Midi Connection Page
For the beginners among us it is always difficult how to connect your music keyboard (or keyboard) to the computer.
We're going to do something about that !!!
Just a shopping list of what we all need (don't be alarmed, every hobby costs money).
|A Wersi Louvre
|Or an ordinary Midi keyboard
E.g. Evolution MK-149
(approx. EUR 170.=)
But also often for sale 2nd hand.
|A regular desktop
|Or a laptop
|A sound card with
game port connection.
(which is also for the
MIDI cable is used)
|Or if this is not possible a USB Midi interface.
(The more modern computers or laptops do not have a game port connection).
|A midi cable.
(From gameport to Midi-Keyboard/Organ)
Or a 5 pin
(and of course the accompanying USB cable)
Left the front view of the 5-pin DIN connection
So, that's about all the stuff (or hardware if you want to call it that) we need.
Now we move on to: How do you connect this?
Do you have a sound card? Then as follows:
Flat on one side
On the other side, the Midi-In plugs into the Midi-In connection on the back of your keyboard. And of course plug the Midi-Out into the Midi-Out connection at the back of your keyboard.
Do you only have USB on the computer? Then as follows:
The computers and laptops nowadays only know USB instead of the well-known old Gameport / Joystick connection.
|The well-known USB plug into any socket in the back of your computer.
|The other USB ´B´ plug into the USB Midi Interface.
(Note: in this case this is a slightly different model)
|On the left the USB B-connection of the Midi-Interface.
Followed by Din connections for Midi-Out and Midi-In.
|The regular 5 Pin Din cable from Midi-Out Interface to Midi-In Keyboard.
And from Midi-In Interface to Midi-Out Keyboard.
And the Apple / Macintosh ?
|In this case the iMac G4
This one has too
So one applies here as well
USB interface for.
|Here's the back of the
iMac. This has 3 USB ports.
|A good USB-Midi interface for the Mac is the
|But the USB-Midi interface, covered above, also works fine.
Oh oh, I have an older laptop and NO USB!!! What now ???
There are also older Midi interfaces on the market, albeit very scarce, so you will have to search.
For example, look on Marktplaats or Google and search for these Midi interfaces.
An example of this is the "Midiman Portman PC/S or PC/P".
This is a Midi interface that you can connect to the Printer port (parallel) connection (LPT), or serial com port (of the Modem) 9 or 25 pin D-Sub connector. You know, that small or large flat connector.
Here is an example of this Midi interface:
Look for several Midi Interfaces on the site van M-Audio
And the Atari ...... ?
The Atari is and remains the Midi-Computer par excellence.
|On the left side of the Atari just the 5-pin Din connections as Midi should be.
Oh yes, don't forget:
Midi-Master keyboards are just keyboards without their own sounds/registrations.
These can only be used to output Midi.
It is therefore also logical that behind this keyboard there is only a Midi-Out connection. (There is nothing to "Midi-In").
Okay. Now we know everything about connecting the Midi equipment.
Now we also want fun programs to test and play with our Midi.