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Support Knowledge Base. Once the device is plugged in and recognized it will appear in the window as solid. If the device is grayed out it is currently unavailable. The Keystation Mini 32 is either not plugged in or not recognized. Once you confirm your MIDI device is connected and listed. If you device is working you will see a message with data like below.
The device is not sending data you may have a hardware issue. Contact the hardware manufacture for further support. I have only attached one midi cable from the yamaha to the Alesis. Neither my pc or mac are even recognizing anything is plugged in. I am running Wavelab LE7 for a program. Do I need two midi cables? The IO2 should be a plug and play device. Try connecting it directly to a USB port on computer, not via a hub. You need to establish that the IO2 is working and being recognised by the computer before going any further.
Look in your control panel windows or system preferences mac and make sure that the IO2 is showing up as an available audio device, then set it to the default. Only start up your recording software after you have checked that the IO2 is being recognised. I have had to renew my PC. I am using Reaper software. I have a midi to USB cable. However I do not remember what make it is! Therefore I can not download the necessary software to get it to work. If it powers up, then it is possible you need to update your windows drivers.
There is a link on the page to more information about this advanced troubleshooting. Hope it helps https: It now works again??????????????????? Anyway as I have got your attention, could you please let me have your opinion of Mixcraft? As I am thinking of buying it. Glad to hear it is working, even if the reason why is a mystery. I love Mixcraft v6, it is such an easy product to use for beginners and it is really well featured.
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I have a bit old keyboard Casio ca tonebank with no midi out just an audio out. Is there any way to connect it to my pc? You would only be able to record the sound. I have a novation launch key midi interface, focusrite pro 24 audio interface , connected to a MacBook pro running main stage. I want to use a roland RD as my main board, then use the launchkey assignable encoders to control the functionality of main stage.
Can I connect the RD to the mac book via usb and the novation to the MacBook via the other available usb on my macbook. Can u please help me to find the solution. Thanku Mam. I thin you should be able to, you will have to assign the output of the track to the MIDI out of the connector. Assuming it is all hooked up and installed correctly that should work — refer to the Sonar documentation for how to do this.
Regards, Jane. If you need to trouble shoot whether or not the MIDI interface is functioning correctly, then we have an article on trouble shooting MIDI controllers which applies just the same to an interface: I would consider the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, it is great quality and because it ships with a lite version of Ableton Live it should work very well with it, here is a link: Your thoughts? Thanks for being such a great answerer of questions!! Maybe on eBay? No you are right, the M-Audio Uno etc will not work backwards.
Hi Stu, if the output from the headphones works ok and does the job for you then why not? However if you connect L and R then you can adjust the volume etc of each individually and the positioning in the stereo field. Hi, I am an absolute beginner in this matter…and a pianoteacher who teaches as a volunteer in villages in India… I received a M-audio Axiom61 as a gift upon my request if somebody could donate a keyboard for one of my talented little piano students who does not have the funds to buy one herself…and now I need to try to set it up for her.
So; we have a talented and motivated little girl of 6, we have the keyboard, and we have a laptop that runs on windows XP…and we are trying to find a as simple as possible way and if possible with free software to get the keyboard making piano sounds when she pushes a key so she can study… any ideas what is the best way?
Hi, I was going to suggest downloading Ignite, which is freely available if you have an Axiom, but unfortunately it is for Windows 7 and above. For XP you could try Anvil Studio http: Regards Jane. What will be the simplest way to get some sounds after hooking my controller to pc? I know a DAW is a solution but, is there a simple software just to play the controller?
Hi Julian, there are a lot of stand alone players out there, for example the Native Instruments Kontakt Player and the Garritan Sounds player. Have a look to see if those would help you achieve what you are after. I think I may need a good sound card. Can you help please. Hi, I am not familiar with the software. If there is reverb and chorus functionality in the software, then it is probably worth posting in the forum or searching there for help using the software.
