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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Questions (maybe stupid) about MIDI


Carlisle, PA

Less gear....more practice!
Jan 10th, 2012 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think I have a setup that will let me begin to explore the world of MIDI, but it's like trying to nail jello to a tree...


Are there any good sites out in the wild Internet that explain or otherwise tutorialize how MIDI can be used to facilitate hobbyist music composition and playing?


1)Is my Yamaha MO8 88 key synthesizer also a pretty decent MIDI controller?

2)If so, can my computer, my Korg D1200 MKII 12 track, my DR-880 Drum Machine and the Yamaha keyboard be somehow daisy chained together on one MIDI connection through either the M-Audio MIDISport 2x2 or the M-Audio Fast Track Pro I got for recording in such a way that I can use any of these devises, or the Ableton Live Intro software I got to record with?

A thousand pardons if I am asking this wrong or it makes no sense...in the end, I'm looking to make the best use of what I have, and get smart enough to buy (if necessary) what I need to make a viable and flexible home music production and recording setup.

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Connecticut USA

Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Jan 10th, 2012 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Your MO8 makes for an *excellent* MIDI controller. It’s actually a self-contained music workstation with a built-in sequencer, but if you only wanted to use the MO8 as a keyboard controller, it would be *more* than capable in that designated role.

MIDI was designed specifically for “daisy-chaining” capabilities. You’ll need to do some digging in each owner’s manual to understand exactly how the various units process MIDI data. For example, the Korg D1200 can be remotely controlled via MIDI Machine Code (MMC), but your sequencer or sequencing software needs to be capable of supporting MMC. Then again, you could also utilize the D1200 as a stand-alone recorder without making any MIDI connections.

Lots of permutations and possibilities to consider. But once you’ve got a good grip on all these MIDI variables, you can then decide the best way to interconnect everything.

I’m not too familiar with Ableton Live Intro, but based on what I’ve read, it certainly offers enough to get you started. If you end up liking Ableton’s capabilities and interface, you may eventually want to spring for the full version at some point.

One site that has lots of good, free information about creating a MIDI-based home studio is



Carlisle, PA

Less gear....more practice!
Jan 10th, 2012 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey, thank you so much for the reply (Mr?) garp...

I know there is a learning curve here, but I code computers for a living so I figure I can deal with it...I'm just guilty of being sorta lazy...

Thanks again, and I'll read through Tweakheadz site post haste.

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Connecticut USA

Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Jan 11th, 2012 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you write code, you’ll have no problem at all comprehending the world of MIDI. Many moons ago, I too dealt with concepts like “most significant bit” and “end of file” markers.

But since MIDI was conceived long before modern protocols like USB and FireWire, it just takes a little more homework on your part to understand how best to integrate the MIDISport and Fast Track Pro into your set-up. Trust me — it’ll be well worth the effort.

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Jan 13th, 2012 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Once you get the hang of it with Ableton Live, you can really have some fun with "Max for Live" where you can even create your own instruments, effects and much more!

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