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Old 10-13-2011, 06:47 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Brent Hutto View Post
I'm getting a Roland A-500s keyboard/controller that will be hooked up to my Win-7 laptop running Reaper. I also have an E-MU 0404 USB audio interface which brings my microphone's signal into Reaper.

Apparently the usual way to attach the MIDI keyboard is with a USB cable from the keyboard to a port on the laptop. I also have the option of running an MIDI cable from the keyboard's DIN connector to the MIDI input on the audio interface.

Is there any reason or advantage to doing a MIDI-to-interface connection instead of USB straight to the computer?
USB powers the Keyboard so if you use the Midi connector you will need another 9volt power adaptor for the keyboard.
There's other reasons but that's a major none technical one.
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