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USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:48 pm
by thefonz003
Looking for recommendations for USB-MIDI cable or interface. I currently have an el cheapo that cost me less than five dollars and it won't send sysex data. I need something suitable for my MPK225...something class-compliant that can run with both El Capitan and Windows 10, if such a product exists. If not I may be looking at getting two...

PS - Yes, I know I can google this info and I have spent a good deal of time doing so. I'm just getting confused about compatibility issues is all. I want one that's better and more reliable than the el cheapo I currently have.

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:29 pm
by vcs3

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:47 pm
by Tidda
Why don't you connect the MPK225 to the computer with USB?

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:29 pm
by thefonz003
Tidda wrote:Why don't you connect the MPK225 to the computer with USB?
Done, and thanks, but I thought I had to connect it via MIDI to actually play virtual instruments with it.

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:39 pm
by meatballfulton
Nope, you only need physical MIDI for your hardware instruments. The USB connection from the MPK to the computer is carrying MIDI data in and out, so you can play your hardware instruments from the MPK, your virtual instruments from the MPK and the computer can play your hardware instruments via the MPK.

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:36 am
by thefonz003
meatballfulton wrote:Nope, you only need physical MIDI for your hardware instruments. The USB connection from the MPK to the computer is carrying MIDI data in and out, so you can play your hardware instruments from the MPK, your virtual instruments from the MPK and the computer can play your hardware instruments via the MPK.
Wow, that's cool! Yeah, I'm still figuring out both the MPK and Ableton Live Lite (just installed it today). The Akai seems like a nifty little 'board for something that doesn't make any sound of its own. I may still need MIDI for the MiniNova though - there are lots of free patch banks out there that I'd like to try!

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:03 am
by Ashe37
MiniNova has its own USB/MIDI port.

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:43 pm
by Tidda
Also, when the MPK is connected by USB it acts like a MIDI interface.

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:01 am
by Henderon4
Maybe connect the MPK225 to computer is useless.Because the windows 8 an d 10 is incompatible.

Re: USB-MIDI cable/interface help

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:23 am
by Ashe37
web site says its compatible with 8 and 10