If you’re just getting started with MIDI, this section provides basic instructions for connecting your equipment.
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s the language spoken by computers and electronic musical instruments. We’ll assume that you’re connecting a MIDI keyboard, although you can use any MIDI instrument. In this book, “MIDI keyboard” refers to whatever type of MIDI device you are using.
We will assume that your computer is equipped with a sound card, which is designed to also act as a MIDI interface and has the appropriate driver software installed. If you are using a dedicated MIDI interface, you will need to consult its documentation for instructions on setting up your MIDI system. At the very least, in addition to the sound card you will need the following equipment for an operational MIDI system (not including your computer):
The last item, a MIDI cable, is an optional accessory, which may have been included when you purchased your sound card. MIDI cables are needed to connect most older keyboards to a MIDI interface. (Some MIDI controllers do not require a MIDI cord or external MIDI interface.)
If you discover that Finale isn’t responding to your MIDI keyboard, check these connections again, and consult the manual that came with your sound card or interface.
Tip. To playback using a non-General MIDI instrument on your external MIDI keyboard or sound module, see Assigning instruments to MIDI sounds.
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