# The Richard Macropad User Guide

Congrats on receiving your phallic shaped macropad. This guide will walk your though how to use it. You can find the assembly guide here if you've purchased a kit.

# Bumpons

We've intentially left the bumpons or keyboard "feet" off the device so that you can decide if you'd like to use them or not. We typically place one near the tip and one near the base.

# Programming and Usage

# Vial

Vial compatible firmware is already loaded onto your macropad. Vial is an open source program that makes it easy to configure the device with a simple interface. To get started, download Vial from the official website here (opens new window). Download and install the latest version.

After Vial is installed, open the program.

Make sure your device is connected, and click "refresh". The program will automatically detect all Vial compatible devices connected. If you have multiple devices, you can cycle them with the drop down at the top. Make sure the device you want is selected and the layout matches.

More information on VIAL can be found on the official Vial usage guide (opens new window)


# Example Uses

This is a list we've generated of useful ways and programs to use your Pikatea Macropad with. These are just examples. We also have some more advanced tips and tricks here

  • Music control - My favorite way to use the Pikatea Macropad. I usually configure 3 buttons for Play/Pause, Next, and Previous songs. The knob is used to control volume. This works well with Spotify. Pair with Toastify for an even better experience.

  • Audio Mixing - Use the software from Actualsolution called Power Mixer (opens new window) to control the audio levels of individual programs and create the perfect mix. It's a paid program ($17.95) but includes a free trial and is definitely worth the price. Another method is to use the provided Midi firmware and Midi Mixer (opens new window) View Guide (opens new window)

  • Muting Your Microphone Globally - Use Microsoft PowerToys (opens new window) or SoundSwitch (opens new window) to mute your microphone with a key press.

  • Screenshots - Configure a macro to press Menu+Shift+s to open up the screenshot tool on Windows 10.

  • Control selected audio device - SoundSwitch (opens new window) (PC) or SoundSource (opens new window) (Mac) - This is an amazing computer program that makes it very easy to switch audio devices with a macro or hotkey.

  • In conjunction with AutoHotkey - AutoHotkey (opens new window) is a powerful scripting language that can do automated tasks. It can be triggered by a hotkey press so it's perfect to use with the Pikatea Macropad.

  • Streaming - Configure OBS or other streaming platforms to change scenes or camera angles. We like to have a button to blank the display.

  • Video Editing - Program the knob to press the correct keys to move the timeline back and forth for any video editing program.

  • Monitor Control - Use MultiMonitorTool or MonitorSwitcher to make switching monitor configurations easy. Combine it with your macropad to make it even easier!

# QMK and VIA Programming

The Pikatea Macropad is compatible with QMK and VIAL firmware.

Pikatea QMK Fork (opens new window) - Use this fork to create your own firmware powered by QMK and/or VIA

Pikatea VIAL-QMK Fork (opens new window) - Use this fork to create your own firmware powered by Vial

# Troubleshooting

Vial isn't detecting the device!

  • Make sure the USB cable is plugged in all the way. (Just because you see the LEDs going doesn't mean the data pins are connected)
  • Try a different USB C cable or port
  • Make sure you have the latest version of Vial installed. (the web version has issues sometimes) If you are on linux, make sure to follow the udev portion of the install (opens new window)
  • reflash the firmware

Sometimes the device doesn't work as expected. If this is the case, we can do a replacement/repair up to 3 months after receiving your device.

Have some advice or need more help? Let us know on Discord (opens new window) or through our Contact Us (opens new window) form.