It is possible to buy interfaces with onboard DSP such as reverb and chorus, but I wonder if actually what you are asking is how the software works? I have a Casio Privia PX piano with a usb interface. Yes, it should be possible, but you will need to select the USB interface as the MIDI output device, not one of the built-in instruments in the software.
Usually there is a device menu, or you can select it on each track individually — you can choose which instrument so select the interface. If it is a keyboard with onboard sounds then a MIDI-USB cable will still not be able to transmit any sound, only performance information. Is a midi cable and USB cable the same thing? Bought one at Staples and sound to the piano marvel program is not going through.
Any thoughts? Some keyboards can connect to computer directly using a USB cable. Make sure the keyboard is selected as the MIDI device in the program. It is not the same as a MIDI cable. If you use one of those, then you need to correctly install the interface and then make sure it is selected as the MIDI input device in your software. What software should I get to add synthesised sounds like a piano or a drum kit so its mapped onto my keyboard? Hi Tom, are you saying you want your keyboard to play this new sounds? I think it will depend on what kind of keyboard it is.
If you head to this page http: On the other hand, if you want to use your keyboard as a controller and generate the sounds on your computer then you can do that in any DAW like Pro Tools, Cubase, Mixcraft, Sonar etc, or with standalone products like the Native Instruments Kontakt or Garritan Sounds. At one point if I clicked on the piano grid on my software the sound from my pc would play on my casio speakers but the data notes do not play from my casio to my pc so I cannot record midi.
I have tried acid pro 7 and FL 10 but I still cannot get the midi to work. Hi, first of all check the settings on your keyboard by checking in the manual, there is a copy available here http: Hi, yes you should easily be able to use it as a MIDI controller — and if you go the Yamaha site they have all the manuals and downloads to help you.
Hi, Jane. I own a Casino Lk piano and a Windows 8 computer. Whenever I try to search online for a way, I get all sorts of confusing results… Any help would be appreciated. Hi Andrew, I think you will have to refer to the manual, as the question is very specific to this particular keyboard. The LK manual can be found here http: All the best, Jane. I have just purchased a Korg Volca Sample which has annold style Din midi in connector. Do you know of any cable or convertor that will allow my M-audio oxygen 25 usb keyboard to control it?
If possible I dont want to use a computer in the setup. You will need a different controller to avoid the use of a computer.
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I am saying this on the basis of the info about the current oxygen 25 on the M-Audio site. Thanks for your help. Can you recommend a small keyboard with big keys that might provide old style midi out? Hi Alex, I do apologise for time taken to reply, I was immediately going to recommend the Alesis Q25 https: Still, I think there are plenty of Q25 still available.
If you want a controller keyboard with extra pads, faders etc then the new Alesis VI25 has all that, full-sized keys, and that desired MIDI port https: Hi Jane, Thank you for this and for your simple and straightforward answers to questions! I am looking to very simply connect a controller to the computer and trigger sounds in real time so I can hear them via the computer audio output as I play. I have no interest in sequencing or recording, just in using the computer to expand the range of sounds I can play with my keyboard.
Can you recommend the simplest program or tell me the name of what I am looking for? I guess it depends on the genre — how about Garritan? Thank you Jane. I really do appreciate your response. The example you showed at the beginning of this forum looks like it will do the trick. Thanks again.
Hi I am kiran. Now I am going to buy one new keyboard. I connect it to scarlett 2i4 audio interface and den to pc. In most of the new keyboard models I find only usb midi port. Hi Kiran, I think if you can find a keyboard with a MIDI port not just USB then you will be better connecting it through an interface — but this will only be very marginal. I have tried to connect it to an amp and use headphones, but no sound will come out — and then I connected it to my apple mac, and used the software that came with the keyboard — which is: Thanks for your time, I really appreciate it.
