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So I think I will soon buy a Kawai or Clavinova etc., one upper-tier enough to have MIDI output in addition to USB outputs.

I actually had MIDI output on my Williams Allegro. I bought a connecting cable for it and would sporadically try the free version of Kontakt on my laptop with that, but some part of the connection eventually broke.

Now that I want a serious keyboard setup, is there something I should look for in picking a sufficient MIDI connector? Features, brands, speeds, number of voices? Should this even be much of an issue?

I think I am going to get the $300 version of Pianoteq (if you have comments there). Really, I might use my keyboard + headphones more than my keyboard + laptop + headphones....


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Meanwhile, what is the purpose of USB out? Is it similar/different?

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Keyboard USB out is MIDI over USB. It’s useful for connecting directly to a device that has USB without needing a MIDI interface device.

I use mine for a sight reading training app on a Surface Pro tablet. Chrome supports browser pages that use MIDI in and there are apps like Playground Sessions that run on PC that use the USB MIDI from the keyboard.


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Originally Posted by winterflower
So I think I will soon buy a Kawai or Clavinova etc., one upper-tier enough to have MIDI output in addition to USB outputs.


Today USB MIDI out is a standard way to connect any keyboard, top-tier or bottom-tier, to a computer or another sounding device, e.g., another keyboard or a rack. Some keyboards also have old-style 5-pin MIDI connectors, which are rarely used today.

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Originally Posted by Andrew_G
Today USB MIDI out is a standard way to connect any keyboard, top-tier or bottom-tier, to a computer or another sounding device, e.g., another keyboard or a rack. Some keyboards also have old-style 5-pin MIDI connectors, which are rarely used today.
The vast majority of keyboards do NOT accept USB connections directly from another keyboard. You need the 5-pin connections for this. Professionals also often prefer the 5-pin connections because they are more rugged, and less prone to noise (they are ground isolated). You'll rarely find high end MIDI gear without 5-pin connections, unless maybe it's something designed specifically for computer integration.

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If you're looking for a more serious keyboard setup, concentrate on getting the most realistic piano action. MIDI is a standard on any keyboard that's not a toy.

For Pianoteq, you only need a USB cable from your piano to your PC or laptop. The 5-pin MIDI in/out=through are usually used to connect your main keyboard to another keyboard, sound module, sequencer, drum machine... you may or may never need to use them.

You may also notice a USB port on the front of most newer pianos; that's usually so you can record your performance onto a USB stick.

Again, I would recommend concentrating on the "Kawai or Clavinova, etc" part if you're interested in getting to the next level.


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