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Windows XP Driver for GarageKey MIDI Keyboard

When I first saw Carl Lumma's review of the DVForge GarageKey MIDI keyboard in Keyboard Magazine , I was impressed its clean design, small size and USB connectivity (goodbye, MIDI interface!) but dismayed that XP support was lacking.  However, there were some situations where I could use it with an OS X Mac, so I got one anyway.

I was surprised to find that its manual mentioned Windows compatibility!  I spent a lot of time trying to find out whether there was some way to get it to work with Windows as advertised.  After a protracted search, it appeared that there was in fact no Windows support.  I stopped looking.

Months later, I happened to look again, and found a new mention of a GarageKey driver for Windows XP, and my search resumed, leading eventually to Mike Ajlouny at Mac Pro Systems and Software who very kindly sent me the driver.  Now, a few months later, I still don't see the driver available anywhere on the web (and in spite of lots of discussions about it), so I'm posting it myself as a public service:

Click Here to Download the DVForge GarageKey Windows XP Driver

In case you're not familiar with the GarageKey keyboard, here's what it looks like:

The width of the keys is full-size (same as a grand piano, that is), but the depth (front to back) is not.

Here's a picture that gives you a sense of how compact (and portable) it is:

The worst part of the design is the legs:

... which are not all that ugly, but don't attach as securely as I'd like.  However, they're worth it for two reasons: they put the keyboard at a better angle (tilted forward slightly), and they raise it enough that you could slide an ASCII keyboard under it:

Unfortunately, most ASCII keyboards are too wide for this.  So far, the only full-size keyboards I've found that fit are the narrow Apple models like the one shown above.

A few more things you might want to know about this keyboard:

That said, I'm pretty happy with mine (in fact, enough that I got a second one, so I have one in both my at-home office and my at-work office).

  Stephen Malinowski, August 27, 2006