~. To battle RSI, i present how to use a cheap external MIDI controller like the AKAI LPD8 or the Korg Nanopad 2 as a keyboard for those all important programmer keys on a Mac running OS X.
In addition to a USB MIDI controller, you’re going to need the following, rather ancient software and resources:
- Charlie Roberts’ midiStroke
- The snoize MIDI monitor
- Greg Loskorn’s MIDI note-to-number lookup table
Using the MIDI note number table, look up the corresponding number. On my AKAI LPD 8, the first button is C1, and its number is 36.
Altmodificator keys. Your milage may vary.
You can use “special keys” like
Escby using their names. Press the
keystrokesbutton to plop up the help pane and simply add the name of the key (like
ENTER) in the Keystroke field.