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Re: A New Console With The Help Of Friends

Postby johnstump_organist » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:35 pm

Thanks for the warning.
Yes, I realized that spacing would be an issue. I was just thinking about something to use in case I go with a higher end keyboard that does not come with pistons to start. Something I could use to set large registrations at the beginning of a piece or at movement breaks, until I could get some sort of real pistons figured out.
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Re: A New Console With The Help Of Friends

Postby engrssc » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:54 pm

Regarding the strip's "soft touch", I've heard of some attempts at stiffening by placing small bits of soft foam under the key cap mounting mechanism but never heard back on the success or not.

Another (more expensive) idea was to use every other button and "black out" and not program the those unused (blacked out) buttons. Would need double the amount of strips that way. No doubt, the maker's of the product wouldn't mind that approach.

Likewise, I've heard of using white door bell buttons, the kind that have the brass or silver colored ring around a white center. These don't stick out as far as regular pistons, but should work more or less ok. If I remember correctly, they are mounted (pushed into) a hole nearly if not exactly the same size as the real pistons. With these, you could then use the X-Keys matrix board the same as I do. That board has been super reliable and relatively cheap. Believe I paid $50 for it.

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Re: A New Console With The Help Of Friends

Postby engrssc » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:59 pm

Just got an email from a friend saying that those door bell buttons require a larger (than a real piston) mounting hole. Stand corrected.

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Re: A New Console With The Help Of Friends

Postby micdev » Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:01 pm

John,

Since X-Keys is transmitting keystrokes, you will need to use MidiKeys (you will find it on the main page of midiox http://www.midiox.com in the "Midi-ox scripting" section). This is the link to download directly http://www.midiox.com/zip/MIDIKeys.msi

This will convert keystroke to midi message.

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Re: A New Console With The Help Of Friends

Postby ecmartinjr » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:48 pm

I am embarrassed to say that here, one year later, I am responding to John Stump's question as to the difficulty of programing the X-Keys as pistons. I don't think that I would have been able to figure it out on my own. But once François (micdev) helped me it was not hard to do it. The X-Keys people have put out an update of their software which seems to work well. Hope this helps. Again, sorry for the belated response. Ed
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