Amateur question about midi/usb connections...

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Member Since: Jul 13, 2006

If i buy a midi to usb cable for my digital piano, will the notes be recognized in midi format on my computer and/or will it be compatible with programs such as cubase or fl studio? Also will a simple usb mixer such as this one be compatible with multitrack software and will it provide adequate sound quality if coupled with a pre-amp(for guitar),or should i opt for hardware such as the line 6?

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jul 13, 2006 08:21 am

Welcome to HRC,

Yes, the piano is sending out MIDI data, which will be picked up inside your computer. Cubase and/or FL Studio shouldn't have a problem picking up the midi data and recording the data as a midi file, or playing the midi data back in a synth or soundfont. actually, it can do both as the same time.

The yammw10 shouldn't have a problem with any multitracker. It wouldn't be useful if it didn't =).

I believe the yam-mw10 (and 12) will only send 2 tracks to the computer, even though it can input many more. I think they get mixed down to 2 inside the mixer, then sent out the usb as 2. The sound quality should be fine, as yamaha makes pretty good preamps (for the consumer market).

I'm thinking you meant a standalone guitar preamp, like a bogner, or such. You can output the preamp to the line in on the mw10, or line in to the ux1 or 2. You wouldn't need to use the preamp on the sound interface.

As far as the line 6, the UX2 has 2 preamps, and it offers tonnes of effects and modelling that the mw10 doesn't. From what I've heard, the UX boxes do a mighty fine job of modelling too, so there's that.

If you were using an external guitar preamp, I'd probably say that it will be better than the line 6. That's just my opinion, but I'm thinking many here will agree.

hope that helps

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 13, 2006 08:49 pm

IF you are looking to do guitar and dont have a good amp set up the UX-1 or 2 will do a very nice job. However that said, you will definately have more input capability for miccing drums and such with the Yamaha unit.

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