This is a simple guide on
how to connect your keyboard to your computer via a
MIDI interface for use with music software.
TIP: In order to use your keyboard with your computer
you will also need some music software. Most MIDI
Interfaces include driver software that instructs
your computer how to use the device but NOT actual
Here are the most common reasons for connecting you
computer to a music keyboard. Click the links to see
our range of software for each catagory.
First you need to check if your music
keyboard has MIDI capabilities. If it does it will have
two (sometimes 3) five pin din socket on the back similar
the image below.
Your computer must also have a MIDI interface for
your keyboard to connect to. Some computer motherboards
and soundcards have a MIDI interface built in but
they tend to be of poor quality and little if any
UK support is available if you run into difficulties.
This is why we recommend using a USB
MIDI interface. These devices are reliable,
easy to install, have uk support and work on nearly
all modern computers and laptops.
Please note: If you have bought
a professional audio card with built in MIDI you do
not need a USB MIDI interface.
USB MIDI interfaces come with a driver CD. Always
read the instructions (help file) on this disk before
installation. This will tell you if you need to install
the MIDI driver before or after you've made the following
The diagram below shows how to make the connections
between the keyboard and computer.
To see our full range of USB MIDI interfaces click
TIP: Notice how the MIDI IN goes to the MIDI OUT
and the MIDI OUT goes to the MIDI IN? Having these
connecting the wrong way round is the most common
MIDI mistake in history!
If you have any questions regarding MIDI connections
or suggestions on how we can make this page more informative
please get in touch.
Et Cetera Support Department is open Monday to
Friday from 9:45am to 5:15pm
Tel: 0161 456 7597