MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is a communication protocol. The MIDI file represents a sound file with digital interface. The MIDI signal is generated from PC with the help of software. The action of the key is registered and the equivalent MIDI sound is generated.

Many keyboards Pianos are provided with MIDI in and out as a standard interface.  The main problem is faced while connecting this device with your PC. Here, I am going to discuss the procedure to connect a keyboard as a MIDI input device.

You of all you need to establish a connection between your MIDI input device and computer. Make sure that your keyboard has a MIDI input port or you have a MIDI input device.

There are many ways by which you can connect a keyboard as an MIDI input device. All you need is label USB port, through which you can use a MIDI to USB Interface. This arrangement will cost you a bit more but it is quite simpler to use and provide high speed. This is ideal if you are using a laptop. Most USB interfaces provide fully functional Plug-and-Play support. Further the compatibility is sorted out with the help of driver software.

Some of the soundcards comes along with MIDI ports and in that case, all you need is a MIDI Cable 5 pin.

Some of the latest keyboards come along with USB MIDI port. Now I am going to discuss the basic steps involved in setting up your system along with a simple MIDI input to your Soundcard cable.

Step 1: Connect the 15 pin connector to 15 pin joystick. You have to make all these connections on your soundcard.

Step 2: Now you have to connect the 5 pin “MIDI OUT” connector to “MIDI IN” either on your keyboard or on MIDI device.

Step 3: Now Connect the 5 pin “MIDI IN” connector to “MIDI OUT” on the keyboard

Step 4: After this, you have to setup the software for your MIDI device. This software will help you to setup your MIDI preferences.

Step 5: Apart from that if you have a simple keyboard which doesn’t have a MIDI input port then you will have to use the standard cables as described below.

  1. If you wish to produce the sound from your keyboard then set the “Output Driver” to use with words “MIDI OUT” and “MPU-401” or “EXTERNAL MIDI” in it.
  2. If you want to “listen” to your recorded sound, then you have to set up the “Input Driver” to use the words “MIDI IN” and “MPU-401” or “EXTERNAL MIDI” in it.

By configuring your keyboard in the above mentioned manner, you can easily use your computer keyboard as a MIDI input device. The software used to generate MIDI sound from the keyboard commands. It lets the MIDI data go into the controller to generate the MIDI output.