How to set up for Music Recording & Live Performance


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 28, 2017
Hey I'm a noob to all of this. Any help is really appreciated.

I want to connect all of my gear to a MacBook Pro 15" (soon to be purchased) for use with Logic for recording, and Mainstage for live performance.

I have the following hardware:
Yamaha MOXF6 keyboard (MIDI I/O/Thru and USB)
Roland RD2000 stage piano (MIDI I/O/Thru and USB)
old Yamaha PSR730 keyboard (MIDI I/O, plus an old mini DIN 8-pin out)
really old Yamaha RX11 digital rhythm programmer (MIDI I/O)
Yamaha StagePas 500 p.a. system
Zoom R8 digital recorder/interface (2 combo XLR/1/4" inputs, USB)

I have been looking at USB/audio/MIDI interfaces for connection to the MacBook, but it looks like it could cost a fortune to get something to cable everything at once and leave it (preferable).

The other option is a powered mixer with interface capability, but can't find anything with MIDI. Do I need MIDI? Could the mixer/interface do double duty, as an interface with the computer for recording, and as a mixer for live performance (powering the StagePas speakers and/or providing outs to the main p.a.)?

It would be nice to connect the RX11 with its 12 individual outputs so each drum sound can be recorded, processed and mixed separately.

I currently have the MOXF6 and RD2000 midi-ed together for live performance, and would probably want this capability for recording too.

What's the best way to make all this work with the MacBook Pro for both recording and "live", getting the best bang for bucks, the least amount of compatibility issues/glitches, the least amount of additional hardware items and the best sound/recording quality?

I know, it's a lot to ask, but what's possible?


macrumors 6502a
Dec 12, 2008
I'm thinking this might be beyond the scope of the MBP section. You might try the audio portion of macrumors, or head down the rabbit hole that is


macrumors 6502
Jun 11, 2012
I am kinda interested. Why do you need multiple midi keyboards to connect to your laptop? Is this a solo performance with all your equipments? Things like stage PAs are normally prepared on the house. And they have mixer to connect the stage PA system to. You would probably need a DI box to connect to the mixer from laptop.