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beng 05-28-2021 10:45 AM

Properly connect usb midi keyboard to computer

I know this is a basic question, but I'm kinda new to this:
I'd like to connect my Akai MPK mini keyboard to my computer properly. I've tried connecting it with the usb cable, but there's a delay when playing on it with my DAW. Should or can I connect my midi with my audio interface or how does this work? Thanks in advance!

Guybrush 05-28-2021 11:40 AM

Usually, you either hook them up via USB or with a midi cable, from MIDI OUT on your keyboard to MIDI IN on your audio interface.

But usb should be okay. See about getting an ASIO driver. This is a driver for your soundcard with typically much less latency than what you otherwise find.

One might be installed already, so check Audio settings in your DAW and look for ASIO.


Not sure what you DAW is, but here you can see how ASIO is chosen from the device list in Reaper.

If you were using DirectSound or WaveOut instead, you would get much more latency.

If you have no ASIO-driver, try googling ASIO4ALL.

Plankton 05-28-2021 11:47 AM

MIDI to interface is still using USB to send the signal, so it's more than likely your system resources.

The best solution is to go into your DAW and adjust the latency from there.

beng 05-29-2021 01:37 PM


Thank you for your replies! Yes, I'll use ASIO4ALL.

Guybrush 05-29-2021 02:23 PM


Originally Posted by beng (Post 2174751)

Thank you for your replies! Yes, I'll use ASIO4ALL.

Let us know how it goes :)

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