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    How to access sounds on keyboard
    Hi everyone, so, I have a keyboard I connected with the interface, and I now have access to the midi files on GarageBand. However, I cannot access the sounds of the keyboard itself, which is important for me. How do I do so? thank you in advance.
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  • LoFo
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    I don't think you gave enough information. What keyboard? What interface? When you say 'access the sounds of the keyboard', are you trying to access the keyboard's sounds in GarageBand?
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  • Student492426
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    I own a Roland rd-300nx, it has good piano tones and sound effects etc that I want to use. The interface I have is a Roland rubix 44. Yes that's exactly right, so far I've only been successful in using the sounds and midi files of GarageBand itself, but I want to be able to use the sounds and the tones of my keyboard. I haven't been able to do that. Is it because of the 'usb midi' that's in the back of the keyboard, that hasn't been connected? I am not sure.
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  • Student492426
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    Thank you for the reply. I have the wires that connected the outputs of the keyboard into the interface, which gave me access to to the midi files of GarageBand. I don't however have the 'usb midi' at the back of the keyboard. I just now, created an audio track, by right-clicking and then pressing 'new audio track.' That gave me access to the piano sounds. However, the sounds don't sound too good. What is the solution to make the sounds sound better? Is it to have the 'usb midi' connected? Thanks once again Joe, you've been a great help.
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  • LoFo
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    You must start thinking about ROUTING... it is very important. So far, your keyboard is routed into your audio interface, and then into your computer/GarageBand, right? This allows signals to be sent through your interface to GarageBand... and it allows the sounds within GB to be played. But how do the actual sounds within your keyboard get routed into your computer? Only through an AUDIO connection. You must come out of an audio OUTPUT(s) of your keyboard and into an INPUT (or inputs, if in stereo) of your interface. Have you done this? If not, you will not get the audio from your keyboard into GarageBand. MIDI is for sending signals from your keyboard through your interface into 'virtual' or 'soft' instrument. But internal keyboard sounds? Must be done with an AUDIO connection -- no amount of 'MIDI' will replace this. Hope this helps.
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  • LoFo
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    There are (at least) two types of outputs.. there are MIDI outputs, and there are AUDIO outputs. You must learn the difference between the two (see my earlier message).
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  • Student492426
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    I am trying to understand all of this, I have the 'midi out + in' which are in the back of the keyboard connected to the 'midi in +out' at the back of the interface. Is that what you were referring to? In the meantime, I managed to get the sounds of the keyboard by creating an audio track, on the GarageBand itself. However, I am wondering if whether or not connecting the 'usb midi' at the back of the keyboard, will create a better sound for the sounds and instruments of the keyboard. Can I ask, what is the purpose of the 'usb midi?' I have not connected it.
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  • Student492426
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    Joe, you lost me on the last one. I don't know how to select the inferface inputs for the audio track. I have managed to create an audio track by right-clicking. And I have access now to the sounds of the keyboard.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    Ok, so as far as I can tell from the docs that keyboard - sends MIDI out its USB connection to your computer [which it sounds like you already have working], - and sends audio [its own internal sounds] out the L/R 1/4" [audio] Outputs on the back - To play/record one of GarageBand's own instruments, make a Software Instrument track and select the Instrument you want in the Library [on the left, shortcut Y] -- MIDI data from the keyboard will trigger the notes from the internal Software Instrument and be recorded in that track, and the sounds during playback will still come from the internal instruments themselves - To play/record one of the keyboard's instruments, plug the keyboard's [audio] L&R Outputs into two line-level [1/4"] inputs on your audio interface [say, the smaller jacks in the middle of the larger XLR connections, like for Inputs 3&4 on your interface]. Make an Audio track in GB, and select the interface inputs you've plugged the keyboard into [for example, inputs 3&4] as the input[s] for that track [in the Smart Control panel at the bottom, shortcut B] -- an audio waveform will be recorded in that track, just as when you record a live [acoustic] instrument with a microphone As LoFo also pointed out, the key to understanding this is to understand the difference between audio signals and MIDI signals -- hopefully the previously-recommended course will help explain that..
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  • Joe A
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    Re: How to access sounds on keyboard
    Ok, this is getting confusing -- first you said you had access to the MIDI sounds (the Software Instruments] in GarageBand but not the audio instruments from the keyboard, but then you seem to be saying the opposite -- you did get the sounds from the keyboard on a Audio track.. Please clarify.. Earlier you'd said you were going to make the MIDI connection via USB, but apparently you've used the old-fashioned MIDI connectors on the keyboard and the interface instead. That's fine, there's no audible difference between MIDI-triggered Software Instruments whether you connect them via USB or the older MIDI jacks -- that's because there's no sound in MIDI [again, it is key to understand the difference between audio and MIDI to avoid confusion].
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