I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 23, 2013 -
I have a Thinkpad T430
. I can type anywhere up to 120 words per minute. When I type certain words at high speed my system freezes for a split second - long enough to be noticeable and to break my rhythm but not long enough that anyone watching would probably notice. Sometimes it registers the key-presses, sometimes it doesn't. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by ddd
on Oct 3, 2013 -
My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard
is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Feb 13, 2013 -
A recent (for me) music find, The Missing Links
. I liked the one tune
and so got their album and now I'm hunting for more like it. They sound kind of like The Stooges with a great keyboard player. What else sounds like the Stooges with a great keyboard player?
Throw me your obscure and not so obscure 60's garage punk recommendations!
posted by merocet
on Aug 5, 2012 -
So the 'H' key on my aluminum Apple USB keyboard gave up the ghost and I'm using the wireless Bluetooth keyboard while casting about for other options... [more inside]
posted by bokane
on Jun 29, 2012 -
I am considering buying an electronic keyboard. I have some basic skills I'd like to improve, would one of the kind that light the keys up as you play along be helpful? Or is it just a gimmick?
posted by zingzangzung
on Sep 2, 2011 -
Korg, Kurzweil, Roland... What other brands am I not yet looking for in an excellent digital concert piano? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey
on Jul 27, 2011 -
Keyboardists: What is a good setup to go with if I want to buy a cheap vanilla polyphonic keyboard and some kind of software package that emulates one or more legendary synthesizers (Moogs, Vox Connie, Jupiters, DX-7, etc) with this keyboard on my Windows PC? Will I have to get a MIDI card or can I go with USB? Also are weighted keys worth it and what price point would these come in at? This is just for messing around at home and should be cheap... even eBay goods are fine. Thanks!
posted by crapmatic
on Jul 13, 2011 -
Mechanical keyboard aficionados say that ideally you should type without "bottoming out" the keys. What are the benefits of this technique, and how do I learn it? [more inside]
posted by brett
on May 23, 2011 -
Mac peripherals filter: Just bought a MacBook Air. Looking for an external mouse and keyboard when I want to use it at my desk (plugged into my external monitor). What are your favorite Mac mice and keyboards? USB or Bluetooth are options. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell
on Feb 15, 2011 -
Looking for poppy indie bands/songs that use fuzzy or heavily distorted keyboards. [more inside]
posted by windbox
on Dec 1, 2010 -
Mac users: Can somebody please tell me how to set up a keyboard shortcut or script that allows me to toggle between U.S. keyboard and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) keyboard layouts? I switch these on and off a LOT when I'm using my iMac and Macbook, but am tired of constantly going up to the little flag dropdown menu in the Finder (which I have to do repeatedly as I switch from program to program, since the drop-down window change doesn't seem to apply globally, but rather only within the current program you have up top). I know there's an easier way, I just haven't gotten around to figuring it out or setting it up. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Mar 25, 2010 -
I'm interested in finding more upbeat-sounding synthpop or alt/pop singles with electronic elements for my music library. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on May 31, 2009 -
Is there a hardware solution that lets me either change the CAPSLOCK key into a CTRL key or swap the CAPSLOCK and the CTRL key? [more inside]
posted by cm
on May 28, 2009 -
Who are the keyboard players who are really wowing you these days? I'm looking to enhance my listening pleasure. Any style or genre is fine. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Nov 13, 2008 -
What's the best and least expensive way to connect an M-Audio 88SX keyboard to a stereo?
