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How to I make my MIDI keyboard work?

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Gravatar photo Fmbm

I have an old 990 Concertmate keyboard and just got a MIDI to USB converter cable. After I plug it in, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do, or if I've even set it up right. I would like to record onto LMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio), but I have no idea what to do. Please help!

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  1. Answered: 1857 day 6 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoMartin Swain

    With MIDI, the actual instrument you're using to create music with doesn't make any sound whatsoever. MIDI is almost like a language between two interfaces so that they can communicate with each other with certain messages to create these sounds; in this case your MIDI keyboard and your computer. These messages are: Note On, Note Off, Note Value (what note is being played e.g C4 = Middle C), Velocity (how hard the note has been struck), Which sound is being used (what instrument) and multi-sample (is there two or more sounds on a key).


    In order to create music with a MIDI keyboard with the software you're using, you need to:

    1. Add a MIDI track to the sequencer (opposed to an audio track); I've never used Linux Multimedia Studio, but I'm sure if you look around you'll find it and the principles are the same with different music software.

    2. Once you've created a MIDI track you need to assign an instrument plugin to that MIDI track (again I haven't used this software so I wouldn't know where your instrument plugins would be).

    3. Once you've done this, you should be able to use your MIDI keyboard with your software providing you've installed any installation CDs that it might've come with.

    I hope this helps you out.   

  2. Answered: 1851 day 13 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoNeil Burne

    Not familiar with LMMS as I'm a Mac user but found this

    Might be of use for you :-)

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