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Old 01-10-2009, 10:20 PM
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Default how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

yea, so how do you do it? i got a new mac and i want to get the best out of my software.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:31 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

What's the software? What do you want to do with the keyboard?
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:43 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

You need to buy a midi- to - USB connector

I use one of these:

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfrien...ace?sku=701379
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:47 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

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What's the software? What do you want to do with the keyboard?
i mainly want to be able to play songs/music on garageband on a keyboard. Im pretty sure the device GD suggested will work.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:50 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

So i recently bought that device gruntersdad pointed out, but like i cant make it work. It looks like i have all the software hooked up. And when i see if the connection is good, it says its fine.

but when i open up garage band and play the keyboard, what im playing doesnt show up on garage band.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:03 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

Have you selected the I/O module on Garageband? That's the software synthesiser. You'll need to select a patch before you'll hear any sound.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:08 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

Right on MFB. You need to go to the Preferences section of both Garage band and Sounds on the computer and select the sounds in and out.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:20 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

Uh how do you do that?

forgive my ignorance.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:23 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

Give me five minutes. I don't use GarageBand regularly. I'll see what I can do.

Blast. Just remembered I didn't actually install GarageBand on my Mac when I did my system re-install a few weeks ago. I'll see if I can find a tutorial.

http://www.oreillynet.com/mac/excerp...MiniManual.pdf

Try that out. Page 38 and onwards might be of some use. Page 44 as well as 45. Give it a go. I'm not sure if that's up to date but it's the best I can find.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

Check these boxes in Gband and Sound preferences.

Do both the output and input boxes in sound from System preferences.

With the Midi device hooked up, it should show when you click on these boxes.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:51 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

erm... this is really annoying. It still doesnt work. If it means anything, on the little blue uno usb machine thingy, the light for "midi in" lights up when i play, but midi out doesnt.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:06 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

Try the other midi plug on that cord. And what version of Mac do you have.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:17 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

I have the macbook OS X 10.5.5
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:27 PM
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Default Re: how do you hook up a mac to a midi keyboard?

maybe my midi keyboard is the problem? because its exremely old. maybe the midi out thingy broke somehow.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:11 PM
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I'm not sure what "outs" are on the keyboard or what settings are there. But Keep trying.
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