Virtual Piano

How to use your computer keyboard to play virtual piano

Recursive Arts A-23 Virtual Piano provides two separate Key Mappings for your computer keyboard, so you can choose the easiest and most convenient layout for you to play our digital piano. In order to switch between both options use the dedicated MAPPING knob. This knob will automatically activate the key assistant overlay, although you can also manually hide or re-enable this overlay by pressing the KEYS button.

The MAX (maximum) mapping provides access to the full 5 octaves of the piano by using the 'Shift' modifier key to play any black piano key. This mode is great when playing songs in C major or A minor keys with none or very little flats or sharps.It is also compatible with most virtual piano sheet music you will find online.

Maximum Key Mapping

The REAL (realistic) mapping emulates a real piano keyboard layout, offering faster and direct access to black keys without having to hold the Shift modifier key. The action range is thus limited to three octaves, although this is more than enough to play most of your favourite melodies, including all those included in our virtual piano when using the Song Mode and its auto accompaniment system. This is the recommended setting when a piece includes many flats or sharps.

Real Key Mapping

Please note that we are using an English QWERTY computer keyboard as a reference. However, Recursive Arts Virtual Piano is also compatible with Spanish keyboard layouts where the ";" character is replaced by the "ñ" letter, and the "-" character replaces the "/" symbol. If you are using a different keyboard language or layout combination, or if you are experiencing issues with any of these keys, you can always try changing your keyboard's language/layout settings to English in your Windows or OSX system preferences.

Playing multiple simultaneous keys (Polyphony)

The A-23 virtual piano does not limit the number of keys you can play simultaneously. However, the hardware design of most computer keyboards generally restricts the amount of keys that can be read at the same time. This is what we know as Keyboard Ghosting, and it will depend on the particular key combination we are trying to press and the quality of our keyboard.

In order to increase the number of simultaneous keys our keyboard can detect we recommend getting a certified "anti-ghosting" gaming keyboard, which should reduce this effect to a minimum.
Remember this won't be an issue when playing a song using our Song Mode with auto-accompaniment as you will only be required to press one key at a time!

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