MIDI Quirks (CUBASE & MAC). Help?

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Posted by Ivan Woehr on March 11, 1998 at 01:33:03:

I've gotten everything going using a serial cable
connection to my mac but I'm thinking this really doesn't
work as well as MIDI cables because:

If I leave the serial cable plugged in - with the mac on or
off I sometimes hear random piano sounds playing and
sustaining. Very freaky. Disconnecting the cable and
power cycling the machine - I never have a problem. And usually
I can fix it by just power cycling and then Im fine
with MIDI for the whole sessions.

The other issue is that, maybe I'm new to MIDI, but
I'm stupid a VERY simply piano sequence out of a book
and I'm only requesting one note at a time. Like a
quarter, then a full note following it. The rhythym it
plays the sequence it sounds just a LITTLE off. And
I can really notice this because sometimes a note cuts off.
Remember, I'm only doing 1 NOTE at a time so polyphoony
shouldn't be an issue. Like a dotted-quarter note followed
by another dotted quarter note, the second note sometimes
gets partially cut-off, sometimes not. I don't understand
at all.

Can anyone with sequencing experience and hopefully
MAC/CUBASE exp help? This is making MIDI not so fun...

I may try switching to normal MIDI cables or somehow
connecting it up to my PC (they keyboard and the PC
are on different floors whereas I have an Extra PowerPC
mac laying around).

Thanks for any help!

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