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#605065 - 07/04/20 12:42 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Chord input from midi keyboard
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I have BiaB 2020 and was wondering if it is possible to input chords played on the iRig keys in to the chord window directly. And if so could someone point me to a video for setting up or describe the setup process.

Many thanks, Tim.
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#605136 - 07/04/20 10:22 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Chord input from midi keyboard [Re: TRYUK]
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As you know the iRig keys 2 is a midi controller. It connects to your MacBook Pro either through a Lightning or OTG to Micro-USB cable.

Band-in-a-Box for Mac uses Apple's Core MIDI to add midi controllers to the computer for use by the program. You may want to follow along on page 342, Chapter 14 - MIDI Setup, of the Band-in-a-Box for Mac user manual for step-by-step guidance.

If your iRig keys 2 works with your DAW then your computer has already recognized the controller. Go to "Options" > "CoreMIDI Audio MIDI Setup". Click on the "MIDI Devices" tab. Select the "IKMultimedia iRig keys 2" icon. Finally, you'll need to assign the icon to a MIDI port.
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#605377 - 07/06/20 11:27 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Chord input from midi keyboard [Re: TRYUK]
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If you play a chord on your external MIDI keyboard that is hooked up to your computer, you can enter the chord into the chordsheet at the current location by pressing command+enter.
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#605556 - 07/07/20 07:33 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Chord input from midi keyboard [Re: TRYUK]
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I made one up but it only works on Win, would need to make a Java one for Mac.
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