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Connect old Midi controller to Mac (via a Korg Sound Module) PLEASE HELP !!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:02 pm
by applebebe2002
Hi,

I'm trying to connect these to my iMac GarageBand:

Roland PC-200 mk2 MIDI controller Keyboard (1x MIDI OUT) 5-pin
Korg X5DR Midi Sound Processing Unit (3 x Midi: IN + OUT + THRU) 5-pin

I can play via headphones if I connect Keyboard OUT to Korg IN.

But I'm finding it so hard to get it connected to my iMac.

I have a 5-pin Midi to USB converter. BUT it has TWO midi sockets going into the USB.
it has a MIDI IN and OUT.

I've tried so many combinations, but to no avail.

should the keyboard connect to the Korg and then the Korg connects to the iMac ?
or, should the keyboard and Korg be connected to the iMac independently?

This is what I logically imagined:
the midi to usb converter connects to the IN + OUT of the korg? and then the keyboard connects to the korg THRU ?

or does the keyboard connect to the korg THRU ?

I also have a Behringer Audio Interface for the MIcrophone and Guitar (which is fine), but the Behringer Audio interface does not have MIDI.

I would greatly appreciate any input as this is so frustrating for me.

Many thanks ;)

Re: Connect old Midi controller to Mac (via a Korg Sound Module) PLEASE HELP !!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:44 pm
by desmond
The keyboard MIDI OUT goes to the computer’s MIDI IN.

This lets you send notes you play OUT of the keyboard, IN to the computer.

The computer’s MIDI OUT should go to the module’s MIDI IN, so the computer can send notes OUT, and IN to the module. You’ll need to rig up audio from the module as well, to be able to hear the sounds it’s making.

I’m not sure how well GB handles external MIDI gear (the module) though. I don’t think it supports external midi modules at all... for that you’d need a different app like Logic. You could record the module as audio of course.

What is it you are trying to do?

Re: Connect old Midi controller to Mac (via a Korg Sound Module) PLEASE HELP !!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:51 pm
by applebebe2002
desmond wrote:The keyboard MIDI OUT goes to the computer’s MIDI IN.

This lets you send notes you play OUT of the keyboard, IN to the computer.

The computer’s MIDI OUT should go to the module’s MIDI IN, so the computer can send notes OUT, and IN to the module. You’ll need to rig up audio from the module as well, to be able to hear the sounds it’s making.

I’m not sure how well GB handles external MIDI gear (the module) though. I don’t think it supports external midi modules at all... for that you’d need a different app like Logic. You could record the module as audio of course.

What is it you are trying to do?

Jesmond:
iMac's do not have MIDI connections.
Thanks for trying to help me, but unfortunately none of the advice you gave is applicable to my situation.

Re: Connect old Midi controller to Mac (via a Korg Sound Module) PLEASE HELP !!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:51 pm
by zenguitar
applebebe2002 wrote:
I have a 5-pin Midi to USB converter. BUT it has TWO midi sockets going into the USB.
it has a MIDI IN and OUT.


This is what Desmond was referring to as your computer MIDI connection.

His advice is good.

Andy :beamup:

Re: Connect old Midi controller to Mac (via a Korg Sound Module) PLEASE HELP !!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:54 pm
by kingmoot
applebebe2002 wrote:I have a 5-pin Midi to USB converter. BUT it has TWO midi sockets going into the USB.
it has a MIDI IN and OUT.

You probably want a proper MIDI interface instead. They're not necessarily expensive, you can get a cheap USB one.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-Audio-Midisp ... QDAVPRN9Z8

Wiring then should be:
MIDI Interface attached to computer via USB

Roland PC-200 MIDI OUT to MIDI IN of MIDI interface (MIDI Cable)
MIDI OUT of MIDI Interface to KORG X5DR MIDI IN (MIDI Cable)

...there may be more config required to route the MIDI through the MIDI interface in Garageband, but I'm a Reason user so can't help you there, sorry.