Help: my 10.5.6 cannot connect to midi keyboard midiman keystation 49

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by lil Peter, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. lil Peter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    I'm running 10.5.6 on my macbook. I just got a used Midiman keystation 49 to use w/ Logic Pro 8 & I can't connect the device. The midiman site said I don't need any drivers but when I open Audio Midi Setup my macbook can't read the device. Anyone know how to troubleshoot this issue.
  2. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    Go on the web and findout if drivers do actually exist for mac. Because companies often say no drivers required, but they are being cheeky. The drivers do have be installed etc etc.

    You should probably unplug the device as you install it, then it will probably reboot and ask you to plug it in.

    in theory should be problem solved. Is it a USB keyboard?

  3. lil Peter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    Not sure where I would go to find the drivers besides the midiman (manufacturer) web site. I read in the product manual that yo need to have Opcode OMS for the midi connection but the manual is from 1998 so its more than a little dated.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The first thing to do is to verify that the keyboard is not broken. If it is a class complliant MIDI device it should not need any driver, other than what is built-into Mac OS X.

    After plugging in the USB cable take a look in the system profiler (from "about this Mac" and then look at the list of USB devices to see if the keyboard is detected at that level. If not it's broken.

    When I look for MIDI devices I look for the round 5-pin plugs. These are the standard.
  5. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    In A.M.S have you tried adding the device manually, as sometimes my midi devices dont come up, so i add them assign it to the port where it should be, and it all works fine..

    Further to what chris said, try different USB cables..

  6. gert88 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    Not sure if you are still having your issue. I will tell you that I am equally frustrated. I have a midiman 61 (its at least a 7 year old model) and I am using a macbook with 10.5.7 and cannot connect to Garageband; it fails to detect the midi.

    However, I CAN connect to my imac (pre-intel) running 10.5.7. I have searched the internet for people with some information on why a macbook would perform to a lower standard other than the rear usb port having less power than the front. I have tried both ports, different cables, restarts, unplugs, AC adapter vs. USB power for the keypboard. Nothing works.

    Another thing is I was able to connect the keyboard to my macbook with previous version of the OS. I cant remember, probably some version 10.3.

    If I had to guess I would say, mac has missed something in this corner of the world of backward compatibility. I think i might try installing the latest driver from the manufacturer but I have low expectations.
  7. loudvox macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2010
    Don't know if any one found the resolution ...

    I know this is an older post, But I ran into this problem myself with my usb keystation 61 on my mac book. I'm running Intel based OS X 10.5.8 and mine works great with Garageband.

    Here it the link for the MAC driver from M-Audio:

    Hope this helps someone in the future!


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