I am using Novation LaunchKey 49 as my MIDI controller. It is effortless to connect a MIDI piano on Ubuntu. I need two items:
- I need a synthesizer to play music. In this case, I can use either Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard or qsynth. I used apt-get to install vmpk. I also enabled real-time process priority for jackd. It will ensure low latency, and it will only be used for applications using jackd. It won’t replace ALSA.
- I also need a software to connect the midi port and the sound input for the player. In this case, I’m using Jack Control
Once these items are setup, all I have to do is two simple configurations:
- QJackCtl: Click on connect, and link vmpk to the midi controller. Select both of them and click connect. A connection transition will show up between the two items.
- VMPK: Click on edit, click connections, and select the input and output.
I was all set to use the midi controller on Ubuntu!