Using your Casio as a MIDI device opens up worlds of musical possibilities. You can create MIDI music with the keyboard, record directly and use software on your computer to manipulate the keyboard's sound in live settings. There are a few methods for hooking a Casio up as a MIDI device.
MIDI to a Wave Table SoundcardThis is one of the original methods for hooking a keyboard up to use as a MIDI device. To do this you will need a Wave Table sound-card, a universal MIDI adapter cable that is compatible with a joystick port, a MIDI compatible Casio keyboard or other device, an 8-to-ten-foot MIDI cable, some speakers and sequencing software. You will need software and speakers for all of the following methods.On the back of the sound card you will see three 1/8-inch inputs and a serial joystick port. If your speakers already have an 1/8-inch line, plug them into the line out port on the sound-card. It is usually a green 1/8-inch port. If your speakers are RCA or 1/4-inch, you can get an adapter at your local electronics store. To hook up your MIDI controller up to the sound card, you need a universal MIDI connector with a 15-pin D-plug on one end (looks like a serial port connector) and a 5-pin OUT MIDI connector and 5-pin IN MIDI connector on the other.
These cables are widely available at electronics and computer stores. Mark the MIDI OUT connector because we will not be using it.
Plug the long MIDI cable into the OUT port on the back of your keyboard and the other end into the IN port on the MIDI adapter. On Casios these ports are usually right in the middle of the keyboard. The keyboard is now physically ready to be used. Open up your sequencing software and configure it to recognize the newly connected device.
MIDI to USBMIDI can also be connected via USB. To do this, you need a MIDI cable with a USB connector on one end and MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connectors on the other end. Plug the MIDI connectors into the respective IN and OUT ports on the back of your device and plug the USB connector into an open USB slot on your computer. Open the software you are using and configure it to recognize your device and you are ready to record and perform.
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Newer devices, usually specifically designed for MIDI, will have USB ports installed in them and in that case all you need is a strait USB cable to hook up the device. This is the case for Casio models LK-220 and the CTK-710. For your Casio you will need to be sure you have the Casio USB midi driver installed on your system. Take on mars dedicated servers. MIDI to MIDIIf you are using your Casio for more serious applications you may purchase a sound card with built-in MIDI capabilities. This will achieve the greatest MIDI quality possible. If you have a MIDI-capable sound card, all you need is a MIDI to MIDI cable to connect your keyboard or other device to the sound-card.
In most cases, the sound card will come with the cable. If you are serious about making MIDI music Casio has a Casio Music Site with all sorts of MIDI resources.
MIDI Connection – Step By Step There are THREE main ways that you will be able to connect your digital piano or keyboard up. It will depend on your keyboard. You can connect your keyboard if it has any of: traditional MIDI ports; a USB (sometimes labelled as USB host); or maybe even bluetooth. Here is a quick video which covers all the aspects of how to connect your MIDI keyboard to your iPad, Mac or PC, whether it has MIDI ports, USB or Bluetooth. Scroll down below if you want more detail, and links to the products mentioned. Do You Have Traditional MIDI Ports? Check the outputs on your keyboard.
Does it have MIDI ports? (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is the protocol for communication between your keyboard and your computer. When you press a key the action is registered by the software you are using through the MIDI link.Most traditional keyboards and Digital Pianos have MIDI in and out as standard. Look for ports like the one in the image below. It is possible your keyboard is only a controller, and may only have MIDI out. The principal of MIDI connection is still the same. Connect a Keyboard with traditional MIDI ports to an iPad: 4 Options USB MIDI interface or Audio Interface + powered iPad adapterIf you want to connect your keyboard to your iPad, and it has the MIDI ports as shown above, then you have 4 different ways to do it.
Options 1 and 2 are identical to the solution for PC and Mac. You buy either a OR a with MIDI input and output (so any of the products shown above) and use a (as shown to the left). It is very important you buy one that allows you to charge at the same time or you will not have sufficient power!
Does Your Keyboard have a USB Port? If you have digital piano or keyboard have a USB output? It is sometimes labelled USB-Host or similar. If so, then you should be able to connect very easily to your Mac or PC with a standard USB Printer cable. Simply refer to the manual for your particular keyboard to find out how to set it up. Easy.Got an iPad?
Then you should be able to connect with a standard USB cable and a (as mentioned above).OR, to connect to iPad you could buy the. This is an interface especially designed to connect from the USB output of a digital piano to ipad, via lightning. FAQWhy do MIDI IN jacks connect to MIDI OUT jacks?
Surely it makes more sense to connect a MIDI IN jack to a MIDI IN jack. After all, they’re both labeled IN. Same goes for MIDI OUT to MIDI OUT”The accepted way actually makes a lot of sense. Think about it. You want MIDI data to go out of your controller and in to your sound module. After all, you wouldn’t connect the audio out jack of your sound module to the outputs of your mixer, would you? No, you connect the audio output to an audio (mixer) input.
And then you connect the mixer outputs to the inputs of your amplifier. And then you connect the amp’s speaker outputs to the speaker inputs. Same thing with MIDI.
Think of MIDI data as “flowing” in the same way that audio signals “flow” through your audio system. Still Confused? Or Want To Record Audio Tracks?
This is just a quick guide if you simply want to hook up your keyboard to start using MIDI software. If you want a more in-depth set of tutorials, or you want to record the sound of your keyboard then you can either refer to our quick guide on, or see our which explains the difference between MIDI and Audio in detail and shows you step-by-step exactly what you need to either record your keyboard or use it as a MIDI controller.Found this helpful? Please share it. This is a professional review site and if you buy anything recommended through Music Repo, we may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you. We are experts in Music Technology and thoroughly research all the products and services we write about in our posts.
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