Unity Midi Control

by charlottepierce

A Unity interface allowing MIDI instrument inputs to trigger keyboard button presses.

( Crawled an hour ago )

Use MIDI instruments as game controllers!

This Unity interface allows you to map MIDI inputs to keyboard buttons - play the mapped input on your instrument to trigger the corresponding key press. The interface currently supports GetKey, GetKeyDown and GetKeyUp events for all keyboard buttons. Direct button presses (i.e., using the keyboard rather than a mapped instrument) will still be detected.

UnityMidiControl was tested on Unity version 4.6.2f1 and is known to cause crashes on Unity version 4.6.1f1.


  1. Import keijiro's MIDI Jack into your Unity project
  2. Copy the appropriate .dll from MidiJack/Plugins/ to the root folder of your Unity project
  3. Copy the contents of Assets into the Assets folder of your project
  4. In Unity, click MIDI Input > Edit Key Mappings to open the editor GUI
  5. Add key mappings as desired
    • mappings can be removed using the '-' buttons
  6. Click Save Mappings
  7. In your game code, replace calls to Input.GetKey, Input.GetKeyDown and Input.GetKeyUp with UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKey, UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyDown and UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyUp, respectively
  8. Before running your project, ensure your MIDI device is connected

Example Use:

The following note mappings trigger:

  • the 'x' key when note number 36 is played on any MIDI channel
  • the 'd' key when note number 50 is played on MIDI channel 8
  • the 'a' key when a control knob on channel 22 has a value between 3 (exclusive) and 75 (inclusive) on any MIDI channel
  • the 'b' key when a control knob on channel 31 has a value between 50 (exclusive) and 100 (inclusive) on MIDI channel 3

Example key mappings

These keypresses may be detected programmatically using the following code:

if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyDown("x")) {
    Debug.Log("'x' down");
if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyDown("d")) {
    Debug.Log("'d' down");
if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyDown("a")) {
    Debug.Log("'a' down");
if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyDown("b")) {
    Debug.Log("'b' down");

Using key codes rather than string arguments will also work:

if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyUp(KeyCode.X)) {
    Debug.Log("'x' up");
if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyUp(KeyCode.D)) {
    Debug.Log("'d' up");
if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyUp(KeyCode.A)) {
    Debug.Log("'a' up");
if (UnityMidiControl.Input.InputManager.GetKeyDown(Keycode.B)) {
    Debug.Log("'b' down");