Casio Keyboard and Garageband Compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by geoturk, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. geoturk macrumors newbie

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    I am not hear to complain as I understand there are known issues with this set-up but simply to clarify my understanding before i make a purchase.

    I got an old Casio LK-93TV down from the attic and had a moment of excitement when i realised i could use a printer usb cable to hook it up with my mac, and thus garageband.

    Garageband did not recognise my device and so I hit the best users guide known to man and searched blogs and forums. It quickly became apparent that mac compatibility is not high on casio music's to-do list. All hope was lost, I would have to purchase a new keyboard something that is not an option.

    But i went and tracked down the user manual and product page online. My understanding now is that as long as my keyboard has a MIDI-out port
    (which i take it it has as the product page states 'MIDI (16-channel multi-timbre receive)' and has a 'General MIDI' logo)
    I can purchase a cheap midi interface such as this and when all is plugged in, I should have my desired mac and thus garageband compatibility.

    Will a midi interface do the job?
    Does my model even have a MIDI in/out port?
    Can I achieve compatibility at all? :confused:

    Any help or clarification would be great!
    Thanks in advance, geoturk
     
  2. Kyffin macrumors 6502

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    Hi there!

    I know your thread is quite old now, but even if you've sorted this out already it might be worth replying as I came across it trying to find an answer to this too (as might others...)

    Anyway, having very happily taken delivery of the same keyboard today I can confirm that this can be done through the USB cable outlet alone (no need to get a separate midi-interface)- as with many other Casio keyboards that don't support mac.

    The means of doing this is thanks to a ferland.francois (and if you ever read this- Thank you!) who has written a driver "casiousbmididriver" which can be found here:

    http://code.google.com/p/casiousbmididriver/

    and there is a little more information here:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1198971?start=0&tstart=0

    I'll try to update the list of supported keyboards to include this model later today- but just to say it does work and its really appreciated that someone has done this.

    cheers!
     
  3. jakeinthejungle macrumors newbie

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    Yikes! You want to talk old?

    My Casio model is CT-638. Shall I assume there is no way? And if so is there a cheap way out of this? I just need something on which I can learn to play piano on garage band. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks!
     
  4. geoturk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Whoah it's a long time since I asked this!
    But again I got the keyboard down (Christmas) and used the driver Kyffin linked to, running Mavericks and the Casio LK-93TV.

    Worked perfectly! Garageband and Synthesia are up and running!
    Great little driver, thanks for all the help and hopefully this thread will help others!
     

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