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The Virtual MIDI Keyboard

The Virtual Keyboard window
The Virtual Keyboard window

The Virtual Keyboard is a software MIDI instrument, similar to VMPK that can be used like an hardware musical keyboard would, to emit MIDI events.

It can be used to test or record MIDI notes or events, as the computer keyboard can be (and is, by default) mapped to the virtual MIDI keyboard. The keyboard layout can be chosen in the MIDI Preferences.

The lower part of the window is a piano keyboard. The current keyboard mapping is overlaid on the notes, as are the different C notes, indicating what octaves are shown.

The upper part comprises (from left to right):