Saturday, March 12, 2011

How to Hitch a M-Audio MIDI to Your Notebook for Playing Music

By Andy Ainsworth

In this day and age, it's easy for just about everybody to set up a family recording studio with just a few bits of equipment. Providing you have a running computer, some type of instrument, and a MIDI controller you can rock out. Here are the steps to connecting an M-Audio MIDI to your PC or Mac so you can create and record music.

You'll have to link an audio interface to your laptop. This is the gadget that you'll plug your instruments into. You can purchase one of these online or at a music or electronics store. Even Craigslist should have a few.

Hook up your M-Audio MIDI keyboard or other machine to the computer audio interface. Just ensure it's joined to the right port or it won't work.

After that, link your instruments to the interface. You'll most likely see something that says "Input" or "Audio In" over the port for the instruments.

Hook up your speakers using the output ports on the device. These can be any type of speakers they don't have to be bulky.

If you're going to record your guitar with the MIDI, you'll have to go along with a few steps to ensure everything is set up suitably. Here's how to get set up for recording:

Plug in an instrument cord to your guitar, and subsequently plug in the other end to the keyboard's interface board

Open up your audio recording program whatever it is-and get going on recording a track. Now, you should be able to pick up the sound of the guitar coming through on the MIDI

Basically hit the record knob on your computer and commence singing.

Use the MIDI to insert other instrumental sounds if desired

Then you should be equipped to rock out. Check your volume levels are adjusted properly so you don't punch your eardrums out! You can use the M-Audio MIDI keyboard to transmit notes from the instrument to the pc. You'll be able to synthesize all kinds of cool effects once you understand how to navigate your MIDI device. Have fun playing and don't be frightened to test more things.

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