How to connect a MIDI keyboard to a laptop

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Philip Herlihy, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. Sorry for the cluelessness (Google found me everything except what I need!).

    I have a pretty standard business-type laptop with USB ports, serial,
    parallel, firewire and S-Video. The missus wants to connect her MIDI
    keyboard and use some fancy software ("PrintIt") she's just bought, so she
    can "type" sheet music from the keyboard. I've seen references to
    "GamePorts" and "Joystick" ports but I don't have one (or if I do, I think
    of it as something else!).

    What cables, ports, drivers, etc would I use to make this possible?

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  2. JB Seattle

    JB Seattle Guest

    If the keyboard has a midi out and you have USB, then you can get a midi
    port for USB at www.midiman.com
    JB
    "Philip Herlihy" <foof8500@REMOVEherlihy.eu.com> wrote in message
    news:bh3acr$ocg$1@titan.btinternet.com...
    > Sorry for the cluelessness (Google found me everything except what I

    need!).
    >
    > I have a pretty standard business-type laptop with USB ports, serial,
    > parallel, firewire and S-Video. The missus wants to connect her MIDI
    > keyboard and use some fancy software ("PrintIt") she's just bought, so she
    > can "type" sheet music from the keyboard. I've seen references to
    > "GamePorts" and "Joystick" ports but I don't have one (or if I do, I think
    > of it as something else!).
    >
    > What cables, ports, drivers, etc would I use to make this possible?
    >
    > --
    > ######################
    > ## PH, London ##
    > ######################
    >
    >
    >
  3. Stratomaster

    Stratomaster Guest

    Depending on your laptop, you may be able to add a game/midi port with a
    docking station or port replicator.

    "Philip Herlihy" <foof8500@REMOVEherlihy.eu.com> wrote in message
    news:bh3acr$ocg$1@titan.btinternet.com...
    > Sorry for the cluelessness (Google found me everything except what I

    need!).
    >
    > I have a pretty standard business-type laptop with USB ports, serial,
    > parallel, firewire and S-Video. The missus wants to connect her MIDI
    > keyboard and use some fancy software ("PrintIt") she's just bought, so she
    > can "type" sheet music from the keyboard. I've seen references to
    > "GamePorts" and "Joystick" ports but I don't have one (or if I do, I think
    > of it as something else!).
    >
    > What cables, ports, drivers, etc would I use to make this possible?
    >
    > --
    > ######################
    > ## PH, London ##
    > ######################
    >
    >
    >
  4. USB sounds promising (the port replicator doesn't have a game port). What
    drivers would I need on the laptop?

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    ######################
    ## PH, London ##
    ######################

    "JB Seattle" <shnoozle8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    > If the keyboard has a midi out and you have USB, then you can get a midi
    > port for USB at www.midiman.com
    > JB

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