MIDI Keyboard USB recording

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by NathanielDaniel, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. NathanielDaniel macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    I am so lost.
    I've been googleing for days.
    I recently purchased a Casio CTK-2000, with a USB port on the back of it.
    I have been making Techno music for about a year now using loops and programs such as Garageband.
    I have decided it was time to step up to my making my own stuff.
    Therefore i decided to but the keyboard.
    My only problem is i can't find any program to record music from my keyboard to my MAC.
    I have a Mac iBook G4 PPC running OS X 10.3 and a 1.07 GHz Processor and 1.25 GB of memory.
    I reformatted my mac and lost Garageband so it's out of the question for now.

    Here is my question...

    Does anyone have any good programs i could use to RECORD the sounds from my keyboard in MIDI or MP3 or WAV formant?
    I have The Ableton Live Demo and I've been looking at how to use it but it's really complicated.
    I just want something easier to use to get this stuff done.

    Maybe a manual for Ableton would work if it tells me how to record from my Casio Keyboard.

  2. TheAngusBurger macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2008
    To record the sounds created by your keyboard, you can take a 1/4" lead from your output/headphones port and hook it up to your Mac, through either a USB/Firewire audio interface, or by buying a 1/4" to 3.5mm adapter, and plugging it into your Mac's audio in, which whilst much cheaper, isn't the best quality.

    As for free software with software instruments to play, I'm not sure, but I know Ableton does have lots of software instruments, you'll just have to mess around until you figure out how to play them. Have you tried the tutorials?
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    QuickTime Pro or Audacity would allow you to record audio from your Casio keyboard. MIDI would be, well, useless in reality as the MIDI sounds on your Mac will be different to the MIDI sounds on your Casio keyboard.

    If you're interested in taking your recording a little further, you could give Garage Band a try. I wouldn't want to say whether or not it would run on your iBook well though, you may find your iBook struggles with it.
  4. TheAngusBurger macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2008
    I think that the OP has lost Garageband and is asking whether there are any other 'free' programs that allow the playing of software instruments via MIDI.

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