Midi connections and computers

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Cindy, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. Cindy

    Cindy Guest

    Hi -- I am trying to get a midi connection from a Yamaha Portatone
    PSR-225 keyboard to a IBM Computer to work. I have a Midi cable
    attached to the in/out ports on the keyboard and the other connection
    goes to the computer's sound card midi port. I cannot get sound on my
    computer from the keyboard. The software I am using is Practica
    Musica 4.0. We have a Windows 98 computer. Part of my problem is
    that I have absolutely no idea as to how the midi is suppose to work
    within the computer. Can anyone give me a website to visit to help me
    understand the workings of a midi with a computer? Thanks. Any help
    is greatly appreciated.....
  2. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Cindy wrote:
    >
    > Hi -- I am trying to get a midi connection from a Yamaha Portatone
    > PSR-225 keyboard to a IBM Computer to work. I have a Midi cable
    > attached to the in/out ports on the keyboard and the other connection
    > goes to the computer's sound card midi port. I cannot get sound on my
    > computer from the keyboard. The software I am using is Practica
    > Musica 4.0. We have a Windows 98 computer. Part of my problem is
    > that I have absolutely no idea as to how the midi is suppose to work
    > within the computer. Can anyone give me a website to visit to help me
    > understand the workings of a midi with a computer? Thanks. Any help
    > is greatly appreciated.....


    First make sure you have the MIDI connected correctly. Sort of
    counter-intuitive, you do:

    Keyboard MIDI OUT to computer MIDI IN

    and

    Computer MIDI OUT to keyboard MIDI IN

    Don't know the software, so can't advise. What soundcard? Some have
    decent midi sounds, some have awful sounds, some have none.

    Rob

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