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I'm simply curious to know whether midi input will be added natively to Pico-8. I enjoy composing in FamiTracker using my KORG nanoKEY2 (tiny piano keyboard for entering midi notes), and I really wish I could do the same in Pico-8. I guess there are workarounds for this, but, I'm still hoping this will be added in the future; it'd really push this product over the edge for me enjoyability wise.

P#41129 2017-05-30 09:36 ( Edited 2017-05-30 13:36)


A big problem with the music editor for me is having to click repeatedly to change the tracks in the pattern editor. It gets really tiring when creating bigger songs.

P#41131 2017-05-30 09:59 ( Edited 2017-05-30 13:59)

FamiTracker can export text data. Has anyone written a conversion script between this export data and Pico-8? If not, I might wind up doing this eventually. Course, there'd be the proviso that the resulting sounds would be different, but perhaps reasonable mappings could be found between a subset of FamiTracker's effects/envelopes etc. and Pico-8's capabilities.

P#41132 2017-05-30 10:29 ( Edited 2017-05-30 14:29)

Hey, did you ever do this conversion tool from Famitracker-text to PICO-8? You also mentioned this in another forum thread. I think this would be quite an achievement!

P#74242 2020-03-27 15:28

If it can be of any use, a while ago I wrote a super small utility for Windows based on rtmidi that listens to the MIDI device and converts notes to key presses that work in the PICO-8 music editor: https://github.com/samhocevar/midi2pico8

I haven’t tested it on any other device than ours (an Alesis VMini) and it also misbehaves on French AZERTY keyboards (the note for “M” does not work), but it might be useful as an example.

P#74273 2020-03-28 12:58
:: Tense

sam. I am dumb. Is there no compiled Windows executable for your tool? I don't know how to compile it. I tried in visualstudio and it just fails.

P#77038 2020-05-23 00:14

@Tense mmmh, the code is a bit messy, it’s not your fault. I have uploaded an executable to make things easier!

P#77063 2020-05-23 10:37

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