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September 22nd, 2008


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friscokitty
11:26 pm
Hey folks...I've been gifted with a free/used MIDI-capable keyboard and would like to learn how to use it with my computer.

Believe it or not, while I'm good at music and fairly computer literate, I really haven't done much with MIDI and consider myself an absolute beginner with it. I'd like to be able to input music with the keyboard...ideally, one voice at a time, then combine things. I want to be able to re-create piano pieces that I can't play both-handed that well, as well as make rehearsal tapes for choir.

I have the keyboard...a Yamaha PSR140. I have a Dell computer running Windows XP. Not sure about my sound card, or how to check. :/

I KNOW I need MIDI cables, and some sort of software. Possibly a MIDI interface?? Last time I fooled around with MIDI stuff was about 12 years ago, so I know the tech has got to be better now.

Any advice for a MIDI neophyte?? Thanks in advance!!!

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From:idunno_w
Date:September 23rd, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
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Do you want to input music and make a sound file, notation, or both?
I know the Cakewalk runs on MIDIs, but I don't know much about it. Finale and Sibelius are primarily notation softwares, but they can export notation files as MIDIs, so that might be your best bet.
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From:foxtrot_sierra
Date:October 8th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)

Don't get MIDI cables...

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...get a MIDI-to-USB cable instead. It ought to plug right in in the same place as any other USB junk.

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