Re: PC / Keyboard Interface Questions

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Posted by benderbill on February 12, 2004 at 09:44:04:

In Reply to: PC / Keyboard Interface Questions posted by Nick Bair on December 24, 2003 at 19:43:27:

: I have been making MIDI music via sequencing software for some time now. I recently developed an interest in buying an inexpensive keyboard such as the Casio CTK-671, and a MIDI interface for my PC. However, I know nothing about any of this, so I need some advice. The keyboard is GM compatible, and seems relatively adequate. I would like to be able to achieve the following:
I am in a similar situation. Wanting to do something with a Midi hookup to my Mac G4. The thing is I recently bought to older but high end keybords. A Roland Juno160 and a Korg DW8000. Both have midi in and out and a host of other inputs. Right now it is all greek to me. Both keyboards have great sound and are in excellent condition. I am keeping the Roland, looking to sell the Korg for 250.

: - Input MIDI data into Cakewalk via the Casio.
: - Input data into the Casio via Cakewalk or other MIDI software.
: - Download data from the Casio Music Site (and, if possible, other sources) to the keyboard via the MIDI connection.

: Do I need to buy some kind of PCI card to do this? I have seen USB MIDI hookups, but they seem pretty expensive. I don't have a lot of money for this endeavor, but I would be willing to spend a reasonable amount more if the benefits of doing so were worth it.

: Also, the MIDI sounds on my computer are pretty lousy. Do I need to buy a new sound card to get better MIDI sounds? I know I can route MIDI data out to the keyboard and use its sounds, but is there a software option to accomplish this instead?

: I realize this is a very broad-scoping post, but I am venturing into uncharted territory for myself, and I want to make sure I do it right.

: Thanks in advance.

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