How to use MIDI keyboard with NH?

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How to use MIDI keyboard with NH?

A compete noob here, playing with the demo...

I can't figure out how to trigger the chord progression with outboard MIDI keyboard. By pressing on the MIDI keyboard I can see some changes with the blue blocks, but soundwise speaking nothing changes at all. I thought HN would correspond to MIDI note the same way as we click on the chord blocks via mouse?

I'd appreciate any help that can help me understand how HN works...

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I thought HN would correspond to MIDI note the same way as we click on the chord blocks via mouse?

Sounds interesting. Well, HN doesn't yet take MIDI input for live progression control (only for visual feedback and recording), although this is theoreticall possible. The crititcal question is: How should HN deal with ambiguity?

Selecting a particular chord from a set of candidates matching live MIDI input (all those blue boxes that light up) is actually a creative decision of the player. HN can't do that for you, unless you want a huge portion of randomness and surprise.

How would you like HN to respond exactly?

Suggestions are welcome

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Honestly, I am not the right person to make suggestion like this. But I'll give it shot...:)

Currently it doesn't feel like I'm in control, not to mention that it's even less as a "live playing tool". I guess if HN could add some interactivity to the live performance aspect, it'll appeal to more musicians who want to "play" it, instead of clicking on the chord symbol. By allowing the interaction via MIDI keyboard, NH would be more easily integrated into a composing work flow. I.E., using the left hand to test the chord progression with NH, whilst using the right hand to adjust other things in a VST host (or something) accordingly.

Probably some kind of chord-recognition of MIDI input would help a bit. That works well for, say, Virtual Guitarist or Real Guitar. NH could even just recognize the more "mundane" and simplified chords in this "live" mode.

Just my 2 cents.

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BTW: Your idea was very welcome and we were already discussing it internally. It will be implemented and most likely appear in the final product with version 2.0.

Thanks for the valuable feedback!

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