Is my Yamaha Keyboard compatible?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by macmusician84, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. macmusician84 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2012
    I am trying to get my Yamaha Keyboard (DGX-205) to work with my Macbook (late 2008, aluminum) which is currently running OS X Lion. I am especially wanting to use it with Garageband. I feel like I have been searching for hours to find a solution, but I can't seem to find one that works. I am coming to the conclusion that my keyboard is to old and won't be able to work, but I thought I would see if anyone been able to make this work for them. Any insight will be greatly appreciated!
  2. NicoleRichie macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    Does the keyboard have USB? If it only has midi you may be out of luck. If you only have midi you can try one of these.
  3. macmusician84 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2012
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    NO. If the keyboard only has USB you are out of luck. If Yamaha put in a non-standard USB interface you are just plain out of luck unless they have Mac OS X drivers.

    Not on the other hand if the keyboard has "Real MIDI", that is those round 5-pin DIN connectors, those are universally compatible with everything made over the last 25+ years. I would NEVER buy a USB-only keyboard.

    Acording to the Yamaha web site their Mac OS X driver work with Max OS 10.1 to 10.4 They don't claim anything about 10.5 and up. I'm sure Yamaha lost interest in driver support and testing as soon as they discontinued the keyboard. Newer Yamaha keyboards are "class compliant" and do not need Mac OS X drivers. But you don't have a newer Yamaha keyboard.

    This is the prime reason NEVER to buy a USB keyboard. Always check for those "real MIDI" jacks before you buy.
  5. Dadaleus macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    Actually, I have the DGX-205 working fine with OSX 10.7 and Garage Band. Just download the appropriate driver here and restart Garage Band.

    Looks like they have support up through the current versions of OS X and Windows.

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