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plaamook 2013-02-18 00:07

Screen Keys Request
i think it would be really great if you could use the On-Screen Keys while the Sample Browser window is open. that way you can use it to sample samples. fars i can tell its not that easy a thing to play music on anyway. i figure its main function is testing things. well, i tend to need to test single samples up and down the keyboard a lot. can't do that with the play function in the browser window.

i know i could just use a midi keyboard, if you wanna call a Nanokey a midi keyboard, but more and more i'm using them less and less but traveling more and more, if you see my meaning.

and i know you can use the screen keys with the scroll arrows on the sample browser on the device but i find its easier if you can see the whole directory.

anyway, this would be handy.

plaamook 2013-02-18 00:19

also, it might be handy, for those of us that can remember scales on a piano without testing the keys, how about a drop down on the on-screen keys that allows you to select the key the song is in and the appropriate piano keys are highlighted. i know its cheesy and i should just practice scales more, but, well, i'm that shameless.

and lazy

SteveDiverse 2013-02-18 01:19


Originally Posted by plaamook (Post 1239834)
select the key the song is in and the appropriate piano keys are highlighted

Just do all your songs in C-Major or a-minor and use the a,s,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,; keys only :)

Once the song is done, you can transpose the key by selecting all notes and moving them up or down the necessary number of semi-tones to move to the new key.

plaamook 2013-02-18 02:20

ask a stupid question...

SteveDiverse 2013-02-18 03:31


Originally Posted by plaamook (Post 1239893)
ask a stupid question...

actually, most of the newer apps with on-screen keys do have a scale selection and include a pick-the-notes-you-want feature - so it's a very relevant suggestion.

should be easy to re-code the on-screen keyboard to not only highlight the keys in key/scale, but also to re-map the relevant keys.

here's animoog (iPad app) as an example of what you are suggesting:

the 'root note' is the key signature. then you pick the scale type (drop-down menu finger is pointing to), which then shows the relevant keys in green in the middle, at which point you can select / de-select keys...the resulting 'keyboard' is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

it's actually very slick.

and the 'keys'... the mod/velocity/etc functions are mapped to the key -- if you touch the key near the bottom, you get a low value - near the top, a high value...

plaamook 2013-02-18 16:29

yeah, that does sound clever.

pick the notes you want is good too.

i would use the screen keys much more if they were more developed. hence my suggestions.

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