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Midi - in on Dell In spiron 6400 sound card

I am tying to record from a synthesizer and my sequencing software is saying that my soundard does not have a Midi-in port. Is that possible?

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  • angela980 Dec 12, 2008

    I have the midi-usb as well. The problem seems to be the sound card in my computer. It has a midi-out and could send songs to the synthesizer it just cant accepts songs in.



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That's correct. Most laptops do not have a midi port installed.
To record from your synthesizer, you'll need a midi-to-usb adapter. There are simple cables from usb to midi.

For example this one:
http://www.roland.com/products/en/UM-1EX/index.html

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  • Thx_nb Dec 12, 2008

    Go to Control Panel -> Sounds and audio devices
    Check your audio input device. You can probably select the correct device there. Please tell me the options in the dropdown, and which one is selected.


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What operating system are you running?

What exactly did you delete when you said you "think" you deleted the software"?

Are you saying you deleted the sound card device driver software using the Windows device manager or did you remove some other audio application?

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