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How to connect a MIDI keyboard to computer

Keyboard: Roland PC 200 mk 2

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There are quite a few ways to do this.The simplest way is to just use the USB port on the keyboard and run that into the computer. If your keyboard has a USB, then you dont need the midi to connect to a computer. You would still use the midi however for other sound modules and items that do have a midi in port however. If you dont have a midi in then you need to get hardware that does as a computer will not have a midi in. There are basic adapters that you can get that just have a midi connector to usb adapter. There are external sound card devices that will do this like the tascam 144. There are also simple devices made my midiman such as the 2x2 midisport that allows you to connect up to 2 midi devices to a computer. The cheapest quickest method if you are just starting out is the midi to usb cable though. Places like walmart, best buy, and radio shack will generally have these. However with making digital music the cheapest is not generally ideal but will get you by in the meantime.If you ever plan on recording audio like vocals or guitar then I would recommend just getting something like the Tascam 144 MK II as it will allow you to input midi, spdif, vocals with phantom power, guitar line in, through it with 24/94 bit conversion, audio drivers, and a bit of software for simple settings configuration. This would be more of an intermediate interface. If you want some pro solutions, then I would recommend going to the pro's at a musician store and talking to them.

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