Getting started with CoyoteMIDI
The installer for CoyoteMIDI can be downloaded from https://coyotemidi.com. The installer will be provided as a zip file named ‘download.zip’, and will have to be extracted first, which will reveal the CoyoteMIDI_installer.msi installer. Run this installer file to begin the installation process.
The installer will require you to agree to the End-User License agreement. We recommend reading through this carefully. After finishing the installation steps, CoyoteMIDI will install to ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\CoyoteMIDI’ by default. A shortcut will also be placed on the desktop.
CoyoteMIDI can be launched with the shortcut on the desktop, or by running the CoyoteMIDI.exe file in the installation folder. When CoyoteMIDI is launched for the first time, it may take a moment for the app to fully launch and become visible. CoyoteMIDI will automatically look for updates and install them by default if there are any available, this means that you may see some download activity after launching the app.
There are a lot of settings to customize CoyoteMIDI’s behaviour to your preference. This page will only cover some of the most important ones.
- Launch On Startup will control whether CoyoteMIDI should launch when you start your computer.
- By enabling Beta Updates CoyoteMIDI will also look for new beta versions of the app when looking for updates. These versions come out more frequently and give you access to new features sooner, but may include features that are not well tested yet.
- Auto Download will allow CoyoteMIDI to automatically download new versions of the app in the background, so that they are ready to be used whenever you restart CoyoteMIDI.
- The Input Devices and Output Devices allow you to control which MIDI devices CoyoteMIDI will listen to and send MIDI back out to. Go through these and make sure your devices of choice are selected here. To set up CoyoteMIDI to pass through MIDI to another application like a DAW, please check out this page.
- CoyoteMIDI comes with a built in retrospective MIDI recorder, which can be enabled and disabled with the Recording toggle.
- Enabling Live Audio will use the built in piano samples to be played by incoming MIDI data.
Setting up translations
To set up your translations, navigate to the Translations tab in the lefthand menu. Click ‘+ Add translation’ in the top right to create a new translation. The new translation will appear as 2 big buttons with an arrow in the middle. The left button is the input that will trigger the translation, and the right button is the output that will be performed when the translation is triggered.
You can click these buttons to start recording MIDI or computer keys to be used as input or output. The buttons will show their content in red text while they are recording. If you recorded the input or output that you like, and the button is still red, you should click it again to stop recording.
When hovering over a translation, more options will appear. You can click the small arrow on the left of the translation to show the advanced options of the translation. In here you can manually change the parameters of your translation and access additional settings to control the behaviour of your translation.
Click ‘Recording‘ in the lefthand tab to navigate to the recording window. This window will show the recordings of your most recent MIDI activity. Hovering over a recording will show additional controls. The recordings can also be dragged out of the window onto other applications such as a DAW to drag and drop them as regular MIDI files.