How To Load MIDI Files into Keyboards

Most digital keyboards can store and play MIDI sounds through the onboard memory. You can load MIDI arrangements you created on a computer program to the keyboard and even add more MIDI instruments. 

1. Set up the keyboard and the computer.

Turn on your computer and launch the program you use for creating MIDI music. Music production programs like Sonar from Cakewalk allow users to arrange midi music on different tracks using different midi instruments. If you need to arrange the midi instrument or instruments before loading, finalize the arrangement and save it on your hard disk. Create a new folder on your desktop exclusively for the MIDI files you are going to load into the keyboard. If you are downloading midi files from the internet, save them in the new folder you created. Free up a USB port if your keyboard connects with a USB cord or free the Gameport on your soundcard if the keyboard will connect to the MIDI/Gameport.

If the keyboard connects through a USB cord, connect one end to the keyboard and the other end to the USB port on your computer. If there is no USB port available on your keyboard then use a MIDI Interface Adapter Cable that has male MIDI plugs on its ends. Connect the MIDI Interface connector to the Gameport/MIDI interface port and then connect the MIDI OUT male plug to the MIDI IN port on your keyboard and the MIDI IN male plug to the MIDI OUT port. Plug the keyboard into the electrical source then turn on the power button. Wait for the computer to detect the keyboard.

You may have to go in to your soundcard’s interface to change settings for MIDI devices. If the keyboard is detected on your computer, you can just select it from the list.

2. Transfer midi files.

With the keyboard connected to the computer you can now transfer your MIDI files to the keyboard’s onboard memory. On most systems transferring files to the keyboard is just as easy as dragging and dropping your files to the keyboard’s memory disk. Make sure the file you are transferring is in the “.mid” format so it can be played on your keyboard.

3. Transfer to sequencer.

If your keyboard does not have an onboard memory to save MIDI files on, you can use a sequencer as storage for your files. The sequencer can be connected to the computer using the same procedure to connect a MIDI keyboard to the computer. After you transfer your MIDI files to the sequencer, you can then connect the sequencer to the keyboard and access the MIDI files stored in the sequencer.

If you do not have enough space to hold all of your MIDI files on your keyboard memory, you can use the sequencer as external storage.


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