John Izzard wrote:
Thanks again for comments.
I'm using a Mac, so unfortunately I don't have the games/MIDI port option available. I agree that a USB MIDI device would be relatively inexpensive and I'll almost certainly end up channelling audio and MIDI through separate devices. Regretfully, my current status of unemployment puts most things beyond financial reach!
All in good time, I guess....
For the Mac users ( I used Macs for many years before they got too expensive ) there is the OPCODE TRANSLATOR...it can be connected to the classic Mac printer port, and then to a keyboard or any MIDI device through the MIDI output. I used the Opcode Translator for a lot of time, so I could use QMidi to controle the Roland MT-80s player, or my Korg ...also used it with a MIDI controller to record some tunes.
I'll almost certainly have to purchase a USB type MIDI interface at some stage soon, my Mac being a year 2000 issue G4, which therefore precludes the the printer port/Opcode Translator option. Thanks for suggestion though, appreciated as ever
My slight whinge in my above posts was the fact that the M-Audio soundcard should do both audio and MIDI but just doesn't work on the MIDI side (with my config at least, which is a fairly standard one). It's as the American's say, a reluctance to "pay twice for the same real estate".
When I hear what everyone is doing with softsynths, I realise its an area that is calling to be explored.
Until then, its analogues and 1/4" jack plugs!