MIDI in- and output

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Tim, Jun 11, 2003.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Hi,

    are there any soundcards with a MIDI input and output? Is there
    another way to have both MIDI input and output? How can this be done?

    Thanks a lot for your help, I really don't know where to start
    looking...


    Greetings,
    Tim
  2. On Wed, 11 Jun 2003 21:39:07 GMT, Tim <tim@NOSPAM.invalid> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >
    >are there any soundcards with a MIDI input and output? Is there
    >another way to have both MIDI input and output? How can this be done?
    >
    >Thanks a lot for your help, I really don't know where to start
    >looking...


    Most soundcards which offer external MIDI hardware ports have both
    input and output. If your soundcard uses a gameport MIDI adapter, you
    just need the proper adapter, one with both in and out connections.

    --
    *-__Jeffery Jones__________| *Starfire* |____________________-*
    ** Muskego WI Access Channel 14/25 <http://www.execpc.com/~jeffsj/mach7/>
    *Starfire Design Studio* <http://www.starfiredesign.com/>
  3. Tim

    Tim Guest

    >>are there any soundcards with a MIDI input and output? Is there
    >>another way to have both MIDI input and output? How can this be done?

    >
    > Most soundcards which offer external MIDI hardware ports have both
    >input and output. If your soundcard uses a gameport MIDI adapter, you
    >just need the proper adapter, one with both in and out connections.


    Does that mean they can be used simultaneously?

    How can you find out whether it's a gqmeport MIDI adapter or not?


    Thanks a lot,
    Tim
  4. On Thu, 12 Jun 2003 18:28:34 GMT, Tim <tim@NOSPAM.invalid> wrote:

    >>>are there any soundcards with a MIDI input and output? Is there
    >>>another way to have both MIDI input and output? How can this be done?

    >>
    >> Most soundcards which offer external MIDI hardware ports have both
    >>input and output. If your soundcard uses a gameport MIDI adapter, you
    >>just need the proper adapter, one with both in and out connections.

    >
    >Does that mean they can be used simultaneously?


    Yes. MIDI ports are either input or output, and on a PC it is
    normal to have both in and out available. Otherwise, you couldn't
    play on a keyboard and send other MIDI data out, which is ordinary
    performance stuff.

    >How can you find out whether it's a gqmeport MIDI adapter or not?


    If it has a 15 pin game (joystick) port, it probably can use a
    gameport MIDI adapter cable. If your system's MIDI devices include
    something with MPU-401 in the name, it probably has a gameport which
    can be used for MIDI (that is the name of the original gameport MIDI
    interface).

    --
    *-__Jeffery Jones__________| *Starfire* |____________________-*
    ** Muskego WI Access Channel 14/25 <http://www.execpc.com/~jeffsj/mach7/>
    *Starfire Design Studio* <http://www.starfiredesign.com/>
  5. Tim

    Tim Guest

    >>>>are there any soundcards with a MIDI input and output? Is there
    >>>>another way to have both MIDI input and output? How can this be done?
    >>>
    >>> Most soundcards which offer external MIDI hardware ports have both
    >>>input and output. If your soundcard uses a gameport MIDI adapter, you
    >>>just need the proper adapter, one with both in and out connections.

    >>
    >>Does that mean they can be used simultaneously?

    >
    > Yes. MIDI ports are either input or output, and on a PC it is
    >normal to have both in and out available. Otherwise, you couldn't
    >play on a keyboard and send other MIDI data out, which is ordinary
    >performance stuff.
    >
    >>How can you find out whether it's a gqmeport MIDI adapter or not?

    >
    > If it has a 15 pin game (joystick) port, it probably can use a
    >gameport MIDI adapter cable. If your system's MIDI devices include
    >something with MPU-401 in the name, it probably has a gameport which
    >can be used for MIDI (that is the name of the original gameport MIDI
    >interface).


    Thanks a lot for your help!

    Tim
  6. Chris R. Lee

    Chris R. Lee Guest

    "Tim" <tim@NOSPAM.invalid> a écrit dans le message de news:
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    > >>>>are there any soundcards with a MIDI input and output? Is there
    > >>>>another way to have both MIDI input and output? How can this be done?
    > >>>
    > >>> Most soundcards which offer external MIDI hardware ports have both
    > >>>input and output. If your soundcard uses a gameport MIDI adapter, you
    > >>>just need the proper adapter, one with both in and out connections.
    > >>
    > >>Does that mean they can be used simultaneously?

    > >
    > > Yes. MIDI ports are either input or output, and on a PC it is
    > >normal to have both in and out available. Otherwise, you couldn't
    > >play on a keyboard and send other MIDI data out, which is ordinary
    > >performance stuff.
    > >
    > >>How can you find out whether it's a gqmeport MIDI adapter or not?

    > >
    > > If it has a 15 pin game (joystick) port, it probably can use a
    > >gameport MIDI adapter cable. If your system's MIDI devices include
    > >something with MPU-401 in the name, it probably has a gameport which
    > >can be used for MIDI (that is the name of the original gameport MIDI
    > >interface).

    >
    > Thanks a lot for your help!
    >
    > Tim


    Just to be a bit more precise, ordinary Soundblaster cards have the midi
    input and output signals, but for reasons of economy, they lack the
    optically-isolated current loop system required by midi. You can buy adapter
    cables with the midi interface built into the plug, and if you know where to
    look, there are models that let you connect a joystick (or whatever is
    currently in fashion) at the same time; the 2 kinds of interface use
    different pins on the 15-pin port.

    Regards

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