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How to Setup a MIDI Yamaha Keyboard

Updated April 17, 2017

Yamaha MIDI keyboards make it possible to input musical note information into computers and sound modules. Although the models may have different features from each other, their MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) connections and language will be the same. If this is your first time setting up your MIDI keyboard with your other equipment, don't feel overwhelmed at all. With the right instruction, you'll see that the process of setting up the keyboard connections only takes about five minutes.

Install the necessary software to establish a connection with your computer, if the MIDI keyboard has a USB port. If your model does not, skip to step three. Insert the software driver installation disc into your computer's CD or DVD-ROM, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Connect the USB cable to the "USB MIDI" port on the back of the MIDI keyboard and then to an unused USB port on your computer, when prompted by the on-screen instructions.

Plug the MIDI keyboard's power cable into the "DC IN" jack on the back of the instrument, and then into the wall socket.

Plug one end of a MIDI cable into the "MIDI Out" jack on the back of the keyboard, and the other end into the "MIDI In" jack on the MIDI interface or sound module. This will establish a connection that will allow you to send MIDI information to your computer.

Plug one end of another MIDI cable into the "MIDI IN" jack on the back of the MIDI keyboard if it features one, then plug the other end into your MIDI interface or sound module's "MIDI Out" jack. This will establish a MIDI connection from your computer or other devices through the MIDI Keyboard. Although this is not essential for transmitting MIDI information from the keyboard, certain models have it for advanced applications involving various types of connected instrument configurations.

Power on the keyboard at this time as well by pressing the "Power" button that is also located on the back of the keyboard.

Warning

Making the MIDI connections with the MIDI keyboard powered on may cause you not to establish synchronisation between it and other devices.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver installation disc
  • 2 MIDI cables
  • Footswitch pedal
  • USB cable
  • MIDI Interface
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About the Author

Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.