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    Hi, I’m using the xkey37 on top of my acoustic grand. I’ll be using it to add just jazz guitar (hence the bend), vibes and other solo instruments to enhance the sound of our piano trio. I may use an iPad or an old JV1080 to generate those few sounds. Just need a few pointers to set this up please. Thanks. Mal


    Oops, not a semitone…a whole tone. Thanks

    Zhao Yitian

    Dear Malcolm87, Thanks for using our Xkey37. To set aftertouch to bend up a whole tone, you need to go to iPad or old JV1080 side, not in keyboard side.


    It’s about adjusting the aftertouch on my MIDI controller to raise the pitch a semitone, and it was driving me crazy.

    I experimented with various MIDI controllers and software to try to find the most efficient way to achieve this. I play a lot of jazz, and the ability to change pitch slightly is critical to the expressiveness of the music. I’ve tried different modulation sources and assigned them to aftertouch, but the results are inconsistent.

    I even tried to emulate some classic analog synths where the aftertouch was very smooth and expressive. It’s very disappointing not to achieve that level of control.


    Achieving smooth aftertouch when raising a midtone can be quite challenging. I ran into this problem myself and it took me some trial and error to find a solution that worked for me. One thing that helped was adjusting the sensitivity settings of my MIDI controller. You can make it more sensitive to aftertouch, which should help with pitch bending.
    In addition, some virtual instruments and synthesizers have their own aftertouch response settings; you can learn more about musical instruments on the website . Check if your software allows you to adjust the sensitivity and range of aftertouch. Fine-tuning these settings can take some time, but once you get it right, the results can be fantastic.
    I’ve also found that some controllers handle aftertouch better than others, so it might be worth considering upgrading if you’re really serious about achieving that halftone bend. Keep experimenting and you will succeed!

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