modifier keys: e.g. press control and play a note on the keyboard.... then move the mouse = pitch bend. Press Command and click to play a note to play it louder....



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: schneb on Apr 16, '04 04:54:44PM

Does anyone know how to take this QT MIDI file and convert the keying information to import into GarageBand? I know I can convert it to an AIF, but I want to change the software instrument in GB.

Thanks!



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: hughescr on Apr 16, '04 08:09:03PM

Dent Du Midi, here: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22281



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: dbudde on Apr 17, '04 10:20:42AM

Try this:

http://homepage.mac.com/beryrinaldo/ddm/



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why won't it work for me?
Authored by: chancer on Apr 16, '04 09:09:22PM

Does anyone know why nothing happens when I double click on the instruments listed? I'm running Panther, and have tried opening a bunch of my midis. I can clearly see the list of different instruments, but when I double-click them,...nada.



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why won't it work for me?
Authored by: bryaneh on Apr 17, '04 03:58:02AM

I couldn't get it to work either. I'm using 10.3.3 with Quicktime Player 6.5. Do you need the Pro version?



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some key modifiers
Authored by: thinkyhead on Apr 17, '04 02:42:22AM

With the QuickTime keyboard you can use the command and shift keys while clicking the keyboard to amplify the volume. Both together is loudest. The control key allows you to bend the pitch of the current note.

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some key modifiers
Authored by: clh on Apr 19, '04 02:30:40PM

I think you mean command and option. Holding the shift key allows you to build chords!



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: jannop on Apr 18, '04 04:50:12AM

I'm so tired of these hints that don't work. Doesn't work for me either - although I am using latest versions. Maybe the person giving a hint like this should mention if he is using older versions or a special setup...



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: BigMac2 on Apr 18, '04 10:40:57AM

I'm sorry but it appear that your are the only one who are unable to get this hints work.

Maybe you need a registred copy of Quicktime to make it work.



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: jannop on Apr 19, '04 04:34:09AM

Actually I'm not...I posted my message after reading the comments by Chancer and Bryaneh. As for your tip: if the hint requires special set up I wish it was mentioned with the hint...



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: timothyrflynnn on Apr 20, '04 10:47:19AM

Amen brother. Not coming up on my version either. Tried on my wifes 12in G4 pwbk and my 15in g4pwbk. No luck with either - both on panther.



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: editbrain on Apr 18, '04 08:59:44PM

i totally agree. i can't get it to work either.



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QuickTime Pro only...
Authored by: robg on Apr 23, '04 12:36:06AM

Sorry I didn't catch this when I posted the hint, but my main Mac has QTPro on it, and I didn't even think about it. But I just tested with a non-Pro machine, and the hint fails. Enable Pro on that machine, and it works.

I've added a note to the original hint; sorry for the lack of clarification in the original.

-rob.



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Quicktime's secret built-in keyboard ... revealed!
Authored by: ccsccs7 on Apr 19, '04 05:47:45AM

If you still have (or can find) a copy of Movie Player (this is QuickTime Player before it went "Pro"), you can run it in Mac OS 9 or Classic. It will have access to all of the "pro" menus, although one or two might crash it (like the controller menu).



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