How to Connect the MIDI Keyboard to the Audio Interface?

If you just got a MIDI keyboard and want to use it you know that you need to connect it first. In this article, we will help you do this as fast and as accurately as possible. We are gonna teach you how to establish a connection between the MIDI keyboard and audio interface, as well as how to connect it directly to your computer and how to use an adapter to do that.


What is a MIDI keyboard?

A MIDI keyboard is an external keyboard, usually in a piano style that allows you to make music, practice playing piano, and connect it to an audio interface. Besides a basic piano keyboard, this electronic device comes with different buttons, sliders, and wheels. Some MIDI keyboards come with a sound module so you can play even when you’re not connected to a computer and audio software. When connected to an external device you can save produced sounds and edit and mix them in audio software.

Why use an audio interface?

Many people wonder why should they use an audio interface when there are options to directly connect your MIDI keyboard to the computer? Well, there are several reasons why should you use an audio interface. First, the connection is faster which means that signal travels faster. The USB connection may cause some signal delays and bugs which can result in problems with recording sounds. Also, this connection saves your USB port since all the connections including microphones and audio devices go to the audio interface before they reach DAW. Some MIDI keyboards don’t have a built-in USB port so you would have to invest in a MIDI hub or adapter.

How to connect the MIDI keyboard to the audio interface?

Before connecting the MIDI keyboard to the audio interface we need to check what outputs are there on the keyboard. That will determine the connection type that we will do.

You can find USB output and MIDI inputs and outputs on your MIDI keyboard. MIDI inputs and outputs are distinguished by their unusual look which is a circle with five pins. USB output is a regular A-type connection and it will be placed on the back of the keyboard.

You can connect a MIDI keyboard to the audio interface, directly to the computer and to the MIDI adapter, and then to the computer.

Connecting MIDI Keyboard to an Audio Interface

If you have a MIDI input/output on your keyboard, as well as both of those on your interface, here’s how you connect them. You need to think of it as creating a loop. This connection is direct and you will use MIDI cables to establish it. You need to connect the output from your keyboard to the input of the MIDI audio interface. And the other way around is connecting the input of the keyboard to the output of the audio interface.

USB connection from keyboard directly to the computer

If you see that your MIDI keyboard has a USB connection you can connect it directly to your computer. You just need a USB cable that will connect the keyboard and computer. This is the simplest way to connect the keyboard since there are no inputs and outputs that you need to worry about. All you need to do is attach a USB cable to the MIDI keyboard USB port and to the same port on your computer. And there you have it connected. USB connection is also useful because it gives power to your keyboard without additional power adopter. All power is transferred from the computer to the MIDI keyboard.

Using DAW for connection

Once your audio interface is all set up, you need to go to the DAW settings option. Since all DAW is going through the audio interface you need to enable the keyboard to give commands. When you do this, the connection is successfully established and you can load VST in the daw. Now, when you play all sounds will go through the audio interface. DAW manages virtual instruments allowing the program to get all the commands.

Connecting MIDI Keyboard to Computer through MIDI HUB

If you only have MIDI inputs and outputs you would use a “MIDI to USB” adapter or a MIDI HUB to connect the keyboard to audio software. This method works similarly to the first type of connection we mentioned here in the article. You would need to connect inputs and outputs of the MIDI keyboard to the MIDI HUB or adapter inputs and outputs. On the other side of the adapter is a USB end that goes into the computer. So adapter is useful when you need a USB connection but you don’t have it on your MIDI keyboard.

Does A MIDI Keyboard Need An Audio Interface?

One of the common questions regarding MIDI keyboards is do they need an audio interface?

As you saw in previously mentioned connection types, you don’t always have to use the Audio interface. If you have a USB connection, MIDI hub, or adapter, you can directly connect your MIDI keyboard to the computer. So if you prefer using an audio interface, you can do that with the first method we explained and if you don’t have it don’t worry! You can also check this video tutorial on how to connect your home devices and enjoy making music.

Conclusion

MIDI keyboard is a very useful tool for making music and f you want to record sounds and then mix them you need software to help you with that. In order to use the MIDI keyboard and audio software, you need to connect MIDI to your computer. As previously said you can do that with the audio interface. If you don’t want to invest in the interface you can easily connect your MIDI keyboard to the computer directly.

That’s one of the greatest benefits of this device. The fact that you can use and connect it in several ways really gets rid of any headaches regarding this device. There’s no way to make a mistake when purchasing a MIDI keyboard since you can easily adjust the connection process to the connection options that your keyboard has.

Some MIDI keyboards come with a signal diagram that enables you to see the movement of the audio, where is it going to be sent, and where inputs and outputs are. You just need to choose a MIDI suitable for your needs.

 

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