Audio Interface or not

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by minus.toes, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. minus.toes macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    If I want to use Logic Pro X with an Akai midi keyboard, would I still need to buy an audio interface to use in my workflow? Would there be any issue or quality problem working with the midi keyboard plugged directly into the usb of iMac?
  2. Diastro macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2010
    Veldhoven, the Netherlands

    A USB MIDI-keyboard or controller works completely independent. The audio interface doesn't matter. That's just for getting sound in and out. Think of your MIDI keyboard as just another input device like a mouse or keyboard.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Does the Akai use "real MIDI", that is those two round five pin jacks or does it use USB? If it uses USB then just plug it into the Mac.

    But MIDI only send key press information and not audio. Do you want to hear the sound as you play? If so then you need to either play over the Mac's speakers/headphones or use the Mac's audio out jack or buy an audio interface.

    MIDI and audio are different things.

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