[Ardour-Users] How to connect a MIDI keyboard to a synth plugin ?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Mon Nov 2 14:31:50 PST 2015

On Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:24:00 -0500, jonetsu at teksavvy.com wrote:
>On Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:07:05 -0500
>"jonetsu at teksavvy.com" <jonetsu at teksavvy.com> wrote:
>> Same with the Calf monosynth for that matter.  To make it short, none
>> of the plugin synth I have tried works.  I must be doing something
>> wrong, but what ?  The MIDI notes from the external keyboard are seen
>> by Ardour, qjackctl shows the connection between the external
>> keyboard and MIDI 1 of Ardour, but the plugin does not seem to get
>> the MIDI keys.  
>Same with the Oxe FM Synth plugin.  Actually, how do you get the audio
>out in this case ?  Selecting the USB MIDI keybaord as for this MIDI
>track input is simple, but as output, the only sources there are, are
>MIDI sources.  No audio.  It was the same with Calf and probably the
>Reasonable synth.  Only the Hive synth go audio automatically out,
>somehow.  In the case of the Hive plugin synth, the audio is magically
>heard (although I would not know how to record it on an audio track
>since the audio outputs do not appear anywhre in Ardour nor qjackctl.
>It is a bit maddening - why can't it be simple ?

I'm using other software for MIDI, so your claim made me curious.


"If you add an instrument plugin, the MIDI track outputs audio instead
of MIDI data."

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