Midi Keyboard Software

The MIDI keyboard software market has so many options these days that finding the right one is less a matter of comparing technical specs and more a matter of benefits and features that provide the solution for the unique problems of an individual studio.

There are different levels of MIDI software meant for software – intro, semipro, and professional level software. However, many times semipro software is used for professional purposes, as these products often have their own unique sonic quality.

There are two main types of MIDI keyboard software – the virtual keyboard and the keyboard patch.

Midi Keyboard Software

The virtual keyboard is a virtual synth which can be controlled by a physical MIDI keyboard, and may come with its own preset sounds, sound algorithms, and sonic qualities. Some professional virtual keyboards include Absynth or Reaktor. There are also virtual synths which can function as samplers, effects processors and guitar amp models.

The keyboard patch can serve as a virtual update to a physical MIDI synth, providing it with additional sonic algorithms or preset sounds. Keyboard patches can often be found for free by the company itself on company web sites, or third parties may build these types of virtual updates for a particular synthesizer.

The thing to look for in a MIDI keyboard software package is the ability of that keyboard to integrate itself into the framework of the gear that you already have. Mostly this is a function of whether the software is VSi or DX based, although there are programs which also provide cross platform translations for these languages.

It also does a studio a great service to figure out what the studio needs and get MIDI keyboard software that fits that particular need. For instance, if you need a sampler but you do not have the funds for the newest physical sampler, you may get the same or increased functionality from a virtual sampler or MIDI keyboard.

MIDI keyboard software has greatly expanded the functionality of home and professional studios for a minimum of cost and will continue to grow in scope as many well respected third party companies as well as individual programmers put their sonic limits to the test by creating new sonic toys for music producers every day.