MIDI Output Setup
Flat power users get an exclusive access to our MIDI output feature. Often underestimated, this feature allows you to connect Flat with any MIDI compatible software or hardware. Once connected the audio stream will be redirected to the synthesizer, sequencer, sampler or MIDI device you chose, replacing Flat sounds by the one you want.
Setup with a MIDI compatible software
Each software offering a real-time MIDI input can be connected to Flat through the MIDI output feature.
Create a virtual MIDI port
However, to do so, we first need to create a Virtual MIDI port which will serve as an interface between Flat and the external software.
It is quite easy to create a virtual MIDI port on MacOS as you don’t need to install any additional software.
- In Spotlight, search for MIDI and launch the Audio MIDI Setup utility.
- Make sure the MIDI Studio is displayed by selecting it in the Window menu.
- Double click on the IAC Driver icon. The IAC Driver Properties window will open.
- Now create a new port by clicking on the “+” button, and name it “Flat Virtual Port” for example.
- The port should now be available in Flat MIDI Output list.
On Windows and Linux
Windows and Linux don’t offer a built-in way to create virtual MIDI ports, so you will have to install a third-party software.
- Download the loopMIDI software created by Tobias Erichsen.
- Unzip it and proceed to the setup.
- Once installed, launch it.
- Give a name to your port in the text field at the bottom, “Flat Virtual Port” for example.
- Then, just click on the + button in the bottom-left corner to create it.
It is not possible at the moment to create virtual MIDI ports on ChromeOS. We will probably need to wait for a web browser built-in implementation.
Connecting to an external software
Once the virtual port has been created, just select it in the Output tab of Flat MIDI menu.
Finally, select the virtual port as an Input in the preferences of the software you want to connect. Below is an example with Kontakt 5.
If no MIDI input is available for the virtual instrument, you can use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), like Cubase, FL Studio or Ableton Live to embed the virtual instrument, then select the input on the DAW.
Setup with a MIDI device
To redirect Flat audio stream to a MIDI device, select your device in the Output tab of the MIDI menu. You may also have to configure your MIDI device so it accepts a MIDI input.
- Each part will be assigned a different MIDI channel (up to 16 parts, due to MIDI limitation), in the same order than your score layout.
- Keyswitches and several ornaments won’t be played yet. We aim to implement them later in the future.