Keyboards as midi

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  1. tayman22

    tayman22 New Member

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    hey there iam new to the whole midi think so i was wondering if you could tell me if u can connect a normal keyboard using headphone out to a pc input a use it as a midi controll thanks
  2. Graeme

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    No - the keyboard must have a midi out (5 pin DIN) socket. This connects to the midi in of the soundcard.
  3. CyberCat

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    This is partially true, it should really be:

    Most consumer soundcards don't comewith a midi adapter (MIDI IN/OUT) built-it. However most consumer soundcards DO come with a joystick port. You can buy a small midi adapter ($20) that connects to the joystick port which gives you a midi in/out
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  4. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

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    I shall consider my nit to have been picked!
  5. CyberCat

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    :rolleyes: I was pointing out that most soundcards don't have their own MIDI IN/OUT adapter.
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  6. Graeme

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    Most soundcards do have a midi in/out port - what they lack is the correct connector (since they use the DB9 gameport for access to the midi features). This means you would need an additional adaptor to use it with conventional midi connectors.

    However, the real point was that you ccan't take the output from a headphone socket (or any other audio output) and use it to run the midi control circuitry - which was the original question.
  7. CyberCat

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    I see.
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  8. murfman

    murfman New Member

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    cheers people. understood loud and clear
  9. CyberCat

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  10. johnrowley

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    If you computer has a usb port then you can get a usb to midi converter with the software from the likes of Yamaha. The midi plugs into your keyboard and transfers via the high speed usb which seem to be better than the joystick option, though more expensive at £46 rather than about £16.
  11. CyberCat

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    Yeah, I understand that that works well too.
  12. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

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    Guys - read the question!!

    He wants to use the output from his headphone socket - not a lot of midi available from that!

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