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#2027540 - 02/05/13 04:01 PM MIDI connection and clavier specs
Sofos Offline
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Registered: 12/13/12
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Hello everybody.
Im beginner and i have two major questions.

1.When connecting a DP to a PC via midi, can you actually use another sound machine than the one in the piano??

2.Is there gonna be a big difference learning the piano on a weighted hammer action instead of graded WHA ?
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#2027555 - 02/05/13 04:31 PM Re: MIDI connection and clavier specs [Re: Sofos]
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When connecting the piano to a PC, the whole point is that you intend to use another sound machine (a piano library) instead of the one in the piano.

The difference between a graded vs. non-graded action is not very big at all. It's more important for the manufacturer prestige than it is for the user.

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#2027557 - 02/05/13 04:37 PM Re: MIDI connection and clavier specs [Re: Sofos]
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Yes, as Mac says, this is the desired effect. To assist this, most DP's have an option to disable its own internal tone generator; although if not sending the external sounds back to the DP speaker you could just turn the volume down.

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#2027878 - 02/06/13 04:49 AM Re: MIDI connection and clavier specs [Re: Sofos]
Sofos Offline
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Thanks a lot!!!
Also, which is the easiest way to connect MIDI to a PC?
Will i need a new soundcard or just a cable?
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#2027879 - 02/06/13 04:59 AM Re: MIDI connection and clavier specs [Re: Sofos]
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That depends. If your piano has a USB connection, you can plug directly into the PC. USB cables are very cheap. If it has only a MIDI connection, you'll need a MIDI-to-USB adapter ... $40 to $50.

You might need a new soundcard, or you might not. The internal sound card quality might be adequate. But it might introduce latency ... a short delay between the time you press a key on the piano and the time you hear the sound. The freeware ASIO4All will often fix this problem, but not always.

In the latter case, you'd need a replacement sound card. For a desktop computer you could use a plug-in card. For a laptop you'd use an external sound card.

Most of these sound cards also have a MIDI connection. So if your piano has only a MIDI connection, the sound card can serve as your MIDI converter ... saving you from buying the MIDI-to-USB adapter. You'd only need a plain MIDI cable ... perhaps $15 retail, or even less online.


Here's the simplest case ... making a USB connection to the PC, and using the PC soundcard:



Here is a more complex view, showing several alternative ways:
USB connection to the PC
vs.
MIDI-to-USB connection using an adapter
vs.
MIDI connection using an external sound

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#2028324 - 02/06/13 07:32 PM Re: MIDI connection and clavier specs [Re: Sofos]
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Okay!
Thanks for the info!
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