Hi Izzy, firstly the sound is not going to come from the keyboard, it is going to come from the software. Try the following link to troubleshoot and make sure the controller is being recognised correctly, once you know it is, then you should refer to the manual for the software http: If you have recently purchased the Alesis keyboard new, then you can contact the Alesis support team by phone and they will talk you through the set-up if you are still stuck.
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I have window 8 pc and midi controller goes under other devices it puts it under printer group. Thanks for any input. Hi, if your controller is not being recognised correctly and it is supposed to be class compliant then it may be that your drivers that should be build into Windows 8 are missing or corrupt. There is a link here to a good step-by-step guide to diagnosing and then troubleshooting, and at the bottom there is a link to the audio codec you may need to download and install if this proves to be the case after working through their suggestions.
You seem to have helped people here with a similar problem that I have. I wonder if you can help me? I have a Quickshot Midi Composer keyboard. It is a midi-controller and sends midi out that can be received by computer sound cards. This technology is 20 yrs old. I no longer use a desktop computer. I use a Dell laptop that only has sound card inputs via mini-jack access. My problem is finding an adapter that will work in either case. Is that the only option available? Thank you for your time to answer this. I appreciate it. That line is is only for audio signals. Hi, yes, all you need are a couple of standard MIDI leads by the sound of it.
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Hello Jane, love this site and would appreciate if you could answer some queries. I thought I should only hear that through an audio track. The reason I bought cubase was to make my Korg pieces better, I wanted the synth to sound better so I can start to send off the finished tracks to music libraries. I suppose I just want my compositions to sound more professional. Wondered if you have any advice? Thank you Phil. Hi Phil If you are just making a MIDI connection from your Korg to Cubase, then all the extra bells, whistles and sounds you are hearing are something to do with how you are setting up Cubase, so you should focus on checking the manual and looking for tutorials on how to get the MIDI set up right in Cubase.
If you do want to record the actual Korg sounds, then you will need to make some kind of audio connection, so you may need to purchase an audio interface that will enable you to take the actual line output of the Korg and record to an audio track in Cubase. I also have a laptop and a scanner. Is there anyway to get the Piano to play the sheet music I have? Hi Larry, thank you for your question. It is such a common one I have decided to answer it in a blog post and video.
The short answer to your question is yes — the long answer about how to do it is here: If I buy a midi to usb cable will I still be able to use it or do i have to get it repaired? Unless it has an input for a separate power supply in which case you could purchase that as well. Thanks for your time! Hi, yes you should be able to pick any virtual instrument you like in your software and use your Korg M1 to control it, as long as you have made a suitable MIDI connection between the Korg and your computer.
Hi, This is Subhro here. Though i have been playing for a long time, i am a little weak in technicalities. I have a lenovo laptop, using windows 8. I just want to connect my keyboard to the laptop and directly record music? Please help me. However, having a dedicated interface or USB mixer will give a better recording result.
Hope that helps, Jane. However there is a midi out port only no in port , is it possible to still use this keyboard with windows 7? Does the keyboard have its own power supply? If you are not using the USB cable, then you will need to power it from an external power supply. There are lots of reasons. You might have more than one device to connect up. You might only want to tie up one USB port. Etc etc. Hope that answers your question. Been having this issue with my MIDI keyboard for sometime now.
The DAWs do not recognize the signal too. If I restart my keyboard the same thing happens. ANy ideas for a fix? Hm, sounds like you may have to contact the manufacturer of the keyboard to get some support on this, if it is dropping out. Make sure you have connected the cable correctly connect the in of the cable to the out of the keyboard and vice versa.
You will connect the interface to one USB port, and then connect the Yamaha to another. You will be able to trigger from the Yamaha and use it as a controller you may need to turn the volume down in church if you are using software rather than the sound of the keyboard! Just after submitting my last comment about MIDI for beginners , I came across an illuminating quote from your good self:. I also learned that Channel 10 is usually reserved for percussion. But for the life of me, I have been unable to unearth which instruments the other 15 are relating to.
