midi_newbie

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  1. Rico1

    Rico1 New Member

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    hi,

    registered here cos i'd like to learn midi :)

    have a midi in/out keyboard with midi-usb cable to pc / WinXP

    have just installed a version of 'Reason' synth/software, which i have configured for audio (ASIO). Reason works, but i don't think i can write anything / create original music files with it, without knowing how to use midi?

    now the sticky bit

    sometimes the midi cable works (all the lights come on) sometimes it doesn't (only one light on) - mystery?

    Reason does not seem to recognise the midi link; although i have successfully hooked up to the pc, and transferred some downloaded midi files, between the keyboard and my computer, in the past.

    i can record ideas into wav and mp3, and other formats; but how do i record some keyboard into midi / create midi files, please?

    many thanks,

    Ric
  2. Kwame

    Kwame New Member

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    The lights aren't lighting up I imagine because there's no transmission going through. In order for the set-up to work:

    Your cable has to be hooked up (and sometimes in the correct order when installing a driver).

    You have to have the keyboard or VST set to transmit via midi, and the channels or device numbers must match.

    You have to have the driver installed (correctly). Sometimes the drivers install, and otherwise work (send note on, note off, etc.), but your DAW software doesn't "see" the instrument. If it doesn't list your particular midi interface as an available port, then the driver is NOT installed correctly, even if it works when testing midi driver>straight to keyboard.

    And finally, if it is listed in your DAW software as an available port, it must be selected (you'd be surprised how often even experienced people have problems with that). Some interfaces disappear from the list when off and reappear when on, but not as the primary source for MIDI.

    Hope this helps...
  3. Rico1

    Rico1 New Member

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    your help is kindly appreciated - thanks

    sounds like i was fortunate to get as far as i did? ;-o

    had the midi keyboard, dual plugs in the wrong way round; then the pc needed to verify connections: about 2 out of usb 4 hubs were acceptable - one audio, one midi; that is a nifty device, that Yamaha 'MusicSoft Downloader' - it lets you know straight away if there are any midi connection worries?

    then the synth/software wasn't programmed to interact with an external midi device, so i turned that on; then, much to my amazement - been concertedly trying to understand midi for about a year, now - i found my keyboard was sounding within the software (on the screen), and i was subsequently able to record in midi

    i 'audio option' exported the midi file as a wav then converted it to mp3

    gosh: all in a day's work? ;)

    http://www.archive.org/details/GamelinDays

    bests

    Ric
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