Connecting my Keyboard to Sonar 2 XL?

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Member Since: Apr 11, 2003

I am a Scottish songwriter and pretty new to the world of midi, mostly do guitar stuff, and pretty new to the world of computer based recording. I have a query.

Will my old Yamaha PSR220 keyboard play the DXI soft synth sounds in Sonar 2 XL? I have connected the keyboard to my computer previously and used its own midi sounds so I know I can do that but was worried about latency and whether I needed a newer keyboard to recognise DX Instruments?

My system is as follows:
Duron 800Mhz
512 Ram
Windows 98 SE
Sonar 2 XL (Should get it this week)

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am a complete novice at this.

P.S. Great site and already had help with another problem.

Thanks guys.

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Since: Dec 30, 2002

Apr 16, 2003 05:54 am

Hey Stephie,

Well, if my knowledge serves me correctly the the PSR series all come with MIDI In and Out ports on the back.

If this is indeed the case then all you need to invest in is a Midi I/O (Input / Output) Box - something like an M-Audio USB MidiSport 2x2 will be just the ticket.

Latency is determined by your soundcard and your host sequencer, you did't specift which soundcard you are using in your gear list - so mention that and we can take a pop at that one for you :)


Since: Apr 11, 2003

Apr 16, 2003 06:21 am

Thanks, but do I need a USB controller? Can't I just connect my keyboard to my soundcard (SB 1024 Live)?

Don't use any other midi devices/controllers.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 16, 2003 06:56 am

Yes, the keyboard should plug into the MIDI port on your Live, however, you may need an adapter (or the card may have come with it) as consumer-level sound cards generally come with the flat 9-pin MIDI port that looks like a PC's com port, and your keyboard presumably has the 5-pin DIN port. (a little round one with the pins shaped like a smiley face) So you need to adapt those to work together.

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Apr 16, 2003 09:13 am

The problem you may face when using softsynths is that your soundcard (the soundblaster Live) does not have very good ASIO support (the drivers are fairly weak) - and as a direct result you may suffer from quite high latency.

See how it goes...


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