The keyboard has two 1/4" jacks, one for left and right outputs. [more inside]
posted by mtphoto
on Nov 9, 2008 -
HardwareSynthFilter: Is there a synthesizer available today, new, out there somewhere, that has poly-key pressure (like the Ensoniq VFX series had)? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten
on May 27, 2008 -
I'm used to the keyboard shortcuts on OS X, but I have to use a Windows PC at work. What are some ways that I can remap the keys on XP to get as close to Apple's as possible? [more inside]
posted by Frankieist
on Feb 28, 2008 -
Help me find out what magic spell will get my keyboard to play nicely with my computer again. For several years, I used a Microsoft "Natural" Keyboard with my PC without a problem. But now that I just connected it to my new MacBook it's acting out. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Jul 5, 2007 -
Daughter (age six) perhaps to begin piano lessons. Considering a weighted response electronic keyboard as a piano substitute. Seeking advice in brands, models, retailers, price, durability, and indeed, overall wisdom of this route over standard piano. All views even slightly extraneous welcome. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones
on Jan 16, 2007 -
RSI - a dear friend has bad repetitive injuries (carpal tunnel problems)...it gets bad when she types....and allieviates when she stops. Oh, yeah, she's a professoinal writer. No - not RSI advice....keyboard advice
. Have you (or someone you know) had comfort (or a reduction of discomfort) from using a particular keyboard? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek
on Dec 16, 2005 -
I've played guitar for 10+ years - I want to learn piano, for writing, performing, and to widen my musical understanding. A real piano doesn't jive with my life, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke
on Sep 25, 2005 -
My wife wants to be able to put Spanish Accents in on our PC Laptop however we have not found a solution. Is there one for a PC Laptop Keyboard without using that Function method?
posted by Hands of Manos
on Jul 27, 2005 -
My boss is looking for a good travel keyboard and mouse, so's to avoid the hassles of laptop typing. (He even mentioned a folding one, or maybe a wireless one?) Any suggestions?
posted by Specklet
on Jun 28, 2005 -
Something has gone horribly wrong with the spacebar on my laptop. You have to hit it in the middle to get it to work. If you tap it towards one side, nothing happens.
I admit, I removed it to clean it. Maybe this damaged it. But all the other keys on my laptop can be safely removed and replaced without damage. It's a Toshiba Portege. I'm weirded out.
posted by Polonius
on Jan 27, 2005 -
What is this music keyboard
? [warning: flash w/ sound, resizes browser window]
The keys on it look like those on an accordion. The site's in Japanese, so I can't get anything out of it. [music theory inside] [more inside]
posted by zsazsa
on Jan 5, 2005 -
I spilled coffee on my keyboard; at least 6 oz. The caps are locked. The only way to type in lowercase is to hold down the shift key. My cpu keeps beeping. Is all lost? Is there anything that I can do to fix it?
posted by Stylistique
on Dec 18, 2004 -
Does (Did) anyone make a PS/2 buckling spring keyboard with a Windows Key? Bonus points for model numbers. More bonus points still if your answer has "IBM" in it.
posted by trharlan
on Nov 16, 2004 -
Soon after spilling half of a bottle of Rolling Rock into my keyboard, I ordered the cheapest USB hub multimedia one I could find
. It arrived today, sans drivers: only the volume and mute work. Drivers I've downloaded either have no effect or only allow me to program a few of the buttons. If HP's own drivers don't work, am I SOL? Or might one of you know of a solution? [more inside]
posted by skryche
on Jun 29, 2004 -
Keyboards: I'm currently using a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, but I'm looking for something new. Does anyone have any recommendations? [mi] [more inside]
posted by bshort
on May 21, 2004 -
Th 'e' ky on my laptop is misbehaving a lot. I took it off, but there is just a rubberisd nobble undr there. What should I do? Can i fix th thing by taking th laptop apart? shall I just typ funny? Hlp?
posted by twine42
on Apr 29, 2004 -
The ink is wearing off the keys on my Macintosh "iBook." Are they easy to replace?
posted by inksyndicate
on Apr 16, 2004 -
I've been really enjoying GarageBand
lately, especially since I finally got a keyboard
to use as a MIDI controller. Unfortunately, it also reminds me that I have no skill or training on a keyboard (or any other musical instrument). Can anyone suggest a good book to learn keyboards from, especially one that will let me "fake it" easily?
posted by jpburns
on Jan 24, 2004 -
Considering a Piano Keyboard or MIDI controller, planning to use it with GarageBand. I'm a just-learning beginner for keyboards. How many keys should I get on my first board. Looked at this one
which Apple is reselling, and this one
which is more keys and more functions. [more inside]
posted by benjh
on Jan 10, 2004 -