How To Connect
A MIDI Keyboard


Connecting to a Computer

1

Connect Your MIDI Keyboard

Connect your MIDI Keyboard to your computer using the appropriate USB cable. If your MIDI device is older and does not have a USB port, you will need a MIDI-to-USB adapter.

2

Install Any Necessary Drivers

If your device is not visible to your computer (in “Device Manager” on PC or in “Audio/MIDI Setup” on Mac), you will need to download the necessary driver from the device maker’s website.

3

Check if Your Keyboard is Visible

In your program of choice, make sure it is receiving a MIDI signal from your device. In most programs, this is labeled “MIDI/Audio”, “Device Setup”, or something similar.

Note:

If you own a Mac, GarageBand is a free application designed by Apple with piano sounds already included.

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Download a Host & Virtual Piano

In order to hear a MIDI keyboard while playing, you will need to download a “host” such as Native Access , a free download from Native Instruments. A free piano sound can be found in the “Kontakt Factory Selection”, also from Native Access. Another free virtual piano is available from Versilian Studios . Download and installation instructions can be found here.

Connecting to an iOS Device

1

Connect Your MIDI Keyboard

Purchase and use a powered Lightning-to-USB camera adapter. Most MIDI Keyboards require more power than an iPad or iPhone produces on its own.

2

Not All MIDI Keyboards Work

Your MIDI Keyboard must be class-compliant in order to work with iOS. "Class compliant" means it does not require a downloadable driver.

3

Check if Your Keyboard is Visible

Open your desired music application and verify your MIDI Keyboard is being recognized and functioning.

Note:

In order for a Lightning-to-USB camera adapter to be powered, it has to be plugged-in during use!

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