Teletype keyboard issues

Upon arrival, the keyboard that came with my TT was funky. The slightest movement of the USB cable would cause it to stop working. Was afraid it was the TT itself early on, but after connecting a different keyboard - everything worked fine.

TLDR; Be sure to try a different keyboard.

yeah, was quite confused because the keyboard was functioning w/ other equipment. i’m going to look into a sturdier passive keyboard!

thanks for the patience everyone :slight_smile: just had my first TT jam in a month and it felt so right.

Ok, so I don’t have a Teletype, but I just had to jump in here. The school that I teach technology at uses the exact same keyboards for the 2nd grade students (tiny hands). Every so often, random keys stop functioning on certain keyboards. We initially started replacing keyboards, but one of us finally figured out that unplugging and plugging the keyboard back in gets those “faulty” keys up and running again. Crazy; right? Hope that helps in some small way…

i had weird keyboard issues (using the keyboard that comes with tt) where it would stop responding at some point, but unplugging and replugging usually helped. also noticed a bit of a slowdown when typing sometimes, but this could’ve been due to running heavy scripts at the time (testing i2c). but i’ve been using the same keyboard with 2 different teletypes in 2 different cases lately with no issues. i wonder if this has anything to do with what scripts are running at the time, and if the power load plays any role at all.

ok, all… sorry to dredge this up again, but my teletype has reverted back to its previous state. can’t get the keyboard to work with it at all. the keyboard still functions without issue when plugged in to a laptop, so i’m not sure that the keyboard itself is the issue. the teletype is still running the last scene loaded on it, so the unit seems otherwise functional.

i’m willing to buy a passive keyboard, but i definitely wouldn’t buy the same one if it’s known to be the source of so many issues—as i’ve learned many times at this point, a loss of keyboard session when developing a scene means a lost scene!

for extra information, i’m running a pittsburgh modular move 104 case with:

teletype, meadowphysics, rene, sto, three sisters, optomix, music thing spring reverb, intellijel ujack. everything else is functioning completely normally. i could imagine a scenario where, between rene and teletype, current draw was too much and the usb to the keyboard wasn’t getting the power it needs. i’ll experiment with removing a few modules.

any ideas?

edit: i disconnected the rene and sto from the power supply and it still wouldn’t function. moved it to another case and the keyboard worked for a moment before stopping again.

Any further luck on this? I’ve had the same problem for a while. The keyboard would often stop working in the middle of a session and I’d have to unplug & replug a bunch and keep my fingers crossed.

I recently got the microsoft wireless keyboard that was being discussed here: Mechanical keyboard for teletype? and it was working a little bit but was definitely not plug and play. It only worked with USB dongle in at strange positions which seemed to be a little different each time (if it ended up working at all).

I recently updated to 2.3 beta (which worked fine on the first try) but neither keyboard has worked since.

I’ll keep trouble shooting and try with the old firmware again but was wondering if you had any suggestions.

yeah, I just got my teletype new a couple of weeks ago. The keyboard wasn’t recognizing the space bar? It was weird. Then I plugged in and out a few times then it did. That was the first week.

I also am having the same experience with it randomly going out. It’s almost as if the USB isn’t properly connected? that space bar works now aside from the random complete keyboard blackouts.

Shot an email asking if it was the keyboard or something but didn’t hear back.

the keyboards have proven to be not very high quality. e-mail info@monome.org and i can send you a new one.

I can recommend getting a 60% or 40% wired mechanical keyboard as a small, reliable alternative to the chiclet keyboard. There are some really lovely ones but I’m happy with my cheap but cheerful sub £30 one from Amazon. Search for Qisan Mechanical Keyboard. It uses Cherry key switches which are quite clicky.

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no worries, as long as it’s just the keyboard! thank you though. been overdue for a snazzy 87 key

Can anyone recommend a specific keyboard on the Amazon US site? I too have a few keys that stick/don’t register reliably. I see this:


… but not sure if the LEDs would cause an issue with power etc.

Yes, this is the one I was posting about above. I bought this one - but note that there are options when you come to buy that allow you to choose switch type and whether there is LED lights or not. At least, there was on the amazon UK site. Note that there may be more than one listing for the same keyboard from different suppliers. Choose one which is coming from a local supplier (ie on the same continent!)

I opted for no LEDs and Cherry Blue switches. I’m very happy with it.

EDIT: here!

Has anyone tried using a KVM style USB switch to share one keyboard between a computer and Teletype? It would be nice to save some desk space.

Hey folks :wave:

I’m not experiencing exactly what the thread started as, but it seemed close enough to the original thread so I thought I’d keep it alive.

I just got my Teletype yesterday. Loving it, gradually working it into my flow. All works as expected except I cannot figure out the Manually Execute a Script shortcut.

The Teletype Studies page said it should be Win + n, while the key card says it should be Ctrl + n. Neither of these work for me.

Any guidance? It would be such helpful functionality while composing scripts.

Thanks a ton!

yeah, both of those sources need to be updated. would anybody be able to perhaps help with those?

this should have the latest shortcuts (it’s linked from the teletype page): https://monome.org/docs/modular/teletype/manual/#global-key-bindings

I believe that manual launch has been changed to using the function keys in later firmware versions. Check current version of the manual. Teletype studies might be outdated regarding that feature.

I have now, and it works mostly fine. (Audio cuts out on my computer when switching, which was unexpected; I’m using a Firewire audio interface…)

I’d link to the exact switch I bought on Amazon, and warn that it didn’t come with USB A to B cables that are necessary… but apparently it’s gone already.

Thanks! I assume teletype studies is open sourced?

they are indeed!

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Have you made sure that there is no system noise associated with dis/connecting hardware?

Additionally I might suspect that a cheap KVM switch could short out the USB port briefly while being toggled. This could open the resettable polyfuse for a brief moment. I don’t feel like this should affect your firewire interface unless your firewire port is protected by the same fuse as the USB.