How to use fruity loops on a PC keyboard

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How to use fruity loops on a PC keyboard
Music is shifting toward computerised production. (computer cables image by timur1970 from

Music production is quickly shifting away from the traditional form of physical instruments and trending more toward electronically produced sounds. Fruity Loops is one such program, allowing musicians to create sounds and music all on their computer at home. Writing music on a computer may seem more difficult without piano keys or guitar strings in front of you that are intuitive to play. One solution is the MIDI keyboard, which is an electronic keyboard that plugs into your computer. If you don't happen to have a MIDI keyboard, you can also use your PC keyboard for programs such as Fruity Loops.

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    Open your Fruity Loops program. Look at the Recording panel and click on the button in the upper-left corner that looks like a computer keyboard next to two vertical lines, or press "Ctrl" and "T" at the same time on your keyboard. This allows your PC keyboard to act as a piano keyboard in Fruity Loops.

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    Right-click on "Options" to open up the settings for the PC Keyboard to Piano Keyboard feature of Fruity Loops.

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    Adjust your Octave settings to find the range of notes you need. Select which keyboard layout you want. Fruity Loops has the option to choose between Piano or Janko settings. You may also choose to use special key maps, which have settings such as Major, Minor and Blues.

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