Casio Keyboard and Garageband Compatibility

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

  1. geoturk macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2011
    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

    Sep 5, 2010
    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:

    and there is a little more information here:

    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.

  3. jakeinthejungle macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2013
    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

    Oct 8, 2011
    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!
  5. CaptainComplexity macrumors newbie


    Dec 12, 2017
    Worked for me also. In fact I bought an LK-93 s/h just to use like this.

  6. sasivarnan macrumors newbie


    Jan 20, 2018
    Anyone succeed in connecting Casio MA - 150 Keyboard to Garageband on MacOS 10.13 + ??

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