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MIDI USB Problems

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Packman08, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Packman08

    Packman08 Guest

    I need some help setting up a midi usb cable with my current setup. I have a KORG d1200 (which is acting pretty much as a phantom power for my mic), and i HAD it hooked up through its headphone jack going to my computer which is running adobe auditon 3. I decided to up my sound quality by getting a MIDI to USB cable (M-Audio). I used the setup disc that came with the cord, read the owners manual on the D1200, and did everything it told me to as far as transmitting through midi. I also went through Audition's help guide on midi usb setup and i still cant get this setup to work. I know this is a pretty specific setup but if anyone has ANY information it would be much appreciated! Thanks.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Connect the D1200 via USB if you want any audio transfer into the computer. MIDI is only control, and does not carry audio.
  3. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    First, what Boswell said. MIDI is not audio. Read up on what MIDI is.

    Second, I suspect you are going headphones out of Korg into an onboard computer soundcard's input?

    If that's the case, you have two problems. Onboard sound cards generally suck eggs. And, you are running out the headphones out, instead of out the "Mix Out" jacks of the Korg. (That's what I am deducing, anyway). If that's the case, it double sucks. Don't run headphone outs of pretty much anything into the inputs of a cheezoid sound card. Bad, bad sound. Use the RCA outputs, if you must do that. It'll still suck going into an onboard soundcard, but it'll suck less.

    If you are trying to run ANY audio into the inputs of an onboard soundcard, it's not going to sound good. Running the signla through something else, and then into it won't be better, and probably just add more noise and distortion.

    Are you trying to use the Korg as just a preamp, to run into a cheap soundcard input? Cables won't "up your quality". Why not just record to the Korg in the first place, and then transfer the tracks (if you must) to the computer? That's what it was designed to do, and you should be able to just transfer tracks with a standard USB cable. It'll likely sound better than sending anything through the poor-quality onboard soundcard, though I imagine you're going to have monitor what's on the computer through a crap soundcard.

    The one thing a MIDI cable might do is (MIGHT...I don't have the manual) is allow a MIDI sequence in the computer to sync up to the Korg audio, or allow an outboard MIDI module/keyboard, etc. to be used. If you don't use any of that, then a MIDI cable is pretty much useless to you.

    If all of the above is correct in your situation, I'd suggest just recording tracks to the Korg, and then transferring to the computer via USB, if you need to.


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