Midi Connection Page

Hello Fellow-Midiots,

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).

wersi louvre A Wersi Louvre
(Starting at
 EUR 19.900,=)
mk149 Or an ordinary Midi keyboard
E.g. Evolution MK-149
(approx. EUR 170.=)
But also often for sale 2nd hand.
computer A regular desktop
laptop Or a laptop
soundblaster live51 A sound card with
game port connection.
(which is also for the
MIDI cable is used)
midiman22 Or if this is not possible a USB Midi interface.
(The more modern computers or laptops do not have a game port connection).
midikabel A midi cable.
(From gameport to Midi-Keyboard/Organ)


Or a 5 pin
Din Sync cable (2x)

(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:

stekerkaart The Midicable:

Flat on one side
15-pin D-connector in the Gameport connection at the back of your computer's sound card.


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.

usbplug2 The well-known USB plug into any socket in the back of your computer. usbplug1 The other USB ´B´ plug into the USB Midi Interface.
(Note: in this case this is a slightly different model)
usbaanslmidiman On the left the USB B-connection of the Midi-Interface.
Followed by Din connections for Midi-Out and Midi-In.
plugnaarkeyb 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 ?

imacg4 In this case the iMac G4
This one has too
USB connections
So one applies here as well
USB interface for.
macusb Here's the back of the
iMac. This has 3 USB ports.
um1sx A good USB-Midi interface for the Mac is the
Edirol UM-1SX.
midiman22 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:



Download here the PDF manual of the Portman PC/S

Look for several Midi Interfaces on the site van M-Audio

And the Atari ...... ?



The Atari is and remains the Midi-Computer par excellence.
Supplied as standard with Midi.
As stable as anything. Midi programs simply run from a 720 KB floppy.


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.

Have a look at: softwarepag