MIDI troubles...

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Posted by Mike on May 27, 2002 at 17:46:31:

Hi all,
I'm new to this forum, and I usually like to lurk a little bit before posting, but as I have a bit of a problem I'm going to jump right in.

First, a little backstory:

My computer: PII 350 running Win98, basic SoundBlaster-type soundcard (Maxi sound MUSE). MIDI in/out connected to joystick port.

My keyboard: Alesis QS7.1

My sequencing software: Voyetra's MIDI Orchestrator Plus (I know, I know, it ain't Cakewalk but I could afford it, I've been using it for three years now, and for my current purposes it's perfectly serviceable).

Background: I use MIDI sequences to practice on my own material for our band and for my own entertainment. If I can't find good ones on the 'net, I sometimes write my own or polish existing ones. Up to this point I've been using exclusively the mouse to enter notes. Never had any problems with playback.

When I connected the QS to my computer via the MIDI cables, I found that MIDI Orchestrator Plus would not recognize more than about half a measure of anything played on the keyboard. So, I nosed around and in Control Panel/Multimedia under the MIDI tab I found the "Add New Instrument" button. So, I added an "External MIDI Instrument".

OK, so now I can record a keyboard track in MIDI Orchestrator Plus. However, when I click the playback button the only sound output comes from the QS7, and can only hear the channel I recorded to.

Also, and more importantly for me, I get no sound from the computer speakers when playing a MIDI file, either with MIDI Orchestrator Plus OR with Media Player.

I have no doubt the fix for this is going to be absurdly simple, but it's eluded me for a week now.

Can anyone help???


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