September 22nd, 2008
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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|Date:||September 23rd, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)|| |
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.
Don't get MIDI cables...
...get a MIDI-to-USB cable instead. It ought to plug right in in the same place as any other USB junk.