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What other ways can I use the Makey Makey to create Instruments?

Think About

How can I design an instrument or interface using the Makey Makey?
How can I create and perform interesting music with a Makey Makey?

Try out some of these more advanced ways of using the Makey Makey to create instruments:

Getting Started

Use the Makey Makey with Ableton Live

1) Follow these suggestions for using Makey Makey with Ableton Live

  • The following clip is very clear and outlines how the Makey Makey works and how to set it up from 0:00 – 4:48 
  • At 4:48 the video demonstrates how to use keyboard mapping function of Ableton to map Ableton to computer keyboard letters, which the Makey Makey could trigger.

Check out the following video on key mapping and midi mapping in Ableton Live to learn more about some of the specific aspects addressed in the Makey Makey and Ableton video you just watched. 

  • From 0:56 – 3:00 the video shares information on key mapping and issues you might encounter 
  • The video also covers how to insert a MIDI effects randomizer
    • NOTE: Make sure you make a midi clip in a blank cell by double clicking
    • 2:33 – 8:16 = how to work with the MIDI scale effect (the example is if you are creating music with the piano roll editor but the concept still applies for using with a Makey Makey)
  • 8:20 = discussion of the random MIDI effect


  • In this video, the person creates a pattern in the MIDI clip
  • If you want the Makey Makey to trigger a pattern being played use this approach
  • If you want the person playing the Makey Makey to create their own rhythms/content include one short or long duration in the MIDI clip rather than an entire pre-set pattern 

Go Even Further

Explore ways you can go even further creating instruments with the CITME Going Further with Makey Makey and Music site

Share What You Learned

Share a video of you or someone you know playing music with the Makey Makey instrument you created.