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Midi keyboard doesn't send a signal to a plugin interface (solution: plug in MIDI cables correctly)

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Hello,

This is my first time setting up a DAW.

I have a keyboard connected directly to my computer via MIDI to USB.

In the Preferences section I set my keyboard up like this:  

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Then I added the electric piano plug-in. Clicking on the digital keys produced sound but nothing happened when I used my keyboard.

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Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi Sheeeawn,

You must have Input Echo on (on track 3) to enable sound in real time (as opposed to playback of MIDI info.).

Kind regards,

tecknot

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Hi Sheeeawn and welcome to the Cakewalk forums,

It seems that you have to set the input of the electric piano track to your MIDI keyboard.

Kind regards,

tecknot

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7 hours ago, tecknot said:

Hi Sheeeawn and welcome to the Cakewalk forums,

It seems that you have to set the input of the electric piano track to your MIDI keyboard.

Kind regards,

tecknot

Hi tecknot,

How can this be done? I can't find the option to edit the track's input.

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34 minutes ago, Sheeeawn said:

How can this be done? I can't find the option to edit the track's input.

Select the SI-piano track, then Press “ i ” to open the inspector.  In the inspector, down the bottom, you need to set the input of that track to your midi-keyboard (Under “In/Out”)

 

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@John VereI followed the steps up to 6:44 of the first video but I can't produce any sound.

Here is what my setup currently looks like:

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Edited by User 905133
diagnostic questions withdrawn (I momentarily forgot I was going to let others help.)

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In my video I demonstrate how to test the synth using the green notes at the bottom. If you don’t hear anything then you have an audio set up issue. Watch this to resolve 

 

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16 hours ago, Sheeeawn said:

I followed the steps up to 6:44 of the first video but I can't produce any sound.

 

Is there in activity (Z) shown in the MIDI track.

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If not, the data may not be making it to the DAW.

Also, check the MIDI driver mode. If it is set to UWP try setting it to MME.

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@John VereI can hear sound and see the green notes when clicking the green music button of the TTS-1 instrument, but nothing happens when I use the MIDI keyboard.

Also tried setting the MIDI driver mode to MME like @scookwas saying.

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I can only assume you carefully followed the instructions in the tutorials. If you did then it should be working. 
The steps to select your keyboard controller as input are clearly explained in both videos 

I'm curious about the title shown in preferences as "midi-keyboard"  Normally the brand name is displayed. 

This is why you need to follow my instruction in the video as I'm not sure you have the proper driver installed. 

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13 hours ago, John Vere said:

I'm curious about the title shown in preferences as "midi-keyboard"  Normally the brand name is displayed. 

Right. That would seem to indicate that there is no specific driver for the keyboard or MIDI-to-USB cable.
Sheeeawn, what is the make and model of the keyboard? Does it have a USB port or are you using a MIDI-to-USB adapter cable?

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On 3/23/2022 at 8:25 PM, Sheeeawn said:

@John VereI followed the steps up to 6:44 of the first video but I can't produce any sound.

Here is what my setup currently looks like:

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It looks like your input echo should be activated on track 3 rather than track 2.

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@John Vere@57Gregy@bdickensI'm using a MIDI to USB adapter, and it's an Alesis QS8.2. I couldn't find any drivers for it on their site  https://www.alesis.com/products/browse/category/keyboards

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The "midi-keyboard" was a name I adjusted myself, I can't remember what it was originally named, pretty sure it was just something like USB MIDI. 

@Lynn WilsonI tried selecting the input echo to track 3

(this thing):  image.png.b0c6333598a0829675581e1703e70381.png

but no green notes are coming through.

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Does this keyboard work in any other DAW?  Does the little icon in the system tray flash on and off.  
If not then your midi to USB cable is garbage. 
Midi OX is a good free app that will diagnose midi routing issues. 

Your best solution is a audio interface that has midi ports. You’ll need that to get the audio from the synth anyway

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The picture of the back panel of the Alesis QS8.2 I found on the internet just show 5-pin DIN ports for MIDI In, Out, and Thru.

I am assuming the "MIDI to USB adapter" is a 5-pin DIN MIDI to USB MIDI interface, possibly a cable.  Since the quality and capabilities of those interface cable vary greatly (some 1 in, 1 out no-name interface cables are notoriously problematic), perhaps it might be helpful to specify what you have (not just "MIDI to USB adapter"). 

I once tested an iConnect mio, 1 in, 1 out interface cable for suitability doing sysex data exchanges with Casio CZ synths and a computer. DIN connectors on one end connected to the synth and a usb connector on the other end connected to a modern PC.  It passed with flying colors.  However, I have heard horror stories about other 1 in, 1 out cable interfaces.  

I agree with John that MIDI-OX is an excellent tool.  However, calling the cable a "midi to USB cable" is troublesome. It leads people to think it changes midi data to usb data. 

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to add details I left out

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@John VereI haven't tried in any other DAW, this is my first time with all this. The system tray's icon remains there even after unplugging

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I also installed and tried monitoring it in Midi Ox but there's  nothing coming from its input, so I'll look into getting an audio interface, thank you.

@User 905133Sorry for the confusion, the cable is an In/Out Midi to USB/USB C, here's where I got it: https://www.amazon.com/SOULGIRL-Interface-Connecting-Synthesizer-Recording/dp/B094Y2FWHK

 

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You should have looked at the reviews before parting with your hard- earned $20.

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