And if so, how to decide then which Chanel would be suited to or suitable for , say, this trumpet,of my previous contribution? And, following up on this, in what manner do things like Program Changes and Banks fit in?
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Hi, the channels do not relate to instruments — except that channel 10 is usually related to percussion. The voices can be anything you care for and limited only to the instruments you have available within your software. You can send program changes within a track which will change the instrument or patch to another one. But no luck at all, so far. The manual coming with the Keystation is frustratingly basic, in this regard — thus adding considerably to already great confusion. I had hoped to make some music, these past five days; instead, those were spent attempting to dig up, online, some tutorial explaining — to absolute newbies like me — from where exactly to start and how to move forward, step-by-step.
But wherever I looked, I was pelted with horrendously impenetrable gobbledegook — without exception. Hi Peter, have you tried visiting the Garritan support centre where they appear to have lots of manuals and a forum where you could post specific questions about the software? Also, if you want a very basic but quite thorough guide to MIDI then this one is quite good: I am now buying him a Roland E09in.
However he wants to record his singing on his laptop for playing back later. Hi, I think you are also going to need an audio interface so you can record the keyboard and the voice. Get one with line in to connect the Roland and mic in to connect the mic. For just simple recording of different tracks, Audacity would be good. Most branded interfaces also come with recording software as well. If you purchase an interface, make sure it has phantom power if you want to connect a condenser mic.
Hi Darren, the old gameports are no longer used on modern computers, but you may find older ones that have this. I used to sell them, but eventually the supply dried up. However, you might, if you scour secondhand sites, be able to come across one. Hi, Im a little confused with this usb midi cable. My friend has a casio keyboard and has one lead that is a midi that plugs into the keyboard and the other end is a usb that plugs into the pc, and then he plays the keyboard and it records using a daw prog on the pc.
Now, im looking at getting a yamaha psr e and im struggling to find a lead. The only ones seem to be the ux16 that has some type of interface and two leads coming out. Dont understand why i can t find a single cable with the round midi plug for keyboard and a usb on the other end for pc just as one cable. I think the UX16 is very expensive — if it is still available. You might find the Roland um-one mk2 is more cost effective, but still very high quality and branded.
Hi Jane, I am looking at buying a Yamaha p digital piano. I want to be able to hook it up to my computer to layer my music. It only has a usb port for midi. Will I be able to play a song and record it to my computer and then play it back and put another layer on top? I would like it to feel like I am playing with another musical instrument.
It has got Aux Out so you should be able to purchase the appropriate cable to connect that to the input of your interface. You can then layer up the tracks. Hello Jane! Your Korg X5D has the sounds it has.
You could use it as a MIDI controller and then install virtual synths on your computer to expand the sounds available to you. Are there keyboards which will receive and play midi inputs? If so, what connections are used? Thanks, Andy Darvill. So as a start, take a look on the Korg site, nearly all their keyboards and synths have MIDI in and out.
Now I feel stupid because I thought it was hooked up right the whole time. Anyway thanks I owe you one. You can manage with the standard sound card built into your laptop, just as long as you have an appropriate USB-MIDI connection from your keyboard. Obviously a studio soundcard will give much higher quality results, but for getting going, no, you can manage with what you have already got. I have a quick question.
I have previously connected the keyboard to Garageband DAW on the laptop via USB, just using the downloadable driver from Yamaha and it seems to be running fine. Is there an advantage to connecting direct to the Babyface apart from the fact that I will use less USB inputs?
Should I need to change anything to utilise the midi input on the Babyface. What is the best type of cable to buy? It should all be plug and play should it not? I Would appreciate your advice. Is it not USB only as you describe? If it is a keyboard that makes sound, then you would be able to record the actual sound via line out. Without more info cannot say exactly which cable.
I have now been using the Midi piano and the babyface together in the same DAW Garageband on the laptop so no real problem there.