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How to use the M-Audio Keystation keyboard with Cakewalk?

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My new Keystation49 controller does not have a MIDI in or out.  It only has  USB connection.   My Roland MIDI controller has MIDI in and out which plugs directly into my digital audio interface.  How do I use the Keystation keyboard with Cakewalk as it is supposed to plug directly into my computer?  How do I tell Cakewalk to listen to the keyboard?

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[removed to save space since @Songroom answered more completely with his direct knowledge of the Keystation line and included excellent screenshots showing a Keystation 61 MK3]

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You should connect the Keystation49 to your computer using USB. (The standard 5-pin MIDI option is only available on the 61 and 88 models and allows connection to a external sound module or to the MIDI In of a synthesizer).

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Once you've connected the Keystation49 to your computer, select the inputs in 'Edit Menu / Preferences / MIDI / Devices' and you should be up and running (no driver required).

You can also use the Keystation 49MK3 as a control surface (Stop / Play / Record) using the Mackie Control Option.

Keystation Configuration

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Control Surface (Options Menu)

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Thanks Songroom for the very clear answer here.  I appreciate it. 

So, one more question.  Under DEVICES it does list the Keystation 49 MK3 as you show and also my UMC404HD digital audio interface.  Is it OK to have both the keyboard and the DAI checked at the same time?  I am hoping so as there are times when I would want to play the keyboard and sing into a mic at the same time.

Thanks

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Assuming you'll be using your Keystation 49 to trigger a virtual synth, you can perform / record a simultaneous vocal track through your audio interface.

If you're unsure how to set this up let me know and I'll upload a screenshot.

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34 minutes ago, Songroom said:

Assuming you'll be using your Keystation 49 to trigger a virtual synth, you can perform / record a simultaneous vocal track through your audio interface.

If you're unsure how to set this up let me know and I'll upload a screenshot.

Yes please.  I would like a screenshot.  Thanks!

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