midi connection - joystick adapter or USB

Discussion in 'alt.music.midi' started by Sathyan Sundaram, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. I have a Yamaha PSR-225GM MIDI keyboard I would like to connect to my
    WinXP desktop PC. My sound card is a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz which
    includes a joystick port. I use Cakewalk Scorewriter (for actual
    scoring) and MidiStudio (for bulk data backup/restore)


    All I want to do is:
    1. Backup the keyboard user memory (it gets erased when the power goes
    out)
    2. Record songs on the KB to MIDI scores
    3. Transfer downloaded MIDI songs to the KB for playback
    Tell me if these cannot be done.

    I can buy the joystick to MIDI cable for $25 or a M-Audio Midisport
    Uno* USB adapter for $40 (including built-in cables). The price
    difference does not matter to me. Which of these products is
    preferrable?

    thanks,
    Sathyan


    * Here's the product description:

    Complete USB-to-MIDI solution, equipped with a USB connection to your
    computer, and a 1-in/1-out 16-channel MIDI connection to your MIDI
    devices. Tiny unit comes with USB and MIDI extension cables, features
    MIDI activity indicators, and works for Windows or Mac. Single MIDI in
    and out connectors make it perfect for connecting a keyboard or
    controller to your computer quickly and easily. Powered by the USB
    port. USB supports connection of up to 127 devices simultaneously, any
    of which may be hot-plugged from the USB bus at any time.
    Requirements: Windows 98 SE, 2000, ME, or XP; Mac OS 8.6 or greater,
    OMS 2.3.8 or greater.

    Features:

    * 1-in/1-out MIDI interface (16x16 MIDI channels)
    * High-speed connection to USB-equipped PC or Macintosh computers
    * MIDI-activity indicators for each port
    * USB-powered, requires no external power supply
    * Built-in USB cable and MIDI extension cables
    * Includes OMS drivers for Mac OS 8.6 or greater
    * Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP compatible -- true Plug-and-Play
    installation
    * Requires no IRQ, I/O Address or DMA channel setup
    * Extremely compact size
  2. >I have a Yamaha PSR-225GM MIDI keyboard I would like to connect to my
    >WinXP desktop PC. My sound card is a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz which
    >includes a joystick port. I use Cakewalk Scorewriter (for actual
    >scoring) and MidiStudio (for bulk data backup/restore)
    >
    >
    >All I want to do is:
    >1. Backup the keyboard user memory (it gets erased when the power goes
    >out)
    >2. Record songs on the KB to MIDI scores
    >3. Transfer downloaded MIDI songs to the KB for playback
    >Tell me if these cannot be done.
    >
    >I can buy the joystick to MIDI cable for $25 or a M-Audio Midisport
    >Uno* USB adapter for $40 (including built-in cables). The price
    >difference does not matter to me. Which of these products is
    >preferrable?


    Both should work perfectly well.
    So go for the simple, cheaper option.

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