Reason 4 + Virtual MIDI Driver + 64bit Vista

I’ve been a user of Propellerhead Reason in the past, but recently I wanted to dust off my chops and try to create some tunes again. My problem is that I don’t have a MIDI interface to attach my keyboard to this PC (yet). So I figured I’d install a software keyboard and hook it up through a virtual MIDI driver. Easy, right?

The propellerhead site pointed me to a software keyboard called Bome’s Mouse Keyboard, which actually had a page dedicated to hooking it up to Reason. Well, I started going down the list of drivers they had listed on that site and each failed in turn. Why? Because I’m running 64bit Vista and none of the drivers were built for 64bit OS. That is … all except one called MIDI Yoke. This one had an install program which ran fine and did not complain. So here are the steps to getting it up and working:

  1. Download and install Bome’s Mouse Keyboard
  2. Download and install MIDI Yoke
  3. Reboot
  4. Get coffee (depending on the speed of your machine)
  5. Launch Bome’s Mouse Keyboard and configure it’s MIDI Output by selecting one of the Out To MIDI Yoke: X settings from the Midi Out file menu.
  6. Open Reason (I’m using version 4) (hopefully you already have this installed)
  7. Select Edit -> Preferences then select the Keyboards and Control Surfaces page.
  8. Click the Add button under the Attached Surfaces box.
  9. You will now be presented with the Control Surface dialog box.
  10. From the Manufacturer drop-down select <Other>.
  11. From the Model drop-down select MIDI Control Keyboard.
  12. Enter a name in the Name text box (I used Bome’s Mouse Keyboard as the name).
  13. From the MIDI Input drop-down select In From MIDI Yoke: X where X matches the channel number that you selected for the MIDI Out of the software keyboard. I used 1 in both cases.
  14. Now just click the OK button and close the Preferences dialog and you should be ready to go!

Well, I hope this help someone out. When I was going through the pain of trying to find a Virtual MIDI Driver that would run on a 64bit OS I found nothing but complaints and forum postings of users who could not get it to work… but no solutions. Well, hopefully that has changed now and there is a FREE virtual MIDI driver that will run on 64bit OS. Enjoy!

  • is that bome’s mouse keyboard will work properly with Reason 4? if i find some problem and error what can i do? Please give me suggestion what will need to work properly With Reason 4

  • Well, it worked ok for me just for testing sounds, but turns out to be somewhat impractical for any extended use… at least in my initial assessments. If you have problems… Google is your friend; that’s about all I can say. 🙂

  • I was unable to get midi yoke to work in Vista 64 bit. Is their a place in Vista where you can choose midi outputs? It is so different from XP.

  • I’m not real sure but I think that may be something to do with your sound card and the MIDI drivers that it has available for Vista 64. What card are you using?

  • stephanie

    hi i was having the same problem with finding the vmc program compatible with vista. i got maple to install and configure but no sound comes out when i hit the bromes virtual keys. i thought this might be because i was running reason 4 and maple only goes as high as reason 3 . so i found this little faq u have here and tried to get midi yoke, i can download it but none of the versions will install correctly under the add hardware feature. this is giving me a headache 🙁 can u help at all ?

  • Hi Stephanie
    I ended up buying loopbe – it is 64 bit vista compatible. It is only like $30. Eventually FX Teleport will be 64 bit and I am told that Vienna Ensemble Pro is 64 bit as well – but that is for more than you need.

  • bob

    Thank u mate! works like a charm for me! Big up for you! and i think the most comon problem for compatibilty is that u people forget to run the install in a previous version of windows, just in properties changing the compatibility properties to xp! and then reboot! and works as i said, like a charm!


  • mextli

    It seems like a lot of you guys are running into the issue with midi yoke because you are forgetting to disable UAC (User Account Control). Just disable it, restart, then install midi yoke. Should work like a charm.

  • ciggy

    cheers mate, works fine for me on xp.
    ive been looking for ages for one of these for reason.
    big ups

  • Tayo

    i installed midi yoke for my reason 4 on windows xp service pack 3, i did every right yet i dont know why my reason 4 wouldn’t make any sound.

  • Samuel

    Haha its works in windows 7!!! but in the installation of MIDI Yoke its necessary desativate the system alerts on Control Panel > Actions Central, reboot the system, install the program and reboot again.

    Yeah, Reason 4 with virtual keyboard, thats nice!

  • E-Rock

    All you have to do to get Midi Yoke to work on Vista is to Disable User Account Control (Control Panel/User Settings/Turn Off User Account Control)and then install The NT version and it installs and runs fine after following the instructions above for coordinating the in/outputs with Reason

  • skill

    it work well with windows 7 . you have to do exactely like Samuel N° 11 . thanks for the tuto .

  • vlad


    Yesterday I have managed to get Bome’s mouse keyboard to work with reason 4 on windows vista. However, for some reason, it has stopped working. Reason sees the keyboard in the preferences. It also sees the LoopBe internal midi. Bome’s keyboard also sees this midi router. Everything seems to be set up perfectly, I am swimming in a sea of green ticks. The keyboard no longer plays a sound when midi out is set to LoopBe Midi, and the keyboard in the track section of reason no longer flashes green.

    My point is that everything is set up correctly, but does not work.

    Could anyone please assist?

    Many thanks in advance for any help you could give.


  • Dave

    Hey Thanks – I just got this to work using Windows 7 64 bit Professional and Reason 3.
    Thanks I’m having fun now!

  • Andrew

    Everytime i try to install the Midi Yoke as hardware on my computer it tells me file cannot be specified, can someone help?

  • Gaidon

    I am using windows 7 and I cant run the bomes mouse keyboard there. can anybody please send me a version of this midi controller that is compatible with windows7?

  • Cai

    Thanks! Had some trouble with this for a few days before i found this, very useful. Now using bome, through midi yolk, with reason 5, windows 7!

  • soulzstar

    hi, i have installed both softwares and rebooted my pc, but when i launch bome mouse keyboard app and select MIDI out, i dnt see any MIDI Yoke settings on the list..pls help 🙁