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Yamaha Weighted Keyboard, Power Jack Repair

This one came in from my luthier friend.
Halcyon Guitars http://www.halcyong…

If you don't know about Ed, you should ;)

Anyway, the power jack was loose and not making connection. Once I got the connection PCB out, I found the trace on the board had been pulled off the board.

On inspection the connector was ok. The real problem is hard to see but the small solder pad securing the metal clamp was pulled off the pcb. The power connection on the pcb trace was torn from the movement without the secure clamp.

I added a jumper and soldered it in place, its not pretty but I wanted a bit of mass on there. then added a bit of epoxy to secure failed mechanical post. to protect the area from future mechanical forces.

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Recording MIDI keyboard with/without Audio Interface?


Been wondering whats the best way to plug everything:


  • MAudio Code 49 - midi controller
  • Steinberg UR22 MKii - audo interface
  • FL Studio 12
  • Windows 10
So I had MIDI keyboard before I had an Audio interface. That got succesfully plugged in to an USB port in my laptop. Didnt go through Preset Editor (but will do), everything kind of worked, tried to record - worked too.

Now I got myself an USB audio interface which supports MIDI IN/OUT.
What would be my best option for connecting it all together?

  • Option 1:
(MIDI controller --> USB port on laptop) + (Audio interface --> USB port on laptop) = 2 USB ports taken
  • Option 2:
(MIDI controller --> MIDI IN/OUT on Audio Interface) + (Audio interface --> USB on laptop)
In this case I`m not sure how to connect all those MIDI cables (and how many of them do I need?)

What have you tried? What works better? What are the PROS and CONS of each option? Will appreciate all the info you can provide!


MIDI Keyboard with no velocity Question

Hi all, i just picked up a crappy bottom of the line midi keyboard to suit my broke ass recording needs and obviously the keyboard has no velocity control, when you hit a key, no matter how hard, it comes out the same volume, when recording in pro tools, is there a way to semi mimic the velocity of a piano or midi effect? i know pro tools has a random velocity setting but if anyone has any advice on using a midi keyboard with out velocity successfully i would really appreciate the feedback. i do have a couple more days to return the keyboard and wait for something better to come along but if i can still use it as a tool and change the settings in the DAW i will do.

USB MIDI latency with comparable keyboard

After getting in touch with Yamaha chat support about my DGX-650 electric piano, which is USB-MIDI connection and unable to connect to an interface, they tell me my keyboard is made to be compatible to my MAC, so there is no driver downloadable for my specific model.
I am also using the logic program, and I now my computer comes pretty set on removing latency, but I do still get it. I am using logic Pro X.
There is a generic driver download link that he sent me. Should I download it anyway and see if it helps? What other settings can I noodle with to help eliminate this problem?

I am new as new can be to all of this. There is one more question. I did a test recording the other day that began creating a loop that sounded a lot like a CD skipping, which I attributed to latency. Is that what it was or was that a different problem? It only happened when I hooked my keyboard up to my computer.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!