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Playing Instruments

Once an instrument is equipped, you can play notes by using the numpad (by default). You can also hold numpad+ to play a sharp note and numpadenter to shift down an octave.

Key Note
Numpad1 C
Numpad2 D
Numpad3 E
Numpad4 F
Numpad5 G
Numpad6 A
Numpad7 B

Assign numbers from the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard for easier playing.
Note equivalent for all drum parts: (found in Options>Controls>Instruments).

Instruments: Drum
A Note Floor tom
A#Note Closed hi-hat R hand
G Note 2nd tom
G#Note Snare drum right hand
C Note Bass drum 1
C#Note Bass drum 2
D note Snare drum left hand
D#Note Broken snare
E Note Closed hi-hat L hand
E#Note Loose hi-hat
F Note Small tom
F#Note Cowbell
B Note Ride cymbal
B#Note Crash cymbal

MIDI Support

Playable instruments should support MIDI input by default, this should include digital pianos and drum kits. To use it simply equip an instrument, ensure MIDI input is enabled in the Options Screen and start playing!

All instruments support MIDI input in some way, but the piano has the biggest range of supported inputs.

.MID support

.mid files are files that store a series of MIDI inputs that can be played back later. Rust supports playing these back natively. To play a .mid file, you should place the target file into the /instruments folder of your game directory. If the folder doesn't exist you should create it.

Once the .mid is in the folder, equip an instrument and use the command instruments.playrecording <filename> with no extension. You could also bind that command to a key for easy access with bind n instruments.playrecording filename